Triumph Tiger 800

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

  1. Ducken

    Ducken Been here awhile

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    (Heidi K60's) Likewise 33 front, 36 rear with excellent results for the last 8000 miles. Switched from 140 rear to 150 wide after the first 1000 miles, I think the 140 is better off road, but like the 150 better on road and it works well enough off road, just to stir up another hornets nest. Ken :amazon

    How appropriate for my 100th post to stir up trouble...
  2. Mr_Chris

    Mr_Chris Get away, evil car!

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    Tim,

    All the relays are the same -- well maybe not every single one but... I looked last time and saw the same relay on three or more circuits. It's a key on thing, just what you want -- it's not "separately from the ignition", if I understand what you meant correctly. If the relay is there or you get a replacement from your dealer for the one you don't have, then the problem is the switch has no less than 6 wires going to it, so you'll need to find the load power vs the lamp power & I guess vampire it or whatever you want. It's all right under the tank just behind the head stock when you have it installed factory, so the harness bits should be tucked away there for you.

    If I recall correctly the grips and auxiliary lights are the same relay, and I believe headlights, and instrument cluster too -- the lamps and grips ones are hiding down on the side of the rad under the cowls, and the others are in the battery compartment.

    Chek with your meck a nick,
  3. blacktiger

    blacktiger Tigers R great.

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    This is easy if you take the tank off. There's a plug for the Triumph grips. Just follow my photos here :- http://s396.photobucket.com/albums/pp48/black955tiger/TIGER800XC LV11UXM/HEATED GRIPS INSTALL/
  4. Evomx971

    Evomx971 Wave as you fly over

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    Sorry if someone else has already shared, but as anyone that has ever changed the rear tire on an 800XC knows, the bead is something terrible to get knocked down without a tire machine. Major fear of having to do it along the road and I would consider myself very proficient and changing tires. I had one of those chisel shaped bead poppers in my bag but had tried using it at home for tire changes and it really didn't help much. The bead area is really wide on that rear rim.

    I saw the Motion Pro Bead Pro reviewed in a magazine and got one immediately.

    http://www.motionpro.com/motorcycle/articles/view/2782/bead_pro™_tire_tool/

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    It's pricey, I think it was around $75 at my local dealer but it works. It takes about one trip around the bead to get it pushed down a little, but then as you start your second pass, it'll knock it all the way down. The other lever in the pictures is the third one I carry with me. I've had it forever since it works on lots of bikes. Also a Motion Pro item. Has a 27mm on one end. Crazy light weight and works very good as a tire lever.
  5. some call me...tim

    some call me...tim Been here awhile

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    Ah, thanks for the clarification. I had been gung-ho about just going in and installing the grips until I did a quick search to see if anyone had tips and saw that it might not be as straightforward as I thought. If I understand correctly, it should actually be a bit more like I'd originally expected. I am indeed planning on just using a vampire connector to attach to the existing wiring. I'm guessing maybe things are more problematic if one is trying to simply find the female connector to the OEM harness and hardwire that to the grips (which would have 2 wires instead of the OEM's 3.) Or, I could be talking out of my ass. :lol3

    Excellent, thanks for the pics, that will be super helpful. :thumb I'd hoped to be able to do this without taking the tank off, but it sounds like it might be worth the extra effort in this case.
  6. dljocky

    dljocky Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the report on this. I've been looking at it for a good while now, even while it was being in the pre-production mode. I think I'll get one.




  7. Evomx971

    Evomx971 Wave as you fly over

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    I'm 190 pounds w/o gear on, almost always have Jesse aluminum panniers on the bike, and have always had the preload on the stock shock spring at max and still felt I probably had too much sag. With any luggage at all, I had to use the manual lever on the headlight to keep from blinding oncoming drivers, even with the lights on low. Put The Girlfriend on and the spring was way overwhelmed.

    Finally decided to do something about it. Really had a hard time finding spring options. AV_MECH worked with Sasquatch Suspension in Idaho and figured out new spring rates but that suspension guy is in jail now...

    I took my own sag measurements and compared to what AV_MECH had for targets. The front was spot on which didn't surprise me as it's always felt about right. The rear had about 3/4" too much sag with no luggage.

    HyperPro lists a spring kit but feedback I got from an inmate indicated it was really stiff. I exchanged some emails with Klaus (info@epmperf.com) at EPM (which carries HyperPro in the US) and he shared that they have a progressive spring that fits the 800XC that would fall between the one listed in the kit and stock. He said the heavier spring is 141-212 N/mm and the next one down is 103-143 N/mm. I've seen some different numbers, but I think stock is around 100 N/mm straight rate.

    I really wanted something heavier but didn't have time to do a bunch of experimenting since I'm leaving on a trip soon (tomorrow actually) so decided to try the 103-143. $139 for a purple one, $149 for black. I got black. Part number is SP-MO 1198.

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    My buddy Doug at the local KTM/Ducati shop helped me swap the springs. Unfortunately his spring compressor wouldn't work with the plastic sleeve the Triumph shock has so we had to go old school and use tie downs. :D

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    Note - if you're pulling the shock out, it helps immensely to pull off the shift linkage at the shift shaft and remove the countershaft sprocket cover.

    My target sag with rider is a tick under 3". With me on the bike and no luggage, I ended up at 2.625" at max preload. I haven't measured it with everything loaded up but I think it's going to be about right. I did about 30 miles on it yesterday and it felt great. The whole attitude of the bike is better with the rear end up about an inch. The spring is going to end up still slightly soft with full luggage and a passenger, but it's definitely a step in the right direction.

    On a side note, Race Tech didn't list anything for the 800, but I had sent them an email in early December to see if they had done any work yet. I got a response a couple of days ago (I had already bought and installed the HyperPro spring by then) that YES, they have products and settings for the Tiger 800's. Gold valves, springs, etc. Terry Diederichs (terry@racetech.com) was the person that responded to me. So there may be some good options there as well.
  8. markbvt

    markbvt Long timer

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    Seriously??? :huh

    I'm 250lbs, and even packed for a two-week trip I don't need to crank the preload to max on the stock shock. Did you get the bike new? If not, maybe the previous owner put a softer spring on...?

    --mark
  9. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    That's great to know. I use a Best Rest Beadbrakr. It works. It's a nice tool, but its also big, clunky, heavy and complicated considering it breaks beads:huh Those Motion Pros look like a simple upgrade, esp. if you can confirm there use on a rear XC tire:clap
  10. TerraUnFirma

    TerraUnFirma Fair/Not Balanced

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    +1 on the Motion Pro Bead Breaker...got one a few weeks ago and changed the D606 on my DRZ the other night...worked like a champ!!! Also great that the two pieces work as tire irons, so those and the MP axle nut wrench and you're good to go.

    I thought the D606 was hard to spoon on when it originally did it...the MotoZ Tractionator I put on took it to a whole new level, especially since it was cold in my garage. I wouldn't even want to think about doing a Heidi cold!
  11. Evomx971

    Evomx971 Wave as you fly over

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    Yep, I've had it at max preload from day one. Bought the bike new in April of '11 The Jesse set up is pretty heavy. I have around 13,500 on it now and I do think the spring was getting softer and softer...
  12. markbvt

    markbvt Long timer

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    Strange. I've got nearly 31,000 miles on my XC, and while both the forks and the rear shock have settled in a bit (ie, less harsh than new), the spring is definitely not too soft. I still have a fair amount of preload adjustment available if I need it, but so far I haven't.

    And no, the rear end of the bike is not sagging excessively.

    --mark
  13. soldierguy

    soldierguy Been here awhile

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    I'll chime in on the preload discussion...

    Assuming there's nothing wrong with EvoMX's bike, it sounds to me like differences in perceptions and preferences. Sounds like EvoMX likes it a little firmer with very little sag, while others don't mind things a little softer with a little more sag.

    I'm a little heavier than EvoMX (220 without gear), and had been running the factory preset of 24 clicks out on spring preload and 1.5 turns out on damping, and it seemed a touch soft to me. I've only got about 550 miles on mine so far and just reset it to 10 clicks out and .5 turns. Taking it out today to see what that does...I'm thinking it'll be a little firm and I may back off from that, but I'll know more today.
  14. fbj913

    fbj913 On the Beemer Kool-Aid

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    Triumph just warrantied my entire shock. It was totally blown out at about 15,000 miles
  15. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    What: Road run and campout near the southern coast - Carrizo Plain, Pozo, Camino Cielo
    When: January 19-20
    Who: All Tiger owners are invited
    PM: For details and meet up

    Come join a group of about 25 southern California adventure riders for a weekend overnighter and adventure ride. There are enough of us Tiger 800 owners to forum our own ride group for this event. We meet for Breakfast in Ojai, head north to Maricopa, across Carrizo Plain near Bakersfield, then the back-way dirt route to Pozo Saloon for a burger, and camping at a local campground. We have firewood and beer being trucked in for an evening campfire and great stories.

    Sunday we ride to the coast for brunch, and then make the trek over El Camino Cielo, a dirt ridge-route along the southern coast above Santa Barbara.

    Friday night a handfull of us are camping out near Ojai to make it easy to arrive for the breakfast meet up.

    It's a relaxed ride, do-able on road tires if you can handle smooth dirt roads. So roadies and XC's are fine, you just want to have some dirt experience.

    Thanks for looking...PM for more details if you would like to join us.

    Couple of pics from last year...

    Carrizo Plain National Monument

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    Near Pozo:

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    On Camino Cielo Grade

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    Views from on top...above Santa Barbara, the Pacific Ocean

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  16. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    Good on them for doing the right thing.:clap Are you happy with that Ohlins shock you recently installed?:ear Were you able to get in on the Kyle racing ADV discount here in Vendors last month?
  17. fbj913

    fbj913 On the Beemer Kool-Aid

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    I haven't ridden it yet with the Ohlins. Too much snow :cry

    No I did everything through the dealer.
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    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    Ah man too bad about the snow, been looking forward to your impression of the shock. Dan Kyle was having an end of year sale on Ohlins units last month. Did you pay more than $943 from your dealer?:evil
  19. fbj913

    fbj913 On the Beemer Kool-Aid

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    No :wink:
  20. blacktiger

    blacktiger Tigers R great.

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    You're probably near to right with that setting. I'm a little lighter and use 15 clicks out from max. The acknowledged rule of thumb on sag with rider aboard is 1/3rd total suspension travel. So it should sink around 70mm from full extension. YMMV as always.