Tiger Tales - Dialling in the 800XC for the dirt

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

  1. internalcombust

    internalcombust Yes its dirty, thanks.

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    Great vids and thanks for sharing. Two questions. Are you running stock gearing on your tiger, and what tires have you had the best luck with?
  2. fbj913

    fbj913 On the Beemer Kool-Aid

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    I am really looking forward to the Safari tank. Any ideas on a price range?
  3. wairau

    wairau south pacific vagrant

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    Anyone using the gel seat? What do you think? Its AUD$369 down here in Aussie and I'm after some feedback on it before I shell out.

    I've got an Airhawk cushion and a sheep skin already, but if this gel seat gets rave reviews, I might get it.

    Thoughts?
  4. cug

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    I have a gel seat on order (Triumph, rider only). $128 (US). Will be here on Tuesday (I hope). I'll report what I think of it. I don't dislike the normal seat, but thought for this price I can try the gel.
  5. Marsh Tiger

    Marsh Tiger Been here awhile

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    I have the gel and love it. I commute 100 miles a day too. I've heard complaints form others. For me its the best OEM seat I've ever had. YMMV
  6. Yossarian™

    Yossarian™ Deputy Cultural Attaché

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    Bought the bike with the gel seat on it, so can't compare it to the stock seat, but I find it very comfortable even on all-day ventures.

    The downside is that I had to shell out for the passenger gel seat -- the Mrs. wanted the same accommodations for her soft parts.
  7. jphish

    jphish Been here awhile

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    Gel seat is much more comfortable for the long haul (more than a few hours of seat time) Down side is: gel retains heat more than stock seat. Not a problem here - since it rarely gets over 75* until July. But parked in sun, in Warm climates, best to park in shade or toss a towel over seat to prevent rays from excess endothermic activity. It do get toasty!
  8. Mr_Chris

    Mr_Chris Get away, evil car!

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    The guys at Ringwood PS let me put one on my XC and have a test ride. I spent only a short time on it, an hour or so, and could tell no difference. At that price I handed it back.

    I clock huge hours in the saddle in smaller chunks, as I use my XC for every transportation need from commuting, to meetings across the CBD, to fun stuff and overnighters -- no ironbutt type stuff though. What I'm saying is my arse knows that seat better than anything else I put it on. :rofl

    My opinion is you won't notice any difference in an hour or two... of course with an airhawk you won't even touch it. :eek1 But over an all-day trip, I start to get that all day feeling in my back n bum -- perhaps then it would shine.

    Chris
  9. jphish

    jphish Been here awhile

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    Chris - Yep, shorter rides - not much advantage. It "shines" in longer rides. I do several 3-4 week trips each year (this year Inuvik & Baja - advantage of being retired) & the 'day after day' in the saddle is when it's a noticeable improvement.
  10. Scaredofthedirt

    Scaredofthedirt Been here awhile

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    Not sure what you are expecting out of your Tiger comfort wise but I've done a number of 8+ hr days on the standard seat and have yet to find the need even for a sheepskin. For me, comfort on the 800 is not an issue.

    Perhaps a can of HTFU may be cheaper than a gel seat :D :rofl :rofl
  11. wairau

    wairau south pacific vagrant

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    Thanks for the feedback fellas. Surprised and dissapointed at such a large diff in price betw here and the US. Mind you, we get plenty of that down here in Aussie.
  12. MisterPX

    MisterPX Been here awhile

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    Maybe just buy a gel mousepad and sit on that for a while to see if it works for you. IIRC, someone on the UK board cut open a OEM get seat, and the gel portion wasn't very big or deep.
  13. Nevada

    Nevada Been here awhile

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    When I was looking at getting a Wee, I asked the dealer (old school, family owned, single marquee m/c dealership) about the gel seats. He said they were great, BUT not really for Las Vegas. They REALLY are fantastic heat sinks. Keep the desert summer sun off them, and you won't toast your tail.

    IF you vehicular - sun relationship isn't similar to Las Vegas, then it won't be an issue. IF you know people who have gotten 1st degree burns on their legs :eek1 from slipping into a leather clad car seat that's been out in the sun while wearing shorts, it may be an issue.
  14. MisterPX

    MisterPX Been here awhile

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    Scratch teh mousepad idea, wrist supports are gel, but pads are not.
  15. HomemadeBob

    HomemadeBob Adventurer

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    So I got the gel driver's seat and think the best part is how nice the stitching and color contrast look on the gel. It's a bit of an upgrade from stock in the comfort department in my opinion but I'm glad I did it. A farkle budget may beg to differ. I'm sure mileage varies. Homemade
  16. MisterPX

    MisterPX Been here awhile

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    For that price; I'd have a US member buy it and ship it to you. Probably save you at least $100 AUD.

    OR try some gel bicycling shorts as a test run. $30-$40 to experiment.
  17. bluemarlin

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    A survival upgrade might be a kickstand switch protector. You bust that and it won't start. I ordered one from
    Touratech. As for the banging and clattering, I suspect it's the side stand and center stand. For the center
    stand try gluing some hard rubber bumpers to the bottom of the swing arm on both sides--the side stand--it
    is what it is ! Mud on the shock ? The available huggers are too close to the rear wheel for off road. Make
    your own hugger by being resourceful. Get some flat plastic. Get a black plastic 5 gallon bucket, some 3/16 or1/4 clear vinyl,
    some flat aluminum, pop rivets and 2 small bolts with nuts. The vinyl pops to the front underside of the rear
    fender (there is a flat spot there). Cut a piece from the bucket to make a short hugger that fits-5"-6" long,
    bend it a little with heat for shape. Get a flat piece of plastic and shape it to fit on the swing arm bolted
    down with the ABS tube bolts. Fasten the hugger to the flat plastic with bent aluminum and pop rivets.
    Bolt the hugger, also, to the chainguard via a shaped piece of aluminum and pop rivets. This works, you'll
    just have to work out how to make in by sitting beside the bike and looking at the situation.
    thank you for YOUR ideas.
  18. av_mech

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  19. phillipsrog

    phillipsrog Been here awhile

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    You ever coming back to Boise? My current riding partner's bike is in the shop indefinitely. It should be Owyhee time soon as these rainstorms end.
  20. av_mech

    av_mech Risk Taker

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    Been back in Boise all year! Did 1000 miles this weekend and 300+ the weekend before. Riding season has started!!