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Old 04-24-2013, 07:58 AM   #16741
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I'm thinking of setting up a national Tiger meet and greet... Anyone interested? Maybe there already is one i don't know about?
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It's not only Tigers, but there's the annual Bennington Triumph Bash in Vermont, weekend after Memorial Day. Increasing numbers of Tigers have been showing up each year.

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Maybe contact Triumph USA, they could expand their Tridays across the pond...

http://www.tridays.com/
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Old 04-24-2013, 10:26 AM   #16742
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Thanks for the info Sanpper.
I use the Roadie 800 as my Sport Touring machine with good capabilities on gravel roads and comfortable riding two up. (I have other bikes for trail riding) I keep telling my friends on sport bikes that for 95% of the roads, an adventure bike is the better bike. There are very few roads around here that are super smooth, that a sport bike would have an edge. I also found out that on fast empty roads (like in Wyoming) the Tiger isn't as stable on sweepers as sport touring machine. This as an advantage, it keeps me closer to legal territory.
No problem and I agree with all that. I'm a pure street rider and only like to keep 1 bike - so the Tiger has to do it all for me... my personal favorite riding is in the slower speed tight technical twisties where the bike is kinda like a supermoto for me, but my riding buddies on the heavier artillery like the faster sweeper stuff where I am admittedly a pussy anyway. I lead the tight technical twisty routes, they lead the fast sweeper routes and the bike suits this very well.
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Old 04-24-2013, 11:22 AM   #16743
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It's funny, same road preferences here. I rarely go really fast on the fast sweepers, but I also rarely brake on the slow, tight, and technical roads - no hard acceleration, no hard braking, just smooth back and forth. The Tiger is perfect for that.
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Old 04-24-2013, 11:48 AM   #16744
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Yeah, I figured that'd be the case Cug - just based on our historic ground clearance, risers and past bike discussions - I believe we now even share the same arch enemy CLICKY which comes with the territory ;-).

Would love to ride with ya some day.. Cheers.
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Old 04-24-2013, 12:42 PM   #16745
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It's funny, same road preferences here. I rarely go really fast on the fast sweepers, but I also rarely brake on the slow, tight, and technical roads - no hard acceleration, no hard braking, just smooth back and forth. The Tiger is perfect for that.
Cug,
Have you had a chance to run Cal. Hwy 1 from Leggett to Fort Bragg with your Tiger yet?
It's in the top 5 of all the roads I've ridden in the last 120,000 miles!
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Old 04-24-2013, 01:17 PM   #16746
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I believe we now even share the same arch enemy
Hmpf. Yes.

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Would love to ride with ya some day.. Cheers.
Ditto. I really think the Tiger is the perfect bike for my riding. What I'd really love though would be a shaft drive and a longer 6th gear. I'd take a 10kg hit for that. It's weight down low, wouldn't bother me.
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Old 04-24-2013, 01:20 PM   #16747
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Have you had a chance to run Cal. Hwy 1 from Leggett to Fort Bragg with your Tiger yet?
It's in the top 5 of all the roads I've ridden in the last 120,000 miles!
Haven't done it with the Tiger yet. We've done that part with the car and I recall it as a really, really nice road. I actually like even tighter and twistier roads though. But it's definitely on my list to ride on the Tiger. Maybe later this year.
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Old 04-24-2013, 02:51 PM   #16748
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Cug,
Have you had a chance to run Cal. Hwy 1 from Leggett to Fort Bragg with your Tiger yet?
It's in the top 5 of all the roads I've ridden in the last 120,000 miles!
Fort Hunter Liggett?? Or am I just confuzzled?

From Hunter Liggett to the coast...in my sig RR for Laguna Seca, complete with pix. Road it down though, not up.

Have also ridden the dirt route just south of it, up from the coast. Even more fun.
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Old 04-24-2013, 04:26 PM   #16749
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Fort Hunter Liggett?? Or am I just confuzzled?
You are. You are referring to Nacimiento Ferguson Road:


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While Strider.Deano is talking about Legget, CA to Fort Bragg:


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Old 04-24-2013, 07:37 PM   #16750
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It's not only Tigers, but there's the annual Bennington Triumph Bash in Vermont, weekend after Memorial Day. Increasing numbers of Tigers have been showing up each year.

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That trip started over on Triumph Rat. Started with some lady that owned a small shop and rode a Bonnie. Not exactly an easy trip from the west coast.
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Old 04-24-2013, 07:43 PM   #16751
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You are. You are referring to Nacimiento Ferguson Road:


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While Strider.Deano is talking about Legget, CA to Fort Bragg:


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Thanks! I thought the names did sound different.
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Old 04-24-2013, 09:42 PM   #16752
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I actually disagree with this. The XC forks are harsh in their initial compression so that indicates to me that the damping is too stiff. If it were the air gap it would get stiffer further into its stroke as the air compressed.
You got the first bit wrong. Damping is governed purely by the oil trying to get through the little holes in the damping cartridge. The amount of oil has no effect on the damping.
In a closed system like in the fork leg with the top cap done up, the air on top of the oil compresses as the forks dive or hit a bump and the build up in pressure assists the steel spring. So the smaller the air gap, the quicker the air compresses.
the Tiger 800 doesn't use cartridges. I did change the oil with what i presume is a lighter weight oil and it does make a difference.
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Old 04-24-2013, 09:50 PM   #16753
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Went for a great ride yesterday - beautiful sunny day but cold.

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Great day


I guess even a Tiger could use a mud bath from time to time!
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Old 04-25-2013, 05:25 AM   #16754
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I'm thinking of setting up a national Tiger meet and greet... Anyone interested? Maybe there already is one i don't know about?

Build it ... and they will come.
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Old 04-25-2013, 06:35 AM   #16755
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Maybe contact Triumph USA, they could expand their Tridays across the pond...

http://www.tridays.com/
That would be nice, but Triumph USA long ago stopped putting any effort into RAT or the associated RAT Raids.


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That trip started over on Triumph Rat. Started with some lady that owned a small shop and rode a Bonnie. Not exactly an easy trip from the west coast.
Yeah, that's my friend Robin. Robin and I, together with our friend Tito, were the original organizers of the Bennington Triumph Bash. Robin and Tito have since moved away (though Robin and her husband, Paul, have ridden up from Alabama each year except last year; they'll be back this year); I've carried on the BTB with help from a couple of the guys who've been there every year.

And by the way, the first year of the BTB, we had a guy ride out from Washington, Seattle area I believe. On a Bonnie. We've had folks from the UK, and last year we had a guy from Australia who was riding around North America on his Bonnie. It's a fun event; great people.

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