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Old 09-08-2013, 08:00 PM   #2146
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Instrument Panels

Slightly off-topic but something everyone who owns an xc should be aware of. Apparently there has been a spate of instrument panels getting knicked (stolen) and Triumph have them on backorder because they can't keep up with replacements. Not sure where in the world this is happening, it was mentioned in an email to me by Triumph when I emailed them about something unrelated. New they're worth 600 and secondhand about 300
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Old 09-09-2013, 06:11 AM   #2147
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you dont have to get custom ear plugs. the green foam ones i use for shooting double great as motorcycle noise protection. a giant bottle for a few bucks AND I reuse them like 20 times. doesnt get more cost efficient than that. no one should be without hearing protection anyways, imo.
Unfortunately, I have stupid ears. The canals are childishly small. I bought all the earplugs from the earplug superstore that weren't custom. None of them fit, or hurt when I put the helmet on.
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Old 09-09-2013, 06:34 AM   #2148
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Unfortunately, I have stupid ears. The canals are childishly small. I bought all the earplugs from the earplug superstore that weren't custom. None of them fit, or hurt when I put the helmet on.
I used the superstore for my custom plugs. The mold kit was pretty easy to use and I was bale to do them myself. And the colors are kewl
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Old 09-10-2013, 08:33 AM   #2149
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Holan Pro Bars

Here's my first impressions of the Holan Pro Crash Bars for the Tiger 800 XC
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Right out of the box, the quality was apparent. Nice, heavy welds, ground joints, excellent finish, they didn't ping when you hit them, they just went thud.





They used solid plugs at the connection points as you can see from the pictures.





Here's the abuse: (i did mention I crash a lot)





Barkbusters on the way too....

Took the old bars off and WoW. One side of the new bars (without the mounting brackets) weighs more than the whole set of Triumph ones! Nice.



You can see the old, unused mounting point that was a little aluminum boss on the engine case. I should have taken a picture, but on the electronics side where the most damage was, it twisted the mounting bracket of the Triumph bars on that point... That could have been bad.



It really hugs the bike nice, and uses very strong frame mounts for the top, and an energy absorbing bracket for the lower instead of hard mounts for the bottom.

Final for this side:



I would have done the other side, but my daughter was "helping" and lost one of the spacers for the frame mount. It's somewhere in my front yard and it was dark after her bed time. I'm going to make a cut your own length one to take home just in case.

Actually, the only thing was, the spacer that was left for this mount was too short and I needed to add a few washers.

I liked the extension on the Holan bars to hopefully protect the case covers better. I got a couple of hits on it already.

Can't wait to try them out!
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Old 09-10-2013, 09:13 AM   #2150
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Here's my first impressions of the Holan Pro Crash Bars for the Tiger 800 XC
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My bike is starting to look like yours. LOL

My bash plate looks like the surface of the moon.
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Old 09-10-2013, 10:21 AM   #2151
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My bike is starting to look like yours. LOL

My bash plate looks like the surface of the moon.
Already had to re glue the rubber skid plate spacers and do some straightening.

You going to joins us on a Tiger assault of the DS Triple? You know you want to
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Old 09-10-2013, 11:25 AM   #2152
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I hear ya, my first tiger it drove me nuts so I designed this..

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=838636
All your photos are missing in that thread.
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Old 09-10-2013, 11:31 AM   #2153
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All your photos are missing in that thread.
Really? Is that the case for everyone? I can see them, and they are in photobucket.
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Old 09-10-2013, 11:43 AM   #2154
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Really? Is that the case for everyone? I can see them, and they are in photobucket.
First one is the only one that shows up.
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Old 09-10-2013, 11:48 AM   #2155
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I'll fix that when I get home, work blocks photobucket
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Old 09-11-2013, 01:49 AM   #2156
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Here's my first impressions of the Holan Pro Crash Bars for the Tiger 800 XC
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Looks to me that the clutch cover and tank plastics are still vulnerable.
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Old 09-11-2013, 06:26 AM   #2157
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Looks to me that the clutch cover and tank plastics are still vulnerable.
Yea, it doesn't come up as much as I'd like, but I wasn't really thrilled with the Happy Trails one. This one sticks out a bit more than the separate top bars.

It has the most coverage of any bars of the area by the case covers, but still not ideal IMO. You do have your feet to keep clearance for, which is why they may be as they are, but still, there's room for improvement.

If any Inmates have welding and bending equipment, I'd love to bring some beer and stainless tubing and make our own that actually do what we want.

I like that these are designed to be sacrificial with replaceable brackets if you fall hard. Or, bring a hammer and flatten the brackets back out.
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Old 09-11-2013, 06:36 AM   #2158
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There was an issue with mounting the left side. The holes were just too far off on the bottom and were too close to the radiator guard. Jason at ADVMotorrad is on it, I'll report back. The right side bolted right up perfect. I think the top mounting tab is off, but is hard to tell.
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Old 09-11-2013, 03:54 PM   #2159
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There was an issue with mounting the left side. The holes were just too far off on the bottom and were too close to the radiator guard. Jason at ADVMotorrad is on it, I'll report back. The right side bolted right up perfect. I think the top mounting tab is off, but is hard to tell.
I had the same issue with mine. Just thought it was tweaked during shipping or something. Finally got it fixed with some fabrication help from my brother. (And had to re-thread the top motor mount since I'm not used to dealing with aluminum and forced it a little too much. )
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Old 09-11-2013, 04:11 PM   #2160
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There was an issue with mounting the left side. The holes were just too far off on the bottom and were too close to the radiator guard. Jason at ADVMotorrad is on it, I'll report back. The right side bolted right up perfect. I think the top mounting tab is off, but is hard to tell.
Not sure if it applies to your issue, but I had to keep everything plenty loose on both sides before it would all mount up properly. IIRC, I had one side mounted up, slightly more than hand tight, before I started on the other side, but it just wasn't going to work that way. Once I backed out the bolts so that there was plenty of free play, I was able to get both sides on and joined together, then tightened everything down.
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