The bike

Triumph Tiger 800 XCA 2018

Owned: 2018- triumphlogonew
Manufacturer Triumph Motorcycles Ltd
Assembly Hinckley, England
Color Marine
Engine type Liquid cooled 799cc 12valve, DOHC, In-line triple cylinder
Engine power 94bhp (70kW) @ 9500rpm, 79Nm @ 8050rpm
Transmission 6-speed, multi-plate wet clutch
Frame Tubular steel trellis
Front suspenson WP 43mm upside down forks with adjustable rebound and compression dampening, 220mm travel
Rear suspension WP monoshock with remote oil resorvoir, hydraulically adjustable preload, 215mm travel
Brakes Front twin 305mm floating discs, Brembo 2-piston sliding calipers. Rear single 255mm disc, Nissin single piston sliding caliper. Switchable ABS.
Wheels Front 36-spoke 21x2.15" aluminium rim, Rear 32-spoke 17x4.25" aluminium rim
Tyres Front: Bridgestone Battle Wing¹ 90/90-21 Rear: Bridgestone Battle Wing¹ 150/70-17
Fuel capacity 19 litres
Oil capacity 3.7 litres
Seat hight Adjustable between 840-860mm
Dimensions LxW(handlebars)xH(without mirrors): 2215x805x1390mm
Weight 208kg (dry)

 

¹ Factory fitted.

 

Accessories factory fitted on the XCA model

Triumph logo new Heated grips
Triumph logo new Heated rider and passenger seats
Triumph logo new LED fog lights
Triumph logo new Centre stand
Triumph logo new Engine guard
Triumph logo new Aluminium sump guard
Triumph logo new Aluminium radiator guard
Triumph logo new Onboard computer with 6 adjustable riding modes:
      Rain Rain Road Road Sport Sport Off road Off-road Off road Pro Off-road Pro and Rider Rider defined
Triumph logo new Uprated 650W alternator with 3 auxilliary sockets


The Modifications aka The meaning of life

Touratech GPS above instrument mount garminlogo        fuellogo  
Touratech lockable GPS mount  
Garmin Zumo 590LM GPS  
Touratech lockable wind screen spoiler  
Heed crash bars with accessory bags  
Touratech side carriers      swmotechlogo        touratechlogo
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      roxspeedlogo        rgracinglogo
Fuel Exhausts carbon fibre racing exhaust  
ProJection Racing 25mm lowering links  
Adventure Spec Big foot side stand foot  
Pivotpegz Extra wide pivoting foot pegs  
Triumph XR model side stand      Heed logo        pivotpegzlogo
   
   
   
   
       advspeclogo        projectionlogo
   
   
   
   
      Great Bikers Gear Logo      
   
   
   
   
       
   
   
   
   

So let's break it down shall we?

Tyres: I really wish Triumph would replace Bridgestone as a supplier because the Battle wings are rubbish tyres and I would not recomend them to anyone. I hate these tyres so much it would almost be an upgrade to just tape erasers to the rim. My tyre dealer writes on his homepage that Every ride is an adventure with Battle wing and it sure is, just not in the way they mean at all.

Touratech above clocks bracket and lockable mount: Touratech haven't released the accessories for the new Tiger yet (and no other supplier makes anything like it) so since I had the bracket from the XC I butchered it just for the top part and fastned it to the windshield holder. It'll work until something better comes along. I've used the lockable GPS mounts from Touratech for every unit I've had (Quest, Zumo 550, 660 and now 590LM) and there is nothing that comes even close.

Garmin Zumo 590LM GPS: I really can't objectivly say that it's the best there is since I've never used anything else but there is a reason I keep paying the ridiculous amounts of money for this despite the hostile Basecamp interface. In total I've probably ridden with a Garmin GPS on the handlebar for about 100000kms total and there have been the odd glitch but they have never failed me. That's worth a lot for someone so geographically challenged that I wouldn't be able to find my own ass with a compass and a map.

Touratech side carriers and Zega Pro pannier system: I had the SW Motech Quick-lock system previously and it was pretty practical being able to remove the entire carrier when not in use but I regard the side carriers as a kind of rear crash bars and it's not like it ruins the looks of a bike like this anyway.
I got a bit fed up with the Motech carriers leaking in water, during the trip to Britain I don't think the bottom of the panniers where ever dry during the entire trip.
I had waterproof inner bags but it was still annoying.
Touratech doesn't claim the Zegas to be waterproof either but at least the only place they can potentially leak is the corners instead of Motech's idiotic riveted assembly along the entire height of the pannier and just to make matters worse the edge was facing forward. I don't really know how the thought process went at Motech R&D when they made that decision but I wouldn't be surprised if schnaps was involved as the Germans aren't usually prone to mistakes like that.
I don't really ever see myself in a situation where the panniers would be completely submerged either which would be the only scenario I can think of where the panniers would leak, I don't have the competense to man a submarine.

Great bikers gear inner bags: Worked extremely well. Just like Touartechs bags they can be opened both from the top and and like a suitcase which makes packing a lot easier. The GBG bags also have side pockets which I don't think the TT bags have which is a plus. The fact that they cost about half of the TT bags didn't hurt either.

SW Motech top box: I kept the topbox when I sold the pannier system. I'm not brand aware enough to switch over to Touratech just so I can use the same key when the TT box is both small and a bit on the ugly side to be honest. The Motech topbox is a far superior product to their panniers for some reason.

Heed crash bars: I've used Motech bars since I rode the Africa Twin but I've heard so many good things about Heed that I thought I'd give them a go. The fact that they had tailor made bags for the crash bars and still cost a fraction of most of their competitors was a plus.

R&G Racing shock sock: This was the first accessory I bought for the XC as it was obvious from the outset that the rear shock would be continiously subjected to spray being completely exposed to the rear wheel. It was either this or a hugger and I just don't like the looks of a hugger.

Rox Risers: On the XC I started out with Motech 20mm risers but eventually switched over to these because I wanted to be able to tilt the bars back. Because of the pivoting function it's easy to find a position suited for your individual riding style. Having used these for several years now I can't see myself ever having a bike without them. A guy calling himself Muddysump has a number of great service videos on YouTube including one showing the Rox Riser installation.

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?

Projection racing lowering links and XR side stand: I'm really on the short side for a machine like this and with the XCA a low seat isn't really an option with the seat warmer. I had these links an the XC as well but I need them now more than ever. I think 25mm is realistically the most you can lower the bike without having to be Hercules to get it up on the centre stand. I was never satisfied with the lean of the old bike so this time I finally got around to buying a uses XR stand off eBay. All things considered it turned out pretty good, I can almost get a flat foot on the ground and with the XR stand it actually gets a better lean than it did when the bike was completely stock despite the side stand foot.

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 and got them for the XC. With the wide pegs as standard on the XCA it's even less likely I would have bought them now so I'm glad I aldready had them. It makes a big difference being able to move the foot on longer rides and when standing up.