Tiger Tales - Dialling in the 800XC for the dirt

Discussion in 'British Beasts: Triumph Tigers' started by Burren Rider, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. btao

    btao RIP Lilolita

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    Dammit, why do you have to be so rational. Besides, I wouldn't sell you one anyway even if it DID work :doh:rofl
  2. boinoodle

    boinoodle Old and Cautious

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    Good points, being one out of 6, it's worth my time, especially since I have a shop 100 feet from the house and this will be the second time I've had to fix the rubber mounts and straighten the plate. In considering your point about the Jeep thing, maybe I'm looking for more of a solid object other than the sump to take the brunt of the force versus a solid mount, IDK
  3. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    If I'm teeter tottering on a rock on my Tigger....I'm lost :lol3

    As for the kick stand switch, I removed mine ages ago as I bent the switch pin - total PIA.
  4. btao

    btao RIP Lilolita

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    Yea, I says to myself, "how come I don't go forwards no more...?" and den I realized I wus on a rock.

    Took some effort to get it off, but did it without it falling over. Thank my lucky stars because I was pretty tired from the 23 times prior to that having to pick it back up.
  5. live2ridetahoe

    live2ridetahoe RN

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    Why don't you all just get the Adventure Spec bash guard and be done with it!!

    JG
  6. MotoTex

    MotoTex Miles of Smiles

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    It mounts to the same sacrificial bracket and engine points that the OEM mounts to.

    The reason "why not" is answered by the bit about how "REAL" skid plates transfer the forces to the frame (steel) rather than to the engine (aluminum).

    The idea is to protect the soft aluminum from damage. This is why attaching the protective item to the thing it is supposed to protect may not be such a great idea.

    It is a very cool looking piece of kit, if that is all that matters it is as good a choice as any of the others.

    It will protect the engine from thrown rocks and such as well as any of them.

    It, like the other current offerings, is not designed to support the weight of the bike on an object such as a log, embedded rock, motorcycle lift, etc.
  7. live2ridetahoe

    live2ridetahoe RN

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    When companies, like Ducati, started to make the engine as an integral part of the frame, that design went bye bye. Now we have a bike with the engine as a piece of it structure. There are no frame mounts.

    JG
  8. MotoTex

    MotoTex Miles of Smiles

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    Look at the KTM 950-990 ADV. same 'engine hanging from a trellis frame' design, yet there are aftermarket skid plates that do attach to the frame and actually protect the soft engine parts. The skid plate on my 950 has a steel frame that attaches to hard points front and rear beneath the aluminum shell.

    It can be done. It just hasn't been done for the Tiger yet.
  9. boinoodle

    boinoodle Old and Cautious

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    +1
  10. blacktiger

    blacktiger Tigers R great.

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    For you guys wanting to design a frame mounted bash plate....have a look at what Touratech did for the Tiger955. They mounted theirs onto the frame at the same points as their crashbars mount at the front and the frame near the footpegs at the rear. So I think that might work on the 800s.
    Also, there's an idea that the bash plate mounts to crashbars. That would need crashbars something like the SWmotech or Adventure Spec ones that bolt to the bike's frame so that any bash plate frame can be welded or bolted to the crashbars.
  11. Barberino

    Barberino n00b

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    Spot on rationale there.

    Being a noob to the off-road scene and wanting to protect my investment, I put as much protection on the bike as I possibly could prior to seeing any dirt. Had I done my homework prior to upgrading my guard I would've been more inclined to purchase the product with the ability to protect the bike more. I took my bike on some trails (meant for the smaller dirt bikes) over in Gifford Pinchot and fully appreciate the need for "we want more".
  12. gqelements

    gqelements Been here awhile

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    What's in your toolkit? I'm starting to build out my tool-tube and curios what Tiger owners are packing...

    So far, I'm at the following:

    Vice-grips, Metric Allen Key Multitool, Hose (for siphoning gas in case some-one runs out), Rope, Duct Tape, Tube Slime (i'm not the type to change tires, let alone on the trail).

    What else?
  13. some call me...tim

    some call me...tim Been here awhile

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    FWIW, I've seen a few reports of guys using Slime, and they've all ended with "never again." Basic story is that it didn't do much, if anything, to seal the hole, and left a hell of a mess for when they had to pull the tire off.
  14. gqelements

    gqelements Been here awhile

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    I've heard mixed results too, largely depending on the size of hole... I know one thing -I won't be changing my tires or patching anything in the field, so Slime (or goodwill of others) is really my only option to hobble to safety.

    For a long trip i may consider carrying a tube and re-thinking my position of in-field tire service, but for anything w/in 500K of the city, hope Slime will hold.

    ...so what's in your tool tube?
  15. bross

    bross Where we riding to?

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    Slime is pretty much useless with tubed tires, it's designed for tubeless tires. I carry tubes, wrenches to pull both wheels, and tire irons, and a pump. Check out this thread for lots of good ideas.

    The-Toolkit-Thread
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=262998
  16. Haggs

    Haggs Tigre Verde

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    Tyre levers.......Learn how to fix your flats on the road, :deal


    You'll be better for it :wink:
  17. bross

    bross Where we riding to?

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    Your best friend for tire changes is "drop Center", learn what it is, use it and don't force anything.
  18. btao

    btao RIP Lilolita

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    You can also use the tire iron with a stick or another tool under it just pushing down to break the bead.

    Changing a tube really isn't that bad. Changing a tire is worse since my least favorite part is getting the second bead over. Tube is just break bead, pop one side over, pull tube out, replace, reinstall, air up, done. You can stick random objects in there to hold the tire open to get at the valve stem. I got most of my stuff from Harbor Freight but you need at least 1 good tire iron like a motion pro. The motion pro assorted pack is perfect.
  19. bross

    bross Where we riding to?

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    I bought one of those valve stem snakes, packs small, weighs nothing and makes a crappy job easier.


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  20. btao

    btao RIP Lilolita

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    Ok, so my tool tube (small pelican case) contains:

    Triumph pouch goes in John Deere tool tube, contains:
    Basic allen keys, rear axle wrench, and basic spanners Chunk of foam and pieces of rubber matting

    Spare nuts and bolts, metric
    super glue
    small rtv silicone tube
    Zip ties, S, M, and really f'in big ones. Get really long ones because you can always cut them
    Gorilla tape
    Trail stand, adjustable
    Pressure gauge
    pump
    Extra valve stem caps and valves and tool
    Big hex key for front axle
    Mini air compressor (metal one from HF) and powerlet adapter
    Motion Pro tire lever with the bend in it
    Two small pry bars, polished so they don't scratch(most used tool, good for straigtening things and as tire irons
    Safety wire
    1" webbing, 15' (for towing or lashing)
    Cargo net
    Spare Tube
    Patch kit
    Vice Grips, flat, long jaws
    Hex keys that aren't in the standard kit
    Knife
    Tri Flow mini lubricant (for stepper motor someday, good for now)
    And I never leave home without my Victorinox multi-tool.


    Usually what happens is you either bend something or get a flat tire.