Proud New Steamer Owner!

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by sevenpointsixtwo, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. markbvt

    markbvt Long timer

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    Haha, those pictures make my barn look even more crowded with motorcycles than it really is. There's still room for a few more..... :rofl

    And how cold was it that day? 20 degrees? Hence the copious amount of steam the Steamer is putting out. Got to say, though, I was impressed that it started right up despite the cold. Getting my Bonneville started at 20 degrees would probably be impossible.

    And here it is in its final winter hibernation spot:
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    --mark
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  2. Mulewright

    Mulewright Old Fart/Journeyman

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    I had a '96 Tiger for several years.Overall I Really liked the bike. a few personal comments are coming forth for your info based on My experiences.
    A. Buy & install a Shindiggen MOFSET regulator from Roadster Cycle (he's on the web as that) This will help your batteriy and charging system issues more than anything else you can do for the bike. Much Better output @ low rpms, and quite a bit easier on the batteries. They also offer a "Smart" voltage / idiot light that works well to keep a eye on the charging system .
    After installing a Deeka AGM battery I had No more electrical issues.
    B. My scooter had Mikuni carbs that I put a Dyno Jet full kit in. REPLACE the poliot Jets!! The stock ones have a ultra fine screen in them & you will hub hell if you do not throw them away! I had to pull the carbs 3 times on mine before I figured this out. NOT a 1/2 hour job!!!!! Especialy the 1st time or any other time on the side of the road. (DO NOT ask me how I know this!).
    Also, keep check on the A/F box integrity! 3 of the 4 units i put on the bike developed cracks in them within 2 years of installing them... damn near dusted a motor over this .
    C. Adjust the valves Religiously On Schedule & tell them to err to the "Loose side" especialy if you spin the motor much over 6,500 rpms ... They WILL close up on you!
    D. The sprag clutch you've heard of ..... there are also Primary Chain Issues that will surface around 35,000 mile intervals. Be Aware of any dull "Clunking" noises that it starts making.... I did it 2 times & told the current owner about it & he blew me off...Untill the chain snaped breaking the crankcases , oiling the tire, and locking up on him on the I-road about 80 one evening.....
    E. Change the fork oil! If you let it go you'll be replacing slider bushings. do it 15,000 miles or 2 years. Racetec springs & Gold Valves are a worthwile upgrade... made a LOT of improvement to me.
    F. Hagon shock & spring for the rear is a very good "Bang for the Buck" outlay at aprox. 35~40,000 miles
    G. Coat the inside of the tank & use DuPont Imron (the stuff they use on crop dusters) to re paint it. no more paint issues due to spilling anything on the paint.
    H. I used Rotells Synthetic(Blue Jug) exclusively in the motor and changed it at 5,000 miles w/ filter

    Untill the current owner thru the primary chain, it was doing fine at 138,000 miles. :clap

    I hope you enjoy yours as much as I did mine.:D
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  3. LeighSA

    LeighSA Been here awhile

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    D. The sprag clutch you've heard of ..... there are also Primary Chain Issues that will surface around 35,000 mile intervals. Be Aware of any dull "Clunking" noises that it starts making.... I did it 2 times & told the current owner about it & he blew me off...Untill the chain snaped breaking the crankcases , oiling the tire, and locking up on him on the I-road about 80 one evening.....

    . To my knowledge these engines don't have a Primary Chain, they are gear driven!! Do you mean Timing Chain???
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  4. Mulewright

    Mulewright Old Fart/Journeyman

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    No, I mean the chain between the crank and the transmission.by their description of where it was inside the motor.
    A smaller version but like in a 204 transfer case.....
    At least that's what the folks at the dealership said it was when they showed it to me after replacing it.
    1st one done in Jackson Ms., next one in Little Rock, Ar., 3rd one in Jackson again.
    Each time the "Noise" went away for over 30k miles.
    The only other thing I can think of that it could Possably be is a counterbalancer chain.... but I saw the cam chain when adjusting the valves and it was way different than it.
    I do know that they had to split the cases to do it each time.:huh
    I never saw it coming & going... It was easier for me to pay to have it done VS. finding the time to do it Myself at home...
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  5. mustang

    mustang Lurker Extraordinaire

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    there are only two chains on a steamer and neither needs the "cases split" to replace
    1. the cam chain
    2. the final drive from countershaft to rear wheel

    thats it ............the gearbox and clutch are gear driven from the crankshaft
    the balancer is gear driven also .:deal
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  6. tigerrider

    tigerrider Been here awhile

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    Wow, that's a great price and the best year for a Steamer. I rode my '98 for almost 10 years before Mustang added it to his Tiger stable.

    Was the '98 the first with the black concentric adjuster also? I wasn't sure if the '97 came like that.

    If you haven't stripped off any body work yet, a word of advice...be careful with those tank panel mount screws!! With those rubber grommets, you do not have to make them that tight at all. If you are not careful, the threaded mounts will come lose in the tank body and that kinda can suck.

    Great bike! I miss mine but a Caponord is doing a good job making me happy now. :)
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  7. mustang

    mustang Lurker Extraordinaire

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    It's still haulin the hack , you should see the rear tire going on it this spring :evil

    can you say Darkside :lol3 it's friggin wide
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  8. whittrated03

    whittrated03 Steady Rollin' Man

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    That's a great deal! You have a bike that can take you anywhere you need to go....kinda a JOAT , like the Strom'. Run good oil and tires and you'll get many good miles.
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  9. tigerrider

    tigerrider Been here awhile

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    Should I be worried? I know that swingarm is wide though..

    I still miss her!!!

    (I just do not miss changing the air filter or lining up the middle carb)
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  10. mustang

    mustang Lurker Extraordinaire

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    She still purrs like the day I got her from you ............
    Out of all the Tiggers in the lair , she gets ridden the most .:evil
    It's that giant saddle bag with a wheel on the right hand side :lol3 that does it.

    I'll send ya a pic when the new giant ass back tire is on .:norton
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  11. sevenpointsixtwo

    sevenpointsixtwo Resident Hooligan

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    That is sweet! Looks great with the wide tire on the back.
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  12. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    Great buy!

    FWIW, if the tenth digit on the VIN# is a "V", it's a 1997 model. If the tenth digit is a "W", it's a 1998 model.

    I loved those bikes! :thumb
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  13. mustang

    mustang Lurker Extraordinaire

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    If you like that one you should really like Tigger 2 :norton

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  14. sevenpointsixtwo

    sevenpointsixtwo Resident Hooligan

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    I've seen a few of your posts on that one over at Tigertriples! Awesome looking conversion. I'll be sticking with stock wheels, but I definitely have to do that high fender; looks excellent!
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