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    The usual......Girls, Guns, Cars and Bikes I suppose. Seeing whatever's on the other side of those hills over there.

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  1. Thanks Folks. Sounds about like what I was expecting, especially given the audience (XLADV). Those numbers are pretty much my own depending on season and availability so it appears my suppositions were fairly close., @Eric, How astute of you especially the kind words about SOLO riding, it's the part of the Ted Simon bit in "Why We Ride" that really put the hook in for me. It's become especially close to my heart as I have had less and less time to actually get away here lately and ride as we have been working seven days a week 12 hour days to try to keep the County licensor from going insane and shutting us down. Now I'm back to full occupancy, Attorneys paid and we're back in fighting form but it's taking me time to focus on anything not Business related and I can sure relate to Elon Musk's 120 hour work week! That being said, I DID have a slightly ulterior motive in posting those questions other than curiosity, but I'll defer that for right now in the interests of brevity.
  2. Hey everybody, As another season begins (with hopefully no underaged arsonists) i’m wondering what are everyone else’s mileages in a single days’ ride? I’ve gone from a 40/60 bias doing barely 250 and hating it on my XR to over 700 30/70 on my Tiger. Now of course that’s at the end of a 17+ hour day in the saddle and I’m pretty wiped the day after, but I’m still serviceable. Can’t ever be away from my house for longer than 24 so I try to pack as much into the short time as possible. That’s one of the BIG reasons I went for the BIG bike, ability to extend. I may not be able to go to Baja, but I can ride endurance like nobody’s business and dream. Took a little 720+ mile spin the other day that saw me traveling through the Great Basin out east and choking in the dust and heat after spending a chilly dawn with icy mountain pass roads and tandem dump trucks up my tail as we descended to the high desert. Finally got to stop at a station in the middle of nowhere where I’d fueled before last year and all I’d had was plastic and still the kindly old gentleman ran off an actual paper charge slip for my miserable little purchase of fuel. I was glad to return, this time with cash and a few kind words for his kindness in seeing to my needs back then for damned little recompense. Small towns and places in Oregon are still like that occasionally: little glimpses into the past where people and things didn’t move so damned fast. I’ve waved and smiled at older folks just out strolling from Church on a bright and frosty day in Vernonia, stopped and chewed the fat like a local in every ‘burg from here to Lakeview and up to Joseph and all the way to Montana. The one thing I really took away from Ted Simon’s bit was his sense of adventure through being alone. I HATE traveling with a group, it changes the whole dynamic of social interactions. Instead of that half-mad fellow on the big ADV bike soaked to the skin, you are one of a bunch of noisy Klim-Klad Wild Hogs wannabes. Not really my cup of tea, and where’s the bloody adventure in that? i LIKE riding by myself and the reactions of people to me and the interactions therof, it’s one of the major kicks to this. Plus the ability to rely on oneself and one’s own natural coping skills in the face of little kinks in the road are just the spice that make it ADV. A sense of vulnerability as Mr.Simon puts it, a sense that you just might end up with more than you bargained for. Which inevitably turns out to be just enough to keep it an adventure instead of just a trip. It’s curve balls and adversity that make the spice of adventure, not smooth sailing with everything according to some plan worked in advance. Oh, that and the cute waitress will NEVER treat you the same when you are with the BOYS. Just not going to happen. Think about it for a second and you’ll realize that THERE is the secret to adventure, leaving your group/caste behind and just being available to whatever might occur. We’re social animals that’s for sure, but I don’t get big grins by hanging around a bunch of other middle aged fat guys in minty ADV gear congratulating each other on our great taste in front of the local Tavern OR dealership. I quit smoking AND drinking due to ADV motorcycling and I miss neither. Never did hold with drinking and riding under ANY circumstances, and smoking was just plain nasty and shortens your life. But back to the topic at hand: How many miles a day do you ride and in how many hours? I’m kind of curious as to whether or not I’m actually crazy for riding so much at a single sitting, but with good aux lights and the twin H4s of the Tiger I’ve got GREAT lighting at night so 1 AM departures are a thing with me. Already spooked well over a dozen cows at night so far this year, let alone the Puma, antelope or more regularly encountered Elkosauruses.
  3. I have ‘em. Don’t wear ‘em. Part of the HUGE pile of what I consider unnecessary that I have/had left over from motocross. I bought literally EVERY piece of protective gear sold back in ‘12 when I got back in due to caution and not wanting my Son or his bestie to get hurt while I burned the Vidya out of them learning the ropes again. Leatt GPXs for all and sundry, roost protectors, Rock Gardn Flak Jacks, you name it. By and large going upsize to a 500+ lb. bike has meant a LOT of changes and re-evaluations of what is really necessary for a distance tour, which IS after all why I’m on such a large bike Vs. a KTM or my former XR650. I LIKE to have my cake and eat it to so to speak, so I’ll run hard boxes in the Summer when the footing is sure and just a tail pack or tank bag in Winter when things are slick. At ALL times I wear basic CE minimal armor in my pants and jacket, Moto boots, leather gloves with thick palms and of course a helmet. The only real damage I’ve suffered in over 30k US miles of Tiger beating on me is a dislocated shoulder and a bunch of swelling/bruising from a lowside (on pavement) where the trac control went wonky in some moss and I wasn’t watching closely enough OR wearing the pants with hip armor like is my norm. Now my Tiger is another matter entirely as I’l pretty sure it lives on my knuckle blood, small birds, bats and expensive Hinckley plastic in equal measure, but that is another matter. My point was condensed for brevity, that we tend to both overpack and overprepare. There are of course schools that will teach you these things, but I can’t imagine EVER receiving the education I have from practical experience. Pain has a way of educating you about your bad habits and if you survive long enough you WILL figure out what is essential for you and your bike’s comfort out in the big empty. Plus although my Wife bears the Hinckley plastic bill stoicly, she balks at 600.00 plus campouts in the mud with the Boys for ADV cred. YMMV.
  4. Flappy613

    Hello from PacNW

    Hello and Welcome! Got a few of you big Kato riders around here in PNW. I’m out westside myself and I think there might be more bias towards KTM as opposed to the Bavarians out here. Might be a different scene on the other side of the Metro and we DO have pockets...(Helvetia Tavern? just about ANY McMenamins...) I don’t tend to post anymore much as almost everything is served by PNW Moto for us locals and of course Facebook has changed the nature of online communities but I noticed a PNW feed from here and thought I’d say hello.
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    2018 Touratech Rally in Plain, WA, 6/21-24/18

    Big rides for big bikes!
  6. Hey All, So since I've been in Winter mode contemplating since the big double crash day in late December while trying to peg drag in the de-icer I've had time to think. And well I might after going over the bars of my Tiger twice in one day, not only was it personally demeaning in front of my newfriends but it cost me a bit more in Hinckley plastic. So with bruised ego (and Amex) I seriously started to take stock in all the damned motorcycles laying about and look at which ones were getting the hours. It rapidly became apparent that Bob "Hurricane" Hannah was not going to come ride the '13 YZ250 smoker I have in the corner made up for him especially let alone the 125 of my Son's right next to it. So a quick check of KBB gives me an idea......gank the plastics, custom kit and tank off the Whyzed and use it for a trade. Now a bit of backstory if I may. Back in October when my Business really began to get busy my WIfe came up with the idea of getting my Son a Sportbike for Christmas. I was the cautious one here (go figure!) and was originally against it as I have had a longtime fear of them due to losing a few friends back in the eighties when I basically quit riding. But that being said the ART course at Pat's Acre's had put the hook in for Track days. So last Fall I sold my XR (for what I wanted!)on CL, gave the Wife 1600.00 and bought an '01 Firebade as a Track day pig. Problem with that was after I fixed it all up I didn't want to trash it. Plus it is a handful on short, tight tracks like Pat's which means the only time it'll be able to run is at Portland International, the Ridge or Oregon Raceway Park. While I was running my CL ad there was another one running of what to my mind is one of the sexiest bikes ever, a 2006 Triumph Daytona 675 in Scorched Yellow. Ad catches my eye because fellow who is selling it is 67 and is selling it to get a more powerful bike. I congratulate him on his age, taste and abilities but since he probably does not desire an XR I am unable to come up with the 5 grand necessary to purchase his Daytona and wish him good luck with his sale. Now fast forward to early February and the unthinkable has happened; my Son got my CBR for Christmas due to an advanced case of lust and I STILL have a busted Tiger. He's fully kitted with leathers, armor and a nice shiny IOM helmet and I'm rideless. So this being the state of affairs we go to the OMRRA meeting at Beaverton Motorcycle to get the word on motorcycle racing and after I figure out that the CBR will NEVER I repeat, NEVER be suitable I take myself a think and a look on the internet. And sure enough, almost like Fate itself had a hand I discover an advertisement on Cycletrader that will answer ALL my prayers. A 2007 Triumph Daytona in Scorched Yellow with 921 original miles for the princely sum of 5200.00. The rub in this ointment however is that the bike is 200 miles away and I only have one day to drive up after working a 12 and have to leave in the early AM to be there at 10 while contending with Seattle traffic and a 20+ foot trailer. But since I lust as heavily after this bike as my Son did the CBR (+this one IS a Track Day weapon!) I'm on my way last Friday. Bike proves to be exactly as advertised: a bike that some kid bought in '07 that has sat in a garage for 11 years. Absolutely breathtaking and they have freshly serviced it to the best of their abilities including a new set of Dunlops and a fresh battery. So now that is how things are, a fresh Daytona awaiting recall service at the local dealer and me on the 'Net looking for Cheabay plastics to go with the rashy dented tank I bought it so we can go racing. But for this year the plan is instruction, instruction and more instruction culminating in licensure for next year's amateur Season. Plus a LOT of Tiger time to keep up the proficiency, I still shred in gravel with it. Obligatory glam shot obtained the other day while there was a break in the clouds:
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    2018 Touratech Rally in Plain, WA, 6/21-24/18

    Thanks Pete, I too have a 20+ foot flatbed trailer with multiple tie downs and a Superduty to pull it so if there is enough interest I could be persuaded to roll that in addition to Tigers. Should still have room for at least 2-4 bikes depending on how they are kitted. If little they can ride in the buckets in the bed leaving the trailer open or whatever. Still don't know if I'll be able to get my Wife away in which case I'll be bringing BOTH Tigers. But that would still leave room for two more people that wanted to go with their gear so if there is interest and you are between PDX and Plains let me know. And as for the SS1K, yes that IS a Saddle Sore 1000. I ran one from Tigard to Missoula last Summer and as far as I know I'm the first Tiger 800 to run one. Had a great time and found out that the Tiger is actually QUITE comfortable to be on for a day straight when kitted correctly. I'm just too damned lazy to write ride reports as they are only interesting to the idiot blabbing and I don't blab well. Nice to be able to take in a bit of off pavement while there though, some of it has burned to the ground since and only exists in my GoPro and the stills I took. https://spotwalla.com/tripViewer.php?id=172955a2466314b97b&hoursPast=0&showAll=yes .
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    Do you give to a moto-specific charity?

    Strangely enough my one and only charity besides St. Jude through AmazonSmile is Ted Simon’s foundation, Jupiterstravellers.org.. Something I actually believe in and not only did it enroll me IN the foundation but I’m actually one of a limited amount of Facebook friends of Ted himself. Somehow ended up with 2 endorsed copies of his book but I think one was complementary with the membership/donations. Still a great endeavor and when I found out his site had been hacked by ISIS of all things I was compelled to make a bit of a statement of support I suppose and have been ever since at 10 bucks a month. And definitely second the AMA although not so much of a Charity as a lobby. I used them specifically of how to engage politically as an example to AARP who will NOT be getting another 50 bucks for five years of not much when they come due again.
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    2018 Touratech Rally in Plain, WA, 6/21-24/18

    So Eric, are you IN? I am for sure at last through Saturday as I regularly have Fridays off and to myself anyways plus hopefully a bit of goodwill built up with the Wife by then to cover an extra day or two away. PeteN looks like you’re confirmed so where will we all hang our collective hats? Under the big XLADV sign or what? I’ll be coming in early Friday AM so try to be quiet around the purpley looking Tiger when all you people arise at the crack of dawn Friday, will ya? Thanks, appreciated. But seriously it’d be great to put a face to the handle so to speak and a reason to explore an area I haven’t spent a lot of time in before except in passing trying for my SS1K.
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    New From Oregon, My Neighbor Referred me

    Hi Tanuki, See, What’d I tell Ya? Great bunch of folks and far more “focused” if you wil than the “other” adv forum. I haven’t been posting much myself due to my annual licensing taking place any day and having had two rather spectacular crashes riding with the Westside crew back in late December. But my Tiger is back in order (and back from paint!) with only a sacked clutch needing attention so I’ll soon be out and about again. See ya on the trails....... Rick (Flappy)
  11. I also thought of doing a “fade” logo ala the original designs as seen here: http://www.fedrotriple.it/tiger-800-xc-2011-triumph.html You can also see that CHD used a different line from where Triumph chose on production models for the Triumph logo. It’s one of the prime reasons I ditched mine as I want them centered on the depression in the tank not an arbitrary third line as T chose. I also want the vintage style script but we’ll see when I actually commission the piece. Got a fellow in the neighborhood who does sign painting in addition to his graphics and vinyl business so we’ll see what we see.
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    Post your XL offroad photos

    Couple weeks ago....
  13. Hey all, Been a while since I participated here but with the release of the new Tiger 800 I thought I might raise my head again and post. So two days before Thanksgiving in 2015 I was pursuing my great North/South DS route from Tillamook to Seaside and being relatively new to big bikes I had gotten myself into a predicament where my newly acquired Tiger had rolled itself over on top of me in some gravel . Several times in fact while I got the bike turned around which was all that I could do that day as the Sun evaporates early in late November. So I hiked my backside the 12 miles out to get Cell service and call my Wife in my heavy Moto boots cursing every inch of the way while campers in the darkness heard me stumble by in the middle of the night by the light of my iPhone and GPS. Sheriff got to me about 15 minutes before my Wife at 1 AM, which helped me not at all. All the preceding is just by way of illustration how I found myself last Summer when the bike hit it's 24,000 mile mark. Tank still rashy I had scraped off the Triumph badging and not much else leaving a somewhat "frumpy" looking Tiger. So right after I rode an SS1K to Missoula and back I decided that for her 24K I would get her a paint job as I never really loved the black anyways. I wanted a blue one but they were sold out when I bought mine so..... long story short Mama's is Caspian Blue, mine was Phantom Black. I actually started a write up here but lost interest as my business again required major shifts/sacrifices to stay solvent so we do what we do as they say. In July I was recovered enough to reach out to a local paint shop to try to re-color or re paint my poor deflicted Tiger. We went from this: to this: I'm debating having the Triumph logos done in either gold with white borders or Black with white outlines. Or maybe none at all like the new Tigers. What does the collective say? A bit too purple? It's called Dark Shadows Blue by PPG and it's a factory color for Ford. My first real dirt bike was a purple Yamaha LT1 and man this color brings back lots of memories for me so I love it but I can see where some might not like it. Obviously this is when I first had this done back in August and my guards are back on as well as some Tech Spec tank grippers to help protect the tank as well as the regular "TigerXCx" shrouds that I am currently running. Total cost was 330.00 dollars including the damage repair where I had chipped the paint through to the primer originally. All in all I find it to be a reasonable cost to repair some cosmetic damage I had caused and I'm the proud owner of a VERY distinctive Tiger that I can't lose in the parking lot or at the dealership.
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    Lower first and gauges for new 800

    Hey everybody, So although the ST and presumably the Daytona (for MY '18) get SIGNIFICANT changes for the new model year the little Tiger 800 gets no love. Over 200 running changes but NO new engine means Tiger will remain much of a muchness. Which isn't necessarily bad but sometimes I DO get frustrated at the EU homologations for licensure which limit power. Then again I didn't NEED a hundered and twenty horsepower Tiger when I first bought it like I do now and for me at least Big Kitty is too big and not handy not to mention I prefer chain drive. But I have to scratch my head at the lower first gear, who needed that? Are we rock crawling with the thing? I've scarcely needed the one they provide unless I'm bagged and I even rode it over 200 miles back to the dealership when the gear shift fell off and I was stuck in third. FIRST? I can slow speed troll with the best of 'em bagged or unbagged and I can find no reason for that unless maybe I was trying to scale Everest. The rest appears largely fluff, different fairings, an extra more powerful off-road mode and new fancy color gauges. Changes to the windscreen amount to nothing since 90 percent of us Tiger owners swap ours out anyways and the new headlight design is questionable as well although admitedly more modern. Finally ditched the off-kilter Triumph badging on the tank like I've done to mine and although I like the new TIGER badged plastics it looks like I can mount them on mine as well which isn't exactly "new" then is it? Nothing meaningful like the new engine that lives in the ST or Daytona downstroked to make less than 95HP I believe it is? And again we're stuck with a welded on passenger rearset that results in HUGE losses due to the bikes' relative propensity for rolling leading to the relative insurance claims/losses. Think I'll just buy a Street Triple and build a new frame for it as getting a proper middleweight from Triumph for the US is like pulling teeth. Not that anyone else is doing it either but the limit of 95HP for these right at 500lb bikes here in the land of the free is limiting to say the least. So any other Tiger 800 riders out there care to chip in? Will you trade in your Gen I\II Tiger 800 for a new one? If so, why?
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    Post your XL offroad photos