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Old 09-02-2011, 08:43 AM   #8326
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I made a 12 minute review from the video I took during a test ride last month.



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But the Tiger 800 looks badass but the tiger 1050 looks bland. Kind of like a vstrom.
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Old 09-02-2011, 08:44 AM   #8327
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So I just bought a Tiger 800 roadie, had it about a week and put about 250 miles on it. goddamn this is a fine motorcycle.

I have just one complaint, and one concern:

My complaint is the helmet lock under the seat - really? All of that wonderful design and engineering and they just mail that in as a poorly implemented afterthought. I can't figure out how to get my Shoei on there and click the seat back down on it. Annoying, but in the grand scheme of things nothing really.

My concern is that it makes (what the vintage bike rider in me would identify as) a "ticking" sound both at idle an at load reminiscent of a tappet or valve issue. It isn't loud but I can hear it through my helmet at idle.

Is this normal, or is it just because it is breaking in? Full disclosure i have never owned a brand new motorcycle before in my life and so have never broken an engine in from new. I have however owned dozens of shitty bikes so my ear is tuned to that.

on a side note - recent flame war aside. What a fantastic site, what a great thread, and what a terrific group of people I have found in here. It was part of the decision that pushed me to buy this bike that we all seem to love.
I am actually much like you in the fact that I have "bought and built" all of my other bikes and this is my first new one...I noticed the tic too, very faint...but there on all three tigers I demo rode and mine as well so it appears normal. The noise that kills me is the whine/groan that the bike sometimes does at low speed under load when hot...a bit unnerving but I guess normal?

I think I might be the only one to have my kickstand spring replaced under warranty due to floppage?
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Old 09-02-2011, 08:49 AM   #8328
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So I just bought a Tiger 800 roadie, had it about a week and put about 250 miles on it. goddamn this is a fine motorcycle.

I have just one complaint, and one concern:

My complaint is the helmet lock under the seat - really? All of that wonderful design and engineering and they just mail that in as a poorly implemented afterthought. I can't figure out how to get my Shoei on there and click the seat back down on it. Annoying, but in the grand scheme of things nothing really.

My concern is that it makes (what the vintage bike rider in me would identify as) a "ticking" sound both at idle an at load reminiscent of a tappet or valve issue. It isn't loud but I can hear it through my helmet at idle.

Is this normal, or is it just because it is breaking in? Full disclosure i have never owned a brand new motorcycle before in my life and so have never broken an engine in from new. I have however owned dozens of shitty bikes so my ear is tuned to that.

on a side note - recent flame war aside. What a fantastic site, what a great thread, and what a terrific group of people I have found in here. It was part of the decision that pushed me to buy this bike that we all seem to love.
Do you have a short (about 6") cable? You loop that through your helmet "D" ring or even just the chin bar, then slide the cable onto the tang, re-install the seat.
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Old 09-02-2011, 08:53 AM   #8329
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I am actually much like you in the fact that I have "bought and built" all of my other bikes and this is my first new one...I noticed the tic too, very faint...but there on all three tigers I demo rode and mine as well so it appears normal. The noise that kills me is the whine/groan that the bike sometimes does at low speed under load when hot...a bit unnerving but I guess normal?

I think I might be the only one to have my kickstand spring replaced under warranty due to floppage?
It's normal. On a sidenote, grab a bag of nuts and bolts, throw in a saucepan or to and shake vigorously. The sound you hear is the sound of my Speed Triple at idle...."they all do that sir..."

First time I heard it I was a little concerned but I just got used to it.
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Old 09-02-2011, 08:58 AM   #8330
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So I just bought a Tiger 800 roadie, had it about a week and put about 250 miles on it. goddamn this is a fine motorcycle.

I have just one complaint, and one concern:

My complaint is the helmet lock under the seat - really? All of that wonderful design and engineering and they just mail that in as a poorly implemented afterthought. I can't figure out how to get my Shoei on there and click the seat back down on it. Annoying, but in the grand scheme of things nothing really.

My concern is that it makes (what the vintage bike rider in me would identify as) a "ticking" sound both at idle an at load reminiscent of a tappet or valve issue. It isn't loud but I can hear it through my helmet at idle.

Is this normal, or is it just because it is breaking in? Full disclosure i have never owned a brand new motorcycle before in my life and so have never broken an engine in from new. I have however owned dozens of shitty bikes so my ear is tuned to that.

on a side note - recent flame war aside. What a fantastic site, what a great thread, and what a terrific group of people I have found in here. It was part of the decision that pushed me to buy this bike that we all seem to love.
Congrats on the new bike....what exactly is the problem with the helmet lock ? You just hook one of the D rings onto the hook, hang the helmet by the side and put the seat on.
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Old 09-02-2011, 09:02 AM   #8331
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Congrats on the new bike....what exactly is the problem with the helmet lock ? You just hook one of the D rings onto the hook, hang the helmet by the side and put the seat on.
Ha! I spent 20 minutes effing about with it the other day and just couldn't get the seat past it to click it in. The strap on my Shoei must just be very short.

The cable idea i have given some thought to. I just need to source something to use, haven't done it yet.
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Old 09-02-2011, 09:05 AM   #8332
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The noise that kills me is the whine/groan that the bike sometimes does at low speed under load when hot...a bit unnerving but I guess normal?
Noticed that too - and the wail around 4k rpm under load. I think I am actually starting to like it now. I read someplace that somebody defeated it (the "wail" that is) by putting a couple of 2 inch slices into the airbox intake. With mine it stays though.
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Old 09-02-2011, 09:21 AM   #8333
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I like the jetsons sound effects....the noise I am talking about sounds more like the sound you hear in a big truck with an auto tranny when you just barely letup on the brakes to to inch forward...but a slightly higher pitch
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Old 09-02-2011, 09:32 AM   #8334
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I made a 12 minute review from the video I took during a test ride last month.



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Nice job dude - I actually had a serious crisis at my dealership. He had a 1050 with hardbags, topbox, and centerstand for the same price as the bone stock roadie. I came very very close to buying it.
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Old 09-02-2011, 09:35 AM   #8335
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I like the jetsons sound effects....the noise I am talking about sounds more like the sound you hear in a big truck with an auto tranny when you just barely letup on the brakes to to inch forward...but a slightly higher pitch
when i go in for my 500 mile I already decided to run the arrow exhaust. I don't really like the sound of the stock muffler - or rather I would like the muffler to make a sound. period.

Any added HP/torque always welcome too of course
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Old 09-02-2011, 01:08 PM   #8336
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Here is what a Tiger sounds like with the Arrow, baffle in.

http://youtu.be/1xRLzaQBAPg

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Old 09-02-2011, 01:23 PM   #8337
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Nice growl under load but stills sounds like popcorn on decel.
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Old 09-02-2011, 01:44 PM   #8338
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Wow. Come over here to learn something about the Tiger 800 and run into this kind of crap? What is it with these harsh responses. Have we lost the fundamental ability to talk to each other without being abusive?

Hey Noob Adv Grifter (Mr. I signed up last year so that makes me an ADVrider old school douche), go get me a beer and a sandwich and be nice. No need to be calling people asshats and telling them to shut the fuck up. When you are done with that go wash my bikes and, no, you cannot wear your thong.

I'm sure your response, if you have one will be really awesome.
This is the kind of ignorant response I'd expect from a BMW air head guy! Hey Bubba ... why don't you read the offensive post I was responding too? Pretty much sums it up.

And by the way ... very poor etiquette to drop in on a thread you've never posted on and start trolling for shit. Go back to BMW Kool-Aid land before I hit the "report to moderator" button.

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Old 09-02-2011, 02:12 PM   #8339
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I made a 12 minute review from the video I took during a test ride last month.



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Don't give up your day job! No, just kidding! Great review and one I can relate to as a 1050 owner. I've ridden the XC a couple times and the T800 just once on a dealer escorted ride. I got to know the XC a bit and share similar feelings regards 1050 vs. Tiger 800.

The trump card the XC holds is it's off road capability; light, nimble handling with great confidence from the front end. I've never ridden either Tiger 800 off road ... yet but enjoyed the XC on tight, bumpy technical roads. No pegs scraped on the XC ... but it was a borrowed bike.
I've touched the 1050 pegs down once or twice ... usually hitting a harsh mid corner bump leaned over.

The Tiger 1050 may have adjustable suspension ... but, IMO, it needs help beyond what the adjusters can do. But once set up or upgraded
the 1050 handles our beat up roads nicely and is smooth and fast on the highway. But it is a big and heavy bike compared to the 800XC.

Power wise I also agree. No comparison. Brakes too. But a 115 HP super bike is not everyone's cup of tea ... and it's work to get the 1050 to handle properly. Many gave up and traded them in ... but as you said, great deals on 1050's out there new and used.

The XC felt good to me right away; small, light and FUN!

Who said the 1050 looks like a Vstrom?
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Old 09-02-2011, 02:41 PM   #8340
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And by the way ... very poor etiquette to drop in on a thread you've never posted on and start trolling for shit. Go back to BMW Kool-Aid land before I hit the "report to moderator" button.
Oh man. And there I thought you sound like an a-hole. But what did I know - you were actually able to get even better and threaten to run for mommy ...
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