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Tiger 800 - 800XC Mods & Workshop Workshop and technical talk for the 800 - 800XC Tourer - Adventurer Tigers

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Old 01-29-2012, 01:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Givi Crash Bars on new 2012 Tiger 800xc

Hi Folks -

Thought I'd share my recent experience with the Givi crash bars designed for the Tiger 800 xc:

http://giviusa.com/attachfile/conten...0.1.tn6401.jpg

After searching around I settled on these for both the style and the fact that they attached to the frame - not just the engine. The only thing I didn't like was the color - too much black!

I bought the bars and took the extra step of having them stripped and powder coated silver metallic to create some pop (similar to the F800GS factory color bars). I was excited to install them only to find that once bolted on, the rear brake pedal was being blocked by outer edge of the bar's mounting bracket. Huh?!? Surly these are supposed to be an exact fit, right?!

Calls to Givi ended up with the standard answer of "never heard of that before. Everyone else's seem to fit fine." OK great so I'm the ONLY one?! Nice. After the thought of flushing upwards of $400 away on these I went back to my powder coat guy and had him grind down the excess material around the mounting bracket causing the problem - about a quarter inch of metal. He even stripped and re-coated them at no extra charge (A+++ for service). I reinstalled them today and it's now a perfect fit. I have about 3/16" clearance between the brake pedal and the edge bar mounting bracket.

Overall I'm happy I was able to salvage the bars and they do look great. Just not too happy to have to go though this for something that should be a straight "bolt on" product. Its the fun part of bike ownership, I suppose!
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Old 01-29-2012, 06:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Those do look rather good.
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Old 01-31-2012, 08:45 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Any one try the Touratech's bars?

http://www.touratech-usa.com/Store/3...h-Tiger-800-XC
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Old 02-02-2012, 09:39 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I purchased the standard Triumph Crash Bars but now have been thinking the top half is rather exposed for the inevitable drop. My engine will be protected but I hate to crack the plastic up top.

Anyone using the standard OEM crash bars along with something for higher up?
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Digix, where did you end up getting those from anyway? I'm in Canada so I order mostly through twisted throttle but they don't list them, at least not in the 800xc section. And do they protect the fairing? it's hard to tell from the pictures.
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I picked them up from solomotorparts.com in Southern California. I was buying the SW-Motech skid plate and he was able to special order the Givi bars for me at the same time. I then had them stripped and powder coated silver.

You can also find them online at RevZilla:

http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/g...ds-tiger-800xc
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Oh - and yes I believe they would protect the fairing. They are out far enough - and combined with the handlebars I think it would do the job. Really hope I never have to find out for sure!
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Cool, thanks for the info. I'll check into them.
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I fitted a set of Givi this afternoon to my 2011 XC 800 and had no such fouling of the brake pedal, although I did remove the pedal to remove the rear mounting bolt, problem is now I cannot get the spring back on properly (I'm assuming that it locates in the two holes provided?)
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I purchased the standard Triumph Crash Bars but now have been thinking the top half is rather exposed for the inevitable drop. My engine will be protected but I hate to crack the plastic up top.

Anyone using the standard OEM crash bars along with something for higher up?
I'm using Hepco-Becker top bars. I've already replaced the plastics on one side (long story) before I had the top bars, but I also got them as a light bar mount. Now I have the bars, the switch and harness, and have to get some Rigid Industries Dually D2's to mount on the bars, as well as (sigh) take all the trim and tank off yet again and cable up the harness.

So I'm lazy'ing out and just riding around with the bars.

Note: I saw an article on the net where some guy smashed these bars hard and they bent INTO his engine, causing a hole in the valve cover. That caused me some depression until I noted that other crash bars are made identically in terms of an "ear" that can be bent with enough force applied (and some other bars that were in my opinion so deficient in other ways that they wouldn't serve the purpose), so I chilled, regained comfort and installed them. But if you end up binning your Tiger hardcore under a van or something you might find the plastics okay but the valve cover not okay! (I reckon a LOT of things would be not okay with such a forceful smash but your call!)

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