Triumph Tiger 800XC 2011
|Manufacturer Triumph Motorcycles Ltd|
|Assembly Hinckley, England|
|Color Phantom Black|
|Engine type Liquid cooled 799cc 12valve, DOHC, In-line triple cylinder|
|Engine power 94bhp (70kW) @ 9300rpm, 79Nm @ 7850rpm|
|Transmission 6-speed, multi-plate wet clutch|
|Frame Tubular steel trellis|
|Front suspenson Showa 45mm upside down forks, 220mm travel|
|Rear suspension Showa monoshock with remote oil resorvoir, hydraulic preload, rebound damping adjustment, 215mm travel|
|Brakes Front twin 308mm floating discs, Nissin 2-piston sliding calipers. Rear single 255mm disc, Nissin single piston sliding caliper. Switchable ABS.|
|Wheels Front 36-spoke 21x2.5" aluminium rim, Rear 32-spoke 17x4.25" aluminium rim|
|Tyres Front: Michelin Anakee Wild 90/90-21, Rear: Mitas E07 150/70-17|
|Fuel capacity 19 litres|
|Oil capacity 3.7 litres|
|Seat hight Adjustable between 845-865mm|
|Dimensions LxW(handlebars)xH(without mirrors): 2215x865x1390mm|
|Weight 215kg (wet)|
The Modifications aka The meaning of life
|Triumph OEM gel seat modified with generic seat warmer|
|Triumph OEM touring windscreen|
|Triumph OEM aux light shrouds and harness with Cree LED aux lights|
|Touratech lockable wind screen spoiler|
|Touratech stainless steel headlight protector|
|Touratech GPS above instrument mount|
|Touratech lockable GPS mount|
|Garmin Zumo 590LM GPS|
|Acerbis handguard spoilers|
|SW Motech crash bars|
|Touratech side carriers|
|Touratech Zega Pro 45L+38L panniers|
|Touratech 3L gas can, Oil can and bottleholders mounted to panniers|
|Great Bikers Gear Inner bags|
|R&G Racing rear shock protector (Shock-sock)|
|Rox Speed FX 2" Pivoting handlebar risers|
|Fuel Exhausts carbon fibre racing exhaust with fuel remap|
|Kaoko Cruise control|
|Oxford Products HotGrips heated grips|
|the2wheels CNC Machined adjustable brake and clutch levers|
|ProJection Racing 25mm lowering links|
|Adventure Spec Big foot side stand foot|
|Pivotpegz Extra wide pivoting foot pegs|
|Pyramid Plastics mudguard extender|
|Touratech bash plate|
|Touratech oil filter protector|
|Generic Hazard flasher|
|Molle tactical system nylon bag and nylon hip bag with drinking bottle fitted to crash bars|
So let's break it down shall we?
Tyres: Always an infected discussion because the choice of tyres is so much up to usage and personal taste. But there seems to be a pretty wide agreement that the Bridgestone Battlewings that Triumph supplied with the Tiger when it first came out before they switched to Pirelli is complete and utter crap. The tyres fitted to adventure bikes are almost always very asphalt-biased but the Battlewings weren't even good at that so I switched the front out for a Pirelli Scorpion when I first had the bike serviced. When we were headed for Iceland it was time to step up the threadpattern and after reading up we decided on the Heidenau K60 and they definitely did the job. The mileage of the K60:s are completely outstanding but I feel they have a couple of things against them and they're probably both a result of the hard rubber compound that give them their extreme longevity. The front had a horrible humming noise at highway speeds and the wet grip on asphalt was not great to say the least. Because of that I switched out the front with a Mitas E07 when the K60 wore out and now I've also switched out the back. There is a a variant of the K60 with a silica compound which perhaps is the solution for the problems the standard have so I'm not ruling out that I'll go back to the Heidenaus later on. I've since switched out the front for Michelin Anakee Wild but haven't had them on long enough to give a good update on performance.
Seat: Since I'm vertically challenged I was soon to welcome the fact that Triumph makes two versions of the comfort seat, low and standard so I bought the low seat and fitted a generic seat warmer I bought of Aliexpress for $24. It is is extremely effective! First time i used it (in +4°C) i actually though it had shorted and set the damn seat on fire. All that's needed to do this is some basic electrical knowhow and staple gun that can staple hard plastic. There is a blanking plug where you're supposed to mount an accessory power socket, with some slight modification the controller could be mounted there so there is no damage done to the bike.
Touring Screen and spoiler: I hate buffeting noises, they get extremely annoying on long highway stretches. The addition of the spoiler really did the trick, it made me realize how loud the Fuel was without the baffle.
Aux lights: I was lucky enough to find a used kit with the OEM fog lights already replaced by cree aux lights which was what I had intended to do anyway, the spring and fall seasons are long here in Sweden so you can never have to much light or be to visable. I have the lights wired so that they are triggered by either the full beam or the button so I have the option of running them with the low beam in the day for extra visability without contantly having to press two different buttons when riding in the dark.
Headlight protector: Ok, I'll admit it, I bought this mainly because it looks cool. But damn it sure does!
Touratech above clocks GPS mount: I've always used Touratechs lockable mounts for my GPS units (Quest, Zumo 550, 660 and now the 590LM), they started out at the top of the line and just get better for every version they put out. But they are meant to mount on the centre strut which the Tiger doesn't have I first used the TT bar clamp mount. That mounting was a bit low so I found myself having to look down to see the GPS which is something you really don't want to do when you need the unit the most. So I have since "upgraded" to TT:s above the clocks bracket which means the unit is in my field of vision without specifically having to look at it. I'm very happy with the combination of the lockable mount with vibration dampers and the TT bracket.
Acerbis spoilers: They aren't pretty but once you've ridden in fear of getting permanent frostbite to your hands you start to think less about the looks and more about the function and they do keep my hands warmer. The spoilers are made for the Acerbis Rally Brush handguard but with a heatgun and some knucklegrease they can be bent to follow the form of the OEM handguards pretty nicely.
SW Motech crash bars: This is quite unfortunatly a product I know for a fact does the job it's intended to do. I had a lowside spill a couple of years ago and apart from the fact that it protected the bike from any major damage it was most likely these bars that saved my leg from getting trapped under the bike. They need to be removed to do any major work on the bike which is a bit of a hassle but I would still never consider anything else.
SW Motech Quick-lock mount and Trax luggage system: The quick-lock system is a wonderful thing, the whole pannier rack can be complely removed when not needed with no more advanced tool than a coin (you can switch out one of the locking screws with a lockable one which I have done). The brackets left on the bike when the rack is removed are hardly even noticable. The Trax system is rugged which I unfortunatly also know from experience since I've had the bike on it's side a couple of times. A dent to the case and a battlescar on the crash bar is all that tells the tale. Only downside is that the (side) cases aren't waterproof but that I would want to have an innerbag regardless so it isn't really a major problem. If I where to find myself in a situation where I would run the risk of the cases being submerged I would simply turn around, I don't have the skill to pilot a U-boat. The Touratech gas can and bottle holder was in preparation for the Iceland trip and came in handy.
R&G Racing shock protector: This was actually the very first thing I bought since it was obvious the rear shock was going to be sprayed by dirt and gravel constantly completely exposed as it is to the rear wheel. It was either this or a hugger and the choise fell on the sock mostly because of aesthetics.
Rox risers: This was also an "upgrade" since I first had the Motech 20mm risers fitted. These allow the handlebars to be titled back and front dependant of your individual riding style. A guy calling himself Muddysump has some great Tiger servicing and modification videos on youtube including one detailing how to install the Rox risers.
Fuel Exhaust: So I've heard that a racing exhaust with the Arrow tune gives the bike some extra grunt but I can't say I've noticed much of a difference. It wasn't exactly lacking in that department to begin with. This is all about the noise, the wonderful noise. Mind you, I don't demand all that much from an exhaust system. I just want people to think the gates of hell have swung open and the trumpets of Jericho are signalling the pending apocalypse. It's the little things, you know?
Kaoko cruise control: This friction-locks the throttle in position so it doesn't maintain a contant speed unless your riding a dead flat road. Still, being able to relax your right hand on longer rides are a blessing. There are no Tiger specific videos of the installation (which is very easy) but RevZilla has a great walk-through of how it works.
Oxfort heated grips: This is the second bike I've fitted Oxford on and I'm very happy with it, with a bit of modification to the mounting bracket the controller isn't very intrusive and the heat output is better than OEM.
the2wheels adjustable grips: This should definately be standard. The clutch is adjustable from stock but the brake is sold as an accessory. I bought both of these for less than the adjustable brake grip would have cost OEM, not to mention what the CNC Machined accessory grips cost from Triumph.
Projection Racing Lowering links: As I mentioned I'm a bit on the short side for this kind of bike and even with the low seat in its lowes position I stil can't quite get a flat foot on the ground. 25mm milimeters is as low as you can go without needing to shorten the sidestand and still being able to get it on the standard centre stand. The links cost me £35 shipped and took about an hour to install including the lowering of the forks. Regret I didn't do this sooner really.
Adventure spec Big foot: I used to ride around with a sidestand plate but it was just never where it was supposed to be. I probably left it somewhere and decided on mounting a side stand foot instead of getting another. It's a real straight forward installation but if you need help there's a Muddysump video for that too. That I went with Adventure Spec is because unlike many of the others theirs doesn't interfere with the centre stand.
Pivotpegz pivoting foot pegs: I've been curios about these for a long time but was a bit discouraged by the price tag but when I found a couple on eBay in near mint condition I bit the bullet. I haven't ridden far enough with them yet to give an honest opinion so I'll get back on how they work out.
Hazard flasher: Surprised this isn't standard. A £2 button of eBay, a couple of diodes and some wire is all that's needed to fit one. There is a great instruction on the tiger800 forum.
Crash bar bags: Extra luggage space is always useful. I filled these with with spare inner tubes and other soft things unlikely to get stolen with the dual purpose of not needing to lug absolutely everything back and forth to hotel rooms and with the full expectation that the bike would connect with the ground in a bad way at some point on the Iceland trip and this would soften the fall somewhat. Unfortunately that's another thing I now know for a fact does what it was supposed to do.
Tool tube: Just on the spur of the moment I bought the stuff needed in a plumbing supply store. It's not pretty but it does the job and it was 4kgs of tools I didn't need to haul to the hotels.