As I venture northward towards Canada, here are some articles I have appeared in
I did a fair bit of research on whether I should buy a center stand for the motorbike. Obviously, they are the default option for adventure bikes, making servicing much easier as you can have the tyres off the ground in seconds. But in an effort to keep weight and costs down I’ve been testing using panniers as a stand. There are some advantages to this but also limitations and considerations.
Firstly, you’re going to be putting alot of weight on the kick stand. So you need to get yourself a kick stand shoe. My tiger as a R&G shoe.. This should be enough on a flat surface like tarmac etc, but on anything else I’d also recommended using a small plank of wood to ensure the kick stand is stable.
Secondly, strong panniers. I have metal mule panniers. They are ridiculously strong. Lifting the bike on them doesn’t even leave a mark.
Thirdly, you need to be able to lift the bike. I have a tiger 800xc it is heavy. Keep your back straight and use your legs to lift.
I have tested this method on flat carpark ground. Once I need to do this on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere, I’ll write up a separate post detailing the results. 🙂
So, inevitably, the bike is going to need some love, oil, pads, tyres, and many tubes to make it around this big land. The question is can I fix it on the side of a road, in the middle of no where.
to answer this a few things were needed..
With the help of the internet, I have gathered all the tools I need to do basic road side servicing on the bike.
By far the best Youtube Channel for Tiger 800 services is MuddySump. His videos are easy to follow and details everything you need to complete the work. What a great world we live in where people take the time to upload great videos like this to help others. Thumbs Up!
In the basement of my work, I set out to, at a minimum, be able to change the tyres, replace and patch tubes and replace the brake pads.
Tiger now has new tyres (continental trail attack 2), new tubes (one patched) and new pads!. Apart from Major engine and suspension issues, I should be able to get her rolling along… unless I run out of fuel that is.
So this tiger has been adventuring from the get go. She was given to a Adventure Bike TV Show for a Special Arctic Ride, Once finished the producer like it so much he purchased it from Triumph.
Since then she has done more adventure rides until Tom (the producer) sold it to yours truly. The show did a excellent review of the bike which you can watch here.
|Model||2014 TRIUMPH TIGER 800 XC (ABS)|
|Engine type||Liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, in-line three-cylinder|
|Fuel System||Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection|
|Exhaust||Stainless steel 3 into 1, high level stainless steel silencer|
|Frame||Tubular steel trellis frame|
|Swingarm||Twin-sided, cast aluminium alloy|
|Front Wheels||36-spoke 21 x 2.5in, aluminium rim|
|Rear Wheels||32-spoke 17 x 4.25in, aluminium rim|
|Front Tires||90/90 21|
|Rear Tires||150/70 R17|
|Front Suspension||Showa 45mm upside down forks, 220mm travel|
|Rear Suspension||Showa monoshock with remote oil reservoir, hydraulically adjustable preload,rebound damping adjustment, 215mm rear wheel travel|
|Brakes front||Twin 308mm floating discs, Nissin 2-piston sliding calipers, Switchable ABS|
|Brakes rear||Single 255mm disc, Nissin single piston sliding caliper, Switchable ABS|
|Instrument display and functions||LCD multi-functional instrument pack with digital speedometer, trip computer, analogue tachometer, gear position indicator, fuel gauge, service indicator, switchable ABS and clock.|
|Height without mirror||1390mm|
|Wet weight||215 kilo|
|Max power EC||95PS @ 9300|
|Max torque EC||79NM @ 7850|
|AltRider Crash bars|
|AltRider Radiator Protector|
|AltRiver Luggage Rack|
|Metal Mule Panniers|
|AltRider Tank Bag|