Tiger Tales - Dialling in the 800XC for the dirt

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

  1. Jeroen!

    Jeroen! Adventurer

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    Don't know if it's been mentioned before, but upon inspection of a new Tiger800 at the dealer, we noticed the sidestandswitch has secretly been modified to a different configuration. I did not take a picture, but someone with a newer tiger might take a look.
    I killed my sidestandswitch in Morocco, luckily the switch was the only thing that hit a big rock, I was able to steer the rest of the tiger to safety, or it would have been a badly damaged rim. A big clunk was heard, and the switch was dangling on the wires...

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    On a sidenote: if you're looking to go offroad, don't buy triumph's tank bag. It's rubbish, bought mine right before the trip, and it didn't even make it to the finish... :S
  2. blacktiger

    blacktiger Tigers R great.

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    I'd go with "myth".
  3. refokus

    refokus Just Learning

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    OK, what is the fix?
  4. phillipsrog

    phillipsrog Been here awhile

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    Just got back from a 25-mile ride in the Owyhee Desert. I rode with 2 KTM 250s and a Suzuki Dr 650. We were on ATV/motorcycle trails that featured all the things you don't want to encounter on a large dual sport bike, such as deep, sugar sand, baby-head rocks, loose climbs, whoops, etc. About 95 percent of the time I was in first or second gear, and about 75 percent of the time I was out of the saddle.

    The bike did great for a beast that size. It's not a dirt bike, and never will be. First gear is too tall, and I had to carry more speed than I probably wanted, but the bike is nicely balanced and manageable in all those hairy situations. There were some pucker moments, but I kept it rubber side down the whole trip. It doesn't like square hits, and after two whoops it starts bucking like a mule, but overall, I was really impressed how it handled.

    This isn't a trail I would normally ride on that bike, but I was trailing those guys so I could shoot some photos. It all worked out, except for clipping a couple rocks with my HT panniers, but I can cover that later.
  5. Reefdog

    Reefdog Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the reply Mercury
    """"Shane - I believe the stepper motor 'fix' involves ensuring it is regularly cleaned and lubed"""

    This is what i have been reading here since the start of the thread and TRIUMPH'S advice is to clean and lube every time it happens...thats not a fix,,thats a COP OUT

    I ride in the dust and sand everytime i ride here even if on the black top the enviroment is not clean like the UK...So if i bought a tiger xc I will have to clean the stepper motor every time it gets dirty and stalls,,, that would be every ride

    SORRY

    Truimph have missed out on 2 bike sales if they cant fix
    Come on Triumph pull ya finger out and fix this problem
    my 2 cents worth
  6. refokus

    refokus Just Learning

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    +1 reef dog, cleaning and lubing is NOT a fix. I have issues with my stepper motor and was able to get it to reset. The bike shop I took it to is saying the stepper motor is working fine, well, no shit I was able to get it to reset. Now I have to wait for it to act up again and take it back in so they see it is messed up.

    I hate the shop here in Phoenix. The customer service is horrible.
  7. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    Where is this Desert?
    I'm impressed you tried to follow KTM 250's! Can't imagine that on a 500 lb. bike! Nice work! Any pics?
  8. Windy Rider

    Windy Rider Pussy Power

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    Spent the day in the shed hiding from the rain and this is what I made today, Oil filter guard out of Stainless steel. Happy how it came up :D

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  9. advtenn

    advtenn Long timer

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    Nice work!
  10. ThomasVolomitz

    ThomasVolomitz New Old Stock

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    That oil filter guard is excellent fabrication. Isn't stainless difficult to cut and drill?
  11. Windy Rider

    Windy Rider Pussy Power

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    Thanks, yep just need sharp good quality drill bits and tools. Also see the rear brake reservoir guard a few posts back.
  12. Fallacy

    Fallacy Been here awhile

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    Nice work, looks great.
  13. Krieg

    Krieg Adventurer

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    Thanks so much for posting the info about Tune ECU! Just placed an order for the cable from Amazon. Just wondered if you have fiddled with the tool and diagnostics yet on your '12 Tiger and, if so, how easy was it? :thumbup
  14. mickd

    mickd crash test dummie

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    hi all
    been looking at the xc for some time but in some threads this heat issue keeps coming up ie..from another inmate... the stepper motor is a huge problem triumph dont give a toss-bloody heat comes of the engine, ok when standing up but in summer at lights you fry.

    is there a fix for this?
  15. internalcombust

    internalcombust Yes its dirty, thanks.

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    Rubbish, my xc is performing flawlessly. Some people have had issues. I love mine. Heat is no bother, it is being blown out of proportion by a few. IMHO.
  16. Windy Rider

    Windy Rider Pussy Power

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    Don't take to much notice of all that Rubbish. Have ever riden any other naked bike in the heat! It's all relative. I have had no problem with this. I love my Tiger and think that I will be keeping her for a very long time :D

    I just come back from a 1300 Km ride on 80% Gravel and very slippery dirt tracks, this bike is more that up to the task, she took every thing I gave her. Can't wait for the net ride:clap

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  17. RichardU

    RichardU Let's Ride

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    Maybe wear better pants. I also don't have a big problem with heat from the bike.
  18. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    +1

    It's a bike....they get hot. As for the stepper motor, sure some have had issues but I would wager it's a tiny minority. If it weren't, Triumph would have fixed it by now - they are very good at doing so but if a tiny few report an issue, how can they determine what the issue is and how to fix it ?

    Buy it, ride it, you'll love it....
  19. Scaredofthedirt

    Scaredofthedirt Been here awhile

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    Heat - heat no issue here but how hot is too hot for you? Best to ride one for yourself and make your own decision. If you want to stay really cool in summer, best to drive your car with the a/c on. :D

    Stepper a HUGE issue????? Have it gooped every now and then, like at a major service and there appears to be no issue. FFS, soon folk are going to be complaining the bike has a major issue because the engine cuts out if you don't fill the gas tank when it is empty or that it gets dirty when you ride them in the mud n dust :D

    The high mileage 800s in our Tiger Squadron are approaching 20,000km with the only hick-up being the need to goop the stepper once in three of the bikes. I say for a brand new model in a new class for the brand top effort Triumph :clap
  20. Windy Rider

    Windy Rider Pussy Power

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    I have that problem all the time, the Tiger just will not stay clean!! Good one

    If you are like me and seems that you are, after a big ride the Tiger gets stripped down wheels out, tank off etc and cleaned and maintenanced and all that needs lubed get lubed. By doing this things will last longer and there will be no break downs. Just common sense really if we are doing this sort of riding isn't it!