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Discussion in 'British Beasts: Triumph Tigers' started by ScrambDaddy, Jul 12, 2010.
there is an entire thread on accessories now. http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=840096
Your right unless you plan on exposing the rivet parts to physical abuse, i.e. bash plates. :huh
Rivets can stretch and pop off. You gonna carry rivets and a rivet tool with you everywhere? A fully welded assembly is much more fit for the task. Read up on Burren Riders posts about the riveted bash plate.
I think I'm gonna have mine welded.
I sat on all of the Tiger models at the NYC show yesterday, and really liked the new green XC. The Explorer felt big and looked big and heavy, but I read that the weight disappears once you are rolling. Out of curiousity, I also sat on the Multistrada, and I must say that for me personally, it fit much better than any of the tigers. The price was on the other side of scary, but the dealer who was helping man the booth sells both Triumph and Ducati, and said having ridden all of them in length, he really likes the Ducati the best. When spring rolls around, I'll have to go test ride all of them at his shop and see how they feel to me. I really, really want to try the new Tiger Sport 1050, but the guys at the Triumph booth said no way is that bike coming stateside. The quote was "they don't want to dilute the pool of potential Tiger owners with too many choices". By the way, the new Trophy ergonomics were very comfortable, and it doesn't seem that big in real life. I think they will sell as many as they can bring in once some test rides are available.
I've ridden both too. The XC and Multi are two totally different bikes. In my opinion not comparable. Different capabilities, different riding styles, etc. The rodie and the multi would be similar I suppose. In that case I would probably chose the multi. But the prices are way far apart. The Explorer XC will be sweet! I may jump ship to one of those when they are out for a year or so.
I am not the most mechanical person (by a long shot!) but I am wanting to learn a bit about my bike. I own a Tiger 800XC and live in North San Diego county.
Any suggestions on how to learn some basic motorcycle maintenance skills would be appreciated. I am hopeful that I can learn how to do oil changes, and how to change a tube, since the 800XC has tubed tires. As I get more comfortable with maintenance, I would like to learn more too. Any suggestions for books, manuals, videos, etc would be appreciated!
Well after mostly lurking on here for the last few years and following this thread since page one I finally brought mine home Friday. The weather worked out Saturday and was able to put about 50 miles on it. I have to say I'm really gonna like this bike. I was really on the fence about whether to get the XC or roadie. Since 90% of my riding will be on pavement I went with the roadie. This also gives me and excuse to get a real dual sport bike for more serious off road adventures. I test rode the XC and really liked the suspension much better but didn't care for having the off road biased wheels on a bike I will mostly use for touring and commuting. I did get it dirty on my first ride trying it out on hard packed dirt roads and it handles just fine. Amazing how light and flickable the bike is. It was very difficult keeping the revs down, I can't wait until the break in period is over!
Looks great. Love the blue.
Congrats. Very nice looking color.
Ya, I have a gen 1 Multi and have ridden a gen 2 a few times. Love it but its different from the gen 1 or my XC. We watched the CO BDR vid last night at BMW of Denver - I will ride it on the XC but would never take a Multi on that route. However, a Multi would be fantastic for a roadtrip to Canada via twisty back roads!
Plenty of videos on Youtube about tire changing techniques.
For your specific bike, I recommend you buy a factory service manual. It's invaluable for machine-specific items.
I have an XC, of course, and have ridden both the Explorer and the Multistrada 1200.
The Explorer is an awesome bike. The weight definitely disappears once you're rolling. Terrific-handling bike, very confidence-inspiring in the twisties. Hugely fun, and yet it immediately made me feel like I could just point it at the horizon and keep going for hundreds of miles in great comfort. I've ridden an R1200GSA as well, and could definitely understand why people buy those for long-haul touring, but when I got off the Explorer, I immediately said, "When I finally do that ride to Alaska, I have GOT to budget for one of these!"
The Multi... well, I didn't like it much. The ergos were wrong, the whole thing is too cramped, and the windshield felt like it was inches in front of my face. I felt like if I braked too hard my nose would slam into its upper edge. Basically, the bike felt like it was designed for a rider 3/4 my size, which I'm sure it was. But I also have to admit, I'm just not a Ducati guy. Their bikes are beautiful (well, most of them, not including the Multi) and I want to like them, but I've just never been impressed with any of the Ducatis I've test-ridden with the exception of the Sport Classic 1000.
The Multistrada is a direct competitor to my 1050. With 17" wheels, it's basically a tall sportbike; not an ADV bike by any stretch. Relax the geometry around a 19" front wheel and it'd be in a different demographic. Ducati could capture a larger market, if they'd simplify their bikes and get dirtier.
Your unexpected stone will be flung from the bike in front of you. Those same stones are the reason you buy a headlamp and radiator protectors. SWmotech, covers the filter completely and has room behind to remove said filter. Sorted.
The altrider unit is very nice, but the quality comes at steep price.
How hard would it be snap a shot of one on a tiger for them? I agree, idiots.
Your paying 10 + grand for a bike. Whats a couple hundred to save thousands more in engine repairs? I wont even ride a bike off road without one.
Ah, that must be why I never have the worry!
Seriously, though, I do believe in protection on the bike; I have a headlight guard, rad guard, and the Triumph aluminum sump guard. I don't worry about a rock denting my oil filter, though.
The flints we get on the chalk downs won't dent your oil filter, they will go straight through it. I had one pierce the coolant filter on my Ford tractor once, and I lost half the coolant in the middle of nowhere before I noticed the temperature rising. No coolant pressure is one thing, no oil pressure is something completely different. Having said that I have the Triumph guard, on mine :eek1
I think the cheap, slip on plastic ones are the way to go. Funny, I had one on my street only Honda CBF, but you never see them on any of the "Adventure" bikes. :huh
I've got Hepco Becker Jr. side cases on my 800 and my wife says there's not enough space between the bags and the passenger pegs. Is there such a thing as a passenger peg lowing kit? I looked around but didn't find one.
I was going to try the HB Xplorer or Alu-Standard but they look like they'd have the same problem.