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Recall for 2011-2012 Triumph Sprint GT, Tiger 800, Tiger 800XC Optional Top Box
Triumph issued a recall for optional accessory top boxes for the 2011-2012 Sprint GT sport tourer and the Tiger 800 and 800XC dual sports.
According to documents released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the top box locking handle is missing a clip lip to ensure a proper lock on the rear rack. Without this clip, the locking mechanism may not be secure, potentially leading to the top box falling off of the motorcycle.
Triumph first received reports of loose top boxes in June 2011. An investigation discovered the source of the problem and a new clip was produced. The new clip is included with all top boxes distributed after July 28, 2011.
Oddly enough, Motorcycle.com‘s Tom Roderick noted both in his review of the Triumph Tiger 800 and Tiger 800XC and in the 2011 Adventure Touring Shootout against the BMW F800GS he felt the saddlebags did not seem to be secure enough, especially for off-road riding. The recall is only for the top box but we have to wonder about the saddlebag mounting system as well.
Authorized dealers will install new fitment clips on top boxes that don’t already have one. The recall campaign affects 22 2011-2012 Triumph Sprint GT top boxes and 112 2011-2012 Triumph Tiger 800 and 800XC top boxes.
[Source: NHTSA Campaign ID 11V393000]