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Old 01-08-2013, 07:42 AM   #376
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Scottoiler's.....Worth it or not? Looking them over and seeing some reference but not sure if it would be a better addition or keep with the manual process of lubing the chain every several hundered miles with dry lube or chain wax.
You really do not need to lube an O- (or X-, Z-) ring chain every few hundred miles. The grease is sealed in by the rubber seals.

You may want to wash grime off of it, and provide a cushioning factor between the sprocket and the chain, and that's where the external lube comes into play.

I would suggest a dry lube when you have a moment. Don't obsess about putting it on at specific intervals.
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Old 01-08-2013, 08:38 AM   #377
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Scottoiler's.....Worth it or not? Looking them over and seeing some reference but not sure if it would be a better addition or keep with the manual process of lubing the chain every several hundered miles with dry lube or chain wax.
not on a T800
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Old 01-08-2013, 09:00 AM   #378
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Agreed, HDB makes some pretty awesome stuff. I'd have their guards on my KLX and TE, if only I hadn't already put on Cycra guards (as the HDB products did not exist at that time.)

However, I don't like the fact that on the Tiger, ROX risers are needed for the HDB guards. Why not? Because the ROX risers add a second point of rotation for the bars. I've seen multiple instances of bikes being dropped when equipped with ROX risers, and the bars tend to twist the risers much more easily than standard risers that only have one point of rotation. I think the ROX units are very nice for their adjustability, I just don't care for their durability.
I haven't had that problem yet and I drop my bikes lots!

Id rather twist the mounts or bars than break or bend something. All it takes is an allen wrench and a second or two to fix any issues.
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Old 01-08-2013, 07:19 PM   #379
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Engine guards

Folks,

I will be buying an 800xc in a month or so, and have been looking at different engine guards. I had originally thought of just going with the Triumph ones, realizing that the tank/fairing was unprotected. I have seen recently the Holan guard and really like them, both the look and coverage, but not sure about shipping from the UK. I also see that Touratech has a top tank guard, which would compliment the OEM engine guard.

My question is: Is one of these setups better or worse for maintenance or access? Either way they are similar in price, and I like the looks of either. So it may come down to one being fussier than the other to work around.

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Old 01-09-2013, 06:36 AM   #380
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Folks,

I will be buying an 800xc in a month or so, and have been looking at different engine guards. I had originally thought of just going with the Triumph ones, realizing that the tank/fairing was unprotected. I have seen recently the Holan guard and really like them, both the look and coverage, but not sure about shipping from the UK. I also see that Touratech has a top tank guard, which would compliment the OEM engine guard.

My question is: Is one of these setups better or worse for maintenance or access? Either way they are similar in price, and I like the looks of either. So it may come down to one being fussier than the other to work around.

Thanks
Not sure about either. Have you considered the Happy Trails guards? I like mine. If you get the Touratech make sure you go with black. IMO the brushed aluminum looks out of place.
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Old 01-09-2013, 07:35 AM   #381
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I just got the Holan guard and haven't had it on for long so can't talk in depth about it. It does look good on the bike, and it does seem to keep things open to access, although, you do have to work around it a bit for the maintenance. The side panels, where the turn signals are, have an allen bolt that is directly behind one of the joints on the crash bars. You can still get to the bolt, but if Holan had moved that joint a centimeter or two in either direction, it probably would have made the access much easier. Still, it seems like you should be able to do any stuff that needs doing without too much headache.
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Old 01-09-2013, 01:03 PM   #382
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Yep. Very happy with it. A minor bit of juggling to get the bolts lined up (an extra set of hands is helpful to help hold it all in place long enough) but honestly nothing painful at all to install. Far easier than their VStrom version thats for certain.
I just installed mine yesterday by myself. Burmbuster, If you get one, ignore the directions...putting in the front two bolts first did not work for me at all because I couldn't get the other four holes to line up right with the bolts on the Tiger's belly. Instead I taped the two front bolts & tapered washers in place (with the spacers in place on the bolts on the engine side of the skidplate), got the other four nuts started, and then went back to the two front bolts. That made it go on quite easily. Trying to follow the directions resulted in me spending too much time on the garage floor and too many foul words leaving my lips.

And like ObtuseMoose, I like mine. I haven't hit anything with it (yet), but it seems like it would give better protection than the stock plastic plate or the Triumph aluminum plate.
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Old 01-09-2013, 01:16 PM   #383
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Folks,

I will be buying an 800xc in a month or so, and have been looking at different engine guards. I had originally thought of just going with the Triumph ones, realizing that the tank/fairing was unprotected. I have seen recently the Holan guard and really like them, both the look and coverage, but not sure about shipping from the UK. I also see that Touratech has a top tank guard, which would compliment the OEM engine guard.

My question is: Is one of these setups better or worse for maintenance or access? Either way they are similar in price, and I like the looks of either. So it may come down to one being fussier than the other to work around.

Thanks
I've been very "Happy" with these. Kind of pain to install, but the mounting is to the frame not the motor.






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Old 01-09-2013, 01:45 PM   #384
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The bottom looks like its bolted to the motor. How is the bottom attached to the frame?
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Old 01-09-2013, 02:51 PM   #385
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I'm sorry, but IMO, those are just ugly. They don't match the lines of the bike, they don't flow, and they look like someone took the bars off my KLR and bolted them on a Tiger.

I have the OEM lowers and may add the TT overpriced upper bars soon. YMMV
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Old 01-09-2013, 03:56 PM   #386
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The bottom looks like its bolted to the motor. How is the bottom attached to the frame?
I'm not sure about these specifically, but the engine has holes for the mounts. They don't get bolted to the fram.
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Old 01-09-2013, 03:57 PM   #387
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I'm sorry, but IMO, those are just ugly. They don't match the lines of the bike, they don't flow, and they look like someone took the bars off my KLR and bolted them on a Tiger.

I have the OEM lowers and may add the TT overpriced upper bars soon. YMMV
I would have to agree. I did the OEM lower and TT upper. I haven't installed the uppers yet. I'm painting them to match the orange first.
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Old 01-09-2013, 04:23 PM   #388
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You guys who think the HT bars aren't pretty enough probably spend too much time at Starbucks, not that there's anything wrong with that. I wish those bars had been available when I bought my bike.
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Old 01-09-2013, 04:26 PM   #389
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You guys who think the HT bars aren't pretty enough probably spend too much time at Starbucks, not that there's anything wrong with that. I wish those bars had been available when I bought my bike.
Neverbeen to a starbucks and never ridden an ugly bike... they do look like a good place to get a grip to stand a napping bike up or to lift it over an obstacle, tho...
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Old 01-09-2013, 04:48 PM   #390
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I'm sorry, but IMO, those are just ugly. They don't match the lines of the bike, they don't flow, and they look like someone took the bars off my KLR and bolted them on a Tiger.
Want bars that protect? Get these.



Want pretty lines on a bike? Shoulda bought a Panigale.

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