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Discussion in 'British Beasts: Triumph Tigers' started by Xcountry-Rider, Nov 4, 2012.
Man that is a sweet looking top case. I dig!
I did the same thing after melting the right cuff of my Klim Badlands pants to the exhaust.
I also coated the cat converter cover in Hi Temp black spray.
That is a fine looking box. Blends with the pillion seat color well.
Nice job on the fabrication of the plate!
You might consider putting fender washers under the button head bolts to provide more clamping area on the bottom of the box. As they are a tip-over that lands the box on something might shear through the base at those small screw heads.
I planned on using the big washers that are currently under it, but the sealing washers didn't come in yesterday. I used M8's vs the M6's that were "stock" since I did it my way. The box is badass, but I like to beef it up as much as possible too. Plus, the screws were too long as I thought I'd have to use spacers under it to keep the box off the grab rails, but didn't and wanted to keep it low.
Holy crap! Rear axle sliders out of alignment and handlebars out of alignment. That is poor delivery of a new bike. What else should we be looking for that is setup wrong?
Many dealers use a 3rd party who do the assembly, discard of the crating material, and deliver the unit to the dealership. It's still up to the dealership personnel to go over the unit. If you're around it long enough, you learn what items the 3rd party install on each model and know exactly what to look at. For example, mirrors are usually just threaded in and not tightened.
The Tiger is going under the knife, er, um, so to speak. :eek1
Having ridden my KTM with revalved forks, matched with springs at both ends for my weight, I have been gritting my teeth while riding the Tiger knowing what it could be like.
Unlike The Dude, I won't abide by this mediocre performance from the factory boingers any longer. Once you've tasted suspension nirvana it is hard to settle for OEM engineered for Joe Average, which many of us are not.
This isn't a slam on the XC. For OEM it is pretty darn good, but the factory must select a weight as a baseline, and many owners may not be in that target range. I know that I'm not.
When I revalved the KTM it became markedly more plush on the little stuff and was more confidence inspiring than with the already excellent KTM OEM setup and a plethora of adjustability.
Handing her over to a renown local suspension specialist to upgrade the TigerXC forks with RaceTech Gold valves, RaceTech rebound valves, and appropriate springs front and rear, along with new fluid, and likely some fine-tuning when I pick it up.
Will drop Miss Kitty off for surgery tomorrow. Should have her back sometime next week.
I'm hoping the results will raise the ride height (proper sag), eliminate bottoming on big hits, plushify small bumps, and tame washboard sections on gravel roads by smoothing out the chatter.
I'll post up info on total cost and a comparison of before and after once I've gotten a few post-surgery miles accumulated.
Having read the reports from AV-Mech and others about their experience with a suspension make-over I'm excited!
Same boat here the KTM suspension spoils me. I'd love a dialed in suspension on the Tiger and grit my teeth on chatter washboard as I try to accelerate it feels like the wheel is in the air more than on the ground. Are you planing on sending out the rear shock as well or just the forks?
Just the forks, and a spring on the shock for now. RaceTech does have a valve kit for the shock and it could happen later.
Mine's got a nicely tuned Wilbers setup both front and back. It's a joy to ride on the rough South Australian outback roads. Ruts, rocks, whoops and washboard (or corrugations, as we call them) offer no problems for it.
I reckon you get great outcomes from upgrading and tuning any bike's suspension but I really do like the way this thing handles dirt tracks. The ralle moto steering damper is a Godsend too.
Any chance of telling us exactly what you've got?
There's a whole thread on his bike.
Tiger tales, Dialling in the tiger for the dirt.
That was Burren Rider. http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=704559&highlight=Tiger
Unless there's another one....or he's changed name.
Burren rider sold that bike to this new guy.
Correct, Trev now has it & he aint that new........
That's right PBee, not so new! Nice way of putting it.
Yep, bought Danny's Tiger about 6 mths ago and have done about 4k kilometres on it since, virtually all on dirt. Danny did a great job building this bike and it still rides, goes and performs very well in the dirt. In ruts, sand and anything else i throw at it - it's just 'point and shoot'.
Blacktiger, if you go into Danny's thread and search on 'Wilbers' you will get all the info you need. So far as suspension goes I've had both ends (of the bike) serviced, reset sag etc - that's all.
My personal feeling is that they handle dirt pretty well in standard form but benefit from suspension upgrades, and I need all the help I can get.
Here's an example where I can get the bike to go but neither of us can get ourselves out of it!!! Needed a high lift jack to get out of here yesterday!!
Just installed a Sargent seat... Looks so much better. Love the Sapphire Blue piping. Haven't ridden with it yet!
VERY intrigued to hear your results. I rode my (non-XC) on lots of nasty paved/gravel roads this weekend... front end bottomed out several times, back end is always spinning up on washboards, etc. Front steering head nut even came loose causing a bunch of knocking. Only 3000 miles on the bike too.
Thanks, yeah, I forgot he'd sold it.
I got my Tiger for about a year now. Here is what I've done to it so far:
SW-MOTECH Quick-Lock Sidecarrier and
Trax cases from my F650gs
Holan topcase /Pelican backrest and toprack
SW-MOTECH Rear Brake Reservoir Guard
Triumph center stand
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Triumph sump guard
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Mondomotos MM10 bullets lights
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Garmin Zumo 550/cradle on a Triumph mount
Light switch on brake rezervoir
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And the bike overall
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