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Old 04-20-2012, 10:23 AM   #12331
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You could go through the trouble of notifying consumer protection agencies, but you could also just refuse to buy from these a**** and make your opinion well known.

I have made my opinion about them very clear in an email to TT (US and DE) and also I'm fairly verbal why I'm not buying their stuff. It is generally average quality on the better end of "average", but even the German prices are super expensive for what you get.
I think more and more riders are coming around to what you've figured out. I've always thought BMW riders and Tourtech were sort of joined at the hip. I recognized their short comings back in the 90's when they first came on my radar. But I figured if they were the only ones making trinkets to fit BMW, then what the hey ... let the Beemer guys get ripped, they can afford it. I always saw some Tourtech products more as "Jewelry". But now we see them entering into more general purpose items for multiple brands. And when you start comparing other companies products that do the same thing ... and compare prices ... then Tourtech become suspect. The name and link to BMW naturally means you will pay more. Part of that pride of ownership club pass.

But don't tell Simon & Lisa Thomas ... they are sponsored by Tourtech DE.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=161983

They've been on the road since 2006 on BMW's. Simon has had bad luck, several nasty crashes in the last couple years. Tourtech basically rebuilt his bike ... twice ... on their dime. So Kudos to them for that! But would they help you or I? No ... only commercial superstars get help.

But then Tourtech get lots of free advertising on the Thomas's ADV Ride Report, which has been active since 2006!!! I call them "business travelers". (should they be in Vendors forum? )

As far as Tourtech USA goes ... don't forget they have to pay Helge Pederson's salary! He runs Tourtech USA, last I checked.
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Old 04-20-2012, 10:29 AM   #12332
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Well after a lot of looking and soul searching looky what I pick up today.




I had narrowed my choice down to the 1050 and the 800. I guess it's obvious which one I chose.
Congrats! (you lucky Dog!) I love that color ... don't care what anyone says. I hope someday they'll do it on a XC model. Sounds like you'll need to give Baldy a call for a name change? New Avatar? Isn't that a Vstrom motor? How about : Papa Tiger? Tiger Dad? Good luck ... ride safe!
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Old 04-20-2012, 10:54 AM   #12333
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As far as Tourtech USA goes ... don't forget they have to pay Helge Pederson's salary! He runs Tourtech USA, last I checked.
So what? Touratech USA prices are sometimes German prices (before tax) + 80%. That's complete insanity. Just compare for example their tankbags for the Tiger.

I will never ever buy from them again. Even though some of the products are really good. That price policy is such a blatant rip-off, no freaking way I am supporting this.
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Old 04-20-2012, 11:06 AM   #12334
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I will never ever buy from them again. Even though some of the products are really good.
Anyone else make a decent sidestand switch guard, folding shift lever, or wire headlight guard?
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Old 04-20-2012, 11:20 AM   #12335
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Any help appreciated - http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=783534
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Old 04-20-2012, 11:20 AM   #12336
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So what? Touratech USA prices are sometimes German prices (before tax) + 80%. That's complete insanity. Just compare for example their tankbags for the Tiger.

I will never ever buy from them again. Even though some of the products are really good. That price policy is such a blatant rip-off, no freaking way I am supporting this.
Uh ... yea, that was my point. As I said, most paying attention recognized this out right rip off back in the 90's. Old news. But like you say ... they do make some NICE STUFF ... and if you just can't live without it ... then what else can you do? Funny ... Tourtech don't make anything for my DR650 or previous KLR's.

The hope is that the Triumph's Tigers will continue selling well and more and more aftermarket companies will get on board with support where it's needed. Also, I would expect Triumph to broaden its already fairly comprehensive catalog for the 800 class.
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Old 04-20-2012, 12:54 PM   #12337
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Anyone else make a decent sidestand switch guard, folding shift lever, or wire headlight guard?
That was the problem with me - I don't care to support Touratech either but when I bought my stuff, they were the only player in town for some items.

I tell ya, get drunk before ordering, feels so much better
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Old 04-20-2012, 12:57 PM   #12338
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Sorry to say, I think you may well be screwed. Most GPS' have a USB type input for power and this is 5V, not 12V. I'd wager the bit you cut off included a voltage regulator taking the bike's 12V down to 5V.

I really hope I'm wrong...
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Old 04-20-2012, 02:12 PM   #12339
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Sorry to say, I think you may well be screwed. Most GPS' have a USB type input for power and this is 5V, not 12V. I'd wager the bit you cut off included a voltage regulator taking the bike's 12V down to 5V.

I really hope I'm wrong...
I did not cut off the voltage regulator, unless its inside the plug. There is a round thing in line right after the plug. I did not cut it off. So are the zumos a 12V? how do people hardwire them in. I knew I shouldn't have tried to do this myself.
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Old 04-20-2012, 03:00 PM   #12340
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I did not cut off the voltage regulator, unless its inside the plug. There is a round thing in line right after the plug. I did not cut it off. So are the zumos a 12V? how do people hardwire them in. I knew I shouldn't have tried to do this myself.

Yes the Zumos are 12v direct. I think you DID cut of the transformer which on some do have it in the plug. Does the plug have a small red light on it? If so I thnk you're screwed as Mercury suggests. Some also have the transformer in the cradle. They're all different so it's very dangerous to go cutting things off without understanding what you've got.
Oh, and that little lump? Don't know what it is exactly but it ain't the transformer.
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Old 04-20-2012, 03:11 PM   #12341
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Sorry to say, I think you may well be screwed. Most GPS' have a USB type input for power and this is 5V, not 12V. I'd wager the bit you cut off included a voltage regulator taking the bike's 12V down to 5V.

I really hope I'm wrong...
Man.. that sucks!!
Ditto on the voltage regulator! Big money here says you overloaded the GPS with too many volts.

Anyone else looking to do something similar...MAKE SURE YOU KEEP THE VOLTAGE REGULATOR!! I just recently converted my GPS cigarette plug to a hella/dimm plug. I cut off the end of the cigarette plug and exposed the +- leads in order to keep the regulator. Looks a little silly but beats the alternative!
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Old 04-20-2012, 03:41 PM   #12342
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Tiger 800 Instrument Pod Question(s)

Hey folks, not sure if this post belongs here, but i'm sure i'll be redirected... but here goes;

I have a 2012 Tiger (road).

Is it true that you cannot view the odometer while traveling? I've found that that using the instrument cluster is a bit cumbersome but I've overcome that by bludgeoning it... but after reading the owners manual and fiddling around, is there any way to keep the odometer facing you while riding as opposed to one of the trip odo's?

by the way, i love this bike!

T.I.A.

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Old 04-20-2012, 04:03 PM   #12343
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Hey folks, not sure if this post belongs here, but i'm sure i'll be redirected... but here goes;

I have a 2012 Tiger (road).

Is it true that you cannot view the odometer while traveling? I've found that that using the instrument cluster is a bit cumbersome but I've overcome that by bludgeoning it... but after reading the owners manual and fiddling around, is there any way to keep the odometer facing you while riding as opposed to one of the trip odo's?

by the way, i love this bike!

T.I.A.

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Heard the same thing, and I'll be finding out for myself soon. The thing I think is a bit odd about this is, it's a computer - can't it just be updated with new software? You'd think there would be one or more people at Triumph who do nothing but deal with those things.
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Old 04-20-2012, 04:40 PM   #12344
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It is true.....

As soon as you drop into 1st the trip meter takes over.
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Old 04-20-2012, 05:00 PM   #12345
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Not quite accurate, The odo is displayed for three seconds after turning on the ignition key, then reverts to the last tripmeter displayed.
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