Tiger XC accessories / farkles thread

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

  1. cug

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    After going down twice in my Formas and being disappointed by the protection both times, I'm going with something "more serious" ... :deal
  2. ducnut

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    Yeah, I'd seen your comments, about that. I'm currently wearing my Alpinestar SMX5s, from my track days. They suck, for day-to-day use and, especially, on any questionable surface. I'm going to do some serious looking, at the Indy MotoGP, as all the manufacturers have product suites. I should probably lean toward your advice.
  3. cug

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    My only advice is: wear the stiffest, most protective boots that fit and that you can tolerate while riding. Carry a set of light sneakers or sandals for walking around. After my offs I'm even more into ATGATT than I was before. It helped. Both times. I shredded some gear, but better the gear than myself.
  4. Jarno123

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    Couple of questions since you seem to be able to very clearly answer my questions :D

    First, I was thinking of taking the Tiger eventually on trips like the ROB, BAM and the lot. I'm pretty sure it's doable, but just don't know to what extent. Heard some guys in Australia did some real serious offroading with it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqDz...3Asriiqor8VvBBU3Mx5QZpHWUzQxxFi65F-pAHm19UDL0
    sorry, don't know how to embed yet. Anyway, those guys seem to be really happy about the bike so I figured, what they can do, I should be able to do as well. That's the type of riding I intend.
    You say the Tiger is bad offroad. Yes, obviously compared to an dirt bike, but we're talking adventure bikes here. You don't take a dirtbike on 20.000 km trips. Or at least, you shouldn't. I think that the worst that can happen is that you crash your bike at a reasonable speed. The crashes that a person walks away from. If I'm in a hospital, I don't think I can really care all that much about whether or not my bike is not damaged, a little damaged or very damaged. I know, I have poor priorities. :D But the lower speed crashes, that's something the bike should be able to handle if you're going on a big trip, which is why I was wondering if the crashbars will help, or make things worse.

    Now I've also read a couple of time about people who break their subframes. Since the Tiger does not have a separate sub frame, does that make the Tiger extra rigid, or prone to breaking welds and what not? It seems almost common to break a subframe, so can the Tiger handle more vibrations because it's parts of the main frame, or will the complete frame fall apart?

    It seems like you are a very wise man :D
  5. Mikehusa

    Mikehusa Been here awhile

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    Jarno,

    The stuff in that video is exactly why I bought my Tiger and it has not let me down. The bike is more than capable in those situations and many more. I have found it to be a very good two up tourer, canyon carver and a very good (FAT DIRT BIKE) even on single track. I have taken it on rugged off road trips to a 4000 mile trip up the west coast.

    I do recomend crash bars, I have Holans and am very happy with them. Do some research as to how they bolt on to the motorcycle, some have been known to damage the engine in minor tip overs. My Holans have held up very well in low speed crashes. I am running the stock plastic handguards but will eventually upgrade.

    Upgrades I have done and recommend

    Bar risers: good for off road making it easier and more natural to stand on the pegs. (ROX)

    Crash Bars: I like my Holan set up. Fits tight to the motorcyle but still gives good protection.

    Skid Plate: I'm running an Altrider and it has proven itself. I do recommend drilling a small hole in it so it doesnt hold oil after a filter change unless you want to remove it each time.

    Knobby tires.

    Hand gurds

    Panniers and top box

    Kick stand foot



    The most important upgrade:

    Get your bike and take an off road class. I recommend Rawhyde in CA. Those guys know what ther're talking about. I took away a lot more then I thought I would.
  6. ducatirdr

    ducatirdr Re-entry Noob

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    I have SIDI Crossfire SRS boots for my Enduro riding. They were narrow just like SKI BOOTS... What do you do with ski boots is take them to a ski shop that specializes in fit. I have a shop near me that is known for fitting ski boots. I took my Sidi SRS boots to them and they used their steam heated hydraulic stretching tools to widen the toe box and instep. WHAT A HUGE DIFFERENCE! They fit like slippers and you can't see any changes to the boots. The plastic took the heated stretching perfect. I raced a season in them and had no issues.

    Cost was $35 for the fitting. The shop owner talked dirt bikes the whole time and loved the challenge of something new.

    -Tom
  7. BlackBeast

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    Has anyone fitted a rotopax on the inside left of the HT rack and if so, could you post up some pics please.
    Just want to get an idea if it works/available space and what it looks like to have it fitted in that space permanently. :norton
  8. Kawidad

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    You back in the saddle again? :ear
  9. soldierguy

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    I was just doing some e-mailing with Jason at ADV Motorrad. He's got a set of Holan Pro crashbars in stock, ready for delivery. To me these look like they provide the best coverage, and Jason is a great guy to work with on ordering stuff. So if you're in the market for the Holan Pros but didn't want the wait (they're all shipped from Poland), Jason has a set in stock now.

    http://www.advmotorrad.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=59_83_84&product_id=87
  10. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    Took a look at the vid, nothing too tough there, typical of the riding I think most Tiger owners see with the exeption of a few that are a lot more hardcore.

    Crash bars will keep the engine from hitting rocks in a tip over or low-speed fall. They also keep the bike propped up enough to keep the radiator from getting crushed.

    The rocky and sandy segments there are obviously ridden by an expert rider. If you ride the rocks at speed you'll bottom the suspension and risk pinch flats on the front. Any bike can handle sand with a competent pilot, but it's still a heavy beast for that kind of terrain.

    I find it intersting what a lot of riders consider 'off road'. Just about everything in that vid was smooth dirt. Most any bike can handle that. My experience with 'offroad' includes tight single track with rock steps, whoops, and extremely varied terrain. Almost everything that is a 'road' is navigable by any of these adventure bikes with the right tires. The better the suspension the faster one can traverse rough terrain without bottoming or breaking.

    I just don't like to see any of these bikes, including the XC, presummed to be ideal for the riding the likes of what they did in the ICON Raiden vid. Yes, with stunt riders and special effects you can make anything look like it can do anything. In the real world it may not be able to be realistically duplicated without detriment to rider or machine.

    Hope that helps you make a decision on the Tiger XC.
  11. ilbiker

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    Not anymore..... I just ordered them.... replace my poorly made Touratechs.
  12. blacktiger

    blacktiger Tigers R great.

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    I'm with you on that. Too many people say "off road" just because the road doesn't have a tarmac surface. FFS it's still a road. The term gives the wrong impression. IMO it gives the "antis" ammunition to stop us riding/driving in the wilderness areas because they say can say that WE say we're riding off road.
    I always try to use the term "dirt road" when I tell people what I'm going to ride.
  13. backwoodsKLR

    backwoodsKLR Ride more, Post Less.

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    Recently installed my Tiger Tank Pad (my camera on a lanyard was starting to scratch that wonderful matte paint!) :D and the factory headlight protector and yesterday installed Pilot3's LED *SUPERBRIGHT* tail / brake light mod!

    Rode over to a friends house after dark to show it off. Didn't know he was walking down the street behind me when I turned in his driveway. I hear him yell at me when i cut the bike off, "Man, your tailight is OBNOXIOUS!!!"

    Mission completed!! :D Thanks, Pilot! :clap
  14. ducnut

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    :lol3
  15. ilbiker

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    Well, didn't get them... Might make my own or modify and reweld the TT. Not sure but like the Triumph for engine protection the best.
  16. fbj913

    fbj913 On the Beemer Kool-Aid

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    I've measured it. It should fit.
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    Thanks for the confirmation. :clap
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    fbj913 On the Beemer Kool-Aid

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    I want to do it too. I have another idea that I am going to try first. :D
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    Oh, please share. :D
  20. pilot3

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    Glad I could help! :D