Triumph Tiger 800

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

  1. chasmahtaz

    chasmahtaz n00b

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    Thanks everyone for their helpful comments regarding the T800XC. Picked mine up from the dealership a couple weeks ago and it rides so awesome. Got center stand, fog lights, heated grips, radiator guard, and sump guard. Waiting for the touring windscreen to come in. Took it out on LA highways in heavy winds and will be glad for the increased protection. Already planning my first big ride with a buddy to Death Valley sometime after New Years. Here's a pic of the performer off Mulholland Drive. Couldn't be happier with my decision. Now just need to get some soft bags or panniers.

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  2. RichardU

    RichardU Let's Ride

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    No offense taken. I have one of those big tail bags, only because I had it handy, and I only put lightweight stuff in it. Makes no difference to handling. Did you buy your WR250 from an inmate? I might know something about it.
  3. swimmer

    swimmer armchair asshole

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    I broke my clutch lever. If I can't find a used OEM one I'll go aftermarket. Has anyone put on an aftermarket clutch lever they are happy with/if so what kind?
    Thanks
  4. burmbuster

    burmbuster Long timer

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    I broke the end off of mine as well awhile back. I trimmed a little bit more off of the end and made it a shorty lever. Works much better. I only use one or two fingers to pull in the clutch anyway.
  5. Jblk9695

    Jblk9695 AKA-Crazy Old Man

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  6. CPORet

    CPORet I Am Kirok!

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    Funny how that seems to happen :doh

    I got my hands on a Triumph Adjustable Clutch Lever from Motorcycle Accessory Discount Super Store
    for $30.00. Fit right on and looks like the bike came with it.

    Took the broke end piece and drilled a hole in it. Now it hangs proudly(?) from my key ring. It's my
    way of reminding me not to be such a dumbass.
  7. Adventure boy

    Adventure boy Been here awhile

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  8. blacktiger

    blacktiger Tigers R great.

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    Might not help you guys across the pond but these are a good price and look to be OK quality :-
    http://www.triumph-online.co.uk/tiger-800--800xc-clutch-lever-span-adjustable-14207-p.asp
    http://www.triumph-online.co.uk/tiger-800--800xc-brake-lever-span-adjustable-14208-p.asp
  9. rkclm

    rkclm Adventurer

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    Tank full of gas. Fuel stabilizer in. Battery tender hooked up. Snow on the way. Tiger goes to sleep for the next couple months.
  10. motolocopat

    motolocopat When in doubt gas it!

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    You must have worked for Microsoft :rofl

    I'm sorry .. just couldn't resist
  11. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    Nope, never worked for Microsoft.

    You must be an Apple fanboi...
  12. Solace

    Solace Been here awhile

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    Hey fellow Tiger riders, I just got a new one lately and put the first 6,500 miles on it. Love the bike. It's time for new tires. I want to run the Continental TKC80's on it. The rear tire says "tubeless" but the front one says "tube type" on it.

    Has anyone ran these tires on your Tiger 800 cast wheels without a front tube? Any problems to note or comments to offer? Sorry if this was asked prior but I haven't taken the time to look through 1,000+ pages on this thread.

    Many thanks,
    M
  13. Rob Dirt

    Rob Dirt More or less in line

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    You have to use a tube in a "tube type" tire. The bead is different.
    It's ok to use a tube in a "tubeless type" tire.
    I'm not familiar with the different types of TKC, but they should have one for mag wheels.
  14. blacktiger

    blacktiger Tigers R great.

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    Robdirt didn't really, exactly, answer your question........No it's not OK to run a tube type tyre on your roadie rims.....unless you also fit a tube. Conti do make tubeless TKC80 so you need to get one of those. You might have to go with a 110/80x19 http://www.nationalbiketyres.co.uk/...l-tkc80-twinduro-110/80-b19-59q/prod_809.html instead but don't worry, I read somewhere recently that that size has been passed as OK by Triumph and even approved by the TUV in Germany.
  15. 2Lucky

    2Lucky n00b

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    That might be true or might not be true - I am from Germany - and before I began my trip on the Tiger 800 (onroad) I asked at Conti Germany - the tester there told me that they have not tested it - and it may be NOT ok to run the 110/80x19 TKC80 on the front wheel because it is supposed to be touching the fork as it has much profile on it!
    He said he could not say for sure as nobody tested it so far (that was somewhere in the middle of the year August or September 2012.

    So if anybody checked out if the TKC80 110/80x19 fits - pls let us know.

    Cheers,
    Uli
  16. 2Lucky

    2Lucky n00b

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  17. markbvt

    markbvt Long timer

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    Since you're talking about cast wheels, you obviously have the regular Tiger 800, not the XC. You want to be running the 110/80-19 front TKC, not the 100/90-19. The 110 is tubeless. And before you ask, yes, it will work fine despite the stock tire being a 100/90-19.

    --mark
  18. blacktiger

    blacktiger Tigers R great.

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    Bloke on this thread http://www.tiger800.co.uk/index.php/topic,5631.msg77890.html#msg77890 reckon his dealer had approval from Triumph. Of course he doesn't say which dealer or any further info but, if you're a member on there, you could send him a message and ask.
  19. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    First of all, not sure why you're fitting knobbies on the road bike. But let's assume you're spending more than half your time on dirt roads and you feel you need the traction...

    If you fit a tube type tire it is highly recommended to also install a tube. No biggie here, just remove the tubeless valve stem and add a tube when you mount it. A tubeless tire has a different bead to match the tubeless style rim, in order to create a good seal. Without that it may not seal correctly and you'll have a slow leakdown. Secondly, the interior wall of a tubeless tire has a different surface layer that is more air tight than a tube type tire. A lot of guys have run a tube type tubeless though, so you may get away with it. It would not be the most ideal setup, but then niether are TKC's on a roadbike in the first place.

    Without digging into specific tire models and specs, the two different front tire sizes for 19" are inconsequential, so choose the one that's tubeless if you don't want to run a tube. Whatever the GSA is running that is what you want as well.

    Consider a set of Heidenaeu K60's or Mefo equivalent, or Fullbore USA M40/41's, or even a Anakee II. The Dunlop Trailmax looks pretty good too. You'll be a lot happier with performance all around, and you'll have tubeless tires to match your wheels.

    Add a compressor pump to your kit so you can air down to 22-25lbs for dirt running. Even the stock Scorpion Trails work REALLY well on dirt if they are aired down. If you get into sand sections or mud, the 19" diameter front will start digging in and that will limit you anyway.

    I'm betting you'll hate the road handling, roughness, and noise of a TKC. And they'll probably wear twice as fast as a good radial road tire with aggressive tread. JMHO.
  20. TekurRides

    TekurRides Adventurer

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    Are the OEM heated grips any good? I got my bike with the heated grips installed and now I regret wasting money on it. It is useless for all practical reasons, at 50-60F I feel some warmth but not enough to be comfortable. In the 40's they are practically useless. Can't believe Triumph charges so much for a piece of S**t. Did I get a lemon, or is the the heated grip really that bad?

    Also, does anyone know how difficult it is to uninstall it?