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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-28-2013, 02:23 PM Thread Starter
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Just returned from a nice ride. All 3289 miles of it.

Family funeral prompted the XCT be put into service a bit sooner than expected so I headed out from Chandler AZ to Colorado Springs last Thursday about 5am. A full 809mi later I arrived for the night. Without feeling tired really. About 12.5hrs with I believe 5 stops.

From there it was onto Omaha for another 590mi the next day. Again, not a hiccup and a nice ride.

Wife flies into Omaha and we plot our way back 2 up.

Back to C/S (Mothers house) and we take the corn routes through NE and KS and come in 70/24 in CO.

From there it's down to Raton NM the next day. Go west on 64 over to Chama NM via Angle Fire, Taos and others towns.

Next day we loop it up to Pagosa Springs, (Wolf Creek pass) and into Creede. Back out of Creed over to Alamosa and then south over Cumbres pass on 17 back to Chama for a nice "local ride".

From there it's home via 64 west to Farmington NM, south to Gallup and then down to St. Johns AZ. Turning west on 260 we go to Pinetop for the night. Up early (beat the heat at home) we head south on 60 to Phoenix metro.

So...overall it got a workout. Nearly 3300 miles. Begs the questions; what did you like, find, dislike have issues with etc huh?

First the Good:

The ride is fine. I mean really fine. I took the air butt bag and used it one time on I80 but it wasn't really needed. The cruise is a blessing on long rides. Add a cup holder and a tablet holder for nav/tunes and you're set. The bike ran all day without a hitch and just rolled on an on and on...

Running about 82mph on the interstate you can expect about 40mpg, less with big winds. Lower speed roads about 43mpg. We maxed out a tank at 230mi before filling up. I'd urge folks to do a comfortable 165-180 between stops and plan those distances personally. Not much change solo vs 2 up.

Luggage space is killer. We overpacked and you'd never know it. Used all the 12v ports at times and even the heated seats/grips at 54f morning temps. No need for closed gloves.

The Questionable:
This machine has some plastic vibration at about 1700 that's annoying as hell. Embarrassing really. Plan to have them look at this.

At high altitudes the idle runs up. Around 1600 after some use. I tried cruise/no cruise and it clears up when you cycle the key. Tells me it's in the computer. My guess is there's no MAP on this machine so it compensates for lack of air by opening up he throttle more. I'm certain it's in the computer and not a cable issue. All went good with altitudes below 8000ft.

Some tranny noise...yup, this one's going to be messy. About 1500mi back one day I hear some "chirping" my first thought was a lean knock from bad gas. Maybe. But I added some 104 additive to it and the problem persists. Pull in the clutch and it goes away. Not a good sign. The chirping gets louder and more common as we head home. My guess here is that we've got something rubbing the case inside. With no choice we head back and it doesn't get worse. I'd like to see the inside of the oil filter as that will prove me right or wrong, may cut it open at my shop to see.

Didn't have time to add the 2" back bars..wish I had. But the backrest made it in time as did the RAM mounts so we ran with it.

The Bad:
Ok, the tranny is not 'good. But the only real bad thing I can say is that in rain the visibility through the larger windshield and glasses combined with an open face helmet sucks. And I mean to the point of hiding under an overpass on I80 for a bit. If there's ever a need for one cool product- it's a wiper on this shield. I see room for one.

*Adding. One thing I really worry about is the lack of a steering lock or some sort of anti theft devise. I guess I'll buy a cable lock but for 20k+ you'd think a least a basic lock with be included. Hell, someone can roll this baby away at night and you'd never know!

After 3300mi I honestly don't think I'd trade this machine for anything else on the road. (maybe a vision but wife doesn't like the seating- she's short) Taking it back to Scottsdale for service and I'll post follow ups.

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http://www.webbikeworld.com/motorcyc...ter-repellent/

This sounds like it works for repelling rain drops....... haven't used it, think I'll get some.

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Meant to do the RainX thing but never got to it..

Another thought:

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For the chirping, try some carmax (yes, the lip balm) on the belt. Works like a charm for me.

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For the chirping, try some carmax (yes, the lip balm) on the belt. Works like a charm for me.
Looked it over for rocks etc.
Won't explain why it goes away with the clutch in tho.

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The belts like to chirp on these bikes. Mine will do it while accelaerating and then go away once it warms up. When it starts to bug me I put it on the jack and adjust it. Chirp goes away. My daughters 1983 Honda 250 with a belt never chirps, go figure.

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Yes more so under acceleration but constant. Doesn't explain the reason it goes away with the clutch in still. I'll have them look at it and give me their opinion when the do the bars and the plastic work.

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Looks like we do share some common problems Todd. I forgot to mention that i keep a coat of car wax on my wind screen and the water rolls right off.
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Looks like we do share some common problems Todd. I forgot to mention that i keep a coat of car wax on my wind screen and the water rolls right off.
Yeah...Rainx is in my future. Thought of it too late. And probably take a full 3/4 helmet visor along too.

The dealer did confirm the belt issue and noise as others mentioned. Now I know for sure. Tell me they fixed the vibrations too in the plastic.

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I don't think you want to put Rain-X on a plastic windshield. You may wind up permanently fogged. A good Automotive wax works pretty good, though.

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