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Old 01-17-2008, 10:49 AM   #91
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They don't seem to be listed for sale on Givi's US website. I wonder how hard it is to order them from overseas?
Order 'em fast enough, and i'll bring them back for you
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Old 01-17-2008, 04:53 PM   #92
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They don't seem to be listed for sale on Givi's US website. I wonder how hard it is to order them from overseas?
This shop in Italy looks legit, promptly answers all my emails and ships overseas via fedex. Haven't bought from them yet but am planning to. They'll also drop the 20 percent EU VAT on the shipping cost but make sure you mention that you're overseas if you do order.

Looks like they don't have the Triumph side racks yet either but lists them as "in preparation." You could shoot them an email to pinpoint a date.
http://www.motomail.it/acc/catalog/a...at=1&x=68&y=18
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Old 01-17-2008, 07:12 PM   #93
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Great review and sick looking bike.

I have always harbored a secret lust for Triumphs, and this bike makes my nether regions tingle.

Maybe you can ride out to Nassau and let me try it?

The cool thing is your love for your bike shows in your writing. Only a fanatical owner could write such a detailed report.
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Old 01-18-2008, 06:08 AM   #94
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matts, you gots a picture of your tigger with bags etc.
I want to see one it full tour mode....

wish the stock market hadn't crashed.......
the good news is that the 1050 is so popular, there's bound to be some showing up on the 'gently used' market soon

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I have my 1050 since Oct '07. I have just 1500 miles on it. I had a Triumph America before this. What a difference! I'm so glad the Tiger 1050 came along when it did as I was really done with the America. Poor ergonomics just killed my hands and back. The Tiger is such a pleasure to ride. I put the heated grips, side luggage, and center stand on. I was going to go with the TOR can but from what I've read on the Tiger1050 site, the TOR tune makes things too rich on the med to upper rpms. It does correct the lean situation on idle to med throttle which was needed to pass emissions. I have heard different stories on oil usage. Some owners say it's in how the engine was broken in. I did it by the book and so far no oil usage in 900 miles. It's a great ride.
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Old 01-18-2008, 06:58 AM   #95
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I asked this in Beasts - wrong place... so I ask here.

Have any of you rigged luggage on the 1050 and taken 'er for a longish trip? just wondering how it does with a load of stuff adding weight etc.

How's the aftermarket coming along? I read what was said here about windshields... I wonder if the guys that made the Madstad bracket for the V-strom could adapt it to el Tigre? works swell on the V -

This bike is on my very short shortlist.... so I keep listening . -
querc has the full Givi set up





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Old 02-05-2008, 05:36 PM   #96
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Greg, can you post some side on pics of the bike with the luggage on, I am looking at buying same colour bike at moment and would set up luggage the same. It would be nice to see from other angles. Thanks mate.
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Old 02-06-2008, 04:55 AM   #97
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Greg, can you post some side on pics of the bike with the luggage on, I am looking at buying same colour bike at moment and would set up luggage the same. It would be nice to see from other angles. Thanks mate.
well I actually snagged those pics from Querc's thread "Lubicon semi slow down"

he hasn't been online lately, but if you scan through that post, I think you may find what you're looking for (and it's a damned good read too!)

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Old 02-06-2008, 06:12 AM   #98
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Great review. I took an '07 Tiger ABS with TOR pipe for a 200 mile ride in the North Georgia mountains yesterday and I am extremely impressed with this bike. My riding buddy and I switched bikes all day - he was on a WeeStrom. I felt more comfortable on the Tiger (I am 5'8 with a 29" inseam) than the Wee, mainly because the bars are not as long a reach and it feels a bit lighter and a lot more maneuverable. They are both tall bikes and I am short, so getting on them is a chore for me. As far as power, handling and braking, there is no comparison - the Tiger feels like a sportbike with a comfortable, adventure-touring riding position. The Tiger stomps the Wee in all performance areas. It is seriously quick and fast and the brakes are tremendous, with great feel. A fist full of throttle in second gear lofts the front wheel. The 3 cylinder engine makes fantastic music and the TOR pipe sounds mean without being obnoxious (and I do not like loud motorcycles).

What really impressed me the most about the Tiger was the handling. The bike has a great suspension: it loves to turn in, almost supermoto quick, but it is rock steady in high speed sweepers. Not twitchy at all. Very, very confidence inspiring. A fantastic combination that had me grinning all day long.

After yesterday's ride, my buddy is buying the Tiger and selling his Wee, which he has used as a road bike. I think he has made a very good choice.
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Old 02-06-2008, 05:28 PM   #99
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Hey soboy, thanks for bringing this thread back from the dead.

I'm still enjoying the bike, in fact it seems the more I ride it the better I like it. I've got over 800 miles on it now, making it about 300 miles overdue for the first service. Whoops! Had the 500 racked up last week but couldn't get the bike in (my schedule, not the dealer's). Then the weather this past weekend was gorgeous so I put a lot of seat time in. It was too nice not to ride, first service be damned.

Got my service appointment set for tomorrow. Triumph NYC was able to get me right in, no more than a day's notice required for a service appointment. Granted, this isn't exactly the hot time of year for bike service but hey.

I've got my Zumo all mounted up, I'll have to get some pics of that setup in here at some point.

I love this bike!
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Old 03-15-2008, 04:39 PM   #100
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1550-ish mile update

Hey guys, bringing this thread back from the dead again for an update.

Turned over roughly 1550 miles by the time I got done riding today. The bike just gets better and better. This is partly the bike breaking in and partly me getting more confident on it.

Today I put about 200 or so miles on. Rode out to western Jersey and bombed a lot of nice twisty back roads. The Tiger eats it up and begs for more. Bumpy corners don't upset the suspension though the Tiger is still a little more susceptible to having the handlebars twitch if there's a pavement seam or other irregularity but once you're used to this tendency it's not an issue. I didn't really get that twitch on the GS.

Front wheel did hit something in the roadway today, I don't know what it was, I think it must have been a big rock or something. Didn't see it coming but it made a hell of a noise and the bars got nudged by whatever it was, but again the bike was not upset and never went off line.

Found some dirt today by accident, it was hard-packed stuff with a layer of loose gravel on top. The Tiger did fine in this stuff, it was a little wiggly around corners as the gravel moved underneath the tires but I didn't sweat the bike moving around and I made it through with no problems. Passed an R1200 GS going the other way on this dirt road.

Oh yeah, let's talk about the first service. I had it done at approximately 800 miles by the local dealer here in the city. In addition to the normal first service, I noted to the service writer that the bottom of the engine appeared to be a bit oily but that the oil level had not been affected. Also, one of the three small screws that holds on the fairing infill panels had vibrated out on a long ride, so I needed that replaced.

The total bill was $302 and for that, the dealer did:

- Oil & filter change (fill with Mobil 1 Racing 4T synthetic oil)
(Oil was billed at $48.00, filter at $12.36, drain plug washer at $0.84)
- Checked engine/oil cooler for leaks
- Checked and adjusted throttle cables
- Checked fuel system
- Checked engine ECM for fault codes
- Balanced throttle bodies
- Checked cooling system
- Checked steering
- Checked operation of front forks
- Checked and adjusted tire pressure
- Checked head stock bearing
- Checked brake fluid
- Checked master cylinder for leaks
- Checked condition of front/rear pads
- Checked lights, instruments, & electrical system
- Checked chain
- Adjusted chain slack & lubed chain
- Checked clutch cable
- Inspected fasteners
- Checked side stand for proper operation

With regard to my complaints, the tech cleaned the bottom of the engine and found a loose bolt on the sump that was allowing oil to seep out and blow back, thus coating the bottom of the engine. This bolt was tightened. I checked the bottom of the engine yesterday and it is still clean & dry.

With regard to the missing screw, the dealer did not have a replacement in stock so they pulled one off a bike in the showroom. I did have to pay for it, $2.50. Apparently bits that vibrate off are not covered under warranty.

I have not lost any more screws since then so I'm hoping it was a fluke.

I was billed for 2 hours of labor for the service at $210. That's some expensive labor.

Overall I was happy with the service. They were able to get me in right away and had the bike done the next day. Of course, it was February, not exactly the middle of the busy season for motorcycle dealers here in NYC. Next service is not due until 6000 miles.

I also am happy to note that the bike has not used a drop of oil since I've had it. I have 2 quarts that I bought soon after I bought the bike figuring I'd have to add some oil. Neither bottle has been opened yet. By comparison, my GS used quite a bit more oil.

There is one cosmetic issue that has come up, which is that the side plates on the drive chain are not plated so they get nice and rusty after any kind of wet weather. A few other folks on the Tiger forums have noted this too and some of them have successfully had their chains replaced by Triumph under warranty because of the lack of anti-corrosion plating. I'm not sure I care enough to have it replaced but I mention it for posterity's sake.

I'm very happy with this bike. As I was carving up the back roads today I heard myself a couple times exclaiming into my helmet, "this bike is brilliant!"
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Old 03-15-2008, 05:40 PM   #101
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310 bucks for first service? What.the.fuck?????

160 on mine. 170 for 6k.
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Old 03-15-2008, 06:41 PM   #102
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Damn I was wondering if there was some turn signal cheat code like on a PS2. Up down up down left right left right triangle square - bam, emergency flashers

Seriously though that seems like a weird feature to delete.
You might want to try Kisan Tech (signal minder) out of Colorado, they have the emergency flashers for pretty much all bikes. It is a module that works with the flashers, sort of like that cheat code you were talking about. I had the flash kit for my old KLR 650 and they came in handy especially the escort mode and the running lights which light up the flashers at night to let drivers know it is a motorcycle and not some car with a single headlight.

Running Lights---they are hard to see duirng the daytime but you can tell they are lit. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vEKHSbelH8

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By the way that is a hell of a bike and hopefully I can find one used for next year. Any problems with the Tiger like smoke from the engine? I took a test ride on one and every dealer had described the smoke to be a preservative the company puts on the engine to preserve the seals.... still thinking about the "10fiddy" for next year!!!

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Old 03-15-2008, 09:47 PM   #103
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JB, thanks for the heads-up on Kissan, I'll check them out. Would be nice if they had something for the Tiger.

No issues with smoke on mine but they do ship the things in cosmoline so if the service dept. does a crappy job de-cosmolining it, then things could get smoky until it all burns off. I wouldn't sweat it, should burn off within a few hundred miles at most if that's the case.
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310 bucks for first service? What.the.fuck?????

160 on mine. 170 for 6k.
Yeah welcome to Manhattan. My service bill goes to that 6th Avenue rent!
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From tonight's "photo shoot." Wanted to get some night shot practice in.











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