Just wondering if there's any of you out there that could shed a little advice on the pillion side of things with a large adventure bike. So I've had my Tiger Explorer 1200 for around 7 months now, loving it. Taken it down to Cornwall fully laden with luggage, taken it off road, etc.
The one thing I haven't done is carry a pillion with full luggage. I've just had new tires put on and have since done around 200 miles on them so fairly worn in, made sure to make good use of the sides. We have a few hours of riding out of London soon and wanted to go one-up.
I have taken a pillion in the past on my Z1000SX and whilst that was good, it was rather uncomfortable for the passenger and myself. Which I'm hoping will be just a tad nicer on the Tiger.
Tl;DR, really wanted to find out if there's any advice you guys can give in terms of what I should be doing / not doing differently with this bike. The only concern I have is, she is on the short side, this bike is v.large and heavy and I'm more concern about stopping awkwardly and resulting in a spill due to the weight shifting. Is there anything I can do to prep for this?
Technical and tyres
I owe you a beer Spondonste.
I took the end can off and then the link pipe. There were two db killers in the link pipe, one at each end (nothing in the end can).
The db killers can be removed with a little gentle persuasion (there are no fixings to remove). One of them might be a bit tricky to put back but I'll cross that bridge etc..
Super easy job to do. Only took 10 mins.
I haven't tested the end result but I will update when I have. Small weight saving a bonus too.
If anyone else wants to do this and isn't sure what to do I have taken a couple of pics and would be happy to help.
Thanks again to Spondonste for taking the time
We've used Shad panniers and top box on three different bikes. Same boxes but new fitting kits for each bike. I suppose the boxes are around 3 years old now. They've survived several European trips and a few rallies as well. The inner straps work well when someone (not me!) forgot to close a pannier properly recently. I was expecting to get the contents hurled at me, following behind, but everything stayed put.
When I first saw them I thought they looked a bit flimsy compared to some of the more expensive makes but so far they've been really good and seem to be waterproof too, as no leaks so far.
@Colonial-Piglet will you please be more careful , motorsport is dangerous ( as if you didn't know ) we often have signs around our racetracks telling us motorsport is dangerous and not take copy it on the public road when you leave , spoil sports .
BSB & TT
I take your point about Shakey, It's just that sometimes he runs his mouth off. In the past he scathed about the showdown format, Well after his Oulton Park "Performance" last month it sure worked out for him this year. Don't like Ducati in Production racing (and never have tbh) as they have always bent/manipulated the rules to suit themselves.
Legal and insurance
Thought I'd share my experience of bike insurance for a trip involving non-eu countries in 2016.
Research before the trip suggested Green Cards were no longer needed/available and border insurance should be available at the borders. However I eventually purchased a green card in UK from "Tour Insure" based in Germany and my mate decided to chance it, as it wasn't cheap 208 euro for 1 month.
Our trip eventually took us though Serbia and Bosnia Herzegovina. On the first border crossing from Romania into Serbia on the E-70 directly south of Timisoara, my friend was unable to buy any insurance at the border but the border staff let him in anyway. The second non-eu border was from Serbia to Bosnia (Bosut/Velino Selo), where he was not allowed to enter Bosnia before purchasing some insurance which was possible at the border, they accepted my Green Card without question.
If you're interested in the trip, check it out here https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLH_LR3eSezzFwe8aLesPG2hcRaAekz-vY the border crossings are in part 2 and 3.
Hope this helps others like me who was a bit confused pre trip what the score was.