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Old 09-09-2011, 07:28 AM   #8416
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Anyone know a source (in the States) for a spare set of wheels for an XC?

I had the dealer install Karoos before I took delivery (pics with them installed are some pages back, white bike up in the mountains) and I have the Battlewings as well. I want to have a set of wheels for to/from work with street oriented tires mounted and a set of off-road wheels with the Karoos (for now) for going out to play on the weekends.

Am I going to have to order them from Triumph?
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Old 09-09-2011, 07:29 AM   #8417
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They only make a 17 inch in a 130/80 rear. They also say they are for small-displacement dual-sports...
Got it. Does an XRL or a KLR count was small-displacement I wonder....
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Old 09-09-2011, 08:09 AM   #8418
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Anyone know a source (in the States) for a spare set of wheels for an XC?

I had the dealer install Karoos before I took delivery (pics with them installed are some pages back, white bike up in the mountains) and I have the Battlewings as well. I want to have a set of wheels for to/from work with street oriented tires mounted and a set of off-road wheels with the Karoos (for now) for going out to play on the weekends.

Am I going to have to order them from Triumph?
Contact Excel and see what they say. I bet they could hook it up. After all they are made by them. Before you call you should search the part number online and see what you find. I bet this wheel is not specific to the bike. Im pretty sure the part number is on the inside rim of the wheel. It is etched in really small print... Let us know what you find out.
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Old 09-09-2011, 08:22 AM   #8419
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Contact Excel and see what they say. I bet they could hook it up. After all they are made by them. Before you call you should search the part number online and see what you find. I bet this wheel is not specific to the bike. Im pretty sure the part number is on the inside rim of the wheel. It is etched in really small print... Let us know what you find out.
The rim is the easy bit, what about the hubs/discs etc. ? Are the hubs made my Excel - not sure they are, are they ?
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Old 09-09-2011, 09:09 AM   #8420
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The rim is the easy bit, what about the hubs/discs etc. ? Are the hubs made my Excel - not sure they are, are they ?
Exactly! The hubs are the only specific part. That does not mean you can not find the same hub on a different bike, but you need the same part # hub. You can buy universal spokes, rims, & rotors.
If it was me, I would lace up a 19" for the front (street wheel) & an 18" for the rear (& make it the new dirt rear). That way I could use 19/17 for street & 21/18 for dirt.
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Old 09-09-2011, 09:09 AM   #8421
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The rim is the easy bit, what about the hubs/discs etc. ? Are the hubs made my Excel - not sure they are, are they ?

Contact them and see what they say. Wheels are not hard to find. Im sure they didnt re-invent the wheel (pun intinded) just for the Tiger. I would call them right now but I dont have my bike near by. If someone could send me the numbers off the wheel I will research it...
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Old 09-09-2011, 09:22 AM   #8422
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Old 09-09-2011, 10:00 AM   #8423
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Arrow or stock pipe?

I've tried to follow the mapping and Arrow/standard pipe discussion, but am now thoroughly confused. My dealer fit the Arrow onto the Tiger 800 I test rode today. He says it removes that sort of high-pitched aircraft engine sound... which I have heard on other Tigers.

Question to the group is: is it worth getting the Arrow or not? Does it adversely affect gas mileage?



Here's a picture of the bike I tried... it felt so natural and comfortable for me it was amazing!

Thanks for your input.
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Old 09-09-2011, 10:03 AM   #8424
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Got it. Does an XRL or a KLR count was small-displacement I wonder....
The T-63 has a great reputation in Europe among Africa travelers. Tough, long lasting tire that performs very well.

Lots of riders have used T-63's on GS's (R80, R100) ... but it's mainly suited for 600 class dual sports. I have a set waiting to go on my DR650 ... so can't give direct feedback yet. Other DR riders rave about this tire.

Perhaps Michelin will began making a 140 or 150 size? Frankly, I'd bet the 130 would work fine on the Tiger ... especially off road.
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Old 09-09-2011, 10:18 AM   #8425
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The T-63 has a great reputation in Europe among Africa travelers. Tough, long lasting tire that performs very well.

Lots of riders have used T-63's on GS's (R80, R100) ... but it's mainly suited for 600 class dual sports. I have a set waiting to go on my DR650 ... so can't give direct feedback yet. Other DR riders rave about this tire.

Perhaps Michelin will began making a 140 or 150 size? Frankly, I'd bet the 130 would work fine on the Tiger ... especially off road.
Interesting, would the 130 fit ? I just wonder how it would handle 95HP ?
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Old 09-09-2011, 10:21 AM   #8426
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I have a T-63 on that other 800. Same load rating as a TKC. S speed rating =112mph. The TKC is better off road in the sandy stuff. Longer knobs and wrap further up the sidewall. The T-63 also looks to be a tad narrower and do not protect the rim as well.

Same as the TKC on pavement and are wearing better. No cupping at least.
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Old 09-09-2011, 10:27 AM   #8427
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I've tried to follow the mapping and Arrow/standard pipe discussion, but am now thoroughly confused. My dealer fit the Arrow onto the Tiger 800 I test rode today. He says it removes that sort of high-pitched aircraft engine sound... which I have heard on other Tigers.

Question to the group is: is it worth getting the Arrow or not? Does it adversely affect gas mileage?



Here's a picture of the bike I tried... it felt so natural and comfortable for me it was amazing!

Thanks for your input.

Yes, Gas mileage is adversely affected. If you want to stay in the 50+ mpg range keep it stock.
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Old 09-09-2011, 10:29 AM   #8428
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I have a T-63 on that other 800. Same load rating as a TKC. S speed rating =112mph. The TKC is better off road in the sandy stuff. Longer knobs and wrap further up the sidewall. They also look to be a tad narrower and do not protect the rim as well.

Same as the TKC on pavement and are wearing better. No cupping at least.

I would not want to put a 130 series tire on the Tiger. That is too narrow. Maybe you can get bigger sizes in Europe. In US it states that a 130 is as big as they come.
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Old 09-09-2011, 10:31 AM   #8429
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Interesting, would the 130 fit ? I just wonder how it would handle 95HP ?
Dunno ... would depend on rim width I guess? On the road I'm sure you could tear up the knobs if you wanted to ... but I can do that on a single too. Just have to take it easy on pavement. Any knobby tire will get torn up on high HP bike using ALL the power.

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I have a T-63 on that other 800. Same load rating as a TKC. S speed rating =112mph. The TKC is better off road in the sandy stuff. Longer knobs and wrap further up the sidewall. They also look to be a tad narrower and do not protect the rim as well.

Same as the TKC on pavement and are wearing better. No cupping at least.
Doesn't the F800GS use the same 150/17 as the Tiger 800XC? So you're running a 130 size T-63 on a 150 size rim? Obviously it's working! Cool.
I paid about $60 for my T-63 ... a TKC is over $100.
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Old 09-09-2011, 10:44 AM   #8430
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I have a T-63 on that other 800. Same load rating as a TKC. S speed rating =112mph. The TKC is better off road in the sandy stuff. Longer knobs and wrap further up the sidewall. They also look to be a tad narrower and do not protect the rim as well.

Same as the TKC on pavement and are wearing better. No cupping at least.
Thanks - that is very helpful. I might give them a shot when I get new tires - I don't need anything super aggressive, I just want something that is better than the OEM tires on dirt roads etc. - we don't have much sand here (or if we do, I avoid it like the plague...)
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