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Old 01-21-2013, 02:06 PM   #15451
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The flints we get on the chalk downs won't dent your oil filter, they will go straight through it. I had one pierce the coolant filter on my Ford tractor once, and I lost half the coolant in the middle of nowhere before I noticed the temperature rising. No coolant pressure is one thing, no oil pressure is something completely different. Having said that I have the Triumph guard, on mine
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Old 01-21-2013, 02:24 PM   #15452
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I think the cheap, slip on plastic ones are the way to go. Funny, I had one on my street only Honda CBF, but you never see them on any of the "Adventure" bikes.
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Old 01-21-2013, 02:27 PM   #15453
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I've got Hepco Becker Jr. side cases on my 800 and my wife says there's not enough space between the bags and the passenger pegs. Is there such a thing as a passenger peg lowing kit? I looked around but didn't find one.

I was going to try the HB Xplorer or Alu-Standard but they look like they'd have the same problem.
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Old 01-21-2013, 04:19 PM   #15454
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Your paying 10 + grand for a bike. Whats a couple hundred to save thousands more in engine repairs? I wont even ride a bike off road without one.
It is a lot more than that. We are talking thousands in farkles all together. If I can get a skidplate for $163 that works well instead of paying twice that, why wouldn't I? Trying to buy accessories for all three bikes, snowmobiles, my truck, firearms, and all the other hobbies I have can really be challenging. Especially with a family. I try to save money where I can. I have bashed the hell out of my stock skidplate so far and it has held up well, but I wish it had a little more side coverage, so that is why I am asking about he moose unit. I seem to get that same response quite a bit, when asking questions like this. "Oh don't be so cheap, just buy it, don't you know I would never ride MY bike without one?" It isn't about being cheap, it is about asking questions and weighing my options, rather than buying the most expensive piece on the market with the best marketing.
I know you ride your bike hard, as we have talked before. I would normally value your opinion, I just think you missed where I was coming from this time around.
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Old 01-21-2013, 04:46 PM   #15455
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It is a lot more than that. We are talking thousands in farkles all together. If I can get a skidplate for $163 that works well instead of paying twice that, why wouldn't I? Trying to buy accessories for all three bikes, snowmobiles, my truck, firearms, and all the other hobbies I have can really be challenging. Especially with a family. I try to save money where I can. I have bashed the hell out of my stock skidplate so far and it has held up well, but I wish it had a little more side coverage, so that is why I am asking about he moose unit. I seem to get that same response quite a bit, when asking questions like this. "Oh don't be so cheap, just buy it, don't you know I would never ride MY bike without one?" It isn't about being cheap, it is about asking questions and weighing my options, rather than buying the most expensive piece on the market with the best marketing.
I know you ride your bike hard, as we have talked before. I would normally value your opinion, I just think you missed where I was coming from this time around.
I hear ya. Apologies if I came off wrong. I probably shouldn't have quoted you. I do think the triumph skid is good too. I think I'm going to upgrade from the Triumph to Altrider this spring. I also think the riveted ones are asking for problems. I just don't think they can be trusted. I know how it is to have lots of toys. I guess it would be better to say... to not have a skid at all is not smart.

On a side note,
A friend of mine and I plan to race (race term used loosely here, more like try to finish) the Baja 500. We are having a problem getting a bike sponsor. We might end up riding my Tiger. We may get a chance to see if it will finish in one piece! I have the Ohlins rear installed, we will have the forks done if we do end up riding it. Everything else will basically stay on the bike. stay tuned!
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Old 01-21-2013, 04:52 PM   #15456
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On a side note,
A friend of mine and I plan to race (race term used loosely here, more like try to finish) the Baja 500. We are having a problem getting a bike sponsor. We might end up riding my Tiger. We may get a chance to see if it will finish in one piece! I have the Ohlins rear installed, we will have the forks done if we do end up riding it. Everything else will basically stay on the bike. stay tuned!
That sounds bad-ass!
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Old 01-21-2013, 04:55 PM   #15457
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That sounds bad-ass!
Thanks, You guys can follow us at Road2Baja.com if you want. Were getting closer to the race so it will have more and more action as we get closer. Its basically just a blog. We haven't done much with it but we are trying to get it moving now.
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Old 01-21-2013, 04:59 PM   #15458
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Altrider skid plate. The best quality piece of kit I have installed. Bar none.
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Old 01-21-2013, 06:31 PM   #15459
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Jphish/ EVOM

My XC does the same thing on washboard rd. FWIW, I read a few forums on Triumph Rat Net where some folks have isolated and attributed it to "chain slap" on the protector in the low RPM range when the tension is lower. Buggers the hell out of me.

Good write up, I went into BMW with the intention of buying the 800gs but eventually bit on the XC after multiple test rides...not disappointed at in the bike. Just wish there was more a community like BMW has.
There are quite a bit of Triumph gatherings throughout the year. Triumph just started getting back to popularity over the last 5 years here in the states so the community will continue to grow.
That being said, I like mixed bike gatherings better.
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Old 01-22-2013, 05:38 AM   #15460
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That sounds bad-ass!
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Thanks, You guys can follow us at Road2Baja.com if you want. Were getting closer to the race so it will have more and more action as we get closer. Its basically just a blog. We haven't done much with it but we are trying to get it moving now.


Awesome...rather you then me though
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Old 01-22-2013, 06:08 AM   #15461
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Altrider skid plate. The best quality piece of kit I have installed. Bar none.
Do you have to remove the skid plate to get to the oil drain plug when doing an oil change?
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Old 01-22-2013, 06:12 AM   #15462
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Old 01-22-2013, 07:33 AM   #15463
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Do you have to remove the skid plate to get to the oil drain plug when doing an oil change?
No. They have a pre-punched hole for the oil drain plug. The filter is accessable as well.
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Old 01-22-2013, 07:55 AM   #15464
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I would suggest finding a friend that already knows how to do what you want done and have him walk you through it a time or two. There is only one way to change the oil and filter but there are several ways to change a tube and tire. There are little tips and tricks in tire changing that can save you time and frustration.
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Old 01-22-2013, 08:43 AM   #15465
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I am not the most mechanical person (by a long shot!) but I am wanting to learn a bit about my bike. I own a Tiger 800XC and live in North San Diego county.

Any suggestions on how to learn some basic motorcycle maintenance skills would be appreciated. I am hopeful that I can learn how to do oil changes, and how to change a tube, since the 800XC has tubed tires. As I get more comfortable with maintenance, I would like to learn more too. Any suggestions for books, manuals, videos, etc would be appreciated!
The good news is changing the oil on the bike is about the easiest of any bike I've ever done it on. That said, the thing I often see with people who aren't very mechanically adept is doing things like cross threading bolts and over tightening (snapping them). Always start threads by hand! And when in doubt, a little torque wrench could be your friend.
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