Tiger Tales - Dialling in the 800XC for the dirt

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

  1. 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.
  2. Windy Rider

    Windy Rider Pussy Power

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    Having fun I see.

    Well I have now done 12,000 km on those tyres, probably half off road and half on the black stuff, need new tyres now to much side ways action :lol3

    Heiduneu K60 just on the wear marks
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    Continental TKC 80. Awesome front tyre still has nice grip and feel on the gravel but shit on the road now
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  3. Windy Rider

    Windy Rider Pussy Power

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    By the way the tiger didn't look this clean last week:lol3

    Did a 7 day trip 2000km on mainly dirt :D

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  4. ttime4four

    ttime4four Been here awhile

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    Can you elaborate on the the on road characteristics of the TKC80? Was it always shit, or just now after 12,000 km? If they started off good, what do you think changed - rubber pliability, tire shape, tread depth, all the above?

    I'm very interested in the TKC80/K60 combo to maximize the strengths of each tire.

    Thanks.
  5. bross

    bross Where we riding to?

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    TKCs are an amazing tire on road for a knobby. I've run them on my Scrambler, DR, and Tiger. I have dragged my pegs on the Scrambler and Tiger running TKCs. They're not great in the wet so I just slow down when it's wet, otherwise very good tire.
  6. ducatirdr

    ducatirdr Re-entry Noob

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    I may add that the first few miles are sketchy on the TKCs. They felt like I was on ice. It may be the mold release on the tire, or the little mold finger things, or my perception. But they took a hundred miles for me to not miss my stock tires for the street. But off road they are a much safer bet than the battlewings.
  7. Windy Rider

    Windy Rider Pussy Power

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    This tyre combination is great on the Tiger. The k60 was excellent right up to the last 1000km's or so on the dirt and on the tar you can notice the square edge. The TKC is awesome with still with plenty of grip on the dirt, the only down side (shit I was referring to) is that towards the end of there life they wear very uneven which causes vibration and road noise on the tar. If you take a close look at the tyres I an using all of them, I have never had an issue with grip in the wet or dry, except when they were new, they did seen to take a bit to scrub in.

    I will be putting the same tyres back on because I have had such a fantastic run out of those tyres, I invested in heavy duty 4mm tubes, never had a puncture or an issue of any type, well worth it!
  8. Aussie Trev

    Aussie Trev aka DRTrev

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    HI Danny,

    PBee and I took the two bikes of Philth's up to the Flinders Ranges last weekend with the Flinders Classic. Mate, I am sold.:clap

    This has to be the best 'heavy' dirt bike on two wheels, and is everything you said it was. Just gota sell the Tenere now...:cry

    The PAR was a ball on it and my camera was going crazy.

    Here's a teaser....


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  9. fbj913

    fbj913 On the Beemer Kool-Aid

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  10. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    ^ Snip from their web page: " Touratech's countershaft sprocket guard for the Triumph Tiger 800 XC replaces the plastic cover to give a clear view of the final drive. On a long trip this means you can constantly check the sprocket for wear..." - :rofl :oscar:poser

    I've always wanted a clear view of the SC sprocket. Makes the bike more dirt worthy.:bert
  11. fbj913

    fbj913 On the Beemer Kool-Aid

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    I have pulled that plastic cover off before and it's completely full of shit. I think it would help in that regard.
  12. Yossarian™

    Yossarian™ Deputy Cultural Attaché

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    Agreed - that's the reason my smaller DS bikes have case savers but not CS sprocket cover; too much junk gets trapped in there.

    Has anyone made a nice CS sprocket cover for the T800, that is the "cage" style, not like TT makes?
  13. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    Like Yossarian, I'm looking for case protection, not Touratrinket baubles.:deal
  14. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    The bypass coolant host is right in front of the CS as well. If the chain ever lets loose it's gonna take out some shit.

    I took the plastic cover thingy off and left it off. Both bikes. Just don't find a purpose other than trim. And yes, for offroad you can see if crap gets pulled up into that area.

    Some kind of case saver would make a lot of sense. Triumph obviously doesn't build 'dirtbikes'. :wink:
  15. Dubl-A

    Dubl-A SuckerDucker

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    I think I was checking out your setup at the races in Middleboro last Saturday. Nice!

    #343 40+ C

    Pat
  17. ducatirdr

    ducatirdr Re-entry Noob

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    HA Yep that was me.
  18. burmbuster

    burmbuster Long timer

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    Its the mold fingers. Take a few minutes with a fingernail clipper and clip all of them off. That will get it started off right.
  19. burmbuster

    burmbuster Long timer

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    I have the Touratech CS sprocket cover. Will not let crap get trapped in the CS sprocket area like the OEM will. It also allows you to lube it where the OEM version will not. Last but not least, you can check the torque of the CS sprocket nut without taking the cover off.
  20. Dubl-A

    Dubl-A SuckerDucker

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    SOLD :wink: