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Discussion in 'British Beasts: Triumph Tigers' started by BHRBiker, Jul 14, 2001.
Here I was Hoping it was some power boost
Hi gents - completely new to this realm, but in looking at bikes on the 'net the other day it hit me that maybe the TIger would be a better ADV bike for me than my DR650SE (one thing that is annoying me about the DR650 is just in commuting around town - a thumper just isn't smooth, and I don't need to be beat up any more than working 7 days a week already does to me).
I've got two 2001 Tigers for sale around me here.
One with 26k miles, and one with 36k miles.
Assuming both are mechanically stock, are there any major concerns that would need to be addressed immediately (like the KLR's doohickey or the DR's NSU screws), and then... by 30-some thousand miles, just how beat will the stock suspension, and other parts, be?
Thank you for any reply. You don't have to write an essay if a simeple "go" or "no go" will suffice - but I don't want a unique project bike with typical English electrical problems. This will be a daily driver, left outside every day, and better be up to getting rained on and not rusting away too fast.
The first question from me is are they 885 or 955 models?
Whilst both are robust the 955 is smoother and more fuel efficient. Everything else is much the same.
IMO go for a good condition 955i regardless of mileage and it'll serve you well for many years to come.
Sorry, I didn't realize they made both bikes around the same time frame.
Just spoke to a friend who has a friend that has a 955 with a blown motor... that tells me something bad, but it is only one instance.
Yeah, it was 2001 that they changed to 955i so it/they could be a left over 885i. The Tiger was the first model to get the new engine. Over the next couple of years the engine was fitted into the rest of the range in various states of tune. i.e. SprintST, Speed Triple, Daytona etc.
Re the blown motor, normally they're pretty bullet proof if you keep the oil topped up and I know of several with well over 50K miles including my own which has been the most trouble free bike I've owned.
Any over 100k miles though?
These days, what with Honda being a competitor, it's kind of a standard.
I put 72,000 miles on my 2005 Tiger 955i before I sold it for a 2012 Tiger 800.
I don't know of any personally but I have complete confidence that mine will go over that if I keep it that long.
Rode with a guy, Steve from Florida, who if I remember correctly had 88,000 on his, 05' I believe...my first Tiger, 01', had 59,000 when I sold that to pay for my 06'. I'm only at 46,000 but I will keep this one for it's life span.
Keep up with basic maintenance, and these will go the distance.
It was a great bike, ran like new the entire time I owned it!
I got my tiger put together and out of the basement. I couldn't just push it up the stairs like the c70 passport I had down there, so I thought I would use the engines power to "ride" it out. I got about six inches up before the tire spun and left a nice black mark on the carpet too. I made a run to harbor freight for a boat type winch and some nylon slings. That worked much better.
Notice the black mark by the bottom of the right 2" X 10".....oops
Upon getting the tiger into the garage I was ale to finally mount the bags. I bought muffin top aluminum bags, one 10.5" and the other 8.5". With the SW-Motech quick racks, it came out to within 1/4" of equadistant from the centerline.
Once mounted, I went with the wife for an impromptu ride to visit my brother, on his super ten.
All in all I was impressed with the smoothness and the power of the tiger. I really liked the Corbin saddle, and the bar risers really made the ride position comfortable. I was concerned about the check engine light being on after all my fiddling about, but after several starts and a couple hundred miles, it went out. I'm still looking forward to getting my mustang pegs, and other than a bashplate, I'm thinking I'm done with my build. Smooth ride and fantastic motor. Sounded great compared to the farty sound my brothers s-10 makes.
Keep a tiger in the basement and its bound to make a mess on the carpet!
GREAT lookin' bike by-the-way!
That picture is interesting in that the two bikes look pretty similar in front profile. Also interesting is that yamaha built a bike with such similar dimensions with similar BHP.
Congrats on getting a great bike finished and on the road. you're going to love it. I think your mate on his $15K Yamaha is going to be slightly pissed off when he sees what a Tiger can do for a third of that money.
It's more visible in person, but the tiger looked 7/8 size compared to the tenere. It looked almost diminutive next to it. I was really suprised as i thought the tiger was quite a big bike. I think that as engine size grows, frames get beefier, and bodywork and so forth. Maybe manufacturers will begin to focus on quality over size. Look how well the tiger 800 is getting along, an 800cc bike is now a "middleweight". When is the 1500cc crop of adventure bikes going to debut, with their 675 pound weight? The super ten is about 100 pounds heavier than the tiger 955i as it is.
Yup. It's the "bigger is better" or rather "mine is bigger than yours" mentality that we live in. Ted Simon went around the world with about 26hp, but somehow we need 150hp to go over 100 miles.
I have a 1999 Tiger I went to Barber from Buffalo, NY for the Super Bike races last weekend. Round trip was over 2300 miles. The bike perform flawlessly. I do have a Corbin seat and a Palmer windscreen system. I did over 600 miles one day no problems. Would a newer model be nicer who knows but bang for the buck I had a great trip on a inexpensive bike with no issues. Ron
You're both right. I blame BMWs reliance on the Boxer engine. They can't match the horse power of other makes like the Tigers triple so they increase the size. Then other manufacturers match that size for marketing reasons. And on, and on, and on it goes in an upward spiral.
It's a shame because the original BMW R80G/S was probably the perfect tool. i.e. robust, over engineered with just enough power to cruise down the tarmac but not enough to throw you into the hedge off road.
And now IMO the current 800cc things like the Tiger is the best all round bike on the planet.
Was your Tiger a custom gold painted one in the Museum parking lot?
I saw one sitting there, maybe it was not yours and a different year...
You need to come back for Vintage Days in October, it's packed with bikes and things to see!
We need John Penton to jump back in and shake up the adventure riding like he did with off-road back in the 60's. (smaller is better)