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Old 07-27-2013, 10:53 AM   #1366
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I really like this setup of protections bars, looks good! The SW motechs and others are just too wide. I know those are OEM engine bars but which upper guard are you running and can we get a side shot and one from the front?
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Old 07-27-2013, 10:57 AM   #1367
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Starting to look good klinq! i like the blue, and i think every tiger needs a beak, it just looks unfinished without one.
What does the beak do?
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Old 07-27-2013, 10:58 AM   #1368
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What does the beak do?

Makes it look like an angry woodpecker.
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Old 07-27-2013, 02:43 PM   #1369
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Old 07-27-2013, 02:55 PM   #1370
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Today's modifications...


SWMotech crash bars (I don't think they're too wide at all)...









SWMotech GPS mount



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Old 07-27-2013, 03:58 PM   #1371
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Starting to look good klinq! i like the blue, and i think every tiger needs a beak, it just looks unfinished without one.
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What does the beak do?
It makes it look finished.

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I really like this setup of protections bars, looks good! The SW motechs and others are just too wide. I know those are OEM engine bars but which upper guard are you running and can we get a side shot and one from the front?
That's the Hepco & Becker Tank Guard. Pics on the product page here.
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Old 07-27-2013, 06:54 PM   #1372
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Makes it look like an angry woodpecker.
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Old 07-27-2013, 07:16 PM   #1373
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From memory the Hepco bars sit quite close to the cylinder head and in a serious off could crack the head. I have the SW-Motech bars and my bike has taken a 12 metre tumble down a cliff and landed on its side and the crash bars took the full impact, landing so hard it bent them so they were pointing in the opposite direction and only just marked the head. I'm still in the process of repairing the bike and will let you know if it caused any serious damage but on the surface the SW-Motech stuff are the bollocks and well worth considering. The clutch cover has minor scratchings but hasn't punctured it.








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Old 07-27-2013, 08:16 PM   #1374
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Old 07-28-2013, 07:15 AM   #1375
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I started digging through the luggage option as soon as we got the Tiger, and just could not find anything I was really happy with. I wanted pretty big boxes as for Mala Bunny and I this bike serves as our 2up ride. At the same time I did not want the setup to be enormous. We are a dealer for HT products, and we have 2 sets on a Yami WR250R and a BMW X-Country, and we have been pretty happy with them. Their durable, well thought out and simple.

What turned me off to the HT complete system for the Tiger was the width, (2) 9" HT boxes on HT racks ends up being 42" wide total, and we wanted bigger boxes. On the 2 bikes we have them on HT has always made asymmetrical racks that stick out farther on the exhaust side and are tucked in tight on the opposite side.So we have always mixed and matched box sizes to give a balance of maximum space while staying as compact as possible, as seen here:



But for the Tiger HT made the racks symmetrical, so the left side sticks out just as far as the exhaust side. Hmm, what to do, seems like a waste of space. I looked at all the options and nothing really did it for me. So I started leaning toward using Wolfman Racks and 2 different size HT boxes. That evolved into using 2 boxes the same size and modifying the exhaust side to wrap around the exhaust. While we're at it, let's make some threaded inserts to weld on the racks to eliminate the upper pucks. Here's the finished product, and I am SUPER happy with the results. BTW, these are 10" wide boxes, and the total width ended up at 39 & 1/2 inches!



























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Old 07-28-2013, 08:43 AM   #1376
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Old 07-28-2013, 11:33 AM   #1377
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Nice job Muddyrabbit... Looks good


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Old 07-28-2013, 02:36 PM   #1378
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which upper guard are you running and can we get a side shot and one from the front?
As others have said they are Hepco and Becker bars.
A few pics as requested...

It looks like they stick out quite far when looking from the rear


They do follow the line of the plastic tank surround nicely


They stick out far enough to cover the indicators


Not sure if it is just the photo angle, or if bent the bar on the clutch side... they don't look to stick out too far when viewed from the front.


This side is yet to touch the ground, it won't be long though.


You will notice they have picked up a couple of scrapes when I fell off the thing last weekend.


This could have been the tank or radiator plastics that hit the ground.


Though it did bend the mounting lug a bit.


And the bar contacted the cylinder head!


In the same crash the Triumph engine bars picked up a new knock


The bike hit the hard packed ground with quite a bang


I am really happy with the triumph engine bars and I am certain I would have been replacing an indicator and maybe some plastics if I did not have the upper bars fitted, though the mark on the cylinder head is a little worrying.


I think I will maybe give the Touratech upper (radiator) bars a try, who knows maybe they will fit together with the Hepco & Becker ones?
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Old 07-28-2013, 02:46 PM   #1379
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That would really worry me, that the bar hit then head. The SW Motech is angled outwards to try and prevent that.
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Old 07-28-2013, 05:55 PM   #1380
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Cabriolet, if you haven't done so already you may want to check the radiator mounts haven't bent, and if they have consider getting the radiator checked out. It seems like a fairly serious knock and the mounts at the top are pretty flimsy, though the Hepco bars may have prevented that.
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