Triumph Tiger 800

Discussion in 'British Beasts: Triumph Tigers' started by ScrambDaddy, Jul 12, 2010.

  1. basepc

    basepc Adventurer

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    Mr. Eakins was wondering about the T800 and "off-road" handling - I have a T800 and done some limited gravel riding with it so far. With stock Pirelli's I was pleased with how it handled loose marbles, washboard and potholes, it was composed considering I was worried about dumping my new bike. The more I was off road with it the faster I was riding. I rode a Weestrom fitted with Anakee 2's in similar terrain and I liked the T800 better, it felt more planted and instead of sitting "in" the bike as per the Strom I felt to be more on top of the situation which inspired more confidence. I have bought some Shinko 705's to replace the Pirelli's so that I can explore the T800's off-road capabilities further. I won't be looking for single track with the T800 but I won't be shying away from the 2 track. As background my other dual sport experiences have come from a KLR (poor), a KTM 640 Adventure (fun off road but very painful on road so more of a single sport for me) and a DR650 (my favorite dual sport). I bought the T800 for touring with my wife, she likes to bring more goodies on a trip than I want to subject the DR to. Mr. Eakins I hope this helps a bit, I have appreciated your input here on ADV, thanks.
  2. Yossarian™

    Yossarian™ Deputy Cultural Attaché

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    You betcha. The Triumph sockets are the same as BMW and Powerlet. Just look for "powerlet adapters" and you will find many that convert to your connector of choice. You may also find one that is direct to your GPS, as in my case I use a Powerlet to Garmin 4-pin adapter.
  3. Yossarian™

    Yossarian™ Deputy Cultural Attaché

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    Aluminum does not rust. Rust is iron oxide.

    Bare aluminum will naturally oxidize in a very thin layer that's what you see when you look at any untreated aluminum.
  4. jphish

    jphish Been here awhile

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    Well...as you already know - Touratech (Zegas) aint cheap. I just replaced my stock triumph side cases with 38L, black, Zega pro's. I prefer top loaders - much more efficient use of space. They are well made & the folks at "Cycoactive" (Touratech USA) are real professionals & great to work with. I used the 'Happy Trail's' symetrical SU racks to mount cases. I think SW Motec also has pretty good stuff, but their cases won't work with anything but their racks, & I prefered HT. Is Touratech worth it ? I think so - they're a highly functional, premium product, which I expect to last as long as the 800. (unless of course I use 'em as frame sliders!) They also look great! But everyone has their own sense of "value" - so they were worth it to me - but not perhaps for others. I buy good stuff - and dont expect to buy it often. Good luck. PS; if you send email address I'll send pics. All i have is iphone - so dont post on site. johnpdaly@comcast.net
  5. Snapper

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    Just Installed my Madstad screen - peace and quiet at last :clap. The frigg'n stock screen was driving me insane :norton kinda felt like someone attached a flag to my helmet :bash.

    Screen is fully adjustable for height and angle (with a really wide range of adjustability), and it's got a good laminar effect going. Small detachable metal wind deflectors on the lower sides are included. Could be better looking, of course, but my need for sanity far outweighed my need for vanity.

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  6. Xcountry-Rider

    Xcountry-Rider Banned

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    I recommend buying local when possible and Touratech is local when your in Germany;) Plus he needs them soon and HP will take way to long to ship.
  7. deeno360

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    I just bought a new Givi topcase after taking some advice from a buddy of mine, and Givi topcases are really hard to beat as far as style and durability.....total top of the line deal.
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  8. jphish

    jphish Been here awhile

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    The Givi topcase mates up with the tigger nicely ! Want some stock Tiger sidecases to go with them ? Though I would NOT recommend them if you're going to leave them on for any serious "off roading'.
  9. blacktiger

    blacktiger Tigers R great.

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    While you're visiting Touratech ask about this as they do the adaptor cables you're looking for.

    The anodising process of Aluminium makes the surface both harder (less prone to scrathing) and more corrosion resistant.
  10. blacktiger

    blacktiger Tigers R great.

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    As for panniers, I'll stick a vote in for Givi. The beauty is that you'll have panniers for life and simply move them from bike to bike with a different fitting kit.
    I've had E36 cases for quite a few years and they're tough. So tough, in fact, that my Tiger955i landed on one a few years back and rather than the cases breaking, the frames bent!
    This is what they look like on the 955i
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  11. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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  12. Xcountry-Rider

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    Anyone install the Triumph center stand? The directions say step one put on a paddock stand.
  13. Birdy68

    Birdy68 Scared, but wants to

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    Well - my fed-up's hurting from the screen.... So I've been looking around for a loooooooong time.
    Strange this is - my dealer fitted the new Speed Triple Flyscreen onto the Tigger 800!

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    I'm not 100% on it's looks - but when I took it for a test ride - I WAS SOLD!
    A simple constant flow of air in my face. No buffering - No head shake - No plastic sheet shaking on top....
    Pure simple wind - smooooooooth wind!

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    I've also ordered the Speed Triple additional tinted screen that fits on top of the fly screen - that will give it a little more lift:

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    Will report back once it's fitted.

    Oh - and btw - if you have to ask about the price - you can't afford it! Believe me - it's bludy expensive all together.
  14. TAMPAJIM

    TAMPAJIM Been here awhile

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    I'll bite. How much ????


    It has a very lethal look. Will it break away before it impales you in a crash?
  15. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    Did it last week. Bit of a PIA to be honest but yes, you need a stand of some sort since the first thing you do is take the side-stand off.
  16. Rob Dirt

    Rob Dirt More or less in line

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    Use a tow strap & a tree.
  17. diazepine117

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    Hello kurtphyre:

    Here are some photos of the Triumph bags I took on the demo bike I rode today. Basically I would avoid them. They are attached by two hook-clamps on the top - black clamping onto silver coloured mount, and seem to just rest on the bottom peg. Not very strong in my opinion. I also worry that they might just fall off if bounced about. And, when they are off the bike you lose the frame protection provided by aftermarket pannier mounts.

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  18. diazepine117

    diazepine117 n00b

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    Only able to post one photo at a time for some reason.... This one shows the left hand side pannier from the front, the previous one was the view from the rear. Here you see the bottom of the pannier has this odd fitment that provides neither a snug fit nor any strength. I would say that the rear peg thing seems adjustable so you can have a snug fit eventually. I suppose the good thing about this is you can lift the pannier straight off the bike with one turn of the key. The key positions are like this - locked, open, pannier off (whilst closed). Convenient, for touring, but not if you've only realised it fell off a hundred miles ago. I've also seen some BMW panniers that are fitted like this so it's not only Triumph!

    Edit: on the F800GS vs Tiger thread someone's posted a video, at 5:00 the chap illustrates my point perfectly.

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  19. kurtphyre

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    Thanks for all the great help about side cases and top cases guys! I found a local dealer here in Germany that's ordering a set of black anodized and raw aluminum Touratech cases for me. That way I can compare them in person and decide if the black anodized are worth the extra money. A bonus is that these cases will work on other touring bikes in case I ever decide to sell the Tiger 800.

    I also found out the Hepco & Becker manufacturing headquarters are about 30 minutes away from where I live! They were closed today but hopefully I can swing by early next week and check their cases out for the Tiger 800. That way I can directly compare the 2 brands.

    BTW, will a XL Shoei helmet fit in a 45L sidecase? How about a 35L top case? I hoping my helmet will fit in both of these.

    Also, I didn't see on Touratech's website that they sell a powerlet adapter. Hopefully they have them in stock at the store.
  20. ThomasVolomitz

    ThomasVolomitz New Old Stock

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    Spent the day riding gravel and mud at the The Brush Creek Wilderness Area in Ohio. Good times.

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