Tiger 955i - Your Opinions

Discussion in 'British Beasts: Triumph Tigers' started by BHRBiker, Jul 14, 2001.

  1. Hatley Rocket

    Hatley Rocket Been here awhile

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    Two years ago, I looked at getting a Tiger 955i pretty hard. I ended up choking and i bought a Yamaha Venture instead later that year. I kept the KLR, and still enjoy the Venture too. I have been wanting still to get an adventure bike. My brother bought a S10, which he likes, and I looked a bit at KTM adventures, and I would love a Stelvio NTX. Practicality, however leaves me to buying used. The 955i still ranks high in the bang for buch catagory, lower priced than the GS's, and KTMs. On par or less than the Vstrom 1000, and much more common than the Aprilia Caponord. I think for what my brother paid for his Tenere, I could have a nice tiger, with farkles for $6500. Less than half what a new S10 cost, and much more than 50% of what the S10 can do, or at least what my brother will do on his S10. I was supposed to pick up an '01 955i this weekend, and I will pick it up, when the weather cooperates for the both of us. It's a roulette green with less than 10,000 miles on it. Looks like its in pretty good shape, and I am really pleased. I think about another 2K or so, and I will have a bike with 85% of the capabilities of a new S10. I can't wait.

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    I'm getting the racks, but no luggage. I'm thinking of going with those "muffin top" bags, and bolting them to the existing racks. Touratech stuff is expensive, but there doesn't seem to be many alternatives for bashplates and such. I don't know how the tires will be. Maybe I'll get some shinko 705's. I'd probably like some mustang lowering pegs too for starters, a centerstand, and taller bars, maybe a corbin saddle, a stock trunk, or kappa garda 41L with passenger backrest. I have quite a list worked up already. I figured I would be in the garage all weekend sitting on my new to me Tiger, making "Vroom vroom" noises and other Tomfoolery. The weather was bad for the seller this weekend, so we are rescheduling.

    T
  2. Pumpkinhead

    Pumpkinhead Professional Azzhole

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    If everythings good with it, buy it! The bubbling on the tank is normal & annoying
  3. Ironwood

    Ironwood Friday Harbor, WA

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    Off the graphics, they are ugly anyway. A good looking woman does not require makeup.

    I love '01. It will do almost anything. Great bike.
  4. Cos

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    Seat: Put in your miles and decide after that. I did 900-odd miles in a day on the Tiger and my biggest problem was seat-peg distance, not the seat. That was before the Mustang pegs.

    Centerstand: Yes, absolutely. Get the SW Motech.

    If you have the money, throw a quality aftermarket shock on the Tiger and do the forks. It's a whole new kitty.
  5. lvscrvs

    lvscrvs Been here awhile

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    $6500 is way too much for an 01 Tiger.... at least $2k too much
  6. Hatley Rocket

    Hatley Rocket Been here awhile

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    $6500 is what I figure after I'm done with it. I'm getting it for $4275, I figure a bit over 2K more after I'm done. Depending on what I all do: skid plate, probably needs new tires, various guards, aux lights, luggage, cruise control, heated grips, I guess from what I read several windscreens, center stand, gps mounts.

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  7. Drunk_Uncle

    Drunk_Uncle Long timer

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    Please elaborate on the suspension work on the Tiger. I have a 06 955i and thought about sending the forks and shock to Race Tech. I'm I in the ballpark?
  8. Hatley Rocket

    Hatley Rocket Been here awhile

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    Acody,

    Don't make me talk to myself! It's been a year to the day since you got your tiger. I should be getting a new to me roulette green '01 this weekend, if plans work out. Can you give me a one year review of your bike? Things you liked/disliked, and mods that were worth it, and ones that weren't so much. I'm getting mine with less miles, but way less stuff with it too. I'm getting crash bars, and SW-Motech racks, but no luggage.

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  9. brad1098

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    +1 factory suspension is tired, ready to upgrade
  10. mustang

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    Race Tech will do a tiger good ......................it will be stiff.:evil
  11. brad1098

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    Stiff like a 1050? I don't want that, maybe somewhere between stock mushy 955 and 1050
  12. mustang

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    a good shop should be able to give you exactly what you want .
    bear in mind that the suspension is going to cost damn near the book value of a 7-12 year old tiger's worth .
  13. brad1098

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    :cry I know, but I just have to keep her. You understand Mustang
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    I certainly do at that ..............:evil
  15. Cos

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    Ok. To begin with, i haven't done any fork work other than heavier oil to take out some of the DIVE DIVE DIVE feeling i got every time i got on the brakes.

    Shock: after owning the bike for a good 6 years, my stock shock was going all pogo stick on me. Softer and softer and just completely unsatisfactory, especially 2-up. Keep in mind that i've had preload on 5 for a loooong long time because i found it mushy on any other setting.

    So i thought it was time to bite the bullet and spend on a quality after-market shock. As luck would have it, a forum member on Tigertriple.com was selling a very high-end Wilbers which after much looking at my bank account, i bought. We're talking remote pre-load, high-low speed compression, the works.

    The transformation of the back end of the bike and how the rear tire hooks up is unbelievable. Definitely not soft, but plush. Unflappable. I'd never scraped a peg on the big girl before but i've done it a couple of times since. Loaded, two-up...no problem.

    Much, much sharper ride, incredibly better ride quality...i could gush about it all day long. I cringed when i paid up but one ride and i'd completely forgotten about it.

    Call Race Tech or Traxxion Dynamics and see what they can do for you. I can tell you you won't be sorry.
  16. Drunk_Uncle

    Drunk_Uncle Long timer

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    Here is a thought I had. I am working on trying to buy an 03 with wire wheels. Yes I know its heavy, but still lighter than my 06. Sending the wheels off to Woody's for a 21" front and maybe a 18" rear or just true and superlace the stock rear.

    Then sending the forks to Race Tech and buying their shock.

    I think this could make a pretty nice trail bike with tons of power.

    Living in Alaska sucks trying to buy stuff from down there.
  17. brad1098

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    I would not try to turn a tiger into a trail bike for one reason. Just too heavy.

    It is however a great forest service road bike. I thought about the 21" front for a long time. Decided it would not be a huge improvement for the big cost.
  18. Hatley Rocket

    Hatley Rocket Been here awhile

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    I got it yesterday. Looking at the tires, it only has 7309 miles, and the tires are original, I'm thinking even though the tread looks good, they are probably beyond their useful service life as far as age is concerned. I'd like to get shinko 705's, I just don't know if I should get the front bias ply or radial. It looks like the radial is only available for the rear, but the front has two options. Does the Tiger need a radial, or handle better with one? The bias is about $30-$40 less. Any suggestions?

    Thanks

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  19. Drunk_Uncle

    Drunk_Uncle Long timer

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    I would go with the radials. I had them on my Tiger and they were really good especially for the money. I'm now running TKC 80s, but will probably switch to a more 70/30 tire if I get the 03 Girlie I'm after right now. That will get a 21" front and straight knobbies.

    Good luck, these are wonderful under rated motorcycles.
  20. Carpenter_LV

    Carpenter_LV Adventurer

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    How about engine oil? Which brand you use? Last season I used a Motul 5100 10w-40, now in spring I will change the oil again. I am just thinking what would be the best to use. Use the same Motul 5100 10w-40 or.....Suggestions or your experience?

    About suspension, all you must do is to change fork oil to different viscosity. I just did the oil change to my fork and I used a BOmotoroil 5w oil.