Triumph Tiger 800

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

  1. pilot3

    pilot3 Been here awhile

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    So as much as I like this bike, I have been disappointed with the rear tail/brake light, mainly because it is not as bright as other bikes, specifically most Japanese bikes that use clusters of rear facing diodes. The Tiger uses side facing diodes in the light array which are then reflected rearward to illuminate from behind. Being LED, we cannot increase the brightness so what's a Tiger owner to do?

    Here are the markers from behind on an overcast day-

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    And now the brake lights-

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    I searched out a waterproof LED array which has a pulse trigger lead (not cheap). Then with a bit more searching, I located the factory wiring plugs and, after a bit of wiring, built this--

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    The black plugs are a direct match to the Triumph factory plugs, so all that is necessary is to unplug the rear light assembly, insert this in between, and plug them in.

    The light is slim and narrow enough and fits just perfectly into the notch above the light assembly and below the rear rack. It is adhered in place with 3M dual side waterproof adhesive.

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    The light array acts as a tail light just as the original does when it is powered on. When the brakes are applied, the light emits a brief series of pulses and then stays on bright. Let me just say, the brake lights are super bright, even in the sunlight.

    Tail lights alone with LED array-

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    And with the brake lights applied-

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    Here is a video link to the application of the brakes. It is out of focus due to the flash and brightness of the LED's-

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    I've though about making more should there be a demand, but at the very least I just wanted to share the light improvement.

    Cheers,
    p3


    ***MOVED TO VENDORS***


    There were requests for more of these so I started a thread in Vendors (thanks GB for the guidance). Please go there to ask your questions and place your orders.

    Here is the Vendors link: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?p=19943845#post19943845

    p3
  2. motonut

    motonut Old Guy

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    Very nice modification!

    I too was not satisfied with my Tiger's rear lighting. I added an off the shelf, inexpensive and BRIGHT! LED tail/brake light and located it below the OEM light after lowering the license tag a bit. Overall, I'm totally happy with my mod but it ain't as purdy as yours!

    Where did you source your plugs?:ear
  3. doxbike

    doxbike Been here awhile

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    Hey Pilot 3, put me down for one if you decide to make some more:clap
  4. Yossarian™

    Yossarian™ Deputy Cultural Attaché

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    +1

    I think you may have just discovered a market for your well-designed accessory.

    It looks better and fits more nicely than hyper-lites or other current aftermarket solutions.
  5. swimmer

    swimmer armchair asshole

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    +1 if the price is reasonable.
  6. NaDSoB

    NaDSoB Another asshole on a KLR

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    Great job!!!!
    I'm in, too! Hope you can deliver soon! :nod

    Rob
  7. swimmer

    swimmer armchair asshole

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    And if you decide not to make the light kit perhaps you could give us a list of suppliers and part numbers that you used so that we could make our own without having to source all the parts all over again.
    Thanks
  8. bigtallguy

    bigtallguy Sasquatch Jr.

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    I'm interested too, any idea on price?
  9. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    Pm me if you are interested in a Leo Vince pipe.:deal Does not fit with HT racks.:cry
  10. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    Ah...another victim. I had to return my LV can. Pissed me right the fuck off.
    They could have easily designed the rack to attach to any number of points on the frame, but instead they chose right where the muffler headpipe passes and the LV headpipe won't clear it. They said they are too busy to re-design it. I still may dump them and go with something else. I hate stock (quiet) cans.
  11. Ducken

    Ducken Been here awhile

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    Likewise if the price is right, I'll be signing up for TWO! Ken
  12. pilot3

    pilot3 Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the great feedback everyone! Really glad you all liked it.

    I'm waiting for a mod to get back to me to decide where to best put the thread and my creation. Then I'll PM everyone and we can get the orders going. :clap

    I'll figure out price, time and shipping this week too.

    p3
  13. Grover6

    Grover6 Been here awhile

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    Slightly off topic, but I have a question for Tiger owners. Anyone thought about or tried putting an 18" rear on their Tiger?

    I am considering this for my next bike and like the 18" rear for offroad. Not a deal breaker, just curious.
  14. Rob Dirt

    Rob Dirt More or less in line

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    http://www.advrider.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?s=&daysprune=-1&f=18
  15. BlackBeast

    BlackBeast Been here awhile

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    You can add me to your prospective buyers list. :norton
  16. Too Tall

    Too Tall Been here awhile

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    Please add me to your list of people interested in the Triumph LED brake light.
  17. Rabbot

    Rabbot rain+superbike=adventure

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  18. Johno33772

    Johno33772 Johnny Africa

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    Me too.....
  19. strider.deano

    strider.deano Been here awhile

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    This will probably get moved to the regional area....

    Hello to all Tiger Riders!
    For the past 10 years, I&#8217;ve ridden 120K on road bikes (primarily on Honda ST1300&#8217;s) and I was constantly turning around every time the pavement ended.
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    Well a 2011 800XC followed me home about a year ago and has nagged me continuously for all kinds of upgrades and add-ons.
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    But during this farklefest, I was able to put on a respectable 12k of mixed pavement, gravel and two track miles. All the non-paved riding was completely new to me (having never been off pavement on a bike before). Fumbling through some of the more technical sections on the WABDR I can see why a lighter DS is preferred. But I made it! No drops! No crashes! (I know&#8230;.I wasn&#8217;t really pushing myself right?) What I like best about the XC is it&#8217;s a fantastic road bike that keeps going when the tarmac stops.

    So the question to my fellow Tiger riders is where and when to meet?
    The proposal is this:
    &#8226; The Tigers gather at the Deshutes River Campground. It&#8217;s easy to get to, not completely rustic (running water, vault toilets, showers), gas and restaurants are close by.
    &#8226; Sometime in May or June we gather for a Thursday-Sunday campout. The later we make it the less snow we&#8217;ll find in the mountains.
    &#8226; There is a multitude of rides with in a 100 mile radius. Two-track, forest service and twisty paved can all be ridden nearby.
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    Chime in&#8230;..
    Who wants to hookup?
  20. pilot3

    pilot3 Been here awhile

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