Tiger 955i - Your Opinions

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

  1. Drunk_Uncle

    Drunk_Uncle Long timer

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    I'm going to have the suspension done next winter before I come home. There is a Racetech authorized shop here in Anchorage. Racetech has a shock that they set up to your specs and then will have that shop do the forks. Have to a one year all expense paid govt vacation in a few months.
  2. keystiger

    keystiger rat on a roll

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    Boulder not sure if you have gotten the Tiger yet.
    My advise would be simply find some areas similar to the ride (as you have been on it before you should know what to expect) and try it with the Tiger, I have seen others here ride Tigers in off road situations that truly dazzled me, and I have 34 years riding experience both dirt and street. A member here rode round the globe on a Tiger even against Triumphs advice, and had zero issues (save a bad headlight bulb).
    --heres his blog--
    http://poorcirculation.blogspot.com
    Ted Simon went round the world on a Tiger 100 ...would I attempt that....Hell no wouldn't dream of it. Wouldn't ask Travis Pastranna to even attempt it. But it was done by a 42 year old "newb" to bikes. ANd produced one of the best motorcycle books ever.:wink:
    Get used to the bike, if you feel froggy ....jump.
    And take lots of picks to send to the nay sayers who claim it can't be done.:clap
  3. keystiger

    keystiger rat on a roll

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    Dirty, that does seem a bit steep for that year/miles. Try and get him down.
    As far as durability, these bikes are NOT your Fathers Triumph, I have personally SEEN 98 models with over 100,000 miles. I have seen inside a Triumph triple with 98,000 miles on the clock, and I was AMAZED. they are over engineered and really damn near bullet proof. My '05 has 30,000 un-issue given miles. The miles would not detour me, the price would. Best of luck with your search.
  4. Drunk_Uncle

    Drunk_Uncle Long timer

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    I think Blacktiger is triple digit on the mileage on his Girlie. His about 30k on his 800XC
  5. locorider

    locorider Loco, pero no estúpido!

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    A friend of mine owns a 2002 955i Tiger and is having issues withe fuel connector, called "female dry break connector", part number T1240868 . These are made out of plastic and every 3 or 4 years he needs to change them. Is there a solution for this problem?

    Suggestions?
  6. Drunk_Uncle

    Drunk_Uncle Long timer

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    Yes there is. There are metal connectors and in fact 04 I think Triumph switched to metal connectors. Have your friend get on tigertriple.com. Exact part numbers are there.
  7. Hatley Rocket

    Hatley Rocket Been here awhile

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  8. locorider

    locorider Loco, pero no estúpido!

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    Thanks for your help! I will let him know!:clap
  9. Dirty Bling

    Dirty Bling Been here awhile

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    Thanks, They came down a little and I still want this bike...pullin the trigger on Friday.
  10. cjmadura

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    I have an 06, and had an 02. The earlier bike came with the brittle plastic connectors and I changed them out for the metal units. The 06 does away with the entire setup. Instead of two connectors (fuel feed and return), there is simply one feed tube, over which a robust connector slides - it's nothing like the old design.

    I can remove the tank 20 times a day without fear if I needed to. HUGE improvement:clap
  11. Photo Boy

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    If you found it at at Hap's in Sarasota, that was my Tiger. My avatar is that bike. I traded it in on an 800 roadie. It was a great bike! I would have no problem riding it coast to coast today.

    If they won't come down on price ( i'm sure they will), see if they'll throw in a service, fluids, valve check etc. The tires are almost new as is the DID chain and sprockets, 19tooth on the front. It has a Palmer Screen adjustable windshield and that seat is the Triumph gel seat. I have a Russell Day long front seat for sale if you're interested for $150.
  12. Dirty Bling

    Dirty Bling Been here awhile

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    Thanks PB, it is the 955i Tiger at Haps. Took it out for a ride and it is real solid. I'll talk to them on Mon. didn't have a chance on Fri. Great to know its a 1 owner and all the service records are included. Family owned and operated dealership, this is my 2nd bike from Haps. Did u ride 2-up?
  13. Photo Boy

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    DB,

    No, I never rode two up. My wife doesn't ride. I have been on many trips to the BRP, WVA, VA, MD, etc loaded with full panniers, topcase and seat bag. Never an issue with lack of power or handling.

    That Tiger 955 is a great bike. I was just ready for something new and slightly smaller which is why I traded it for a Tiger 800.

    Good luck with the deal, Hap's is great! I've bought 2 BMWs and a Tiger from them since 1993. That 955i I bought on a whim from EuroCycles in Tampa but had the service done at Hap's.

    I think you'll find that 955i Triumph triple engine is faster, revvier and so much more fun than the BMW Boxer. I wish I had those hard bags on this 800! I'm looking at Jesse bags for the 800 and a new Russell seat is due here next Tuesday.

    If inseam and bike height is not an issue for you, you should really consider a Russell seat for your new Tiger. It will transform the bikes comfort and make 500 mile days a pleasure. The Triumph gel seat that is on the 955 now is better than the stock seat but nowhere near the comfort of the Russell.

    Have fun with your new bike. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
  14. keystiger

    keystiger rat on a roll

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    Sounds like your gettin a great bike Dirty! Congrats :clap
  15. Dirty Bling

    Dirty Bling Been here awhile

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    What top case did you use on the Tiger ? I have a universal back rest for the wife but some top cases have mounted back rests included.
  16. Photo Boy

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    I used a Givi MonoKey 46 liter topcase mounted on a Givi universal mounting plate which bolted on top of the standard Tiger luggage rack. It doesn't have a back rest though Givi makes one for it.
  17. gofargogo

    gofargogo Lurker, mostly

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    I'm going to look at an 05 with ~23k on Saturday. Given that these bikes seem to be trouble-free for many more miles, are there any specific things I should be looking at for signs of problems (besides the usual generic motorcycle stuff, e.g. chain, tires, etc..)?
  18. Idahosam

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    I will say this:


    I have a 06 I purchased new it now has 22,000 Miles on it, and has been the most rock solid bike I own. I had a radiator cap go bad and caused some over heating (boiling) easy fix at any automotive store. one headlight bulb burn out at 16K again easy fix and recommend doing both if your doing it.

    The overflow tank had a connector break this to was an easy fix at the local ACE store. Oil change is easy-peasy straight forward, oil filters I use is a PH6017A and I have been running Rotella T6 5w40 both easily available at Walmart. (can do a quick change on the road in the Wally parking lot, and the automotive department may loan you a pan and dispose of the oil.

    As for what to look for; the standard condition of the drive line, and aesthetics etc.

    Good luck!


    Here's mine, took her out yesterday for a little pre-spring ride.

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    I was cleaning out my storage and found the OEM panniers in there ( been in there since 08). Anyone interested....... for a price of course

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    A very underrated Motorcycle, I just do not understand why it's not more popular, That said, the Tiger 800 is selling like hot cakes out here..
  19. Photo Boy

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    There were several changes made to the 2006 Tiger from the 2005. The biggest was the change to 14 spoke cast wheels onstead of the wire wheels on the 2005. This can be seen as either a plus or a minus depending on your riding style. I saw it as a plus as the cast wheels support tubelss tires. As I ride mostly paved roads, not having to worry about a flat or blowout on a tube tire is a major plus and the reason I bought a 2006 Tiger and not a 2005.

    Other changes from 2005 to 2006 include:

    The inclusion of hard bags as standard. They were a $1200 option.

    Better shifting transmission with a backlash gear to reduce noise and vibration.

    New cylinder head and high pressure die cast crankcase like the 1050 Sprint.

    Cleaned up the external plumbing and hoses, tucking them behind the engine for a cleaner appearance.

    Again, the biggest reason I bought the 2006 Tiger was the cast wheels and tubeless tires.
  20. Hockley Boy

    Hockley Boy Been here awhile

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    I am on my second Tiger, ride about 20k miles a year in all weathers and they are great bikes for commuting, touring, weekend fun and even a little light off road riding (gravel tracks). Not too may problems with them but you can have problems with the rad cap (prveiously mentioned) and the charging system is a bit of a weakness on some bikes. Other than that a great fun bike that will put a big smile on your face.

    By the way I think the Cast Wheel model came in a bit earlier than 06, I have an 05 and an 06 that are both cast wheel. Cylinder head/gearbox changes were 06.