Triumph Tiger 800

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

  1. Billyzoom

    Billyzoom n00b

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    Hi, all.

    I'm currently riding a Ducati S4Rs, and have been doing a lot of research on an Adventure type bike. I've settled on the Triumph 800XC, and may pick one up in the next week. (Small chance I may get a good deal on the larger Tiger Adventure also.) But I'm pretty sure it will be the 800XC.

    Problem is, I HATE the styling of most of these bikes, especially the beak. Frankly, it just seems dorky to me. The Triumph is the only bike to me that really has a nice, attractive muscular style. Having said that, I still hate the beak.

    So. I WANT A BEAKECTOMY.

    When looking at the models yesterday, the regular 800 has a nice small lip in place of the beak, and it seems it would be easy to remove the beak and buy the lip piece, and bolt it up. It appears they mount identically. If that were the case, I'd be in heaven and will pull the trigger.

    Have any of you done it? Even if the beak serves a purpose off-road, I still wouldn't want it.

    Thanks for any feedback.
  2. andoulli

    andoulli CAJUN

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    I have the Roadie without the beak, but I like the beak so i bought one and my dealer put it on when I had my 600 mile service. There are other Roadie owners that like the beak, just buy the XC, remove the beak and it will sell in the flea market in 13 seconds. Then you can regret selling it.
  3. some call me...tim

    some call me...tim Been here awhile

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    Yeah, taking the beak off is super simple, but I personally think it looks better with the beak on. It reminds me of Daffy Duck with his beak shot off when I don't see one on there.

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  4. blacktiger

    blacktiger Tigers R great.

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    Yeah! What he said. I, and most people, think the beak makes the bike look "right".
    But, anyway, check out the roadie and then you'll see what you need. The beak fits the roadie so the roadie cover thingy will fit the XC. But the best option is post on a forum, asking for someone to swap the necessary bits.
  5. markbvt

    markbvt Long timer

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    I've got to ask, if you're coming from an S4R, what purpose do you want the Tiger for? Will it ever see any offroad use? Because if not, maybe you'd be happier with the regular Tiger 800, and that doesn't have a beak in the first place.

    If you're sure you want the XC and want to lose the beak, I'm sure there's a Roadie owner somewhere on here who'd be happy to trade nose parts with you.

    --mark
  6. jimjim

    jimjim Just another FF!

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    Buy a crystal white one and I'll swap parts with you from my non-beaked roadie.
  7. markbvt

    markbvt Long timer

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    Good eye. :D I have it mounted on the low position at the front and high position at the back to get the angle of the seat's slope just right for me.


    Yeah, Renazco makes top-notch stuff.

    --mark
  8. backwoodsKLR

    backwoodsKLR Ride more, Post Less.

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    Enjoy the mud and dirt in your face if you de-beak it... It ain't just for looks. :evil
  9. cug

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    Get the Roadie parts (super short beak, basically no visible beak) from the dealer or from bikebandit.com.

    You can sell the beak and plastic carrier here in no time. I'm still on the fence of adding a beak to my Roadie. I think it looks better with beak, just haven't gotten to the "non-essential parts" in the farkle list.
  10. MariusD

    MariusD Been here awhile

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    I had to check the name on this post just to make sure i wasn't reading one of my old posts, because it sounded like something i would say exactly. I dont care what they say, that beak makes the bike look like the ugly ducklings special step child. Based on looks alone i like the Yamaha Tenere the best, but the regular 800 tiger isnt bad looking either. The 1050 tiger is the real stud imo. It sucks having to choose form over function. I know how u feel.
  11. BryanCO

    BryanCO CO Rider

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    Need details! :ear

    I have a Rick Mayer on my Gen 1 Multi and love it. So far, the XC's stock seat is working fine but I need to do an 800 mile day and see....

    I've tried an Airhawk but was never comfortable with the feel of the pad and corresponding 'movement'.
  12. blacktiger

    blacktiger Tigers R great.

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    If by proper you mean monoshock. Yes it would. Trouble is, the seat height is already quite high. You increase the suspension travel to that of a T800 & you end up with a 40" seat.
    When I bought that I had visions of making it into a British R80GS. And, whilst it could go most places any other bike could go (lovely engine), it beat me to death with its short suspension.
    Yes, nice looking bike.
  13. blacktiger

    blacktiger Tigers R great.

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    You probably had too much air in it. It takes trial & error to get it right, but when you hit it right it works great. I find it best when my arse bones are just pushing into the seat. That stops the movement you're talking about.
  14. henryII

    henryII Been here awhile

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    The bike arrived at the dealer and soon it will be in my garage after the mounting of extra light and heat grips.
    I got a long list with recommended mods from Blacktiger, thank you :-)


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  15. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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  16. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    Mine is waiting to ship out at Renazco. It's been a long process, but after talking to James on the phone, it's going to be worth it. Reviews speak for themselves, but getting the personal attention is just so reassuring. What a nice guy, with lots of stories. Somehow, when he commented that, "if there's anything I can ever do for you, don't hesitate calling" I believed him:clap Can't wait for my new seat.
  17. andoulli

    andoulli CAJUN

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    Beautiful HenryII, what is that color?
  18. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    From his sig:

    newborn Tiger 800XC matt khaki green

    I like that colo(u)r but I just wonder how easy it is to keep clean :dunno
  19. henryII

    henryII Been here awhile

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    Not easy I guess, and polish is kinda off with the matt color :-)
  20. ducnut

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    No. I meant after market bits, like a set of Penske/Ohlins shocks and Traxxion AK20 cartridges.

    One of the best things to do on a HD XR1200 is to replace the shocks with longer aftermarket models. That jacks up the rearend, which nets more travel and reduces rake.

    I'm simply thinking aloud, here. :wink: