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Old 10-25-2014, 01:32 PM   #1
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truimph tiger800xc Does anyone need another gear?

Greetings, I am new to the triumph scene , I. was just wondering if anyone else was reaching for the next great, After 6th feels like it needs one more. I am in my break in period so I can't rev it to much. Anyone have any suggestion? Love the bike, Are changing the sprockets an option or just get use to rev it up! Thanks
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Old 10-25-2014, 01:40 PM   #2
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You'll get use to the engine loving to rev higher than you are used to.
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Old 10-25-2014, 05:25 PM   #3
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I think every bike I have every owned needs another gear.
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Old 10-25-2014, 06:39 PM   #4
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I went up one tooth on the front sprocket. Reduced RPM by 200 and makes for a much better road bike when running over 60 mph with no noticeable decline in engine response.

But my T800 is a roadie used as a everyday street rider and occasional tourer. Might not be recommended for off road or 2 up usage.
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Old 10-25-2014, 06:40 PM   #5
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If anything, i wish it had a lower first gear for slow offroad riding.
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Old 10-25-2014, 06:50 PM   #6
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I think every bike I have every owned needs another gear.
+1
I tried to kick my '07 R12GS up a gear numerous times on the freeway. Usually followed by realizing I was already doing 85MPH.
I rode from central CA to TX on my GS along side an 800 roadie, cruising at 80-90MPH the whole way (except for the brief excursions north of 100 )

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If anything, i wish it had a lower first gear for slow offroad riding.
+1000
MUCH lower, but again, my experience is with a roadie...and again, all big adventure bikes could use a lower first.
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Old 10-25-2014, 07:35 PM   #7
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Greetings, I am new to the triumph scene , I. was just wondering if anyone else was reaching for the next great, After 6th feels like it needs one more. I am in my break in period so I can't rev it to much. Anyone have any suggestion? Love the bike, Are changing the sprockets an option or just get use to rev it up! Thanks
The 800XC will cruise at over 100MPH. Unless you're riding the autobahn, you may eventually find that you want to gear it down instead.
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Old 10-25-2014, 10:28 PM   #8
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The gear set in the trans is my biggest complaint about the bike; bars and windshield are easily corrected. It needs both a lower first and slightly higher 6th.
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Old 10-25-2014, 11:47 PM   #9
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I went down a tooth on the counter sprocket and still thought the top end gearing was ok.
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Old 10-26-2014, 05:59 AM   #10
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For last summer's trip to Alaska, I went one size larger (17T) on the countershaft sprocket. Dropped the rpm's a few hundred at cruising speed, first gear was certainly too tall, and passing performance suffered (could be the weight of the added gear), but fuel mileage remained good @ 50 mpg and the bike was pleasant on the long stretches of road. Went back to stock gearing once we returned home.

FYI, the front 800 CS sprocket is identical to a Suzuki Wee-Strom sprocket.
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Old 10-26-2014, 06:18 AM   #11
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You'll get use to the engine loving to rev higher than you are used to.
+1
Messing with the sprockets will only move the issue around from top end to bottom end. If you want more top end, add a tooth to the countershaft. If you want low speed crawling, take a tooth off the countershaft.
(remember, 1 tooth change on the front Is a little more change than three teeth on the rear)

The real problem is that you cant have both because of the close ratio tranny.....nothing you can do about that.....except enjoy the Tiger!!!!
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Old 10-26-2014, 07:17 PM   #12
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This is the problem: gear ratios

A tall first and a short 6th for the tiger.
That's why singles and twins are better off roaders. But i love the triple on the road...
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Old 10-27-2014, 08:20 AM   #13
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HA, No!

When I went from the KLR to the Triumph I was like "Finally I'll have a six speed and I won't have to rev it out on the highway and it's going to be awesome!"

I almost never need to take it past 4th gear.
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Old 10-27-2014, 08:37 AM   #14
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I'd much rather have a lower 1st, but a taller 6th would be sweet too.
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