Tiger Tales - Dialling in the 800XC for the dirt

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

  1. kingofZroad

    kingofZroad Been here awhile

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    I like the Caribou setup for this reason, the ability to remove the panniers without ever having to open them.
  2. strider.deano

    strider.deano Been here awhile

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    I never need to unload my Jessie's to remove.....open the lid and slide the light stuff out of the way, turn handle and lift off. Half a dozen slow speed drops and they're holding up fine. Unlike oem's which broke after a simple lean into the hill.....replaced the mount and then they rattled themselves apart on a 10 mile stretch of washboard. Took my credit and got a set of jessie's for $130 more....

    Soft bags are excellent for exclusive off road stuff (the Jessie mounts work great for soft bags), but if you're using this bike to commute, explore and tour, the lockable, waterproof and hard sided panniers are only way to go.
  3. cug

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    It's 1.6x the price if the Triumph stuff is ~800. But it's also 1.6x the space, more stable, easier to pack, etc. You get what you pay for.
  4. timbercat

    timbercat Texas ADV Rider

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    Try the Happy Trails Quick Release universal system. I can mount or unmount my Holan panniers in less than a minute. No opening of the pannier required and the system was easy to install.
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  5. Burren Rider

    Burren Rider Aussie Adventurer

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    I haven't had much to contribute in recent months as I have been sidetracked on other endeavours (I think they call it responsibility :dunno). I did get a chance to fit up a Safari Tank though and they have really done a great job with this. Holds a bit over 30 Litres and tucks in to the standard profile beautifully.

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    I swapped the chain and sprockets and was happy to see that Chain Gang here in Australia can make up whatever size you choose. Running 16 / 52 and this seems like a pretty good compromise.

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    Fitted up a set of genuine Triumph frame guards too and I think they are a worthwhile investment for anybody that rides dirt and would like to protect the paint on their frame rails.
  6. fbj913

    fbj913 On the Beemer Kool-Aid

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    I want one of those so bad!
  7. bross

    bross Where we riding to?

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    Welcome back!
  8. Big Jon

    Big Jon Been here awhile

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    That is one gorgeous bike, fbj...:clap
  9. Oddball

    Oddball Starting over

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    Very nice! Waiting to see the same quality of a picture but of a nlack tank.

    Also what are you running for a rear shock system?
  10. cug

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  11. phaneuf

    phaneuf Adventurer

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    seriously looking at the safari tank. big question, does the stock fuel meter still work? is there a place to put it even if it doesn't read properly. I know look at the fuel through the plastic! but I'm considering black as I see it is now an option.

    The bike looks great and I hope it functions as well as it looks.
  12. Dubl-A

    Dubl-A SuckerDucker

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    Sweet rig! More pictures and details please :ear


    EDIT:

    PLEASE tell me you didnt mount $600 dollar panniers with PLASTIC mounts?!?!?
  13. Dubl-A

    Dubl-A SuckerDucker

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    Gorgeous bike man!!! Would you mind sharing some of the DIRT worthy parts you bought? I spy a case guard there :wink:
  14. bross

    bross Where we riding to?

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    This is burren's thread, start back at page 1 and all will be revealed.
  15. Dubl-A

    Dubl-A SuckerDucker

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    :lol3 There's so many Tigers in here I must have lost count who's who.
  16. Burren Rider

    Burren Rider Aussie Adventurer

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    G'Day,

    Cug is right, it is a Wilbers. I found the standard shock faded pretty quickly when pushed resulting in a bike that felt like it was running on spring pressure alone. So far, the Wilbers has been considerably better for the dirt, not only in terms of action and bottoming resistance but also it doesn't fade when hot. I also mounted the reservoir further back on the bike to distance it from the heat of the motor. Not sure if this helps or not but it can't hurt.

    Cheers,

    Danny
  17. Burren Rider

    Burren Rider Aussie Adventurer

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    G'Day,

    The fuel gauge works but it seems to take a fill or two after fitting the Safari Tank for the trip computer to get it's head around the extra capacity and range. Not sure if they all do that or if mine is just special?

    Cheers,

    Danny
  18. Dubl-A

    Dubl-A SuckerDucker

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    Kinda makes sense if it is calculating after a whole tank has been drained and what distance was recorded :hmmmmm
  19. ducatirdr

    ducatirdr Re-entry Noob

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    I did the same thing this past weekend. I figured I would post a short video of some of the terrain I tested them on.


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=naLfXZZtbDs


    DANG! This bike is fun!
  20. boinoodle

    boinoodle Old and Cautious

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    Don't you know it!!

    Stopped by dealer to pick up my case guards, had the tech's gawking at all the mud on my bike and shaking their heads at the stock tires. Nice to see they appreciated it.

    Just have to figure out if they'll give me a hard time if I put non recommended tire upgrade.