Tiger Tales - Dialling in the 800XC for the dirt

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

  1. Spots

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    This is a fun thread to read, Burren. :)

    I testrode the 800XC a few weeks ago, contemplating indulging my old mountainbiking habits with a Tiger that's actually supposed to go offroad rather than asking strange things of my Tiger 1050 which proooooobably shouldn't go too far offroad.

    Decided to keep my T1050 a few more years and spoil it with a few more farkles, so I'll just have to live vicariously through this thread instead. ;)

    (And perhaps, some day, buy a 2nd-hand DRZ400SM or similar to wrap around a tree)

    Looking forward to reading your ride reports with the T800XC. :)
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  2. CJL00

    CJL00 Who said top boxes are useless?

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    Hi Danny,

    Enjoying your thoughts on the new Tiger. I was a staunch Triumph owner and after many years (read decades) of road riding on a few Daytona's I bought a 955i Tiger to explore more back roads. After 3 years on the Tiger I realised that it was a little too big and top heavy for where I was taking it, as well as a little too precious and easily damaged. At this time the F800GS was just released and as Triumph had nothing remotely suitable for what I was after I unfortunately changed brands.

    I have been watching the reports on the new Tiger and am trying very hard not to be impressed as it is hard to justify selling the BMW as it really has done nothing wrong and fulfils it's tasks perfectly. OK, there are some things that could be improved on but you have pointed out it is the same with the Tiger.

    Unusually for this site you are quiet close. If you ever wanted to meet up for a ride we could do some real world comparison reports between the two bikes. You appear to ride at a faster pace than I do and we both appear prepared to take the bikes almost anywhere and I would be more than happy to allow you to ride my bike back to back with yours over the same roads in the same conditions. My bike is fitted with the Rallye Moto steering dampener, raised bars, Mk3 Pivot Pegs and plenty of protection bars, just in case.

    Either way, it is good to get some real world information on the Tiger in this part of the world. At one Triumph rally we went to they explained how, at the time around 2002, they made 13 different versions of every model to meet the different safety and emission standards of the different countries around the world. They also have different levels of "standard" fitment for different countries. I know the F800GS here comes with the trip computer and the LED blinkers and rear lights, among other things, as standard which are optional extras in most other countries. That would have to make for some variations to performance.

    Cheers

    Chris
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  3. Inselburg

    Inselburg Mister Retour

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    List of changes I have made or intend to make when the parts come in:

    >Kenda Big Block tires - installed

    >SW Motech engine guards - ordered

    >AltRider skid plate - ordered

    Front fender risers for tire clearance. I will make these frome stainless steel rather than pay a ridiculous price to Touratech.

    I'm interested in how people guard or protect against mud and splash into the interior parts of the bike.

    :ear
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  4. dhula

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    One of the functions is that when in gear and clutch lever released the engine speed goes up about 100-200 rpm over idle speed. This could be a function of different maps where it's "in gear and going" compared to "in gear and waiting" perhaps

    Apart from that and the starter lock out I can't think of what else the clutch switch will do.
    Stand switch unsure of what else it will do apart from starter lockout.
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  5. KildareMan

    KildareMan Been here awhile

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    You could put a pre filter in the airbox snorkel. It's located left hand side. One bolt secures it then it just pulls off.
    I've actually removed mine as it gives a nice space for a ratchet set.
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  6. oziexplorer

    oziexplorer fugarewe tribe member

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    So - A Tiger !

    Some great pictures as always

    Triumph should be paying you for promoting the bike in it's intended habitat.

    I'm Subscribed !

    Good to see that you're getting out
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  7. RodT

    RodT Been here awhile

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    Did you ever put the protaper bars on? If so do they have more sweep than the stock bars? Thanks Rod
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  8. Burren Rider

    Burren Rider Aussie Adventurer

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    G'Day Mark,

    The 800GS was a fairly competent bike and I can see why a lot of people like them, I just didn't gel with it during the 4 days of dirt exploring in NZ. I found the power delivery to be a bit abrupt down low (although the slippery conditions and TKC80's may have contributed to this). The suspension felt Ok but not nearly as confidence inspiring in the dirt as the Tiger and the motor had a roughness to it compared to the Triumph or a DL650 (although some may call this "character")? May have just been the bike I rode but it put the BM out of the running when I went looking this time. The front brake setup is a bit exposed too.

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  9. Burren Rider

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    Nice job on the hand guard extensions, they look like they would work well?
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  10. Burren Rider

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    G'Day Rob,

    I have been in contact with Unifilter here in Australia and they have developped a pre-filter already.

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    I have got one on the way and will let you know how it goes. I reckon these are a necessity in Australia where the dust can be super fine and plentiful (except at the moment where it has been really wet).
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  11. Burren Rider

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    I looked at the Triumph plate on the Demo bike and decided on the SW Motech as it seems a bit sturdier? Happy with the fit and finish of the Motech plate and engine protection bars so far.
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  12. Burren Rider

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    G'Day,

    I am starting to get the hang of sliding the Tiger and I think the engine is definately loosening up as time goes on.

    I spent a few hours in the shed on the weekend and fitted up the Acerbis rear shock protector. I ended up trimming about a third of it off as I was concerned with it catching on the tyre as it expands (my old XR650R used to do this). I mounted it with a single bolt and alloy plates on the bottom of the battery box (be careful when drilling, some important wires live there :D). I also added some adhesive backed rubber strip to the swingarm to stop it rubbing as the suspension moves through its travel. I was pretty happy with they way it came together and you can see from the photo below that it does a good job of keeping the debris away from the shock.

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  13. Burren Rider

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    I thought about it but I am concerned about the impact on the FI system. I temporarily bypassed the clutch cut-out switch on my DL650 and it made the bike run rich so I am hesitant to play with this one. Getting rid of the sidestand switch (as they have been prone to failure on my dirt bikes in the past) would be good though? Surely the sidestand sensor wouldn't be wrapped up in the mapping :dunno
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  14. Burren Rider

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    Yeah, plenty of different opinions out there on Adventure bikes and what they should be used for. Even the manufacturers can't agree on what an "Adventure Bike" is so what chance have we got? It is a fact that bikes ridden in the dirt will tend to show a few marks and I guess that is a call everyone needs to make on their own. I used to be paranoid with my first V-Strom but then I got bored one day and took it bush. With a bit of prep work in advance (and some common sense on the trail) it is surprising how well they can hold up.

    We are lucky here in Oz in that our DRZ's are the good ones. They are E model spec with the FCR and cams as standard. I have tried a few different dirt bikes over the years and keep coming back to the DRZ.

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  15. Burren Rider

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    Must be frustrating to have a new bike parked up like that. Really hope that you get it sorted soon and be out there as planned. From my limited experience so far, I really think the bike will live up to those aspirations once it is running right. Good luck with getting it sorted.
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  16. LoriKTM

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    Burren, Love the pics of all your bikes, and the work up you are giving the Tiger! :clap

    My husband and I are both enjoying our Tigers, but are waiting to wear out the stock Battlewings before getting a different tire. We are also impressed with how well these bikes perform off-pavement (even with the stock tires). Probably good you went with the SW Motech skid plate. We are still waiting for the Triumph skid plate for our bikes, and it's been several weeks now...
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  17. Burren Rider

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    Hoping to get some ride reports and even a few videos sorted soon. How did you find the 800 compared to the 1050 on the road? A mate had one and he loved it so it would be interesting to see the similarities.
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  18. Burren Rider

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    G'Day Chris,

    That would be great, I am only two hours north and always looking for an excuse to head to the Coffs hinterland for a ride. Maybe we could meet at Nymboida / Glenreagh one day and do a loop over to the Coast?

    Cheers,

    Danny
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    Fantastic!! Sold!
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    Happy Trails will get the plate done and I I'll recoup come of my money from the factory plate. I'll just sell it in the flea market here and lose a few bucks on it.

    I have been very impressed with the crash bars HT made me. They will serve their purpose for the many dirt naps I take.
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