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Old 05-24-2011, 09:52 AM   #5911
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I finally got my XC on some real dirt. I am a novice dirt rider so I just stuck to forest service roads but the conditions were semi-dry to slick. A few washboards a short section, loose gravel, and fog to boot. I am still breaking her in but at my skill level I wasnt going much more than 50 kph on the dirt for this ride. 3rd gear 70kph on the compact smooth stuff.

Stock OEM Battle Wings performed amazing better than I expected in the slippery stuff. But the engine is fantastic with lots of low end torque. The FI is wonderful on the street but a bit digital at time on the dirt. I left the ABS on and activated it a few time to try and stall the motor - no luck. With the rear ABS nipping the rear in first gear clutch engaged - the revs never even dropped!

Being a novice dirt rider, I was amazed how the Tiger made me feel so confident, the suspension did what it did and I didn't think to much about it. The engine and rear suspension got worked pretty hard struggling to find grip on the washboard sections, but she maintained her composure and kept me going up those hills. Going down hill was made easy too by the amount of engine braking the 800 has, didn't use very much brakes at all.

The only complaints I can think of is the windscreen buffet - so I took it off for now. And the handle bars seem a bit low for stand up riding.. I dunno, maybe it's just me... but I love this bike!

Link to pics. http://www.peterchowphotography.com/...959358_szZDmG6



Thanks for the report ... and nice pics on your smugmug! Nice country up there.
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Old 05-24-2011, 10:05 AM   #5912
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Can someone who knows what they're looking at take a look at this exploded view of the Tiger 800 front forks. Does this mean we're running good old-fashioned damping rod forks?

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Old 05-24-2011, 10:37 AM   #5913
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Those are basic damper rod forks, not Cartridge type. Interesting. Now we know were Triumph have saved money! The new 675 Street Triple R gets Ohlins at both ends and Brembo's ... the Tiger gets 1980's era, basic Showa damper forks.

My guess is serious owners will be looking around for a set of the new Showa BPF (Big Piston Fork) now popular on dirt bikes and some street bikes.

http://www.sportrider.com/bikes/146_.../photo_06.html
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Old 05-24-2011, 11:21 AM   #5914
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WooHoo! My Micatech V2 panniers and SW-Motech mounts shipped today and will be here Friday . I ordered a 8" and 10" in gray.
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Old 05-24-2011, 11:30 AM   #5915
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Those are basic damper rod forks, not Cartridge type. Interesting. Now we know were Triumph have saved money! The new 675 Street Triple R gets Ohlins at both ends and Brembo's ... the Tiger gets 1980's era, basic Showa damper forks.

My guess is serious owners will be looking around for a set of the new Showa BPF (Big Piston Fork) now popular on dirt bikes and some street bikes.

http://www.sportrider.com/bikes/146_.../photo_06.html
Wouldn't surprise me if Triumph came out with a Tiger 800 R for 2013.

Damper rod forks mean Race Tech's gonna have some nice emulators for it though.
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Old 05-24-2011, 11:31 AM   #5916
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The cartridges in the Goldwing forks (right fork leg) look just like the ones in the picture. Compression and rebound in the large diameter section. The damper rod in the Goldwing left leg does not screw into the fork cap. These might in fact be cartridge forks.

Pic of an aftermarket Goldwing Cartridge:



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Can someone who knows what they're looking at take a look at this exploded view of the Tiger 800 front forks. Does this mean we're running good old-fashioned damping rod forks?


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Old 05-24-2011, 11:54 AM   #5917
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Just to be clear, is that the product number 1R-P2PP?

And did you have to make any cable modifications?

No cable modifications at all.

Did not see a product #



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Old 05-24-2011, 12:07 PM   #5918
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WooHoo! My Micatech V2 panniers and SW-Motech mounts shipped today and will be here Friday . I ordered a 8" and 10" in gray.
Same here. Just talked to Susan on the phone. I got an 8" and 10" as well. I opted for plain ol' black though.

I'm hoping this means some of the other SW Motech farkles will be available soon. I really want their bash plate.
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Old 05-24-2011, 12:08 PM   #5919
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WooHoo! My Micatech V2 panniers and SW-Motech mounts shipped today and will be here Friday . I ordered a 8" and 10" in gray.
Please post up some pics from the rear. If I get hard panniers, then I plan to buy the same thing. My Micatech topcase is being delivered today. I'll be mounting it to my touratech rack. I'll post a pic when I get it installed.
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Old 05-24-2011, 12:33 PM   #5920
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Those are basic damper rod forks, not Cartridge type. Interesting. Now we know were Triumph have saved money! The new 675 Street Triple R gets Ohlins at both ends and Brembo's ... the Tiger gets 1980's era, basic Showa damper forks.

My guess is serious owners will be looking around for a set of the new Showa BPF (Big Piston Fork) now popular on dirt bikes and some street bikes.

http://www.sportrider.com/bikes/146_.../photo_06.html

Nope, those are definately cartridges (NOT damper rods).
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Old 05-24-2011, 01:06 PM   #5921
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Safaritank.com

Really? I did not see the XC listed on their website .........

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Old 05-24-2011, 01:49 PM   #5922
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2011 Triumph Tiger 800 and 800XC: MD Ride Review Part Two

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Old 05-24-2011, 02:27 PM   #5923
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Really? I did not see the XC listed on their website .........

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I can't find it myself now, but here is the email they sent me.

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We are looking at Late Summer.


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Old 05-24-2011, 03:26 PM   #5924
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Bluhduh Center Stand Slap

So after a little offroad on the new tiger, I have come to the same consensus that others on this forum have mentioned. That center stand has got to shut the *F* up . It slaps far to much. One of the inmates mentioned using a large earth magnet, has anyone tried this yet?
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Old 05-24-2011, 03:28 PM   #5925
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Same here. Just talked to Susan on the phone. I got an 8" and 10" as well. I opted for plain ol' black though.

I'm hoping this means some of the other SW Motech farkles will be available soon. I really want their bash plate.

My account was charged, so I'm hoping mine shipped or are shipping. I got 8" and 10' silver.
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