Tiger Tales - Dialling in the 800XC for the dirt

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

  1. blacktiger

    blacktiger Tigers R great.

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    Consider the Tiger1050 hand guards. I've found them very robust and they also give good wind protection. They pretty much bolt straight on.
    I also think the Explorer hand guards will fit.
  2. jphish

    jphish Been here awhile

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    Blacktiger - I am caught in the "Bark Buster back order" group. I went with that particular brand because they will work with a Kaoko throttle control. (Kaoko is GREAT to work with!) So Question: 1) Do you think 1050 hand guards would work with a Kaoko? 2) do you have a pic of handguards you can post (or send email via smartphone) so I can see how they mount? Thanks in advance for advice / Assistance. TTFN, j
  3. blacktiger

    blacktiger Tigers R great.

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    Oh crickey! I have no idea about the Kaoko thingy so I can't comment about that. All I can say is that the 1050 hand guards, once you bought the whole kit, are pretty much a direct bolt on replacement for the OE XC guards.

    http://www.worldoftriumph.com/trium...?block_01=&block_02=100054001&block_03=233186
    As opposed to
    http://www.worldoftriumph.com/trium...ck_01=&block_02=100057415-0-2&block_03=560041

    So you've got brackets that use the pivot bolt on the levers. Then they bolt into the end of the bars. It really is that simple.
    I don't really have any photos of when I put them onto the standard XC bars other than from the front.
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    This is from when I'd just finished installing the Renthal bars. I had unique spacers made to suit the handle bar ends.
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    This one is when I had the Renthals and the 1050 guards on my Scrambler. You can just see that there's two bolts onto the inner bracket which is, I believe, what give the whole assembly better stability. It's what the XC guards are lacking. You can also see that the guards are about 5mm thick. The molded in rib around the middle also adds strength.
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    That's the best I can do at present.
  4. Big Jon

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    Another set of good guards to consider are the Maier ATV Pro guards. They are especially nice if you've got large hands. I've got them on my KLR, and will be taking my OEM TEX guards off this spring as soon as I find a pair of Maiers for it. I would highly suggest staying away from any guards that are all plastic because they won't stand up to much of a hit...
  5. Rob Dirt

    Rob Dirt More or less in line

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  6. jphish

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    BlackTiger - ( BigJohn & Robdirt too) Thanks for feed back, options & pics! I'm not certain twisted Throttle will get my order to me before departure (March 20) to Utah - gonna be close. (Hard to believe it takes 2 mos for a set of hand guards? Not like I ordered an AR 15 - Anyway...) So considering other alternatives. It appears the the 1050 guards are much more robust than the OEM 800's - and a buddy has a set available for 'loan', from when he changed guards on his Roadie. I will install around 15th, if BarkBusters don't arrive first. It appears at least from first glance, the 1050 guards would also be compatible with Kaoko. Got about 1200 mi ea way to Moab - and certainly want the throttle control on there. (figure I'll have enough wrist damage on "tigger naps" in Utah) Thanks Gentlemen!, Cheers, j
  7. blacktiger

    blacktiger Tigers R great.

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    Glad to have helped. Enjoy your trip. We do, of course, need/want loads of photos.:deal
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    Will do - actually thinking of helmet cam...just to capture scenery & "naps" for posterity... Thanks again for pics - helpful! TTFN, j
  9. McKay

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    Thanks rob, I've been meaning to take measurements for pail at hdb but you've already done it.

    How are the mirrors on the tiger? They are a bit small on my husky and I'm thinking I need better on the tiger.
  10. Rob Dirt

    Rob Dirt More or less in line

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    I use the stock mirrors. I ride mostly street with the T8 & I like good visibility.
  11. PVRnick

    PVRnick Pennsy Flyer

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    Subscribed ! Great thread , I just bought a 2012 800XC 2 months ago and have spent the winter getting her set up.
    Lots of great info here !
    I will post some pics soon.
    Nick
  12. PVRnick

    PVRnick Pennsy Flyer

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    Here's a couple pics of improvements made to the XC so far.

    Triumph centerstand and Heated grips

    SW Motech engine gaurds, sump protector, Rear rack

    Barkbusters, 20mm handlebar risers, Denali 1 LED driving lights from Twisted Throttle

    Leo Vince pipe with Arrow Map. Wow! That helped! :evil

    Loving this bike so far but only have 1250 miles on her. Cannot wait till spring !
    It's gonna be a GREAT riding season this year.

    Nick

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    Still a little icy in Idaho to ride. But I tried...
  14. blacktiger

    blacktiger Tigers R great.

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    Oooops! Nicely polished there. Obviously didn't hurt too much as you were still able to get the camera out.:clap
  15. Lion BR

    Lion BR I'd rather be riding

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    How in icy hell did you manage to put it back on its wheels? :lol3
  16. av_mech

    av_mech Risk Taker

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    It wasn't easy...
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    Av_M has probably developed good technique. I think he's picked it up a few times before. :D

    BTW: How's the new business going?
  18. av_mech

    av_mech Risk Taker

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    Yeah, I've picked that bike up a time or two.

    New business is ROCKING! Exceeding expectations in the first few months. Even getting time off to go play.
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    Glad to hear it.

    BCP Website is lookn' good.
  20. TekurRides

    TekurRides Adventurer

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    Hey guys, I had a couple of questions regarding riding in dirt. I have dropped Scarlet (orange T800XC) twice in the dirt and both the times it was because of stalling. I understand that for the most part it is a lack of experience from my part than a problem with the bike. But I want to learn to mitigate the situation by making the bike as ready as possible for dirt. I have noticed that since I have gone out on dirt, when I stop the bike after a 20-30mins ride (on or off road) and switch off the ignition, I hear a draining kind of sound similar to the one the fuel pump makes on start up. Is this related to stepper motor/air filter? What are the basic periodic maintenance to be done on the bike while taking it off road often? With what periodicity should I clean the chain? Air filter? Do I need to grease the stepper motor?

    Any and all suggestions will be highly appreciate. Pardon my ignorance.