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Old 06-27-2011, 10:38 PM   #6856
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The owners manual recommends 42 psi rear and 36 in the front. I had TKC80s installed at the dealer prior to picking the bike up. The dealer inflated to the recommended 42 & 36 psi. The rear sidewall states 34 psi maximum measured cold. I asked the dealers service dept as well as a local tire dealer about inflating to 42. Both stated it was ok and that I should keep the pressure at 42. I must admit I am not comfortable with having 24% more inflation than the stated maximum. This is my first heavy adventure bike so I am hoping some of you with TKC80 experience on heavy bikes will offer your opinion or recommendation on inflation. Thank you in advance.

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hey Ken, 42 seems very high to me also. How does the bike feel going round corners? TKC's are always "skittish" when brand new ... so allow break in time. They get better.

I've only run TKC's on dual sport singles and run them pretty low. For road on my DR650: 22 front, 25 rear. (stock Suzuki pressures) Off road on DR650: 17 front, 20 rear. I did ride a friend's Wee Strom with a front TKC80 ... no idea what pressure he was running. Bike handled great on dirt roads.

Honestly, I would go over to the Parallel Universe (F800GS BMW) forum and ask the BMW guys what pressures are working for them. I would expect pressure will need to be different for Road as opposed to Off Road.
The BMW guys have been running TKC's for a couple years now and lots do off road. Find out what is working for them, I'm sure you'll get a thousand opinions.
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Old 06-28-2011, 05:05 AM   #6857
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heated grips- has anyone hooked these up diy? I would like to order and install them myself, dont want to get dinged $90 for the install.
Not difficult.

Instructions at www.triumphinstructions.com

Type in part number A9638058,

select your language and there's the pdf file for you.
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Old 06-28-2011, 06:29 AM   #6858
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KsTiger,
It's important to understand that the Triumph-recommended pressures are for the stock tires only. If you start swapping tires around, you're going to have to experiment a bit to find the right pressures.

That said, you should not inflate the TKCs (or any tire) beyond the maximum cold inflation pressure listed on the sidewall. It's dangerous.

If the tire says max 34 psi, then that's the max.

Overinflating could lead to sudden failure.
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Old 06-28-2011, 06:39 AM   #6859
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heated grips- has anyone hooked these up diy? I would like to order and install them myself, dont want to get dinged $90 for the install.
Check here to see if the instructions have been posted yet.
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Old 06-28-2011, 06:57 AM   #6860
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It's an all day job, and not too bad as long as you're not in a hurry. You do have to remove the tank, and all the plastic from the front of the bike. The directions state to remove the tank per the factory manual, or something like that, so it is nicer if you have the manual, or access to one. Good chance to get to know your bike. If you have no patience, or no eye for detail, or no place with shade and tools, pay the dealer. Ken
You do not need to remove the gas tank, or even the right-side plastics, to fit the heated grips.

Here's a how-to I wrote for fitting Symtec grip heaters; the Triumph grips would be even easier.
http://www.tiger800.co.uk/index.php/topic,1593.0.html

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Old 06-28-2011, 09:13 AM   #6861
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You do not need to remove the gas tank, or even the right-side plastics, to fit the heated grips.

Here's a how-to I wrote for fitting Symtec grip heaters; the Triumph grips would be even easier.
http://www.tiger800.co.uk/index.php/topic,1593.0.html

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Have to say that having just done my install with R&G heated grips I couldn't see the connector hanging down so I had to remove the tank. The connector was taped up tight against the frame rail. And, blimey! There are lots & lots of bolts to undo to get all the plastics off.
When I've got the photos uploaded on my Photobucket account I'll add to your thread on the T800 forum.
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Old 06-28-2011, 10:41 AM   #6862
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The owners manual recommends 42 psi rear and 36 in the front. I had TKC80s installed at the dealer prior to picking the bike up. The dealer inflated to the recommended 42 & 36 psi. The rear sidewall states 34 psi maximum measured cold. I asked the dealers service dept as well as a local tire dealer about inflating to 42. Both stated it was ok and that I should keep the pressure at 42. I must admit I am not comfortable with having 24% more inflation than the stated maximum. This is my first heavy adventure bike so I am hoping some of you with TKC80 experience on heavy bikes will offer your opinion or recommendation on inflation. Thank you in advance.

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FWIW, I just put TKC80's on and thought the Triumph numbers were too high for the rear. I'm running 33-35 in both the front and rear and will drop to probably around 22 for all day gravel/dirt rides. Really happy with how the TKC80's work on the street. Great traction and handling with only moderate hum (although they are still pretty new). Less noisy than I would have guessed... and of course, they look bad-ass on the bike.
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Old 06-28-2011, 11:02 AM   #6863
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I just rec'd mine after waiting 2 months. Downloaded the instructions, 8 pages. looks like fun.
I did it in sbout 1 1/2 hrs, without removing the tank. It's a little tight to fish out the connector with the tank on but it is doable. Everything else is easy to get to after removing all the plastic bits. The grips work well. but the green light for the low setting is hard to see in the daytime.
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Old 06-29-2011, 11:40 AM   #6865
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I just picked up my 800xc. The bike is an absolute dream to ride, its light, well balanced and has plenty of power. After a 50 mile ride to work from the dealership I had two observations

1. The seat sucks. Badly. I didn't care for the positioning or the foam. I can't actually think of a stock seat I have disliked as badly as this one. Anyone with the gel seat think its a worthwhile upgrade.

2. I got the buzziness in the handlebars other people have mentioned. It was surprising that after an hour of riding, my fingers with numb and tingling. I typically ride Harleys so I am used to vibrations, so this was a new experience for me.

I will say for the record, I love this bike and it was all I expected and more.
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Old 06-29-2011, 01:56 PM   #6866
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I just picked up my 800xc. The bike is an absolute dream to ride, its light, well balanced and has plenty of power. After a 50 mile ride to work from the dealership I had two observations

1. The seat sucks. Badly. I didn't care for the positioning or the foam. I can't actually think of a stock seat I have disliked as badly as this one. Anyone with the gel seat think its a worthwhile upgrade.
I'll second that. I doubt the gel seat will help unless the shape is different. My plan is build my own using info found here:

http://www.diymotorcycleseat.com/
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Old 06-29-2011, 03:03 PM   #6867
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T*g*i*f*h........800xc

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Picked up my new ride here in Iowa, headed right for the gravel. I can not get the smile off my face to say anything at all. I guess I will just start installing all these extras and put some miles on this bad boy.

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Old 06-29-2011, 03:04 PM   #6868
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I just picked up my 800xc. The bike is an absolute dream to ride, its light, well balanced and has plenty of power. After a 50 mile ride to work from the dealership I had two observations

1. The seat sucks. Badly. I didn't care for the positioning or the foam. I can't actually think of a stock seat I have disliked as badly as this one. Anyone with the gel seat think its a worthwhile upgrade.

2. I got the buzziness in the handlebars other people have mentioned. It was surprising that after an hour of riding, my fingers with numb and tingling. I typically ride Harleys so I am used to vibrations, so this was a new experience for me.

I will say for the record, I love this bike and it was all I expected and more.
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I'll second that. I doubt the gel seat will help unless the shape is different. My plan is build my own using info found here:

http://www.diymotorcycleseat.com/
I have a stock seat assy. for sale in the flea market, if you want to have it professionally done. http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=701061 I'm waiting for my rebuilt seat to return from the seat guy. Will report on it when I get it back.
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Old 06-29-2011, 05:41 PM   #6869
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I just picked up my 800xc. The bike is an absolute dream to ride, its light, well balanced and has plenty of power. After a 50 mile ride to work from the dealership I had two observations

1. The seat sucks. Badly. I didn't care for the positioning or the foam. I can't actually think of a stock seat I have disliked as badly as this one. Anyone with the gel seat think its a worthwhile upgrade.

2. I got the buzziness in the handlebars other people have mentioned. It was surprising that after an hour of riding, my fingers with numb and tingling. I typically ride Harleys so I am used to vibrations, so this was a new experience for me.

I will say for the record, I love this bike and it was all I expected and more.
i hated mine at first too. try to put the front in the high position and the rear in the low position. it helps a ton IMO.
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Old 06-29-2011, 05:45 PM   #6870
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i hated mine at first too. try to put the front in the high position and the rear in the low position. it helps a ton IMO.
I had a go with this combination and liked it, but this is one of the things listed in the manual as 'likely to cause loss of control leading to an accident'. Any idea where the danger is?
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