New to the forum - Augusta, GA
Upgraded from a 2002 warrior to a 2008 700xx about 6 months ago, finally got around to joining the community. I wanted a 700xx from the minute I saw the first review online - the motor + IRS + honda reliability had me sold without even riding one. This machine is so much stronger than my warrior, and the torque available in fist gear lets me tackle hills and obstacles I would have had trouble with on my warrior. After riding the same trails on the 700xx that I frequented on my warrior, it was that much more obvious to me and my riding buddies. The juice box programmer I have on there is crazy - the power hits at full throttle like the machine is turbocharged or something. Now, keep in mind, my baseline is a 25 year od design air cooled 349cc motor...
Only downside is the body roll in the turns...but that's the trade off for the IRS and the incredible ground clearance. But I knew this going in, and based on what I've read, an upgraded rear swaybar will take care of my concerns.
I've only taken it out twice (work too much, plus two kids under 3), once for an epic four day weekend, and once for a mud-covered day at durhamtown plantation. The first ride left me wanting a quieter exhaust nore so i ordered a db reducing tipnfrom two brothers, for a noticable noise level reduction. Both rides left me wanting a thicker rear sway bar, but I haven't pulled the trigger there. I love hanging the back end out on wide sweeping fire roads, and that is more difficult on the XX than it ever was on my warrior. Any suggestions on sway bars? I have read about both the sonic and the l8ton bars...personal preferences?? I'm 6'1", 260#.
Have noticed I can start in gear, but even while clutching, I can feel the machine lurch slightly, meaning to me the clutch is not fully disengaged. So I learned quickly (after draining my battery on my first long ride) to start in neutral. My question to the 700xx legion is this: Is this normal, or do I need some clutch work?
On my want list are a set of flexx bars, a precision steering damper, and a thicker rear sway bar.
Anyway, hello from Augusta, GA.
2008 700XX - Honda racing nerfs, rear grab bar, and full skids; two brothers slip-on with silencer tip and juice box; Kenda Kutters; hard-wired battery tender