Triumph Tiger 800 - Lower Seat Options - Suspension Changes
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I am 5'8" and the Tiger 800 XCx is the tall version of a tall bike. To make things worse I prefer to have the seat in the high setting.
I think many years of riding MX and Enduro bikes makes me want to feel I sit "On" rather than "In" a bike. Added to this I only
weigh 12.5 stone or 75Kgs so I do not compress the suspension much when I sit on the bike. On the standard 800XCx I can
only just touch the ground with the balls of both feet. Because I moved from a much heavier 1200 Explorer I found the XCx
manageable but it will be a problem for me if I park on a camber or when I need to paddle backwards. So initially I lowered the
suspension -25mm to give me more control. I did not want to lower the suspension too far, I bought the XC version because it
has WP suspension which offers an additional 45mm of travel and it would be a shame to lose it.
I bought these adjustable lowering links for the 800 Tiger on eBay made by Projection Tuning. What a clever idea, they will
lower the rear suspension by -5mm, -18mm, -25mm or -40mm. For the first 2 years I fitted the links to lower the suspension by
25mm and I raised the front forks 25mm through the yokes to match. The result were perfect. Now my Tiger has covered 15,000
miles the suspension has softened and I have changed the Links to reduce ride height by -5mm and altered the forks
Being a bit of a Nerd I have started recording the changes I have made to the Suspension settings. Having spent years riding off
road I am used to setting up suspension to match my weight and my riding style. The Tiger 800 XCx comes with WP
suspension which provides plenty of adjustment. I think is it important to spend time setting up a bike to suit the rider. I could
have simply backed off the pre-load in the rear shock but this is not a good idea, suspension works best if static sag is
maintained. It is essential to lower the height of the front forks to match any lowering of the rear to maintain the correct
To measure my rear suspension I use a front wheel stand to hold the Tiger upright, I remove the pillion seat and place a spirit
level across the bodywork to ensure the bike is level. Then I measure height to a fixed point, in my case the lower edge of the
front pannier mounting bolt. First I push the rear suspension down and let it recover 3 times to ensure consistency. Using this
method I was able to confirm that my Projection Lowering Links really did lower the Tiger by 18mm in the second position. When
I fit my panniers I will wind the rear pre-load up to maintain the height.
Even with an 25mm reduction in height from when viewed from every angle my Tiger 800 appears tall and slim with good ground
clearance. It definitely has a great "Adventure" look which I like.
Front wheel stand from eBay. Holds my
Tiger and my MV Brutale upright and allows
me to work on the bike.