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  1. Dang, I'm just at 21k in 2 (TWO) years and I figured I beat mine hard. Been pretty light on miles for the last few months due to the weather and only put a couple thousand on over the Winter when I could dodge the snow.
  2. So in today's inbox was the usual Triumph branded e-magazine "For the Ride". I was in the process of right-swiping this to the trash when I noticed Daryl from "Walking Dead" sitting on my bike. Turns out Norman Reedus is a huge Tiger fan and put 30,000 on an XCa for another show he is running in addition to Walking Dead. The fact that he put 30k on it in a year speaks volumes I think let alone that he now has a second one. Apparently he trail rides it as well so maybe if you see a blacked-out Tiger out in the Georgia backroads you might meet him. At any rate 30K in a year isn't exactly light usage my hat is off to him for that at any rate. http://www.fortheride.com/stories/exclusive-walking-dead-stars-tiger-obsession/
  3. So's I don't waste a bunch of space elsewhere here's Tiger up by Lake Quinault in the Olympic National Rain Forest. No action shots as I'm solo and parking my GoPro on a stump in the hopes of catching myself doing anything interesting would be weak sauce indeed.
  4. Here's too tall.....Bit of a pain to push those Whyzeds up the ramp from the ground. Took me a couple of seasons to figure out leaving the trailer hitched to offload and load from. Makes it a bit easier.
  5. Sweet truck!
  6. I've never had too much luck with seal savers unfortunately. Always seems that it is a bit too late by the time I think to use them. Jeez, NavyNuke I'm getting excited looking at your parts pile, It's been far too long since I bought anything. And that's a great service interval! My Tiger's is every 12k to the tune of about 800-1200 bucks if you have it done. Not counting oil change and chain rub strips every 6k, tires every 2500-6000 miles depending and all manner of delicious OE parts to replace those lost due to usage.
  7. On purpose wheelies? Without the lighter bike not much. Some on my YZ (I'm old), few on my XR and none at all (deliberate) on the Tiger. I too have wheelie envy. And stoppie envy. And basically envy for anyone who is young enough to be able to "bond" to the bike in that way without fear. But as my bones break rather than bend now, I'm generally way too timid to be flicking a 500+ lb. bike around like that. Under controlled circumstances such as a class or some such event with others around to help and encourage that might be different but since I'm lone wolf 99% of my riding time I'm conservative.
  8. Thanks guys.... he's following this directly so he'll be checking these out as well I'm sure. Thanks again gents.
  9. Mine are carefully labeled and put aside for the next owner who may not share my tastes. So far I've got two sets of quad plastic, the seat , smog pump,exhaust, rear fender, headlight and taillight from my XR, the seat, hand guards,silencer, heel guards and windshield from my Tiger and three complete sets of YZ plastic including all the factory blue stuff including the tank and factory exhaust. Plus graphics kits for same in the event of destruction. My life is generally such a mess that I really try to be orderly in my Moto endeavors. If I die, hopefully someone can re-construct everything due to my obsessive labeling and inventorying.
  10. Possibly. But unfortunately I'm afraid he's got the big bike lust. And TT sometimes devolves into favoritism but I agree the user base is far larger and more knowledgeable. But since I prefer the larger bikes and the people thereof I posted here. I didn't wish to turn his questions to me into fodder for everyone to debate over. I advised the Kwaka based on it's' reputation and the recommendation of a very well thought of former dirt bike magazine editor. He is young, his Father trusts me and since his declared purpose was to be away from car traffic on trails as a beginner he needs a light bike that can be managed by one person easily. He was formerly on a TTR125 which of course he soon mastered and factoring in for growth and size/weight I'd put him on the 250. He was thinking DR400 but I told him that might be a bit too much in many ways not the least of which is size. He WANTS a large ADV bike of course and I've already pointed him at the "Weestrom" as a great step in that direction but NOT a first time Dual Sport for solo riders without experience. As a general rule I won't buy a bike I can't self right easily and repeatedly, I would be nothing but bones in the desert now if not for that forethought and it's why I like the little Tiger. But he is quite a bit smaller and lighter so Wisdom would dictate a smaller bike at least to begin with. interesting choices, Eric. I honestly forgot all about the XT. I'll pass that on as a possible consideration as well. I'm not too keen on the WR as a used bike, they tend to get thrashed here by guys who should know better and I can't imagine Massachusetts being all that much better. I'm not trying to sell him a new bike as this bike will undoubtedly be transitional, but it shouldn't be a Toad and since I'm not there to help he counts on my advice. The little CRF might be another, the dual sport 230 and such are completely different to their MX counterparts and are considered reliable as well.
  11. OK. Because you guys here are a lot more stable and reasonable I'm going to post this here rather than ADV even although it might "fit" better there. My Son has a friend of some years' acquaintance and who is like a Son to my Wife and myself. They have known each other since about second grade or so and the kid used to live right across the street. In 2012 or so his Father and I were scratching our collective heads trying to figure out how to defeat the then-burgeoning videocy that was taking place. Some dim recess of my brain lit up and I remembered that I used to throw a leg over a dirt bike back in the day, so off I go and purchase what will turn out to be exactly the wrong type of bikes, especially for me. I hadn't paid much attention to MX bike technology so I just bought a CRF450 for me and a little whyzed for him. Turns out the YZ was a great bike for him, but I hated that CRF. Too loud, too scary and altogether a wrong choice for my nascent resurging dirt bike skillz. Fast forward a year and I'm mounted much more conservatively on my BRP and a YZ250 smoker. I've upsized my Son to a YZ125 as well due to his Mother's comments of "Fat Man on a mini-bike" while watching him drag race his little mini. So now appropriately mounted we are on a 5 day trip to the desert with the aforementioned friend. His Dad has elected to go a slightly different route and purchased himself a well-known manufacturer's two stroke enduro and a 125 four stroke for his Son. So we're out there with my Son's 125, Mama's quad, my XR650, YZ250 and his little tiddler four striker. And for the life of me I saw the kid just light up. We were out there roasting alive in the desert for days and the kid just ate it up. He pissed and moaned the first night due to the extreme lack of conveniences such as steady cell coverage but rapidly adapted. He was keeping right up with me on the XR due to its' rather pokey slow pace and actually giving a fairly good account of himself keeping up with my Son on his YZ. Most of the terrain there that he was riding was fast fire roads which explains why he was riding with me on my XR a lot as opposed to trying the single track as much with the slower four stroker. At any rate after 4 days he didn't exactly want to leave either. Which now brings me to the painful part of this tale. After a few weeks back he refused to go up to Washington with his Dad who had an invite from some friends from work. The next thing I hear is this kid texting my Wife that his Dad is being Lifeflighted down to PDX due to an accident trailside and I'm absolutely at a loss of what to do. He had lost his Mom due to cancer about a year and a half before which just made it that much more unfair. Fortunately my Wife was able to help him through some of this I hope, but it doesn't do bumpkiss for my feelings of guilt. Plus the fact that I know for sure his kid "gets it" and is now hooked on trail riding for life makes sure this is going to be painful for a while. So a year goes by and it turns out his Dad WILL be able to walk, but has now lost quite a bit of function including the complete use of one leg and has a lot of ongoing health concerns. He engages legal representation and prepares to move the both of them to the East coast (his original home). The Son is just entering High School and is now completely disrupted socially which he is very vocal about after they move there. Meanwhile yours truly has an Epiphany and purchases what will become my waking obsession: a shiny Triumph Tiger 800 XCx. So this last year the Manufacturer of the bike he was riding settles along with the Dealership involved and he gets some recompense and I can go back to looking at their bikes without blinders on. He says I was invaluable to him (how I have no clue) but that is neither here nor there. The big news is that he has really gone outside himself and is allowing his Son to ride again. Of course the both of them are looking to me for advice and the first that I gave was to get a KLX 250 due to his size/weight (about 140-150 and about 5'7") and experience. He was thinking another two stroke and I rapidly quashed that even if you could convert one it would be a PITA for the type of riding he wants to do. He needs a bike with the reputation of an anvil, a bike for the Zombie apocolypse which he can grow on for the next couple of years. He's already lusting after the weestrom and I've told him after a year or two on the KLX it might be a good option but since he specifically mentioned Solo I recommended the KLX. I don't recommend Solo of course, but if you have to you have to. Make sure to go as prepared as possible with a bike that fits well and that you can manage to recover solo. Go to every clinic/School you can afford and join your local district of the AMA. Bring SPOT. Wear Armor. Post your route. Come out here for Vacation this Summer, I've got a spare motorcycle or three. As you can probably tell, I'm so stoked his Dad is letting him ride again after this. I really feel the responsibility and respect he's showing in allowing his Son to ride again and I want there to be nothing but good outcomes here. So obviously no rocket bikes and since he's totally into dual sports that kind of helps. So what else should he be looking at? He was looking at a DR400 but I nixed that as too big. I like the KLX, it has a great rep and sells for what you paid for it when you move on. The TW200 would be another like that but a bit too anemic for his purposes I think. The little KLX was able to keep up with my Tiger for most dual sport type riding that a friend and I were doing a year or two ago when he was here. And when he moved back to England he sold it on for what he paid hence my comment about value. But if anyone has any other alternatives, let me know. He asked about the WR and I said that would probably be very similar but out here at least guys like to imagine they are on YZs and beat the heck out of them. So pipe up, everyone. What first bike for a future dual sport rider? I'm not talking big touring ADV bike because he'll buy what speaks to him, as I did.
  12. Welcome! Very nice pictures and congratulations and salutations on the nice GelandeStrasse! I suppose two wheels is my "passion" as well. My father was a Pilot and he was like ALL pilots in that when he wasn't flying he was planning a flight. I'm exactly the same only it's riding. If I'm not riding I'm planning one.
  13. Wow, 5k isn't anything. I pulled the 530 the Tiger comes with at my 12k. Nothing wrong, just a little worn but even still a lot of guys questioned why I replaced it when most seem to be getting 15k out of a set. Just doing the 18k service now and during inspection I noticed I didn't get any locktite (or the correct torque) on my countershaft sprocket !! No damage and obviously I had the chain aligned properly as it stayed on the bike but what a zinger! Really glad I do regular checks beacause this one could bite back hard.....chain derailment at 100+ could be problematic at best, fatal at worst. Seriously though, 5k is weak even for a dirt bike. My XR still has her factory chain at 6000+ and it looks great and isn't even half worn by the indicator snails. As I said most Tiger wranglers seem to think at least 15k is normal and I load the crud out of mine as far as weight goes. At least 350 lbs at all times due to gear and what I'll pack at a minimum. The only reason that I would use an aftermarket chain is if it was somehow superior to the one Triumph sells. When I priced them Triumph was actually quite reasonable all things considered...200.00 for a DID 530 O-Ring chain with Sunstar sprockets fore and aft and the countershaft spacer was very competitive with others and you get Triumph's two-year warranty to boot. Yes, I could've probably saved some coin by ebaying them but a two year warranty has got to be worth something and having the peace of mind of all OE parts is handy when dealing with your Dealer and your Warranty. Now onto hardness as a factor......you've hit the nail on the head. I'll use my XR again as an example as it has a couple of interesting "features" shall we say. The Honda XR650L has been in production relatively unchanged since 1993 and is indeed based on an earlier foreign market only bike by the name of the NX650 Dominator. They've been around for a while in other words. The bike has two glaring weak points.....a weak subframe and a too thin countershaft sprocket resulting in notching of the countershaft output shaft. If you use the factory CS sprocket the wear is bad..if you use an aftermarket sprocket (such as JT) it will be worse. Since the CS shaft is part of the transmission it will require you to split cases when it strips. So we see a lot of XRs with sloppy CS sprockets, stripped CS shafts or horror of horrors WELDED sprockets. The solution of course was either a "kush" hub (expensive) or a new wider countershaft sprocket to help spread out the impact/load. At first guys were using the "R" models' CS shaft as it is a bit wider but the alignment wasn't perfect which caused unacceptable side wear. Fortunately Fritzcoinc over at the Asylum loves the XR and took it upon himself to design a new CS sprocket which addresses these concerns so now we have options besides "kush hubs" which are pricy and now unavailable. My point of all this was to demonstrate that there are a variety of factors at work here and as you noticed hardness IS a factor, sometimes to the detriment of some other part or system. I would carefully balance hardness against type of chain, type of terrain, weather and any other factors that were relevant. Should you maybe consider a Scottoiler? Would an X ring chain be better than O ring? Are JT sprockets really hard enough to eat a DID 525 in 3500 miles?(Hint-they ARE) These are questions that only you can answer. It all boils down to what you are willing to live with.
  14. Well folks I just found out over at Tiger800.uk that BB has lost their OE Triumph parts franchise. This sucks as I ordered half a new XCx from them over the past year and a half or so. Dealer's is a bother and hang-out for rejects from Moto-Corsa and I can't order online late at night. Looks like the hunt is on for a new OE online supplier that doesn't require the ever-popular VIN. I'm stinking tired of Triumph continually asking for it in a thinly-disguised data mining operation. As I've said before: Love the bike, hate the company at times. This makes a double whammy as Cal-Moto just lost their franchise over T's demands on their retail side, so everything is on clearance sale and no more sales or warranty work. Way to go, Triumph. As for the Cal Moto flap it looks like they were trying to do the usual: Make them install about a hundred and fourty grands' worth of brand image frivolity which doesn't equate sales necessarily, but does reflect what corporate tells them. I wonder how Latus Motors gets away with it....Triumph looks like an ugly step child at their Dealership full of knuckle-drag.....T's only signage is a vinyl sign lashed to a chain link off the freeway. If it wasn't for Cycletrader I'd never have known it was a Triumph dealership under all that Harley stuff but there it is.
    After searching for some time (12000 miles) for tires for my Tiger 800 XCx I had so far gone through two sets each of Karoo 3 by Michelin and Heidenau K60 Scouts, which are both well regarded tires for the Tiger. If money was no object, hands down the Karoos. They have a softer compound and a far more aggressive tread pattern without the huge center stripe of the Heidenaus. The Heidenaus however are made of ex-east bloc rubber and are hard as Iron which is great in the frequently sharp edged and broken rock we find here in the Pacific Northwest US. Since I’d pretty much ironed out my riding habits by now I contacted Eric via PM for his advice on tires as the KTM ongoing project bike is not all that different in respect to size/weight. He recommended the Motoz Tractionator GPS based upon my self identified needs and I purchased them to be fitted at my Tiger’s 12k service. This was the end of September last year so any impressions I write of these will be strictly cold or inclement weather as I have not had time to get to anywhere warm yet. Most riding was done under wet conditions with temperatures ranging from 50 to 34 degrees farenheit. In other words: wretched. After re mounting the balanced tires I took the bike for a ride and immediately it stepped out a bit in the rear on a hard left on recently wet pavement which served as a nice reminder of why we take it easy with NEW TIRES! After this happy refresher initial impressions were favorable on tar at any rate, no serious vibes even up to a hundred although a lot more “vague feeling” then the Heidenaus up front. Very difficult to describe this other than when on pavement at speed they seem to hunt more than the Scouts did to find their line making it feel a bit more vague. Might have a bit to do with how much weight it took to balance the front (over 50 grams!) . When on gravel or hard packed clay mud however, they start to shine. Every bit as good as the Scouts especially in lateral traction through gravel. Very confidence inspiring to know that some sharp edged rock or trail obstruction won’t wreck these tires which in turn makes for relaxed riding. As testament to that I’ll submit that even although we’ve had record bad weather here in the Portland area this Winter I’ve managed to put on over 6000 miles since September 27th when I got them. I wouldn’t ride them in the snow but through water, mud, gravel or wet pavement snakes they are no scarier than the other tires I’ve ridden, something I was a bit concerned about given Oregon’s reputation for rain and inclement weather. My riding generally takes me from sea level to about 3000-4000 feet on Forestry Service and County roads with semi-maintained gravel or mixed gravel mud being the norm with broken and abused pavement thrown in for good measure (Pothole tests). I would and will purchase these tires again, 6000 miles with less than 5mm of wear is unheard of in an ADV tire of this type! Attached are a couple of pics from when the tires were new and after the over six thousand I’ve put on them. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, I hope these pictures give everyone a Great American Novels' worth. That is over 6000 miles there, Ladies and Gentlemen and that equals a return sale from yours truly. They maybe aren't the best gripping tires or the most aggressive but they aren't worn out either and for me that equals value. In summation: a compromise tire for a compromise motorcycle. Neither one will excel at anything but both are outstanding value within their limits. I would imagine big Beemers would benefit from these as well but I know that Tigers and Katooms with big loads and 70/30 or 80/20 bias would. As it looks like these will last I will of course follow up with dry weather and Desert use reports this Summer. I do not expect to change my opinions of them very much and expect that they will work as well as they have in other loose surfaces, but we'll see. Expect updates as necessary over this Spring/Summer as I wear them out.