Tiger Tales - Dialling in the 800XC for the dirt

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

  1. KildareMan

    KildareMan Been here awhile

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    Nice bracket, but, NOT necessary on Tiger as the plunger compressed is the side stand in use (down). Engage gear with the side stand down and engine cuts out.

    I've just fed mine up and zip tied it to a cable tidy just above the top end of the gear change rod. Works a charm.
  2. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    Good to know :thumb
  3. Rastus

    Rastus World Traveler

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    Man, I love this Bike!!!...:D
  4. G-Funk

    G-Funk That ... Umm ..... "Dude"

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    Please know I was not inferring that your DRZ was inferior in any way. Mine wasn't that trick either. I just think the OP of the Rallye DRZ did a great job on his build up. :nod

    In fact I still have the thread subscribed so I can review from time to time. Really, IMHO, the only thing lacking with the DRZ is that it's a 5 speed, and not 6. Why Suzuki did that with the DR350, and didn't carry it over to the DRZ is beyond me.

    Though - This is an 800xc build thread, and not a DRZ build thread so to get back on track, I think what you've done with yours is sweet. :thumb

    Right now, the only real thing I'm researching out is crash bars and the bash plate, for when I get mine. The OEM Triumph "upgraded" bash plate looks nice, but so does the sw-motech one. As for crash bars I was just going to get the OEM Triumph ones, until I saw the H.B. lower, and, upper bars. Then I saw the Happy Trails unit, which handles both the lower end as well as the upper end. So at the moment, I'm deciding between either of those two.

    Tire wise, I thought is either TKC-80s, which I'm quite use to, or - either - E09 Dakars, or the Mich. T63 for a rear and an E09 up front. I know a few peeps that run the Mich. T63 on the rear of their Africa Twins with a TKC or E09-D up front, and the AT is 100 lbs heavier than the 800xc.

    Again, thanks for the write up, it is helping me quite a bit, and I haven't even bought mine yet. :lol3

    G.

    EDIT: One other thing - have you thought about an aux fuel tank on the left hand side since the 800xc is a 3 into 1? Or, would you just go with like rotopax (correct manufacturer?) to carry additional fuel for extended long off-road trips? Your thoughts?
  5. Burren Rider

    Burren Rider Aussie Adventurer

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    No worries, I certainly didn't take it that way. I really attached to the mighty DRZ so any excuse is a good one to post a few photo's :D. That is one really nice DRZ and I reckon it would be very competitive in the long distance rallies it was set up for :thumb

    At this stage I am probably going to run a bladder of some description for the desert trip in August and then look at the Aqualine tank when it comes out. They are looking at a capacity of around 30 Litres at this stage but production is still a fair way off.
  6. Burren Rider

    Burren Rider Aussie Adventurer

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    G'Day Mark,

    That front looks pretty good for a road legal tyre. Interesting that the trimming made a difference, wonder if that explains why some tyres feel sketchy for the first 500km's?

    Cheers,

    Danny
  7. Burren Rider

    Burren Rider Aussie Adventurer

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    Photo's of the home made Fender raising brackets. I went for a 20mm lift and in my typical fashion of over engineering everything, placed an additional bolt through the fork guards into the extra lug on the forks.

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    The result is a big increase in clearance for the front tyre.

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  8. Burren Rider

    Burren Rider Aussie Adventurer

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    An SW Motech GPS bracket makes way for the GPS and it seems to fit nicely into the scheme of things. Although fairly basic, the rubber damping system appears to work well and the GPS sat there perfectly in the dirt.

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  9. blacktiger

    blacktiger Tigers R great.

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    Glad to be of assistance.
    My cheap versions are made from a peddle cycle brake cable (£2.80), which has a nipple at each end. So you can do both levers with one cable. And an electric cable connector as you can see in the picture. There's enough clamping power in those two screws for it to work as I proved a while back on my Triumph Scrambler. I also used a piece of plastic tube over the cable to stop the cable rubbing the crash bars away.
    P.S. I've turned it around now so that the excess cable is pointing rearwards.
    P.P.S. remember to leave enough slack that the lever does what it was designed to do.:lol3
  10. fasteer

    fasteer Been here awhile

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    all very interesting info, thanks everyone.
    I'm craving a bike like this for gravel roads & jeep trails.
    It would have to do some 2-up duty to get by the VP Finance.
    How's the passenger accomodations?
  11. markbvt

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    I imagine so; it makes sense, if you think about it. Each of those tread blocks had four molding hairs, so when in motion, those little hairs bend over and get caught between the tread block and the ground and reduce the amount of actual tread in contact with the ground. Not surprising that they make the front end feel vague until they've worn off.

    --mark
  12. av_mech

    av_mech Risk Taker

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    Another area that I need to address ASAP is mirrors. I love the stock ones: the view and the way they look. But, I broke both of them today. I got into some really gnarly stuff today and dropped the bike a lot!! Any recommendations for something on a spring or a breakaway design? Another area of the stock mirrors that worries me is they screw right into the clutch and brake perches. This was problem on the KLR and Kawasaki fixed it by adding a separate clamp for the mirrors alone. Maybe I'll look into that clamp with the stock mirrors.

    On the up-side, the Happy Trails crash guards worked great!! No damage to the bike other than on the handlebars.

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  13. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    First thing I did was change the mirrors for KTM folding-style mirrors. They also sell ones with separate clamps. I got mine from these guys.
  14. markbvt

    markbvt Long timer

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    You could also always just remove the mirrors and stow them in a tail bag when riding the gnarly stuff.

    --mark
  15. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    Personally, I considered this but I figured a. sometimes the gnarly stuff just sneaks up on you and b. I'm lazy and I know I'd never actually take the mirrors off.

    With the KTM mirrors, you can simply fold them out of the way, while riding and then fold them back out when you hit the road again.
  16. DirtJack

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    I use these Dual Star mirrors on all my bikes. Work great.
  17. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    Mate uses one of them on his dirt bike - he loves it as it's tucked away nicely. Not sure I'd want them on the Tigger though....YMMV
  18. Lion BR

    Lion BR I'd rather be riding

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    Man,
    You guys are really making this bike more dirt worthy.

    Here is another video of mine on dirt.

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    But for me, for this bike dirt is not going to be my destination. I love how this bike rides on paved roads!

    Kudos to you guys!
    Lion
  19. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    I too am amazed at how well it performs on the road. I am not an aggressive rider by any means but I have no chicken strips on the tires at all - you just lean it over with the big wide bars and it goes over and feels totally planted.
  20. Lion BR

    Lion BR I'd rather be riding

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    Let me borrow your words to describe my experience with this bike on paved roads. Now the only thing that bothers me is the wind noise and turbulence. No screen, with clear air, makes the experience so much nicer and quieter...

    Lion