Tiger 955i - Your Opinions

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

  1. keystiger

    keystiger rat on a roll

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    Exactly what Mustang said. I have run ethanol gas in mine for 5 years now. NO issues.
    I might point out that ethanol fuels have been widely used in Europe many years before here in the states. Brazil has been using ethanol mixed fuel since the 70's!!!!:eek1 Triumphs are engineered/designed and built where ethanol gas is the norm. Don't ya think they sort of "designed" them to use ethanol?

    THe tank decals bubble due to expansion and contraction from heat humidity etc. Its annoying, but not a deal breaker. Also not ALL of them do it. Tigers are made to be ridden not pristine show room quality trailer queens. They get scratches and dings...all part of it.

    By the way......be ready now.......you ARE going to drop it. I said I wouldn't....I did, 3 times now. Low (or no) speed no damage other than scratches....they just like "napping" now and then. :D

    Get the Tiger and ride the snot out of it!:clap
  2. Photo Boy

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    I ran 10% ethanol in my 2006 Tiger 955i for 77,000 miles with no problems. The bike never sat for more than 3-5 days at a time.
  3. cbxtc6

    cbxtc6 On my Way...

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    Indeed!

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  4. keystiger

    keystiger rat on a roll

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    :rofl Nice shot......never had the forethought to snap picks of mine napping, but will next time. :D

    Pics Bouldertag, when you get her we need pics.
    Heres a few of mine......note "strategically" placed decals on the hard bags to hide scratches lol.

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  5. victor441

    victor441 Long timer

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    I have a 2006 955i and absolutely love it, excellent for sport touring and two up riding, plenty of power...but be aware it is a very large, tall, heavy, and particularly top heavy bike so it is a real handful offroad for many people and probably best for dirt roads, etc....though of course some have done serious dirt riding on them. I have a DR650 myself and it feels as though it is about half the weight from the saddle. Sounds as though you have not riden a 955i yet, I'd definitely do that before selling your DR and somehow try to have both, they complement each other very well.
  6. MingRidesBikes

    MingRidesBikes Been here awhile

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    hey fellas, been browsing over this thread today. Just sold my klr and was looking at filling her place with a bigger ds bike. most of the people I ride with ride gsa's and 990's so fireroads, dirt, and gravel will be the most "off-road" I will take it. I found a 2001 955i for sale. was wondering what things I should look out for? are there any recalls, or issues with the 2001? it's got about 20k on the clock. I've seen some post with much more miles so I'm hoping that these bike will double or triple that without having any rebuilding done to the motor? appreciate any advise or feedback. I think this may be the bike for me (can't afford a gsa, or 950/990). Thanks in advance!
  7. DC Chad

    DC Chad Been here awhile

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    ive an 01 with over 50k she's sweet as a nut , rect regs can be a rare issue but the font on knowledge here solves any issue your likely to find they are great bikes go for it :wink::1drink
  8. keystiger

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    Ming, shot you a PM with some more detailed info. And though it wasn't a Tiger, I had the chance to see inside a 98 sprint triple motor when I did a sprag clutch replacement (not an issue on the 01's don't worry) and a Triumph motor with 100,000 miles on the clock was AMAZINGLY clean, no issues what so ever. The minor little things like the reg/rec. (easy cheap upgrade discovered by Mustang takes care of that) and fuel fittings (again a few dollar fix) are about the only things. The engines are bullet proof. Buy it and ride, ride, ride. Hell take a few nice long trips with the $ you save over the GS or the 990. :D
  9. MingRidesBikes

    MingRidesBikes Been here awhile

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    So after about 2 seconds of deliberation I pounced on an opportunity to own a Tiger! (no pun intended... Well maybe just a little!) Went and test rode it, made an offer, and I am the new owner of a 2001 Triumph Tiger 955i! :clap
    I'm going to have to rip into her a bit, the front fairing is mounted just a bit crooked as well as the dash (I think it's because of the crazy headlights that are on the thing. I'm positive they are not stock.) Other than that, bke runs strong. no leaks I could see, there is a dent in the oil cooler (I'm hoping it doesn't cause any issues). And the bike has just under 20k miles on it. Looks as to have been re-painted red. Could I be the only one with a red girlie? Filled her up with premium since I'm sure it's been sitting for a bit, what octane are you all running? And I'll have to do some research since I don't have a service manual, but what oil are you guys running, and what is the oil change interval on this bike? Thanks again guys!

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  10. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    Nice bike ming. glad you were able to come to terms. What tires on it? Looks ready for action!
  11. MingRidesBikes

    MingRidesBikes Been here awhile

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    Thanks! Tires are TKC 80's. They are nearly toast though. I'll need some new shoes on her before summer starts. Any reco's? Want something that sticks and lasts on slab, but still capable in the gravel and dirt.
  12. Drunk_Uncle

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    I would need a close up to be sure, but looks like there is atleast 60%, or about 1500 miles left on that rear tire. The TKC 80 is weird. The first 30-40% wears out in the first 500 miles, then you go about 2500 miles it wears slow, then all of a sudden its done. For me its the tire that won't die. And they stick.

    My next set is TKC80 front and Mitas E07 Dakar rear.

    TKC/Heidenau is also real popular.
  13. MingRidesBikes

    MingRidesBikes Been here awhile

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    I had TKC's on my klr as well. I do like the tires. I'm just worried that with a heavier bike and 3 times the hp the 955i will eat up rear tires. Looking at the current set of TKC's on the tiger there is good tread on the sides of the tire, but the tread blocks directly in the center are wore down to about 1/16 of an inch. The front is about 1/8 of an inch so I'm assuming the PO was on his 2nd rear to the front. I'll have to check out that Heidenau.
  14. bouldertag

    bouldertag WannabenarlyADV'rrrr

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    Thanks all for your comments. Great group of gents!

    Love your new red Tiger!

    Mine will be black.

    Thanks again for all the wisdom and knowledge thrown my way about this superb bike!


    Damn good crowd of Triumph riders!

    boulder

    P.S. Kestiger nice tiger! Wheres your crashbars? You don't need no stinking crashbars?!
  15. Drunk_Uncle

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    Ming, I have right around 3000 miles on my rear TKC and ride the shit out of it. Had a blast getting sideways on the Top of the World HWY last year. Spin the rear up alot on dirt. I am right at about, but not yet on the treadware indicators. Won't change till its damn near bald. Over 200 bucks for a tire I'm getting my monies worth.

    Nice looking bike.
  16. keystiger

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    HA Boulder, yep I don't need no stinking crash bars lol. Actually they are next on my farkle list along with MORE lights :D The Catz Eye fog lights I have are great, but I like being seen. Which is another PLUS to the Tiger or any big trail. You sit up high, and can see over most cars and even some smaller SUV's and more improtantly you can BE SEEN over said vehicles as well. :clap

    Ming sweeeeeeeeeeeeet ride! Check out Shinko tires I run 705's trail masters great tires and cheap as poo. A little less knobbie than yours but stick as good as Anakees on the road and work better off road. You can replace BOTH front and rear for what 1 rear Michelin Anakee costs. Anakees where stock Triumph kit on the 955i Tiger.
    HEres a linkie thingy complete set for around 200.00
    http://www.motorcycle-superstore.co...rt-Bike-Motocross-Dual-Sport-Tires-Tires.aspx
    Headlights are certainly not stock. Are they HID's?
    I think you are correct the colors for that year did not include red, so she has been repainted but looks a damn fine job.
    Congrats again. also search online there are FREE (or very cheap) pdf downloads of the Triumph service manual. Or flea-bay has em cheap as well.
    Tigers do eat rear tires for sure, 2 to one over fronts. (having a heavy wrist ads to that lol) My Shinkos have about 3000 miles on them and are still going strong, I can get at least another 1000 outta the rear and the front will go
    another 3000 at least.
    Is your muffler stock? I have a spare stock can if anyone wants to "convert it" to an off road can (remove the baffles) let me know it can be had for cheap.:wink:
  17. keystiger

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    Hey Drunk Uncle! Just noticed your location. My Sister and Brother in law live in Anchorage, and my Mother in law lives in Homer.

    Hows things up that way?
  18. keystiger

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    Sorry didn't answer your octane questions......tend to get on a roll talkin about Tigers:rofl

    I run 87 octane mostly, but once in awhile will run the "good stuff" through her.

    Manual calls for 95 "RON" which is around a 93 octane equivalent from what I can find.

    You may want to inquire of the P.O. what he has been running and just keep running that. BUt I can say the 87 doesn't seem to give any issues. However at over 40 mpg it doesn't cost THAT much more to run the good stuff :wink:
    I'm just a cheap bastard.
  19. MingRidesBikes

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    Thanks for the complements guys! :freaky
    If the TKC's will go over 3000 miles on the rear I may stick to them for one more set. I'm comfortable on them as I was running them on my KLR. I'll do some more research on tires for my next set though. I know Sasquatch runs the 705's on his girlie and he talks pretty highly of them. Premium here in Idaho is 91 octane, so I'm guessing I should stick to that. The headlights are bright, but are not HIDs. (I think they are aftermarket spotlights?) The person I bought the bike from took it in as payment for some handy work he did for someone, so he doesn't know any of the bikes history. I'm going to tear into it a bit and just do some basic maintenance next weekend. (Coolant flush, oil change, clean and lube the chain, etc.) what oil do you guys recommend? (oil weight, and dyno vs. synthetic?) and how many quarts? Sorry for all the questions guys. I tried to check out tigertriple.com but looks as if it is no longer online. Lastly, what handgaurds are you running with these bars? They are crazy! hahaha! Looks like a wacky ATV bend. I may have to get rox risers and do a renthal fatbar like I did on the KLR so I can get regular handgaurds on the bike. Thanks for all your input!
  20. keystiger

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    On no you didn't go THERE......an oil question.......:rofl

    I use Rotella T6 synthetic. Get it at Wally-world for like 20.00 a gallon. 4.22 u.s. quarts is what the book calls for.

    Certain you will get a million different oil suggestions. I have been running the Rotella for a couple years now. I was using the Mobil Synthetic 4T the book specs. However it was WAY more expensive (like 10-15.00 a QUART)