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Offline drewdza

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Re: Thinking of buying a Triumph 800XC
« Reply #20 on: July 24, 2014, 01:16:56 pm »
I never go off the tar with my XC. Its too risky. I may die!

20 000km's , only ridden to the shops and back. Oh, and to church on Sundays. No problems  :thumleft:

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Re: Thinking of buying a Triumph 800XC
« Reply #21 on: July 24, 2014, 01:18:40 pm »
I never go off the tar with my XC. Its too risky. I may die!

20 000km's , only ridden to the shops and back. Oh, and to church on Sundays. No problems  :thumleft:

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Re: Thinking of buying a Triumph 800XC
« Reply #22 on: July 24, 2014, 01:40:03 pm »
Sheet, I better change the avatar of mine. That looks like an XC on dirt  :o With knobbies nogal.............not mine, not mine.......

Sorry for the kakpraat, just tired of the endless 800 debate.

Ride an XC. Ride a GS. They can both do what it says on the tin.

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Re: Thinking of buying a Triumph 800XC
« Reply #23 on: July 24, 2014, 01:47:28 pm »
Now Now Drewdza

This is no way to inspire confidence on the Tiger (Aka - Pussy)
Play nice or you will be asked to leave the sand box

Just answer the questions and all will be OK  >:D >:D >:D

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Re: Thinking of buying a Triumph 800XC
« Reply #24 on: July 24, 2014, 01:58:18 pm »
Ag you can vouch for the bike yourself man - you've spent enough km's riding behind it  :snorting: :snorting: :snorting:
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Re: Thinking of buying a Triumph 800XC
« Reply #25 on: July 24, 2014, 04:26:55 pm »
I rode both, haven't owned any of them, they are too vague off road. It is difficult to tell if you went over the rock in the road or missed it.
Much prefer a bike that you can tell whether it was heads or tails when you ride over a R5 coin. XC has the better motor.
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Re: Thinking of buying a Triumph 800XC
« Reply #26 on: July 24, 2014, 05:56:55 pm »
Now Now Drewdza

This is no way to inspire confidence on the Tiger (Aka - Pussy)
Play nice or you will be asked to leave the sand box

Just answer the questions and all will be OK  >:D >:D >:D

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Re: Thinking of buying a Triumph 800XC
« Reply #27 on: July 24, 2014, 06:08:16 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 #28 on: July 24, 2014, 06:12:39 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:

 :pot:

 :bueller: I fully agree with Dewsie, this man is probably saving your life, take note hey. :sip:


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Re: Thinking of buying a Triumph 800XC
« Reply #29 on: July 24, 2014, 08:38:06 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 #30 on: July 24, 2014, 09:33:02 pm »
When I looked at a big bike to replace my stolen GSA I had a good hard look at the 800's and the big boys.

Of the 800's the triumph has the better motor and I enjoyed riding it more than the other 800.
But the 800's weigh pretty much the same as the 1190 but the 1190 has the power I always wanted. The power sealed the deal for me. But I probably wont buy another KTM anytime soon, as the airbox issue and after sales issues have been less than acceptable.

 If you really are only doing the odd gravel road and mild trail the previous generation 1200GSA is not to be ignored. Its very comfortable and can do two up with ease. And they can be had used for good prices nowadays.

Try a few different ones and get the one you really like.

If you want you can have a go on my 1190, but be warned the power does make all the other problems fade away when riding. >:D


Just get the one you really like and you should be fine. :thumleft:
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Re: Thinking of buying a Triumph 800XC
« Reply #31 on: July 24, 2014, 10:04:32 pm »
I think the advice and the jokes have been amazing so thanks so much for all of the replies.
I have pretty much decided on the Triumph, simply because it does check all the right boxes for me.
The amount of pillion riding I'll be doing is probably not a lot, but when Mrs. comes along she deserves to feel comfortable and safe.
I am not a fan of hitting 200km/h on the tarmac, as the world slips by you without you seeing anything, and it's just stressful riding at those speeds, especially 2-up. Gravel roads will be the main off-tar riding, with some heavier stuff as it presents itself.
The snorkel mod looks like a must. I must say this is definitely the bike's biggest failing IMO but no deal breaker.
The engine itself is what offsets this hassle. I've ridden the Street Triple and the big Tiger and just never knew an engine could be so much fun.

So, come September I'm off shopping...  8)
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Re: Thinking of buying a Triumph 800XC
« Reply #32 on: July 25, 2014, 08:04:32 am »
...and building  :ricky:
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Re: Thinking of buying a Triumph 800XC
« Reply #33 on: July 25, 2014, 08:55:58 am »
Congrats in advance


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Re: Thinking of buying a Triumph 800XC
« Reply #34 on: July 25, 2014, 02:17:42 pm »
The pre-filter is nice but not essential. I have had one sitting in my garage unused for 18 months. Never saw the need to fit it - and the bikes been "around' a bit (apart from church on Sundays  ;)). Never had any issues with dust clogging the filter between services. The idling issue is not related to a clogged air filter anyway. Its a stepper motor issue which is easily solved by either giving it a squirt of electrical cleaner (aerosol) or applying some dry lube (as they should have done at the factory). I've had the bike for 3 years and never had the idling issue but these are the fixes apparently.

Search the interweb or ask owners who are well past the honeymoon period: There are no significant issues with the XC. NONE.  :thumleft:

All you need do to set the bike up is have the dealer fit the OEM engine bars, bashplate and headlight protector. Then dump the stock footpegs. A Leo Vince can is nice but not essential. OK it is actually, but run the bike in first and stay with the stock ECU tune. Touratech also make a nifty adaptor to raise the front mudguard by 15mm - some extra clearance for the T63 you will fit. Between services all you will need is fuel and rear tyres.

Enjoy the shopping experience. Buy from Trad Triumph if you can - they will sort out any little glitches in the unlikely event they arise.
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Re: Thinking of buying a Triumph 800XC
« Reply #35 on: July 25, 2014, 07:09:36 pm »
Very well put. What foot pegs did you go for? Or just the Triumph other set. And how does it feel?


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Re: Thinking of buying a Triumph 800XC
« Reply #36 on: July 25, 2014, 10:48:39 pm »
I managed to get a weekend flight to Joburg, so I landed this morning and went to take a test ride.
SOLD!!
I'm getting mine in September!!!
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Re: Thinking of buying a Triumph 800XC
« Reply #37 on: July 26, 2014, 11:36:34 am »
So after all he jokes etc we still have to wait until September to see pics of your new shoot? :ocan't you go guy it now so we can drool?
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Re: Thinking of buying a Triumph 800XC
« Reply #38 on: July 26, 2014, 01:32:10 pm »
I managed to get a weekend flight to Joburg, so I landed this morning and went to take a test ride.
SOLD!!
I'm getting mine in September!!!

Congrats.


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Re: Thinking of buying a Triumph 800XC
« Reply #39 on: July 26, 2014, 11:04:46 pm »
I managed to get a weekend flight to Joburg, so I landed this morning and went to take a test ride.
SOLD!!
I'm getting mine in September!!!

Well done Airguitar, may you have many save km's on her.
When my ship arrives one day with my o/seas inheretence I will be looking at the 800GSA and then we can have this thread revived.
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