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Old 07-06-2011, 04:33 AM   #7036
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The bike is supposed to run on premium gas but I ran down to half a tank and put in regular. I didn't notice a difference but I don't know what the long term effects of regular gas would be.
Where does it specify premium gas?
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Old 07-06-2011, 05:06 AM   #7037
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The bike is supposed to run on premium gas but I ran down to half a tank and put in regular. I didn't notice a difference but I don't know what the long term effects of regular gas would be.
This is incorrect, unless the specifications are different for Canadian market bikes. In the U.S., Triumph specifies the bike to run on regular (87 octane) gas.
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Old 07-06-2011, 06:23 AM   #7038
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This is incorrect, unless the specifications are different for Canadian market bikes. In the U.S., Triumph specifies the bike to run on regular (87 octane) gas.

2nd that, read the manual!
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Old 07-06-2011, 07:21 AM   #7039
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We have lots of sand here in WA. My tiger seems to enjoy it.
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Old 07-06-2011, 08:58 AM   #7040
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I've tried it on numerous roads, in both tracks, same result. Did the same test on my Futura, not even a slight pull to the right. When I took care of a friend's BMW boxer, it did the same thing. On the XC, it's a gradual but strong pull that isn't easily countered with pressure on the opposite footpeg.
Boxers do it because that's the way the crank spins. Check your wheel alignment, could be your rear wheel is skewed and therefore sending the bike right. Use the simple string method, only takes a few minutes and once done, will stay in true as long as you turn both adjusting screws the same number of turns whenever you adjust the chain. Chain adjuster marks on the swingarm should not be trusted until you've checked them.
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Old 07-06-2011, 08:58 AM   #7041
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Word to the wise: don't ride an English bike during Independence weekend... George Washington will put a screw in your rear tire (3" deck screw to be exact).

Funny you mention that. Look what I found in my tire last night after getting home from a 1500-mile trip through Quebec:



By the way, the bike now has a little over 9000 miles on it; that tire has about 7700. The front tire is the original one. Both could probably manage another 1000 miles or so, but are getting pulled off next week to be replaced with something knobbier.

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Old 07-06-2011, 09:01 AM   #7042
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Funny you mention that. Look what I found in my tire last night after getting home from a 1500-mile trip through Quebec:



By the way, the bike now has a little over 9000 miles on it; that tire has about 7700. The front tire is the original one. Both could probably manage another 1000 miles or so, but are getting pulled off next week to be replaced with something knobbier.

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Feel a little wiggle or slip on right hand twisties? That's one lucky puncture, never seen one go in that flat.
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Old 07-06-2011, 09:07 AM   #7043
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Feel a little wiggle or slip on right hand twisties? That's one lucky puncture, never seen one go in that flat.
Agreed, not sure how it managed to go in that parallel to the surface. Must have happened close to home though, because the nail wasn't very worn down yet.

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Old 07-06-2011, 09:56 AM   #7044
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bross, thanks for the tip...I'll give it a go.
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Old 07-06-2011, 10:02 AM   #7045
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2nd that, read the manual!
The manual specifies 91 octane gas.
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Old 07-06-2011, 10:04 AM   #7046
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We have lots of sand here in WA. My tiger seems to enjoy it.
Good shot! How do you find the stock tires in the sand?
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Old 07-06-2011, 10:36 AM   #7047
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We have lots of sand here in WA. My tiger seems to enjoy it.
Wow! Nice riding!
Was that sand a bit wet per chance? Hard packed?

I invite you to come down to Dumont Dunes or other dunes here in the California Mojave or Baja and have a go on the Tiger with stock Battlewings.

Down here the best time to ride sand is early AM and hope there was some dew fall the night before. Damp sand is 1000 times easier to manage than the dry, deep stuff.

I have trouble on my dirt bikes in deep sand ... can't imagine it on a 480 lbs. bike with street tires.

But slit beds are always tough.

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Old 07-06-2011, 10:37 AM   #7048
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The manual specifies 91 octane gas.
Close, but your info is incomplete.

The manual specifies 91 RON octane gas. And this could simply be a difference in the two versions of the owner's manual. The RON method is not used to measure octane in the US. We use what's called the CLC method which is the average of the RON and MON numbers. So the US owner's manual specifically states that 87 octane (by the CLC method) is recommended. In the US that's the lowest grade of fuel available except for some high altitude areas out west.

91 RON is equivalent in octane to 87 CLC.

I thought that 91 RON was the lowest grade available in Canada. Is it not?
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Old 07-06-2011, 10:44 AM   #7049
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Good shot! How do you find the stock tires in the sand?

Looks like they might be Heidy's to me...
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Old 07-06-2011, 12:06 PM   #7050
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I thought that 91 RON was the lowest grade available in Canada. Is it not?
All the Canadian stations I've seen use the same CLC octane numbers as in the US. So 87 CLC is the lowest.

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