Tiger XC accessories / farkles thread

Discussion in 'British Beasts: Triumph Tigers' started by Xcountry-Rider, Nov 4, 2012.

  1. clint64

    clint64 Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the info. Coming from my BMW k1200s with factory cases, they will be practically a car trunk.
  2. DarkRider

    DarkRider Middle-aged Man

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    Thanks. Would anyone have any input on exactly how useless the stock guards are? Are they basically useless even in a non-moving tip-over? I'm just trying to figure out if it's safe to wait until the first "nap" and corresponding cracks of the guards before replacing them or if the first "nap" will destroy the guards and snap the levers.
  3. Yossarian™

    Yossarian™ Deputy Cultural Attaché

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    The stock guards are useful as quasi-wind-deflectors, nothing more.
  4. fbj913

    fbj913 On the Beemer Kool-Aid

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    I can :D
    They do ok... your blinkers will most likely go the way of the dodo bird :cry
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  5. DarkRider

    DarkRider Middle-aged Man

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    :roflThanks fbj913, think I'll try and avoid your photo collection for at least a little while. :clap
  6. cug

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    I really like the sturdiness of the Barkbusters:

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    Held up better than me:

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    I had a highside due to a deer hitting my front wheel. The engine guards (Triumph), Barkbuster Storm, and the rear paddock stand bobbins saved the bike from being totaled. It was close even with these guys protecting a lot. If it wasn't a no-fault insurance claim, I would have probably gotten away with about $1200 in parts and scratches on the rest. Due to it being an insurance claim and the shop bringing the bike back to near new condition the whole thing is closer to $5k.
  7. burmbuster

    burmbuster Long timer

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    Cug,
    Are the bar end weights for the Barkbusters really worth it? Been tossing the idea around a bit.:ear
  8. cug

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    They made a slight difference. Whether it's worth it depends on your own perception. The price didn't let me think twice about them, therefore they're on. It expensive for a piece of metal, but nothing I'll cry about.
  9. burmbuster

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    The vibes are not bad as is but if they performed some sort of magic, as in a noticeable difference from stock, then I would get them. Sounds like I will wait a bit.
  10. X1Glider

    X1Glider Been here awhile

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    Typical absorbtion and reflection properties. More prominent becaue the screen is likely coated so it performs like the cladding of fiber optics. The edges will pick up light from other sources besides your headlights as well. Best to do the whole perimeter of the screen.

    As for painting screens, I like to do mine for this reason and cutting down glare from the guages bouncing off the screen and from the sun bouncing off the guages. The Guzzi was the most reflective of any bike I had. It was like heads-up display but upside down, so I had 2 light sources pulling my eyes in different directions. It became very tiring. The Krylon works real well. I use the Krylon matte on the inside as a 1st coat so it sticks, then a heavier flat to diffuse the light even more. No more painful eyestrain.

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  11. FuzzyDunlop

    FuzzyDunlop Been here awhile

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    I concur. They help a bit but nothing amazing. Kinda need them with risers IMHO.

    With respect to Tiger naps, the stock foot pegs seem to bend easily and are likely to lose some shape in an off.
  12. elan

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    Think I'll leave my bobbins on then! Was going to sell them off after buying a center stand...
  13. Hallwine

    Hallwine Adventurer

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    Just a bit on the engine/tank bars
    I had (have) the OEM engine bars and the HB upper bars & pannier frames.
    Well I had a little "lack of friction moment" at about 45 ish mph on tarmac and visited the crash barrier and the ditch...:eek1
    So the damage was engine bars bent, top bar bent ( a lot), HB pannier frames bent a little. The top bar and the left engine bar were too bent to reuse.
    But the engine, frame, tank and most of the plastics were OK. Scratched but not destroyed. Instruments and screen were wiped off...
    Axel bobbins had little scratches so probably protected something...
    Fortunately I have fully comp insurance but if not for the protection bars i think they would have written off the whole thing (3000 ukp for parts as it was)
    If I had not had the fully comp and I had been fixing it myself, parts bill would have been much less (as scratches don't need fixing to get back on the road) The tank had scratches and was replaced but it would have been ok if self repairing, ditto mudguard and most of the plastics.

    One of the footpegs was bent at the end so must be pretty soft stuff. I Have fitted the 15 mm lower Motech ones, they feel wider and longer than the OEM.

    Anyway I have tigger back, good as new, now just waiting for the snow to go away

    The HB top protection bar was OK and did its job but I think the TT one has better coverage and fixing points

    OEM handgaurds were rubbish in the crash, I had fixed the lack of weather protection with some homemade ali spoilers just sheet cut to shape and pop riveted in place. Not sure what I will fit next Barkbusters look good, but I mainly want them for weather protection though Tiger 1050 ones were good for that on my scrambler. But also not reinforced.

    Hope this helps someone with decision making
  14. JWalton

    JWalton How do I wheelie?

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    Thanks for the report! Field testing is good TO READ ABOUT. Better to have someone else do the testing :eek1
    Looks like the TT uppers and the OEM lowers are a good combo.

    Glad to hear that "tigger" and rider are ok. Just curious - what rider protection were you wearing? I'm reviewing pants/jackets/gloves with protection/pads. I'm also trying to convince myself that I don't really need a pair of SIDI ADV boots that are ridiculously priced - but keep going back to safety/protection of my ten piggy's :D

    -JW
  15. DarkRider

    DarkRider Middle-aged Man

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    As someone that was wearing Sidi street boots while riding the CDT on my 1150GS Adv, I'd say ante up and get the Sidi Crossfire's...I wish I had before the CDT trip...then I might not have the screws in the tibia I fractured on the trail when the bike tipped over.
  16. JWalton

    JWalton How do I wheelie?

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    DR: Sounds like you may have a faulty bike! :huh
    Thanks for the insight... I do want the SIDI's, but was wrestling over the cost of all the new gear (just got my bike in Nov.) But, you've reinforced my gut feeling towards any gear - you get what you pay for. And my limbs are worth it!
    Thanks - JW
  17. DarkRider

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    They may not have saved my tibia, but after factoring in the cost of ER, surgery, PT, and travel costs to get my bike from storage in Helena, MT, I'm pretty sure I'd have saved money buying the right gear before trying the CDT. :D

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  18. Hallwine

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    I was wearing JTS leathers, pants and jacket, Altberg boots (expensive, tough and very good indeed) Triumph gloves and a Shoei full face.

    The leathers have EC armour in the usual places. I went down on my left knee. The pants knee was ripped and abraded but held up. Nothing else was damaged, just scuffs.
    My knee was very bruised and swollen for a while but without that armour/leather it would have been pretty bloody I think.

    FWIW I very rarely ride without proper gear, including armour pads. Its saved me (from myself?) too many times....
  19. ilbiker

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    I received a set up upper crash bars from Touratech to go with my Triumph lowers and the left side is off by about 1 CM on alignment. Right side is correct al everything works but the left side bolt holes are to close. How did everyone make them fit or is this something new? From what I know from other bike builds, the jig can come out of alignment and make this a problem. Concerned with trying to make them fit and putting the bar under stress where it can fail due to tension ont he welds causing them to fail or failing when I need them the most. Anyone else have this issue and how did you correct to make them fit? Went back to TT and that is not working out well as they sent me the same misaligned part.
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  20. burmbuster

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    Welcome to world of Touratech. I have a few farkles from TT but had to modify every one of them in order for them to fit. Thank goodness I didnt buy the bars.