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(Thinking of) .. OK, now Buying a Triumph 800XC
« on: July 21, 2014, 10:41:47 pm »
Update:- BOUGHT IT!
See page 3..

This one, to be exact:-


I own a XR600R for the rougher stuff, but I want a bike that can do bigger distances more comfortably whilst not being shy to hit dirt trails. Let's say 60/40 road and dirt. Pillion must be comfortable, and long distance trips over many days mustn't be a butt killer.
I've read all the specs on this one vs the BMW F800GS and there's not a lot dividing them. I never thought I'd find myself eyeing a British bike, but the world isn't what it used to be, and neither am I.

PLEASE, if you're going to tell me to buy a BMW or KTM, etc, say WHY. All valid arguments will be taken into consideration, whilst meaningless pissing contests will not. Talking from experience will help me a lot in making a decision.
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Re: Thinking of buying a Triumph 800XC
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2014, 10:44:10 pm »
My mate Tom (TVB) had one of those, he loved it...

I like it a lot too  :drif:
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Re: Thinking of buying a Triumph 800XC
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2014, 10:50:50 am »
I've done a few thousand k's in one's company, and rode it myself now and then, and all I can say is: "I came away impressed"!!!  :thumleft:
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Re: Thinking of buying a Triumph 800XC
« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2014, 05:16:08 pm »
As you said, the XC and GS are very close.  Nothing wrong with either and in the end it will boil down to your own preference and what bike causes that lekker feeling inside for you.

A while back I also had an itch and was thinking of upgrading my donkey with an XC.  Things did not work out then, but when opportunity comes around, the XC is still my 1st choice.






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Re: Thinking of buying a Triumph 800XC
« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2014, 05:21:57 pm »
I rode the GS800 and the XC800 back to back and i would pick the Triumph everyday of the week. That motor is just so sweet and perfect to your application.
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Re: Thinking of buying a Triumph 800XC
« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2014, 05:27:42 pm »
Have ridden both and my pillion prefers the XC, said it is a lot more comfortable than the 800GS. That being said my only complaint with the XC, is that 2up the front springs need a boost 2 up - progressives.
Both good bikes, but I will take the XC everytime.
I was one who would never have bought a Triumph, until I got my 1050 Sprint, now I know what the hype was about the tripple motor, and they are reliable bikes and economical to run, especially out of warrantee.
The fuel consumption is aslo good, with my riding style, I am not particularly aggressive and with the missus on the back I get around18-20km/l - even on the XC.

But ride them both back to back, with your pillion then decide, because what works for me may not be your ideal, good luck :thumleft:


PS: and don't fall for the "resale" schpieel, you would never want to part with your XC anyway and if you do you would have to beat the buyers off with a stick.(after you beat yourself upside the head)  :biggrin:
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Re: Thinking of buying a Triumph 800XC
« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2014, 06:34:55 pm »
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Re: Thinking of buying a Triumph 800XC
« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2014, 06:44:25 pm »
 :sip: Ride them both, you'll buy the Xc :3some:
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Re: Thinking of buying a Triumph 800XC
« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2014, 07:06:38 pm »
Looks like I am destined to become an XC guy.. I already own a Volvo XC90 and so does Mrs..
So, as Bon Jovi says:- Half way there... May as well get the 800XC to round out the stable.
Gonna have to build a place to park the bikes cause the garage she is full..
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Re: Thinking of buying a Triumph 800XC
« Reply #9 on: July 24, 2014, 09:24:33 am »
Cars out , bikes in.

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Re: Thinking of buying a Triumph 800XC
« Reply #10 on: July 24, 2014, 09:35:36 am »
Cars out , bikes in.

No problem !  :peepwall:

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So whan you getting the XC boet?  :ricky:
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Re: Thinking of buying a Triumph 800XC
« Reply #11 on: July 24, 2014, 09:38:48 am »
Cars out , bikes in.

No problem !  :peepwall:

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Re: Thinking of buying a Triumph 800XC
« Reply #12 on: July 24, 2014, 09:41:16 am »
STOP the bullshit and get the beauty already!!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: Thinking of buying a Triumph 800XC
« Reply #13 on: July 24, 2014, 12:07:19 pm »
It's my Burfday in September so that's the purchase plan. Mrs. Airguitar has given the green light!  :thumleft:
In any case I'm overseas earning the $$ necessary to make the deal..
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Re: Thinking of buying a Triumph 800XC
« Reply #14 on: July 24, 2014, 12:08:42 pm »
Cars out , bikes in.

No problem !  :peepwall:

onyl way to do it....my car and bakkie sleeps outside, bikes inside

You okes are trying to deny me my own private Bike Cave.. Nee, kak.. I'm going to build..  :biggrin: :biggrin:
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Re: Thinking of buying a Triumph 800XC
« Reply #15 on: July 24, 2014, 12:52:58 pm »
Don't do it! The XC lacks ground clearance - this is vital if you want to ride dirt. If you are indeed brave enough to venture onto the dirt with this terribly road-biased excuse for a DS bike, the dust will promptly clog up the air filter and/or the stepper motor. The bike will then not idle properly and you will crash and die!. If you survive this cataclysm, the main stand will vibrate loose and kill you. Still alive? The front mudguard will fall off, you will then crash and die!. And if you escape all this mayhem, the noise of the chain smacking the swingarm over every little bump will drive you insane and you may possibly die!

.....And there's no 24 hour emergency on call back up thingy....And after 4 years on the market its reliability is still very questionable.

A very risky purchase.

You have been warned.

Rather buy the "other" 800  :thumleft:

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Re: Thinking of buying a Triumph 800XC
« Reply #16 on: July 24, 2014, 12:57:08 pm »
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Re: Thinking of buying a Triumph 800XC
« Reply #17 on: July 24, 2014, 01:09:42 pm »
Don't do it! The XC lacks ground clearance - this is vital if you want to ride dirt. If you are indeed brave enough to venture onto the dirt with this terribly road-biased excuse for a DS bike, the dust will promptly clog up the air filter and/or the stepper motor. The bike will then not idle properly and you will crash and die!. If you survive this cataclysm, the main stand will vibrate loose and kill you. Still alive? The front mudguard will fall off, you will then crash and die!. And if you escape all this mayhem, the noise of the chain smacking the swingarm over every little bump will drive you insane and you may possibly die!

.....And there's no 24 hour emergency on call back up thingy....And after 4 years on the market its reliability is still very questionable.

A very risky purchase.

You have been warned.
Rather buy the "other" 800  :thumleft:

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Seriously? I see you still own yours.
I know about the stepper (Easy fix) and the air filter (Costs a bit but not a difficult fix)
I thought the main stand spring issue was resolved..
Also, I'm not talking about heavy offroading, I have the XR for that. The Triumph would be dirt roads and dirt trails at the worst.
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Re: Thinking of buying a Triumph 800XC
« Reply #18 on: July 24, 2014, 01:13:00 pm »
Bazinga and I (amongst others) did around 5000kms together in December. Him on an XC and me on my GS. We did baviaans, lundin's, naude's, bidstone, bastervoetpad and more. Both will do gravel travel and more difficult bits. Pretty much any DS bike will. Pick the one you like and buy it. I prefer the GS but that is just me
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Re: Thinking of buying a Triumph 800XC
« Reply #19 on: July 24, 2014, 01:16:29 pm »
Bazinga and I (amongst others) did around 5000kms together in December. Him on an XC and me on my GS. We did baviaans, lundin's, naude's, bidstone, bastervoetpad and more. Both will do gravel travel and more difficult bits. Pretty much any DS bike will. Pick the one you like and buy it. I prefer the GS but that is just me

Don't do it! The XC lacks ground clearance - this is vital if you want to ride dirt. If you are indeed brave enough to venture onto the dirt with this terribly road-biased excuse for a DS bike, the dust will promptly clog up the air filter and/or the stepper motor. The bike will then not idle properly and you will crash and die!. If you survive this cataclysm, the main stand will vibrate loose and kill you. Still alive? The front mudguard will fall off, you will then crash and die!. And if you escape all this mayhem, the noise of the chain smacking the swingarm over every little bump will drive you insane and you may possibly die!

.....And there's no 24 hour emergency on call back up thingy....And after 4 years on the market its reliability is still very questionable.

A very risky purchase.

You have been warned.

Rather buy the "other" 800  :thumleft:

 :pot:



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