Triumph Tiger 800

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

  1. WantToRideMoar

    WantToRideMoar Been here awhile

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    Well, I joined the club today.

    Green 2013 800XC in the garage, 1.7 miles on the odometer. I didn't even get to drive it home from the dealership because I showed up in my truck, and by the time the dealer delivered the bike home it was dark out. I don't want the first ride to be in the dark.

    I'll head out tomorrow during lunch for the christening ride. Just a quick jaunt around Usury Pass... I've only got an hour for lunch.

    I'd appreciate any heads-up anyone might have regarding electronic versions of service manuals, if you know what I mean.:wink:
  2. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    Pics or it didn't happen. :D

    PM for pdf version...that's all I can say here. :deal
  3. WantToRideMoar

    WantToRideMoar Been here awhile

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    Just a quick 40 miles around the back side of Usury Pass...

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    The account is tapped for a month or so here, but soon to add engine crash guards, bash plate and luggage.
  4. Dubl-A

    Dubl-A SuckerDucker

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    Again Chris, great job! Do you mind sharing your back pad mod, hopefully with pics?? :wink:
  5. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    Ha, thanks. Every time I post a picture of that topbox with the backrest I get requests for 'how to do it'.

    Here's the original post back on page 900:
    Topbox backrest project: http://advrider.com/forums/showpost....ostcount=13486

    The pad is just a piece of 3/8 cabinet ply cut to shape, then covered with a piece of 1" foam and a piece of vinyl material. I had some left over from another project, also used it to make a new cover for the passenger seat. Once the pad is covered and stapled, I then cut a finish piece of vinyl and edge-sew it, then glue it onto the back. That covers the back of the plywood piece and all the staples. Then it's mounted to the topbox.

    I cut a piece of 2" aluminum angle, got the right slope for the backrest by having the wife sit on the seat and lean back, then mounted it with a couple of bolts for the aluminum bracket, a couple of sheet metal screws into the back pad through the L-bracket and also through the top box lid at the bottom. Crude but effective. Probably not very waterproof, but hey, in so-cal it never rains. LOL.

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  6. doxbike

    doxbike Been here awhile

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    Just want to get the forum's opinion on getting an extended warranty on my 2011 xc with 11,000 miles. No issues to date. Is it BS or Is it worth it? What has everybody paid?

    With 3 bikes, this would be the only one with an extended warranty.

    thanks
  7. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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    That's the highest profit margin "item" the dealership sells. In ~5yrs, in a seven franchise dealership, I can recall only a few times an extended warranty was ever used. Even then, there were very specific things they'd cover and very specific procedures the service department had to follow to get things covered. I'd never buy the extended warranty.
  8. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    Bill, I don't buy extended warranties on anything I buy...nada...nothin'. No appliances, cars, electronics, NOTHING.

    I research and buy right, never have an issue. And if I do I'm talented enough to figure out how to fix it for a LOT less than a formal repair service would so I'm money head all the way around.

    Some people like piece of mind and will pay a lot of money for that.
  9. WantToRideMoar

    WantToRideMoar Been here awhile

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    Agreed with browneye and ducnut.

    Best "warranty" I've ever bought has been tools. Not because the tools break, but because they let me fix other stuff that breaks.

    I bought a $1500 warranty on a $5000 used car back in 2000 in college. When the engine threw a rod 6 months after buying the car, the dealership left me high and dry. I'll never buy an aftermarket warranty again.
  10. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    I see he bought a new GS. :fpalm

    Seriously, congrats on the new bike. I was going to go test ride one but the dealer was a dick so I didn't. Can't buy one anyway, still paying for a Tiger. :D
  11. doxbike

    doxbike Been here awhile

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    OK you guys talked me out of it, or rather didn't talk me into it. Thanks. Now don't blame me if I come on here asking dumb questions about muffler bearings or whether synthetic blinker fluid is really better.:evil
  12. Lion BR

    Lion BR I'd rather be riding

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    Hey Browneye:

    About those hooks on the lid of your topbox:
    - How do you prevent water from getting in the box?
    - What are those, where did you get them?

    Thanks in advance.
    Lion
  13. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    Those are strap-eyes, nickel plate, you can buy at any industrial hardware outlet, through bolted with flush head machine screws and nylocs. I suppose in a downpour or submerged they might leak, but these are plastic boxes so cinched down they are like their own gasket, and there's a flat washer on the inside. I've never had them leak washing the bike or after a stint of riding in the rain - I don't ride in the rain much. :D
    If they did leak I'd probly put a dab of silicone on the backside or to bed them before you cinch them down.

    I make up tie-down straps of 1" nylon with quick adjust buckles and a loop-end like a rock-strap so it's easy to tie down a tent bag or roli-bag or whatever. I have several pairs and they work great for tieing down a rollbag or gear bag to seat or rack.

    Here's from a trip this last summer, I had a medium roli bag (wolfman) with a 6L dromedary bag for water, a sun shower, and probly an extra drink bottle in it. If we're gonna be off the beaten path sometimes we have to haul our own water. Sometimes I'll throw a tent bag on there but this time it got strapped to the top of the left pannier, the BIG sleeping pad on the passenger seat. This was a road trip so I didn't mind the extra bulk. Pretty lightweight setup though. I'll usually bungy-net my backpack back there instead of wearing it. If it's really hot it's a hydration pack and then I would wear it.

    Notice there's a tow-strap and a A-lite chair tied down back there as well. I always have a big folding k-bar knife in a sheath fastened down on my luggage somewhere too. Good for food prep or perp prep. :wink:

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    In winter I'll put TWO sleeping bags and the big pad, longjohns and a down sweater, in a 35L roll-top bag (ortlieb) and tie that down on the passenger seat. Getting ready for this same annual trip coming up in about a week. Sunday morning it was 19deg. WTF???

    These pics have my tent tied down on the topbox. It's a 2-man that weighs about 4lbs. I put the heavy stuff in the paniers.

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  14. hpsVFR

    hpsVFR Hoosier Daddy

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    This place has them (calls them footman loops) in plastic, anodized, stainless, and powder coated. I've bought their stainless ones and they're nice (though I haven't seriously tested their corrosion resistance). Prices are good, bulk discounts, etc.
  15. blacktiger

    blacktiger Tigers R great.

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    I always thought it was.
  16. Lion BR

    Lion BR I'd rather be riding

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    Thanks Browneye. I'll look into that. My setup is not waterproof, the Pelican Storm topcase is my only safe heaven for electronics. That's why I was wondering whether it would leak.

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    The bag on top of the pelican box was cinched with zipties in holes I made in edges of the box (then additional straps were added and connected to the bike for extra safety), that did not compromise the water tightness. I could open the box, but the setup is not as good as what could be done with strap-eyes like you have.
  17. Lion BR

    Lion BR I'd rather be riding

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    Great. They have black ones as well.
  18. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    That's a great site. Bookmarked for future use. :thumb
  19. Bugchewer

    Bugchewer Piece of Work

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    What size are your side cases Browneye? I am wrestling between Wolfman expedition dry bags and seahorse side cases. What ever I don't get I'll probably get later as alternative. I like the ability to have lockable cases for security but the dry bags would be great for back roads and forest trails/camping.:ear
  20. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    All three cases are seahorse se-720's.
    I got them originally for my Versys primarily because they were cheap. But they've turned out to be so good and just the right size that I've never wanted slightly larger and slightly tougher Storm i2600 or Pelican 1550. These latter two are what twisted throttle and carribou cases sells. Check out the overall dimensions. That you can get them for about $50 is just icing.

    They are pretty easy to fill up, but then that keeps one from packing too much junk. :evil

    A couple of small padlocks would be required to lock them properly. I've never bothered because I don't camp in the city. :D