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: Michelin Anakee Adventure 90/90-21 Rear: Michelin Anakee Adventure 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 lockable GPS mount garminlogo        fuellogo  
Garmin Zumo 590LM GPS  
Touratech side carriers  
Touratech Zega Pro 45L+38L panniers  
Touratech pannier lid bags  
Touratech 3L gas can, Oil can and bottleholders mounted to panniers      swmotechlogo        touratechlogo
Great Bikers Gear Inner bags  
SW Motech top box  
Heed crash bars with accessory bags  
Rox Speed FX 2" Pivoting handlebar risers  
Fuel Exhausts carbon fibre racing exhaust      roxspeedlogo        Puig Logo
ProJection Racing 25mm lowering links  
Triumph XR model side stand  
Adventure Spec Big foot side stand foot  
Pivotpegz Extra wide pivoting foot pegs  
Fuzeblocks FZ-1 Distribution block      Heed logo        pivotpegzlogo
Denali Electronics Soundbomb Split Dual-Tone Airhorn  
Puig rear mudguard  
Generic foldable and extendable break & clutch levers  
Motowolf crash bar bottle holder  
       advspeclogo        projectionlogo
        Great Bikers Gear Logo

So let's break it down shall we?

Tyres: I can't for the life of me understand why Triumph keep fitting the Battlewings on their adventure bikes. I don't know anything about the quality of the rest of the Bridgestone range but the Battlewings are rubbish. I hate them 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.
I was just to cheap to switch out a new set of tires so I rode the first season on them but have fitted the Michelin Anakee Adventure front and back. I have no doubt it will be a quantum leap even though it's my first set of Adventures.

Touratech lockable GPS mount: Touratech haven't released the accessories for the new Tiger yet (and no other supplier makes anything like it) so at first I butchered the old above clocks mount from the XC and that went to shit. It just vibrated like crazy and was not a viable solution at all. So it was back to the drawing board. I finally came up with the idea to use water piping and a pipe bending tool to make it to shape. I bashed and drilled the ends and rattle canned the hole thing matte black. The cost of the whole thing was probably <€20 and I'm quite happy with how it turned out. Time will show if it holds up as I've only had it on a trip to Norway thus far.
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 so I really needed a solution, I've had brackets that mount to the handlebars but I was not happy with that mounting solution at all, I want the unit in my field of view without having to look down.

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.

Touratech pannier lid bags: I've used drybags in the past because I always seem to run out of storage (which is hardly surprising as I'm lugging around ridiculous amounts of food on all my trips nowadays) but I wanted a neater solution.

Great bikers gear inner bags: Worked extremely well. Just like Touaratechs 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 smaller 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. They are however a nightmare to fit and remove when you need to remove the fairings and/or tank. The top bracket that connects the side bars is a real bitch to fit to the frame as the horn is constantly in the way. I've done it a couple of times now and it gets easier but it's not my idea of fun and I'd really hate to have to do it "in the field".

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 already had them. It makes a big difference being able to move the foot on longer rides and when standing up.

Fuzeblocks FZ-1 distribution block: I wanted to do a cleaner and neater solution than the home made fuse holder I had on the XC and the FZ really does that, very small and neat and depending on how you mount the fuse the output is either switched or constant. I would have benefitted more on the XC by having this as a lot of the accessories I mounted to that bike are now standard so I find myself using less than half the amount of outputs I did on the old bike but you live and learn.

Denali Electronics Soundbomb Split Dual-Tone Airhorn: Because why the hell not? The standard horn on bikes it like a newly hatched chicken sneezing so that's not much good for letting people know you're there. If someone misses the Denali they've most likely left their hearing aids at home. I mounted the compressor under the rear rack which have an abundance of space you have no access to anyway and routed a hose along the frame of the bike and mounted the horn on the left crash bar.

Puig rear mudguard: I though the first generation rear mudguards (or "huggers") looked like shit so on the XC I opted for a shock sock instead but this time around I actually think the Puig mudguard looks pretty nice and something has to been done about Triumphs crap design leaving the rear shock completely exposed to rear wheel.

Generic foldable and extendible break & clutch levers: Even though another upgrade on the XCA compared to the XC is that both the clutch and brake levers are adjustable I just don't like the feel of them at all. It just felt completely wrong coming from the XC so I bought a couple of levers of eBay matching what I had (the old ones doesn't fit the new generation Tiger). An added benefit is that they are adjustable in length and foldable but it was mostly for the feel I got them.

Motowolf crash bar bottle holder: Another generic little gem I got online. I had a bottle holder on the bag mounted to the crash bar on the XC and quickly got used to having water readily accessible without having to rummage through the luggage. I think I paid something like €15 for it so my expectations where low but it actually seems to be a pretty good piece of kit.