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Offline mike2411

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3 weeks, 1500 miles
« on: April 08, 2019, 07:27:24 PM »
Hello, I have had my 2019 XCA for 3 weeks and have ridden 1500 miles and wanted to update.

It's been an amazing 3 weeks and 1500 miles and I have been having a blast on mine! I have been itching to get it offroad so did 25 miles of dirt, some technical and the bike did great! I had a blast but was a bit nervous about being in that environment as I did not want to drop my new bike. 25 miles and no drops :152:

Went offroad again this last Saturday and it was, again, awesome! But :006: I hit some sand that grabbed and turned my front wheel and off I went into the brush...bike went down and broke my right turn signal, scratched my windscreen, and some small scratches in the small plastic wing near my windscreen as well as some small scratches in my right side case :019:

The drop hurt, BAD! It didn't hurt me physically but did hurt me inside...but at least it's done and I've done what was said to be inevitable if we are going to ride these offroad.

Regarding 2-up...my wife took a ride with me recently and I was amazed at how well the Tiger handles with a passenger! The bike felt so good, so effortless with her on the back! :028:

Fuel range STINKS! I hate the limited fuel range but I am knit-picking on this one so pay no attention to me...but it STINKS! How many miles am I getting per tank? Glad you asked! I am getting around 175 miles between fill-ups. The limited fuel range is my fault for being on the throttle like I am but how can you not? But, I have ridden the Trophy and the Concours, have ridden both hard, and both had better range. The Concours was not much better but I could get to 200 miles before having to look to for fuel. The Trophy went beyond that, 240ish and that was riding hard.
Tires won't last long. Again, there is no way to own this bike and not want to ride it hard! This bike gets better with each ride and twisties are soooooo easy on this thing that tires are going to have to be changed often! So it's fuel and tires on a regular basis!

All-in-all, an exceptional bike that is extremely fun to ride with TERRIBLE fuel range (sorry, can't stop mentioning that)! The Tiger has gobs of power and is amazingly quick, fast, and agile! Unless you hit the sand, then agility goes out the window and you fall over :161:

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Re: 3 weeks, 1500 miles
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2019, 07:32:43 PM »
Sounds like you’re having fun.  :001:

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Re: 3 weeks, 1500 miles
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2019, 07:34:52 PM »
Oh yeah! How can you not call this bike fun? You can do anything and everything on it!

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Re: 3 weeks, 1500 miles
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2019, 08:19:15 PM »
 :821: Kudos for having fun on it. Don't feel too bad for the falls or the broken parts. I have a habit of throwing this thing around and scratching and breaking bits and pieces off of it. Ducktape works wonders!  :821: you have the upper crash bars, right?

Range:
When I was doing long distance, I'd get 200+ miles on it. I personally liked that range.

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I wanted to check on this yesterday. It was a hot day ~75F and I rode from Providence to NYC and back. Filled up the tank around New Haven and rode at I-95 and Merritt, traffic speed (those who know, know what I mean) and hit stop & traffic - of course - by Whitestone bridge. About half an hour of stop & go on my way in.

On my way back to Providence, I hit stop & go traffic on Merritt Parkway for about 40 miles. Yeap, took me about an hour and half to get out of that mess. I-95 was even worse. According to radio, there were four accidents on Merritt and about the same on I-95 yesterday for some reason.

After Milford, I switch to I-95 and from there on, past New Haven, I-95 traffic speed is, well, spirited might be the exact word. It's not fuel conscious at all. 6th gear ~5K RPM for maybe an hour more.

By the time I pulled in to gas up at Clark Falls, and I kept calculating distance on the GPS, preventing every urge to stop at all the other gas stations, this was the situation:





all in all, I would say a 2014 TEX XC can get over 220 miles on a full tank with a conservative cruise speed. I got 210 miles with the worst of conditions, speed, stop and go traffic (1st, 2nd gear for 40 miles, in 75F)

this is pretty much inline with what I got with the previous TEX, a 2013 - 220 miles was my range; I just never had documented it.

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Re: 3 weeks, 1500 miles
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2019, 08:54:15 PM »
Thanks, Icy! Nice to hear about others who toss theirs around too! I'm not going to stop taking it offroad so I guess it's something I need to accept! I did have duct tape with me and it worked great in holding my right turn signal in place as I rode home! It's funny, the turn signal broke away from the mount, wires ripped off of the connections, but I hacked things back together and I had a working turn signal as I rode home, just rigged with duct tape until my new one arrives :018:

Regarding fuel range...I know I'm whining about it but it's because I'm used to my previous bikes. I will learn to adjust and I will see what I need to do to squeeze 200+ miles out of a tank but as of now, that will be IMPOSSIBLE to do because I LOVE pushing this bike...SO MUCH FUN!

I will be out on Saturday hunting for more dirt, so stand by :745:

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Re: 3 weeks, 1500 miles
« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2019, 09:09:22 PM »
*Originally Posted by mike2411 [+]
Thanks, Icy! Nice to hear about others who toss theirs around too! I'm not going to stop taking it offroad so I guess it's something I need to accept! I did have duct tape with me and it worked great in holding my right turn signal in place as I rode home! It's funny, the turn signal broke away from the mount, wires ripped off of the connections, but I hacked things back together and I had a working turn signal as I rode home, just rigged with duct tape until my new one arrives :018:

Regarding fuel range...I know I'm whining about it but it's because I'm used to my previous bikes. I will learn to adjust and I will see what I need to do to squeeze 200+ miles out of a tank but as of now, that will be IMPOSSIBLE to do because I LOVE pushing this bike...SO MUCH FUN!

I will be out on Saturday hunting for more dirt, so stand by :745:


 :745:  right on brother! right on!

Yes, after ~50K miles on three different Tigers I can say that their common denominator is that they love to rev up and that awesome mileage can drop down significantly. I know because I commute on this thing and during the past three months my mileage barely touched 150 miles - heavy stop and go traffic with tons of speed up and downs... you are right about that  :169:

That's too funny. This is the first day of my first Tiger's ownership. It snowed in NY and I took the bike out for a ride to test its TTC and ABS and then dropped it and broke the left blinker. I duct taped it back on and it worked fine for a week or so. That's the story of the stickers on the body too - when plastic parts broke, I placed strategic stickers on them to hold'em back together.



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Re: 3 weeks, 1500 miles
« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2019, 09:23:31 PM »
 :745: I now know my bike will have "stickers" at some point! Your left turn signal looks like my right one, only the drop ripped the clear lens off, screw pulled away with the plastic on it (no way to thread it back in), and wires ripped out. I have a new coming, I just hope it doesn't cost hundreds to replace...you know how that stuff goes :086:

I did add the tall engine bars, added aux lights, tank bag, boxes, Rox bar risers, fork sliders...pics below of my current setup! The aux lights aren't showing well here but they do pop when I'm on the road. I live in So. Cal. and splitting lanes is life for me and after adding the aux lights it was like splitting the Red Sea :745:







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Re: 3 weeks, 1500 miles
« Reply #7 on: April 08, 2019, 09:46:53 PM »
Kickass!!!  :028:  :046:  :821:
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Re: 3 weeks, 1500 miles
« Reply #8 on: April 08, 2019, 10:01:49 PM »
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Re: 3 weeks, 1500 miles
« Reply #9 on: April 09, 2019, 02:57:08 AM »
That's one gorgeous ride! :028:
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