Tiger 955i - Your Opinions

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

  1. lvscrvs

    lvscrvs Been here awhile

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    Tiger 955i and 1050 are two different cats. This thread is for the 955i. 1050 has a 17" front wheel and is more street oriented. Probably has less suspension travel, although I;m not certain about that. 955i is more in the big trailie category, especially the earlier years that came with longer travel suspension and spoke wheels.

    1150GS and 955i have very different motors. You really need to ride them both and see which one appeals to you. I had a 2001 1150GS for a short time and liked the motor, but it had zero farkles, and by the time I added up the costs to outfit it, it was in 1200GS territory. The biggest cost was the shocks. The suspension on mine was very harsh - it had low miles too, less than 10k. Quality shock f & r were in the $1800 range. 01 was a good year for those bikes however.

    Of course, if you ask this question in the GS forum, you will get raves on the GS... :rofl

    My 06 Tiger - last year of the 955i - has been a great bike. I really like it for backroad adventures and some mild off-road riding. Never ride 2up.

    have fun shopping

    BTW, my buddy is selling his 06 Tiger. You won't find a cleaner, better running example. It is currently listed in the Flea Market.
  2. brad1098

    brad1098 /\ dumb

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    Wut he said. All these ? Have been answered hundreds of times. As in you almost certainly do not need to check valves and on tiger triple you will learn about those pesky tank fuel disconnects.

    Edit-the 3,800 mile bike sounds like a great value, you will not be disappointed. Tigers are great two up.
  3. bouldertag

    bouldertag WannabenarlyADV'rrrr

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    Right, I just cant believe i have been overlooking this bike all this time.

    I have been looking at your buddys bike also. Very nice. About the same distance away.



    bd
  4. Drunk_Uncle

    Drunk_Uncle Long timer

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    I am buying an 03. I have an 06 which came with the upgraded metal fuel connections. Does the 03 have the plastic ones? The suspension travel longer on an 03 with wire wheels than the 06?
  5. mustang

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    not only that but a different rake and trail geometry also . more dirt road or trail friendly
    IIRC the 03's still had plastic FUEL connectors
  6. JTT

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    '03's are by far the fastest and coolest too :D

    Mine has well over 60,000 kms on it and going strong. Fuel fittings are easily replaced and quite inexpensive. Great bike that does everything.
  7. JTT

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    Hey Mustang,
    I'll be down next summer for a set of those new oversized pegs :deal
  8. mustang

    mustang Lurker Extraordinaire

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    let me know ahead of time so I have some material on hand and you can make em yourself :evil
    and you can sleep in the trees again :lol3
  9. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    So, can I assume that if the bike came with wire spoke wheels, it also has the more offroad friendly rake and trail? I thought I had narrowed my search for 2002-2004 bikes. (can't find my notes from all the reading I've done) Skipping '01 because of valve issues.
  10. mustang

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    :topes
    01's didn't have valve issues
    they are no different than any 955i tiger
  11. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    That's good news. What years girlies have the better rake/trail virtues? (for off road work)
  12. bouldertag

    bouldertag WannabenarlyADV'rrrr

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    Hey Rusty what are you doing replacing your DR 650 with the 955?

    Asking as I have a nice 08 DR650, But I want a little more umph and 2up comfort on highway. Wife wont let me have both. I love my DR. I am hoping i can take this 955 pretty much anywhere I can take the DR.

    Just wondering

    boulder
  13. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    Been playing with the idea of selling my 2 vintage bikes and getting something I will ride once in a while. I will keep the KTM & DR650 if I can get away with it with my wife and finances allowing. She doesn't seem to mid how many bikes I have (had 5 before letting the 2T KTM go) as long as I don't go wild with the money. Been thinking about a WeeStrom or a Girlie as an Adventure bike. Would like the Triumph more and am leaning that way. But if a real deal pops either way, I will likely make a move. Just trying to be sure I get the right girl. I will be using it on dirt as much as possible. That's why I would like the wire spoke wheels. If I do get an adventure bike and really love it and find the DR sitting too much, who knows.
  14. bouldertag

    bouldertag WannabenarlyADV'rrrr

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    I see.

    Well I can only have one, so I am looking for the best all rounder for touring, off road two up that wont cost me constant currency loss.
    KTM 990A is out. I ride with 4 riders with this bike and they are constantly repairing and upgrading. I don't need a formula 1 vehicle. Just a good Audi or Mercedes will do. Bad ass bike but i don't need to be going 100 through the desert or single track. Be nice if i wanted to outrun a nuclear bomb through the Mojave desert but that's about it.
    BMW out.
    etc..

    Triumph bang for buck looks ridiculously pleasant.

    What do you think of paying $4,900.00 for a 2002 but it needs to be shipped to me? Another $500 at least.
    So total for a pristine 955 bike that has been kept in a heated Garage no ethanol ever ran through it motorcycle with 3,856 miles on her with the total being about $5,400.00 out of my pocket.
    I forgot to mention it has a taller screen, triumph panniers, Triumph gel seat and throttle lock.
    Boulder
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    Some of the finest trees in NH, and a free 4 legged alarm clock :freaky
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    If the bike really is "as advertised" thats a lot of bike for the $. I used to own 4 bikes, Suzuki Marauder, BMW Funduro 650, Triumph Speed Triple, and Suzuki Katana, bought my '05 Tiger, and rapidly realized I didn't NEED any of the other bikes, the Tiger did EVERYTHING those bikes each did, and in many cases way better. Needless to say when economics/divorce/relocation facilitated I become a 1 bike owner, deciding was very easy, the only 1 still in the garage (and will have to be pried from my cold dead hand) is my Tiger.
    Get the Tiger, you won't regret it.:D
  17. bouldertag

    bouldertag WannabenarlyADV'rrrr

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    Hey I just found out these bikes don't do well with gas with added ethanol. There are very few to none gas places in Utah that have non ethanol gas anymore. I would have to drive 40 miles away from home to get to one who might or might now sale it.

    Should I be worried and not purchase this bike? I am sure that is why the gas tank paint bubbles.

    The main thing is does the ethanol damage the tigers engine? I heard a gentlemen complain that there are no non ethanol stations here and he has 3 triumphs he does not ride anymore due to this.

    Anyone hear or have problems using gas with Ethanol. Utah has a up to 10% ethanol added at the service stations pumps.

    ugghhh.

    boulder
  18. Drunk_Uncle

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    I've run my girlie around MO, AK, and parts of Canada. Never had a problem except for when I put Diesel in by accident. Ethanol if run out as its put in poses little risk. when left in the tank untreated for long periods of time is when it turns to crap. Its hard mainly on non metal parts of the fuel system.
  19. mustang

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    myth and bullshit
    all 50 states sell it now you don't have a choice

    Has nothing to do with the bubbling paint ......it is the plastic tank

    repeat after me .does not harm the engine ........:deal
  20. bouldertag

    bouldertag WannabenarlyADV'rrrr

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    Sorry I was a little drama out about it. I was getting the shipping and funds all set up for a purchase and I read about that last night and it threw a big wrench in my :norton. I should of researched more into it before I asked the collective.

    Thanks for putting me back down on solid ground.

    Sweet I am soo excited again.:clap

    boulder