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Old 11-09-2012, 06:29 PM   #31
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Hey Rob.... I told Wayne I had been quizzing you for advice on Tiger. He said he had been meaning to call you and see how you were doing.


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Old 11-09-2012, 06:38 PM   #32
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What about GPS mounts? On my Wee, I liked having it dead center above the dash... Anyone make one for the XC? (Zumo 660)
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Old 11-09-2012, 07:00 PM   #33
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What about GPS mounts? On my Wee, I liked having it dead center above the dash... Anyone make one for the XC? (Zumo 660)
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Old 11-09-2012, 07:38 PM   #34
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Sorry... reading forum on phone..

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Old 11-09-2012, 09:30 PM   #35
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I have the Triumph nerf bars around the engine and recently dumped mine in the driveway mounting up and catching my boot on the pannier. There was not a scratch on the engine or tank, a tiny scuff on the bar handguard and the other contact point was my pannier. I had just put on some protective pucks on the front axle ends, and they got a slight scuffing do they certainly protect the ends of the forks.

I also put on a set of neoprene fork seal protectors. Very cheap insurance that might prevent a tour ending malfunction.

I replace the plastic skid plate with a triumph branded item, it looks as good and as sturdy as any other ones I've seen.

I have installed the Triumph centerstand, the new model with improved spring. It was a real booger to install untill I figured out I had to take out the evaporative charcoal canister from beneath the engine first. Piece of cake after that, it works just fine.

I have theTriumph heated grips. I bought the bike used and they were already on it. I'd never considered heated grips on a previous bike I've owned, but they are really nice to have. I'd put them on my essential item list for any future touring bikes I get.

Some more cheap insurance is a couple of protective spools for the swingarm to protect it if you go down. The mounts are already in the swingarm, and they do double duty to lift the bike with a rear paddock stand if you don't have a centerstand.

I don't care at all for the Triumph branded panniers or top trunk. I think the aftermarket has much better options and there a good thread going on in here about those options for the 800XC.

The Triumph gel seat is a big improvement in comfort too, though the stocker is not bad at all compared to a lot of other bikes.

If you're over 5'8 or so, you'll find a set of bar risers more comfortable, especially for riding on the pegs standing in the dirt. I have the ROX solid, not the anti vibes. Vibes are so minimal on the bike that hand or finger tingling is a non issue.

The front fender extension is a cheap and useful item that will keep mud out of the radiator and get a lot less of it on the pipes.

One last thing, mine came with the factory high adjustable windscreen on it. It had a lot of helmet buffeting and noise in any position I tried it in. I installed a MadStad Engineering shield and it is by far the best windscreen I've had on any bike. I liked it so much I put that ugly sucker on my Harley Road Glide too. It is eerily quiet and still behind that screen, I can ride shield up on the freeway at 70-80 with no problems at all.

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Old 11-09-2012, 09:52 PM   #36
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fbj913, I had not seen pics of the HT bars yet... Look like good protection, even if a little awkward looking.

What headlight guard do you have?
Well put.
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Old 11-09-2012, 09:57 PM   #37
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I like th triumph accessories myself. The are good quality and go with the bike. Looks at lots of mods and after market stuff on here and some folks seem to have went out of there way to uglify there bikes.

Heated Grips -Recommend
Fog Lights - Recommend
Grill Guard- Recommend
Bash Plate-Recommend
Center Stand-Recommend
Cases- Don't Recommend
Crash Bars- Recommend
Looking at getting the foot pegs
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Old 11-09-2012, 11:38 PM   #38
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Pulled the trigger last night and got factory sump guard, engine bars, heated grips, and fog lights, to start with. The factory fender extension has been pulled and no longer available, so I'll be looking aftermarket for one. Thanks for all the info and advice.

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Old 11-10-2012, 04:31 AM   #39
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front fender ext. http://www.twistedthrottle.com/fenda...tiger-800xc-11
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Old 11-10-2012, 07:02 AM   #40
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BW, are you going to change your name? What color XC are you buying?
I'm excited for you. Don't forget to get Wayne to lube the stepper motor.
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Old 11-10-2012, 09:27 AM   #41
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BTW-the new gut at TT is a former Triumph master tech and all around good guy with TONS of real world knowledge.
Jim Hamlin is hhis name. A real go-to guy.
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Old 11-10-2012, 12:23 PM   #42
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Are the OEM heated grips really worth it instead of aftermarket? They seem pretty pricey compared to what you'd find elsewhere.
Yep, the dealer quoted me close to $500 installed and recommended against owner doing the install himself.

Instead, I went with Oxford Heaterz, four levels of heat, easy to install, $80 from Twisted Throttle; they are great.

I did install a fuse box on the rear fender for the grips and other electrical accessories (heated gear, GPS, Battery Tender) and to avoid tapping into the Triumph wire loom.
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Old 11-10-2012, 02:25 PM   #43
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I installed the heated grips and fog light myself. It wasn't to bad. Theres a couple how tos on here somewhere with pics.
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Old 11-10-2012, 07:01 PM   #44
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Well, here she is:



factory farkles on order. Will take it back next week when stuff comes in..
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Old 11-10-2012, 07:15 PM   #45
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factory farkles on order. Will take it back next week when stuff comes in..
Nice color!! Are you going to get boxes?
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