Main Motorcycle: 2012 Tiger 800XC
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Other Motorcycle: 1978 Yamaha XS650
I have a definite purpose in mind for getting an adventure bike, and specifically the 800XC.
I'm retiring from the Army in a couple months. I've got the opportunity of a lifetime to live for darn near free in a great place in northern California while I search for my next job/career...could be there a few months, or much longer. Not sure yet about that. But it's on a dirt road (or mud, slush, or dust, depending on the season), and there are a bazillion other dirt roads and trails in the immediate area that will be calling me to explore them. The wheels are churning upstairs for a longer ride (or two, or three, or...). I am definitely riding the west coast, with some trips inland. I want to go to Idaho to see an old friend who I served with in Afghanistan. I want to go to Oregon to see an Army buddy of mine. I want to go to Alaska...well...just because it's there.
To do all that requires a bike that will allow me to deal with low-speed, low-traction situations in which light weight, ground clearance, maneuverability, and aggressive tires are paramount. I also need a bike with enough comfort to handle long pavement runs. I need something with enough power to haul my butt and all the things I've packed up and over the mountains. I need something that gets reasonably good fuel economy so I'm not bleeding my wallet dry riding it every day. And with all that, the bike must be fun...able to carve up a twisty road with precision, and have a playful attitude while doing all of the above.
No bike is all things to all people. Adventure-type bikes seem to answer the mail on what I'm looking for with reasonable competence in everything, but not excelling at any single purpose at the expense of the others.
2012 Triumph Tiger 800XC
1978 Yamaha XS650
2012 Toyota Tacoma 4X4