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My MY2012 Triumph Tiger 800XC

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Well, after taking over the forum, I decided that I really needed to update this board with the story behind my 800XC. So, here we go. Watch out, multiple posts ahead. ;)

Anyway, when I started looking for another bike in July 2019, I did set a budget. I do like the higher and straighter seating position of an allroad bike. So, back to the drawing board. I rode a lot of different bikes, but they were either out of range price-wise, or didn’t offer the fun. And then I remembered my old red Steamer. I liked that bike, but the seating position was less than ideal and with the bike being a ‘93 I was having trouble getting into some cities due to environmental regulations. So getting another Steamer was out of the question. However, back when I bought it, I bought the Steamer as I could not afford the newer Tiger 800 XC that Triumph launched back in 2010 and that I loved on a test ride back then. So, I went to town...

To be honest, it has been a long journey to find a decent Tiger around my price range. But in the end I found one on the other side of the country. In true adventure spirit, I got on the train to fetch it and ride it home. But alas, the bike died after a 400 meter test ride. The electricals were just dead. In fact, when we restarted it with a battery pack, the bike kept on drawing electricity from the battery until the dashboard actually switched off at around 7 volts and then the whole thing just died at 6. Quite annoying to be honest. So, I had to make the whole trek back home without a bike. I did stay in touch with the seller though and soon enough, we were talking about the bike again. I ended up buying it with the defect and with the agreement that he would bring it to my house when we got back from our long summer holiday. That was last Thursday.

Yesterday I had some time to kill, so I pushed the Ducati out of the garage and pushed the Tiger in for a bit of wrenching. The whole ordeal wasn’t even as hard as I had expected. Granted, having a friend come around to help, was great. That really helped out with some of those four hand jobs that you come across. After the whole voltage ordeal I had narrowed the problem down to either the alternator or the rectifier, knowing that a new battery was needed to start with. The new battery itself did not solve the problem, but based on my suspicions and reading on forums, I had already ordered a second hand rectifier from a breakers. So, after about two hours of wriggling, wrenching dismantling and reassembling the new rectifier was in and it completely solved the problem. Done. The Tiger was roadworthy again.

Downside of the bike? Well the first owner rode it rain or shine, so it has salt damage from winter riding. On the other hand, that is what I intend to do as well, so I don’t worry too much about it. The only thing left to do now, is to put a new front tire on, as that is pretty much gone. But I did ride it today and boy, does that thing fly. I really had to force myself to back off a number of times as I went over legal speed limits. But it did put quite a smile on my face. ;)


As I’m off for a short two day motorcycle trip on Friday, I decided to give the Tiger a new front tire. Well, I had someone else do that. And I was happy about that, because he also replaced the inner tube and as he was working on it, we found the wheel bearings had gone. That’s the point at which I was even happier about having someone else do it, because that thing was STUCK! Yes, capitals for a reason. ;)

Anyway, I’ve also mounted a set of Tiger Adventure cases that include a small fire extinguisher, a first aid kit and a bottle. I’m not sure what the previous owner used the bottle for, but I might just put a liter of fuel in there, just in case.


So we did 1000+km over Saturday and Sunday. The Netherlands is a very, very flat country, so we made our way south through Belgium and into Luxemburg to enjoy some great curvy roads, some switch backs, some steep climbs and lots of great views. It took some time to get the GPX tracks to work on my navigation phone, but once it worked, it was great fun. (And so was missing turns and reversing many, many times.)

Anyway, the Tiger has been a great companion and I think I did wear in the front tire quite well over the weekend. ;)


So, when you buy a newer bike, you expect stuff to just work and not to worry about it. Well, not here. I doubt that will ever happen until I buy a new electric bike. ;)

Anyway, I rode to work last week and as I was riding through town, my shifter dropped. Well, not off the bike, but as I shifted down it got stuck in the downward position and didn’t go up anymore. Really annoying as you need to tap it back up with your foot so you can do another downshift. Really annoying when you get off a highway at 130 in 6th and then need to basically shift 12 times to get back to 2nd including tapping it a bit too hard once or twice so you need to shift back down again. :(

In the meantime I have found out that this is something that happens to most Tigers from this series. There is a spring that pushes a return spring pin that pushes the shifter back up after the downshift. Apparently Triumph made that spring a bit too weak, so it is prone to break after a while. To solve that, Triumph increased the spring strength, but that means that the spring no longer breaks but now it does break the little return spring pin. :( Thanks Triumph. Anyway, I guess every brand has its own clutch rattle. ;)

So, I need to take the clutch apart (which I cannot do without a special tool that I have ordered last night) and then pull the whole assembly out and see what is the culprit. In a strange way, I hope it is the pin as that is usually retained by the spring and that means that I have no chance of spring bits making their way through the engine...

We’ll see.


Lets just say that this is not a walk in the park... I'd rather ride in the park anyway, but that is not going to happen either. ;) The good news is that I have made progress.

When I finally had the clutch off, I found out that the clutch basket was a hard one to take off. The main reason for that is the fact that you need a special tool to hold the basket when you remove the nut that holds it. So I had to wait for two weeks to get the part delivered. Not fun, but paying 8 times less than the official tool that still would take a week to get here is just not a valid option. Plus I don't really have much time at the moment anyway.

So, there is the culprit. If you look closely you can see there is something sitting there at a weird angle...

There it is. It is the rod that holds the spring for the return of the shift pedal. When they released the 800XC Triumph put a spring in that was too weak. So the springs would break and parts would end up in the carter. Not a good thing. So Triumph decided to do a recall on the shift mechanisme to replace the springs. However, with then new blue springs in, the problem moved to the little rod that gave the spring something to push against. So, the rods broke. Hence my problem. The blue spring shows that the recall has been done already, but now the rod has broken. Which means that I have some more work to do. ;)

Time to drill out the old way the rod was fixed to the shifting mechanism. I've done the first part, now I need to drill into the rod itself and cut some thread in there. However, that requires a standing drill to make sure I go in straight and cut a nice hole. Time to find someone with a better drill. ;)


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