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Old 11-01-2014, 08:11 AM   #1
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Triumph Tiger Steamer

Hello,

I'm new to this site and relatively new to riding an adventure bike. I say relatively new because my first bike was a 1985 Honda Nighthawk 650 that I rode anywhere I wanted to go. When I was off road I went slow and sometimes did a bit of pushing but I really liked that bike. I sold it one day when I needed some money for a good cause.

We can skip ahead to today....where I am the proud owner of a 1995 Triumph Tiger. I've had it about a month and I've ridden nearly 3000 miles. I'm starting this thread because the bike has 49,000 miles. As soon as we reach a little cold spell I'm going to start doing maintenance laid out in the Haynes manual. It looks like its missed some and I want to catch up and start fresh at 50k.

I plan to:
change the oil
check valve clearance
check the cooling system/hoses/tank/fluid quality etc.
I might check the carb sync
change clutch and brake fluid
change fork oil and maybe upgrade my springs. Its a bit bouncy...
I need to look at the airbox. The manual says to change it but I don't understand so I'll just have to look for now.
I'll find and install a new chain slider block...mines worn!
I might put new seals in the master cylinders.

I'm going to try to repaint the plastics since some of them look like they could use a bit of brightening up. I bought one spare piece to practice on so I don't mess up my bike.

And if something else turns up I'll take care of it as it comes.

I want to document everything with pictures to maybe help somebody in the future who needs a little encouraging. Also, I like to look back over it all when I've finished and see my progress from beginning to end.

Here's the first picture:
I've all ready put brand new tires on.
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Old 11-01-2014, 08:19 AM   #2
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Welcome to the site. Great looking steamer. I don't know how many are on here, as I don't see many steamer threads come to the top. I did the valves on my '97 a couple of months ago it's a PITA, but the guys over at tigertriple are great help. I'm looking forward to seeing your pics.

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Old 11-02-2014, 11:05 AM   #3
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Get ready for a leaking petcock. Seems to be a big issue with these bikes.
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Old 11-02-2014, 04:53 PM   #4
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Hmm. I hadn't heard that before but I took the tank off earlier and noticed that even when I switched it to "Off" it was still dripping. I should be able to fix that pretty quickly here in a 100 miles when my tank runs dry again.

I was practicing some slow speed maneuvers after work today and accidentally dumped it. OOO so heavy, or maybe I'm not as strong as I thought. I had to really think about how to right it. No damage though.
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Old 11-02-2014, 07:38 PM   #5
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WW - I don't know about the newer Tigers (Roadies and newer) but the older ones are terribly top heavy. I have a 2001 Girlie and if it gets more than about 30 degrees off center while standing still, it's going down. It's not you, it's just the bike. I think it's primarily due to the engine. There's a reason I occasionally call mine the green pig (and my kids laugh).
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Old 11-03-2014, 07:38 PM   #6
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repainting is tricky on tht stuck, so be careful. A little S100 Engine Brightener worked great on making the engine look great.

While I no longer have my '98 Steamer, word of advice...be CAREFUL with the screws that go into the fuel tank. If none of the metal collars are loose that are molded into the tank, that's great news. Keep them that way by only barely making them snug as you put things back on it. Once they go, it's a mess. :)
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Old 11-03-2014, 07:59 PM   #7
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Yes it's not the petcock per se but the nuts that are cast into the tank can spin not allowing you to tighten up the petcock to the tank. Big mess. Love the triple though. Had a 95 Speed Triple that was a hoot. Hope to buy a girlie soon and revisit the triple howl.
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Old 11-06-2014, 05:26 AM   #8
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I have 78,000mls on my 95 and have never had a leaking anything.
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Old 11-06-2014, 08:22 AM   #9
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I used this petcock to replace my stock triumph petcock

Yamaha 2GU245000200 Fuel Cock Assembly

Only downside is that your reserve is less because the pipes are shorter. Only 26.00 on Amazon vs 80.00 for a factory petcock
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Old 11-07-2014, 01:14 PM   #10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by tigerrider View Post
While I no longer have my '98 Steamer, ...........................................
55k on her now so 20 k hauling the hack
only a broken alt . bolt and lots of tires and brakes.


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Old 11-07-2014, 05:37 PM   #11
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78000 miles is pretty cool. Mine has 49000. The side car also is pretty cool but I cant imagine that its fun to ride with. Do you have to slow way down to turn?

So. My speedo and odo don't work anymore. I was riding along and heard a strange rasping sound. I thought maybe my brakes were rubbing but as I was riding and hunting for the source of the sound my speedo suddenly quit. The sound did too.

Its probably the wheel and not the cable. I'll investigate tomorrow and try to get some pictures.

On a different note, I was pulled over on Wednesday. Or rather, a cop magically appeared when I stopped. He just wanted to see my bike up close and see who was riding. hmm. I wasn't even speeding.

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Old 11-07-2014, 10:17 PM   #12
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maybe he just wanted to go for a swim
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Old 11-08-2014, 11:58 AM   #13
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Well its definitely not the cable. I replace it anyway cause the end of the old cable was a little buggered, but it worked just fine. I found a speedo drive on ebay for $100!

Does anyone have experience rebuilding a failed drive? I might try to fix mine before laying out a hundred dollars but that's uncharted territory.



You can see that someone really scratched up the part that screws into the speedometer.
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Old 11-08-2014, 01:07 PM   #14
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how do you know its the drive ?

had the front wheel off recently didn't you ?

I bet you didn't get the drive tang engaged correctly when you put the wheel back on .
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Mustang, I'm guessing. I did just get new tires but I didn't put them on myself. Can you tell me or link me some more info on that tang?
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