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Old 05-08-2012, 08:44 PM   #12661
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Bags Connection Daypack tankbag

Wanted a small tankbag for my XC and always wanted to try one of the quick lock bags. I thought about installing one of those SAE electrical pass-thru connectors in it, but instead I think I'll just get a Powerlet cord that will reach from the outlet next to the key and just leave it unzipped about a 1/4" in the front and run the cord in there when I want the bag "electrified" to charge a phone or whatever. Last pic is of the bag expanded.







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Old 05-08-2012, 09:10 PM   #12662
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Seems like several new owners are looking for thoughts on must-do mods and what options are working... 2011 800XC ABS, 8,000 miles... I'd estimate 2,000 of that has been unpaved. Here's my list in what I'd consider a loose priority order.
  • Coax lead for Warm and Safe jacket and glove liners. I rode all winter this year.
  • Jesse cases
  • Mad Stad Adventure windscreen - tried the stock and the tall Triumph screen first. Quickly removeable for hot weather and off-road
  • Motech 20mm risers - a must after I put the windscreen on
  • Triumph centerstand
  • RAM mount handlebar mount bolt
  • Givi top case plate and homemade cutting board rear rack
  • Motech skidplate - tried the Triumph one first but liked the oil filter protection of the Motech better
  • Triumph engine guards
  • Acerbis mud flap to protect the shock
  • TKC80's (only run them if I know I'll be doing considerable off-road)
  • Barkbuster handguards with Storm plastics
  • Triumph heated grips - not as important after I got the heated liners, but still nice for when I don't use the liners
  • Arrow exhaust - just cuz it sounds so good
  • Fenda Extenda from Twisted Throttle
  • Bags Connection Daypack quick lock tankbag
  • Kaoko cruise control
Fantastic bike... couldn't be happier.
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:11 AM   #12663
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Thanks, both great ideas. I think I'll look into the Supercamp first - I'm not working ATM and they have a combined Road/Dirt camp in June. Just signed up!
Hopefully you'll have a lot of fun and learn something. As the good Grifter said, the skills you hone at Supercamp do somehow transfer to the road. Their training helped my braking skills and my cornering skills, especially on poor surfaces. The big bonus of course is that if you screw up, you crash someone else's bike and not your own!

As for those must have mods, I'm taking a different approach on this bike. So far I've added the Triumph skid plate and heated grips and I'm still waiting on the center stand. Recently I installed a RAM mount on the instrument cluster bracket (just go back a few pages for the details I copied) for my old Magellan GPS. Couldn't find a fitted mount for the Magellan but RAM's X-mount works pretty well. I will not add hard panniers and I'll almost certainly avoid engine guards and aftermarket exhaust. I may eventually break down and spring for an exhaust but only if it cuts significant weight. For me, this bike is already too heavy, which is my main reasoning for choosing the Triumph skid plate and avoiding hard luggage and engine guards. We'll see if I can stick to my guns.

For luggage, I'm taking a bare bones approach. After a lot of looking around, I settled on the SW Motech rear rack because I liked the selection of quick release adapter plates for mounting top cases. I already had a glossy black Givi E-370 so I'll be using that on the Tiger when I'm not using it on my 250 GTS. Over the years I've spent a lot of money modding bikes and I promised myself this one would be different, so I'll be using as much of the stuff I have on hand as possible. The Wolfman tank bag and tail bag I already had on hand work perfectly with the Tiger. For the trips I take, all I'll ever really need is the Givi with the Explorer Lite tank bag. When I travel lighter, I can remove the Givi and it's quick release plate and substitute the Wolfman tail bag. I love how this stuff quickly and easily interchanges.

I'm still mulling over risers and and wind screen options. There are days when I feel like I need risers and other days where I'm perfectly happy. I'm also pretty satisfied with the stock screen, but like all screens, it's not perfect. It just proves that, for me, Triumph provided a pretty well sorted out bike that works very well for me.
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Old 05-09-2012, 01:20 PM   #12664
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I'm about 2 MSF/rider safety course, Harely bashings away from unsubscribing from this thread.
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Old 05-09-2012, 01:39 PM   #12665
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I'm about 2 MSF/rider safety course, Harely bashings away from unsubscribing from this thread.
I think you need to chill a little. That's how these things go - so what if we have a slight detour every now and again

What else is there really to talk about, this thread has probably covered 99% of all things Tigger 800 at this point.
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Old 05-09-2012, 02:00 PM   #12666
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I'm about 2 MSF/rider safety course, Harely bashings away from unsubscribing from this thread.
Hey, maybe it's time to go for a ride.
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Old 05-09-2012, 02:28 PM   #12667
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Never having ridden a Hardley nor ever taken an MSF course I am feeling a little left out, but I did just go for a ride, so it's all good. Only 3500km on the bike so far, but still smitten, it tours, scratches and takes me up forestry roads I wouldn't normally go to. Awesome.
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Old 05-09-2012, 02:34 PM   #12668
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I'm about 2 MSF/rider safety course, Harely bashings away from unsubscribing from this thread.
What's the best oil to run in my Harley, for taking the MSF course? Seriously. Really. Honestly. Not kidding.

PS Waiting semi patiently for my accessories to arrive so I can go pick up my bike. Been having a blast riding the crap out of my DR lately though.
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Old 05-09-2012, 02:53 PM   #12669
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Riding on some rutted minimum maintenance roads lately my XC clunks badly when going over a decent sized rut. I don't have a center stand and haven't been able to determine if it is the side stand flopping or the chain clanking. Sounds metallic and heavy so I'm suspecting the side stand. Anyone else have this issue? I need to find a place with one or two ruts then smooth so I can be looking down when I go over them without fear of biffing.
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Old 05-09-2012, 03:13 PM   #12670
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Riding on some rutted minimum maintenance roads lately my XC clunks badly when going over a decent sized rut. I don't have a center stand and haven't been able to determine if it is the side stand flopping or the chain clanking. Sounds metallic and heavy so I'm suspecting the side stand. Anyone else have this issue? I need to find a place with one or two ruts then smooth so I can be looking down when I go over them without fear of biffing.
zip tie it up and try it
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Old 05-09-2012, 03:20 PM   #12671
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Riding on some rutted minimum maintenance roads lately my XC clunks badly when going over a decent sized rut. I don't have a center stand and haven't been able to determine if it is the side stand flopping or the chain clanking. Sounds metallic and heavy so I'm suspecting the side stand. Anyone else have this issue? I need to find a place with one or two ruts then smooth so I can be looking down when I go over them without fear of biffing.
Yes it will clunk. I wouldnt worry about it. For long off road trips I use a double sided velcro strip to secure.
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Old 05-09-2012, 03:24 PM   #12672
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Riding on some rutted minimum maintenance roads lately my XC clunks badly when going over a decent sized rut. I don't have a center stand and haven't been able to determine if it is the side stand flopping or the chain clanking. Sounds metallic and heavy so I'm suspecting the side stand. Anyone else have this issue? I need to find a place with one or two ruts then smooth so I can be looking down when I go over them without fear of biffing.
This has been discussed on various forums for ages. On here http://www.tiger800.co.uk/index.php/topic,5126.0.html it has been determined that it is the chain slack hitting the underside plastic protection of the swingarm.
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Old 05-09-2012, 03:59 PM   #12673
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OK, so it can be the side stand or the chain clanking. Oh, well, it's just noise. I was just trying to get this thread back on track.

I just decided to buy an XC on the spur of the moment last week sight unseen so I apologize that I haven't been following the 800 forums. I know that some people research the heck out of stuff. I generally don't and hope I get lucky. I think I did with an XC.
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Old 05-09-2012, 04:25 PM   #12674
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I think you need to chill a little. That's how these things go - so what if we have a slight detour every now and again

What else is there really to talk about, this thread has probably covered 99% of all things Tigger 800 at this point.
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Hey, maybe it's time to go for a ride.
I agree.
Why doesn't someone organize a 800 Tiger Rally? We did this very successfully years ago on the Vstrom forums. Couple hundred riders showed up. Really a fun event held in Reno, NV. the year I went. Could do a Western Tiger bash and an Eastern one?

It's tough to keep a thread interesting when not much goes wrong with the bike ... and now, most are busy riding! This was true with the Vstrom and true with the Tiger. You can only Farkle so much. Eventually you have to get out there and try to break your bike! Have fun guys!
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Old 05-09-2012, 06:46 PM   #12675
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I agree.
Why doesn't someone organize a 800 Tiger Rally?
Sounds like fun!

I installed Rox risers today. Damn, why did I wait so long... It was fairly comfortable with the motech risers but the bike fits perfect now!
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