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  1. Flappy613

    Lower first and gauges for new 800

    Hey everybody, So although the ST and presumably the Daytona (for MY '18) get SIGNIFICANT changes for the new model year the little Tiger 800 gets no love. Over 200 running changes but NO new engine means Tiger will remain much of a muchness. Which isn't necessarily bad but sometimes I DO get frustrated at the EU homologations for licensure which limit power. Then again I didn't NEED a hundered and twenty horsepower Tiger when I first bought it like I do now and for me at least Big Kitty is too big and not handy not to mention I prefer chain drive. But I have to scratch my head at the lower first gear, who needed that? Are we rock crawling with the thing? I've scarcely needed the one they provide unless I'm bagged and I even rode it over 200 miles back to the dealership when the gear shift fell off and I was stuck in third. FIRST? I can slow speed troll with the best of 'em bagged or unbagged and I can find no reason for that unless maybe I was trying to scale Everest. The rest appears largely fluff, different fairings, an extra more powerful off-road mode and new fancy color gauges. Changes to the windscreen amount to nothing since 90 percent of us Tiger owners swap ours out anyways and the new headlight design is questionable as well although admitedly more modern. Finally ditched the off-kilter Triumph badging on the tank like I've done to mine and although I like the new TIGER badged plastics it looks like I can mount them on mine as well which isn't exactly "new" then is it? Nothing meaningful like the new engine that lives in the ST or Daytona downstroked to make less than 95HP I believe it is? And again we're stuck with a welded on passenger rearset that results in HUGE losses due to the bikes' relative propensity for rolling leading to the relative insurance claims/losses. Think I'll just buy a Street Triple and build a new frame for it as getting a proper middleweight from Triumph for the US is like pulling teeth. Not that anyone else is doing it either but the limit of 95HP for these right at 500lb bikes here in the land of the free is limiting to say the least. So any other Tiger 800 riders out there care to chip in? Will you trade in your Gen I\II Tiger 800 for a new one? If so, why?
  2. Hey all, Been a while since I participated here but with the release of the new Tiger 800 I thought I might raise my head again and post. So two days before Thanksgiving in 2015 I was pursuing my great North/South DS route from Tillamook to Seaside and being relatively new to big bikes I had gotten myself into a predicament where my newly acquired Tiger had rolled itself over on top of me in some gravel . Several times in fact while I got the bike turned around which was all that I could do that day as the Sun evaporates early in late November. So I hiked my backside the 12 miles out to get Cell service and call my Wife in my heavy Moto boots cursing every inch of the way while campers in the darkness heard me stumble by in the middle of the night by the light of my iPhone and GPS. Sheriff got to me about 15 minutes before my Wife at 1 AM, which helped me not at all. All the preceding is just by way of illustration how I found myself last Summer when the bike hit it's 24,000 mile mark. Tank still rashy I had scraped off the Triumph badging and not much else leaving a somewhat "frumpy" looking Tiger. So right after I rode an SS1K to Missoula and back I decided that for her 24K I would get her a paint job as I never really loved the black anyways. I wanted a blue one but they were sold out when I bought mine so..... long story short Mama's is Caspian Blue, mine was Phantom Black. I actually started a write up here but lost interest as my business again required major shifts/sacrifices to stay solvent so we do what we do as they say. In July I was recovered enough to reach out to a local paint shop to try to re-color or re paint my poor deflicted Tiger. We went from this: to this: I'm debating having the Triumph logos done in either gold with white borders or Black with white outlines. Or maybe none at all like the new Tigers. What does the collective say? A bit too purple? It's called Dark Shadows Blue by PPG and it's a factory color for Ford. My first real dirt bike was a purple Yamaha LT1 and man this color brings back lots of memories for me so I love it but I can see where some might not like it. Obviously this is when I first had this done back in August and my guards are back on as well as some Tech Spec tank grippers to help protect the tank as well as the regular "TigerXCx" shrouds that I am currently running. Total cost was 330.00 dollars including the damage repair where I had chipped the paint through to the primer originally. All in all I find it to be a reasonable cost to repair some cosmetic damage I had caused and I'm the proud owner of a VERY distinctive Tiger that I can't lose in the parking lot or at the dealership.
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  4. Flappy613

    Hepco-Becker Chain Guard

    Hello all, So at 12,000 miles I replaced my plastic stocker chain guard with the following: Service from their US agent was relatively quick at about 4 weeks from Germany. Price was reasonable compared to others and I looked forward to fitting my first bit of Hepworth-Becker kit to my bike. Upon arrival and inspection it turns out to be made of soft aluminum with a machined indentation in to fit the Hepco-Becker label. Skipping that I mount it up and am well chuffed to see that it blends perfectly with the SW Motech heel guards I already have fitted. Around town and under touring conditions this guard works pretty flawlessly, only shedding the sticky rubber tape applied to the inside of the chain guard. Upon venturing off road though, things begin to sour. It keeps chain fling off which is a good thing, but it is very noisy to start with and the construction leaves a bit to be desired. After a couple thousand of mixed riding with about 30% light off road I begin to notice cracks at the screw mounts to the swingarm. So being a pro-active sort I replace the factory screws with something a bit beefier and add a couple washers to help spread the shock across a wider area to help prevent cracking. This was the results at just shy of 28,000 and a year and a half on...... So if a picture’s a thousand words, there’s two thousand words. My impression is that if you are the sort of Tiger rider I see at the dealership, you will love these. They “look” the part, blend nicely with other more functional aluminum parts and will withstand the vigorous eyeballing of your fellow Klim-klad species that always seem to be there even in last Summer’s choking heat. Seldom to never going off-road and having to encounter real-world stuff like whoops off packed gravel service roads they might last forever. For those of us solo-types who might actually need it to be lasting on the trail, forget it. Thinking back on when I reinforced it the writing was on the wall and I should have just re-fitted the stocker as the cracks were the death blow for these. I’m currently joining a bunch of other lurkers on the ‘Bay stalking up some Russian steel jobs as they look the part. But since I’m dirt poor right now and we’re damned near at war I’m restraining myself and exercising caution. Sorry Eric, this is maybe mis-filed as I couldn’t get the drop downs to work from my iPad to post on reviews. Not for lack of effort I’m sure as that traitor Bryan (JK!) has already responded twice. Additionally I refuse to name the agent as they aren’t responsible for HP’s crud quality and trying to get any recompense or some such is kind of silly given our line of endeavor. It’s similar to actually turning in plastic damage on an ADV bike on your insurance, what’s the point?