Tiger Tales - Dialling in the 800XC for the dirt

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

  1. helotaxi

    helotaxi Been here awhile

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    It wasn't terribly difficult. Wolfman provided an easy solution. I've considered getting a second Rotopax plate from him and doubling up on the left side and running a single on the right. Still ends up balanced and gives me an extra 3gal. And I can still mount the soft bags over the top of them or just run a big dry bag on the tray or pillion.
  2. fbj913

    fbj913 On the Beemer Kool-Aid

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    200 miles to a tank is not enough. I get pissed when I have to stop and get gas after what I believe to be a short ride. I drive 35,000 miles a year and am very used to long range rides. I ride with a GSA and wish that I had that range! Why the argument to fill it up all the way or not? Just fill it up, problem solved. There is not enough room on the bike to stash 10 or so gallons of gas and you still have to stop and put it in the tank. I just want to ride.
  3. Mr_Chris

    Mr_Chris Get away, evil car!

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    Some places don't have a petrol pump every 100 miles... some very beautiful places, famous places I want to see on my Tiger. :clap

    Even having a longer main tank range, the rotopax or fuel bladders will come out when it comes to making it possible to journey across those beautiful, remote, and sparsely-populated -- and completely fabulous -- landscapes.

    I want the range because it takes me one step closer to a dream.:nod

    Chris
  4. internalcombust

    internalcombust Yes its dirty, thanks.

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    There seems to be some long winded arguments against needing a larger tank. Why bother? If you don't want it don't buy it, I don't see the need to proclaim how unimportant it is. I could have used more range just last night as struggled to find a gas station with my mileage counter reading -----. It was my own poor planning, but a few more gallons would have gotten me home without a third gas stop. I like the thought of any new product for the tiger. Would I buy one? I would have last night that's for damn sure. Jury is out till we see how it looks and how much it costs. Bring it on.
  5. helotaxi

    helotaxi Been here awhile

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    Just explaining why it isn't right for ME. Different strokes. If it works for you or others, great!
  6. the_babaji

    the_babaji Been here awhile

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    I too understand the gripes. Even riding around in well fuelled areas, I find it a pain to keep filling the tank. Never mind on an adventure of sorts.

    But I can also appreciate how much a an aesthetic downgrade a clear tank, or a colour plastic tank would be. After all the original tank is the only painted piece on the bike. (aside from the beak). Would it not be possible to have the tank professionally painted to match factory paint? Or are we not there yet with technology when it comes to painting plastics?
  7. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    The tanks on my Speed Triple and Sprint are both plastic. That said, I am going to assume the Safari tanks are more like the tanks on my Husky and XR and if so, I very much doubt they can be painted - even stickers eventually fall off due to gas leaching through the plastic.
  8. fbj913

    fbj913 On the Beemer Kool-Aid

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    like he said above. you can't paint plastic gas tanks because of gas dissipation. You can use professional vinyl stickers/graphics though.
  9. helotaxi

    helotaxi Been here awhile

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    Now if they made an ABS or polycarbonate shell for it that could be color matched, that might be pretty cool.
  10. internalcombust

    internalcombust Yes its dirty, thanks.

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    A vinyl wrap could work well, you may be on to something.
  11. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    I've never heard of any vinyl or stickers adhering to the tanks for any length of time UNLESS they have masses of holes in them. Eventually, they all start bubbling. Not even sure the ones with holes in them last that long either...
  12. fbj913

    fbj913 On the Beemer Kool-Aid

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    They make them for dirt bikes and guys run them on the ktm tanks all the time. yes they have holes in them.
  13. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    That I know, you can get them for the XR Clarke tanks (among many others) but I have still heard bad storied about them bubbling, even with the holes in them.

    For me, it's not an issue since I hate stickers anyway and both my Clarke tanks are see-through which is so useful (on those bikes). On the Tigger, maybe not so useful if the fuel gauge still works (why wouldn't it ?) or do as I do, and use the trip meter anyway.
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    I see this a lot. Especially with the new service bulletin tune. My mileage went to shit after it was installed. I think some people really fail to grasp just how desolate some places in this world are. Places like where I ride nearly every weekend. Very easy to plan a route with 300+ miles between fuel stops. If I've got the cash, I'll be putting one on.
  15. internalcombust

    internalcombust Yes its dirty, thanks.

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    I was in this position the other night at 10 p.m. on a desolate road hoping to find a fuel stop. Not a good feeling.
  16. Marsh Tiger

    Marsh Tiger Been here awhile

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    So what's the actual limit? I'm yet to need more than 4.1gals (US) ever. How much of the stock tank is usable?
  17. fbj913

    fbj913 On the Beemer Kool-Aid

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    depends on how fast your going, how nice you are with the right hand etc. carry a little gas can around and run it out so you know...
  18. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    You do know that this can happen no matter how big your tank is right :D

    I have a Clarke 4.7 on my XR and it's the ONLY bike I have ever run out of gas on...on a highway....in the fast lane....:huh
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    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    To me this is the critical question. How many guys have run their Tiger dry? How far did they go on a tank? And after running dry, how much gas to fill up?
    If the 800 computer/gauges are anything like my 1050 ... then you may have more in reserve than you think.

    Also, maybe Triumph could configure a Tune that would give best economy and still allow the bike to run well?

    On my 1050 I've gone an additional 50 miles AFTER the reverse countdown said Zero. Low fuel light was on long before that. I kept going. And going.
    Yes, this last 50 miles I was soft on the throttle.

    When I filled at around 250 miles, it still showed about 1/2 or 1/3 gallon remaining based on tank capacity. I've never run out on my 1050 but intend to do so before next long tour. IMHO, knowing true real world range is essential if riding in remote areas.

    In most cases, I begin looking for fuel around 180 miles or so, but have gone past 250 miles without running out. Can it be possible that the 1050 Tiger would get better MPG than the 800?
  20. internalcombust

    internalcombust Yes its dirty, thanks.

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    I fully suspect i would have been in the same situation with a bigger tank. :D
    Were you hunched over at 70 trying to check the petcock to see if it was on reserve? :lol3