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Offline Rodders

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Some early impressions of the 2018 Tiger XRT
« on: April 16, 2018, 08:15:22 PM »
I had a 2012 Tiger 800, changed it for a 2012 Explorer and have now gone back to an 800, the XRT variant.  These are a few observations after the first 150 miles..
1.   The exhaust sounds louder than the first generation machine, without being excessive, but you dont get the pleasing pops on the over-run.
2.   The XRT comes with an aluminium radiator protector as standard, which isnt mentioned as a feature on the website.
3.   Brake lines are braided as standard.
4.   The TFT instruments are really good I thought that they would reflect my day glow jacket to an annoying degree, but in practice that is not the case.  When the light levels get high enough for it to potentially be a problem it switches to high contrast mode, with a white background and this reduces the reflective effect of the screen.
5.   I dont find any problems with buffeting, which I (and many others) did with the standard first generation screen.
6.   It is so nice to get back to a bike that is easy to move around, easy to pull upright from its side stand and easy to get onto the centre stand.
7.   The gearbox is just so sweet compared with the Explorer box.
8.   Heated seats:  What a needless extravagance I thought, but they do help to make chilly mornings less, well, chilly!
You may take it from this that Im not missing the Explorer at all, although that might change a little when I have to clean the chain and the crud off the back of the 800!
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Re: Some early impressions of the 2018 Tiger XRT
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2018, 08:29:38 PM »
Great report, thanks!

One day we really must decide whether pops on deceleration are (a) a gift from god or (b) the work of the devil.  :087:

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Re: Some early impressions of the 2018 Tiger XRT
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2018, 08:31:04 PM »
Just done the same, 1200 to 800Xca. Agree with all you say
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Re: Some early impressions of the 2018 Tiger XRT
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2018, 07:27:12 AM »
If you use "Wurth High Performance Dry Chain Lube" you shouldn't have a problem with crud  :028:

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Re: Some early impressions of the 2018 Tiger XRT
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2018, 08:07:17 AM »
*Originally Posted by Psychopasta [+]
Great report, thanks!

One day we really must decide whether pops on deceleration are (a) a gift from god or (b) the work of the devil.  :087:

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Re: Some early impressions of the 2018 Tiger XRT
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2018, 09:33:00 AM »
Saw a new 1200 today.  Chunky is being kind.  Lard arse and butt ugly are saying it as it is.
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