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Old 07-24-2011, 09:37 AM   #7381
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When braking mine was making a clunking noise and I could feel a small thump in the bars. The dealer checked it out and found the head bearings were dry. The bike only has 1500 miles on it, how does that happen? Was probably built on a Friday.
Interesting. just about every owner of 800s I've spoken to have said they have "the clunk" under braking. I think I'm going to drop the stem out and grease it. Cheers.
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Old 07-24-2011, 10:16 AM   #7382
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That XC must be fast, you went back in time.
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Old 07-24-2011, 02:53 PM   #7383
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Could / would you summarize? I don't get MCNews.

Thanks.
Yea, love to hear some info on that review. I used to subscribe ... it ran out ... and it's not online.
EDIT: Sorry ... just saw earlier post. Interesting stuff for sure.

I wonder ... since Motorcycle Consumer News don't take ads ... if they would ever comment on long term reliability? IMHO, this is where the BMW will really get it's ass kicked. SO MANY problems ... serious problems, far worse than the Tiger's stalling. But it is still early days for the Tiger. Fingers crossed!

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Old 07-24-2011, 03:10 PM   #7384
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Interesting. just about every owner of 800s I've spoken to have said they have "the clunk" under braking. I think I'm going to drop the stem out and grease it. Cheers.
I haven't noticed it (5,500+ miles) but I'll pay attention this week.
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Old 07-24-2011, 04:06 PM   #7385
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Found this on another forum: http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?t=62064

Triumph Tiger 800XC vs BMW F800GS

The August 2011 issue of Motorcycle Consumer News includes a comparison of the new Triumph Tiger 800XC and the BMW F800GS. Here's a quick summary of their findings.

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The magazine concluded their test with these comments.
"Choosing a winner here is difficult...If you enjoy marathon rides on long - and preferably twisty - stretches of road, and you want to throw in more than a few dirt fireroads for fun, then the Triumph Tiger 800XC is a clear winner. For others, whose riding style emphasizes prowling the untamed wilderness, the BMW F800GS may be worth a good hard look.

Even so, at the end of the day there's no denying that the Tiger 800XC is the more polished machine here."

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Old 07-24-2011, 05:56 PM   #7386
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Lowered the redhead's kitty with a pair of links I fabricated. She feels more comfortable and confident now that she can flat-foot it...

Next up - RoxRisers to bring the bars back a bit...
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Old 07-24-2011, 10:25 PM   #7387
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Holy crap! How'd you get one in 2007?
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Old 07-25-2011, 04:40 AM   #7388
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Fireball, have a shot of the 800 from the side? Looks like you lowered the front end as well?
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Old 07-25-2011, 05:54 AM   #7389
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When braking mine was making a clunking noise and I could feel a small thump in the bars. The dealer checked it out and found the head bearings were dry. The bike only has 1500 miles on it, how does that happen? Was probably built on a Friday.
Right then. I dropped the yokes (triple trees??) this morning and had a look at the steering bearings.
They are caged angular contact ball bearings top and bottom. Mine had plenty of grease on them.
The top one had NTN SF0649PXI written on it. If anyone has a spec book and knows what size that is, I'd like to know because I think I'll try to get some taper rollers in there ASAP.
As for the clunking, I tightened mine up as far I could manage by hand with a Kawasaki C spanner and the clunk has gone. I reckon I've gone about 3 notches, or half a turn tighter than they were.
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Old 07-25-2011, 07:01 AM   #7390
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Doesn't the wee strom suffer this kind of clunk also and it uses ball bearings in the head stock.
Where some have replaced the balls with taper bearing it appears the cluck is reduced somewhat.
Perhaps it is the same kind of thing on the tiger
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Old 07-25-2011, 07:01 AM   #7391
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Fireball, have a shot of the 800 from the side? Looks like you lowered the front end as well?
Yes, I came down about 3/4 of an inch in the front. Any more and the forks would touch the bars. Seems to be enough, though...she's a happy girl

I'll get a side shot for you next time I see her...probably tomorrow...
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Old 07-25-2011, 07:07 AM   #7392
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Interesting. just about every owner of 800s I've spoken to have said they have "the clunk" under braking. I think I'm going to drop the stem out and grease it. Cheers.

i dont, rolling up on 2300 miles. but it does stall . i think i would rather have "the clunk"!!!
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Old 07-25-2011, 07:13 AM   #7393
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Laugh Clunks and Stalls

Just over 1000 miles and no clunks I am happy to say.
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Old 07-25-2011, 07:28 AM   #7394
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Yes, I came down about 3/4 of an inch in the front. Any more and the forks would touch the bars. Seems to be enough, though...she's a happy girl

I'll get a side shot for you next time I see her...probably tomorrow...
Any clearance problems? There were people here complaining about sidestands / centerstands too easily touching down even on the non-lowered road Tigers.
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Old 07-25-2011, 07:38 AM   #7395
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Any clearance problems? There were people here complaining about sidestands / centerstands too easily touching down even on the non-lowered road Tigers.
No centerstand here but the sidestand does sit her a little too upright now. I'm looking at possible remedies, such as slotting the mounting holes or chopping the stand...stay tuned
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