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Just traded my '06 Kawi Vulcan 2000 for a brand new Cross Country Tour. Loving the new bike with all the amenities, planning two major trips this summer. Hope this forum is as friendly and helpful as the Vulcan forum was, great people helping each other out.
 

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Welcome aboard and Congrats on the new XCT! :)
 

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Welcome !


VROC'r here as well...2000 Nomad. [still in the NG]

New here also, 2012 XR...hope you enjoy your new ride as much as I have been enjoying mine.
 

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Man, are we ever helpful here. I'll start the ball rolling with these tips...
+ Make sure you battery terminals are TIGHT and you have placed star washers under the bolts.
+ Air up the rear shock on the optimistic side--there's more weight on you and the bike than you think.
+ Maintain the proper clutch adjustment and keep the cable ends well lubed as well as the lever pivot bushing.
+ Pay good mind to which way you are rotating the oil drain plug when removing it--too many have stripped theirs. Use a torque wrench when replacing it. Helpful hint; set the direction on your ratchet prior to wrenching and you'll do fine.
+ Make those cross bikes prettier by clicking on the first link in my signature.
+ Have fun and ride a lot.
 

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what color did you get hope you screwed the deler
 

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Thanks everyone for the welcomes-really appreciate the tips and the warm welcome-think I will feel at home here. So far the bike is GREAT. First service after break-in this Friday and then I can drive a little more normally.


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Break-in takes about 3,000 miles, so be patient. You'll notice the increased performance as you progress.
 

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Man, are we ever helpful here. I'll start the ball rolling with these tips...
+ Make sure you battery terminals are TIGHT and you have placed star washers under the bolts.
+ Air up the rear shock on the optimistic side--there's more weight on you and the bike than you think.
+ Maintain the proper clutch adjustment and keep the cable ends well lubed as well as the lever pivot bushing.
+ Pay good mind to which way you are rotating the oil drain plug when removing it--too many have stripped theirs. Use a torque wrench when replacing it. Helpful hint; set the direction on your ratchet prior to wrenching and you'll do fine.
+ Make those cross bikes prettier by clicking on the first link in my signature.
+ Have fun and ride a lot.
that was a well camoflaged plug ricz!
 

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I thought it was pretty blatant. I need to sell more brackets and adapters. The collection agency is bugging about the money I still owe the Mustang Ranch.:)
 

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I thought it was pretty blatant. I need to sell more brackets and adapters. The collection agency is bugging about the money I still owe the Mustang Ranch.:)
ha! i already have one but you almost just got me to buy another just to keep the economy goin!
 

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Break-in takes about 3,000 miles, so be patient. You'll notice the increased performance as you progress.
You mean my scoot is going to get even better?
Well alrighty then!

I forget that I literally just broke like 1200 miles.. Granted she's cammed out and has seen the business end of a dyno as well.

But Hockeyref, the trick to these bikes, like most, is let 'em warm up before you get in the throttle with torque on the motor. And because this bike is pretty efficient with cooling, sometimes that can take a few miles before it's ready to boogie. Took forever for my bike to warm up enough to dyno it a couple weekends ago. Stock bikes warm up sooner though due to their tune, but certainly don't be afraid to let her idle at first for a minute or two while you do helmet and gloves and stuff. In the long haul, she'll appreciate it.

Then drive it like you're not afraid of it. They make happiness between 2500 and 4500. Don't bother lower than 2300 unless you're basically coasting.

.... All my opinion, which with a $1.50 will buy ya a cup o' coffee. thumb up
 

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You wanna keep those revs above 2500, especially in the twisties. I'm in the 3500+ range when working the curves. The engine is lovin' it and I have better control of the bike.
 

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Congrats and enjoy the new bike.
 

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Thanks bsbabcock, I always warm up my bikes-especially when starting from cold and then drive easy for the first ten minutes. If I can expect more power after 3000 miles or so that would be sweet! I bought the bike with the stage 1 kit installed so I am pretty happy with it as it is right now.


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