Tiger Tales - Dialling in the 800XC for the dirt

Discussion in 'British Beasts: Triumph Tigers' started by Burren Rider, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    Well, I knew it was on reserve as I'd switched the tap not 10 miles before :lol3

    Problem with those tanks is there are 'wings' on either side and so at some point the petcock side runs dry and there's still gas in the other 'wing'. Tipping the bike over etc. doesn't work so I was stuck. I now carry one of those siphon thingy's so I can move gas from one side to the other. I also adopt a 'fill it whenever the opportunity presents itself' approach on rides.
  2. helotaxi

    helotaxi Been here awhile

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    Possibly but why would you want a Tiger that ran like a F800?:puke2
  3. Marsh Tiger

    Marsh Tiger Been here awhile

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    Exactly! I'm not sure I want to run mine dry. The entire tank can't be usable, but I've never needed more that 4.1 or 4.2 gallons and I've been past "Zero to empty" a few times.

    I was hoping someone would have a great story about running out of gas and could say how much was needed to fill it up!
  4. blacktiger

    blacktiger Tigers R great.

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    My 955 Tiger does. About 10% better.
  5. cug

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    The Tiger 1050 revs significantly lower at the same speed as the 800. And it has a 6th gear that actually makes sense. 5th to 6th on the 800 is a freaking joke. Feels like 200rpm difference or so ...
  6. swimmer

    swimmer armchair asshole

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    I don't really understand this way of thinking. After owning a bike for a few months you get an idea of your mpg under different conditions and how far you normally go before filling up and how much gas that takes and, in the case of the tiger, what your calculated mpg is and how that relates to actual. So, normally you go somewhere around 200 miles and it takes 4 gallons of gas. There you go, plan for your range to be somewhere around 200 (or whatever). If your fill ups have to be further than 200 9or whatever) or so have some spare fuel. Anything you go beyond your expected max is gravy but if you plan for a distance that is borderline be prepared for it.

    FWIW my average mpg is around 53 (and climbing) and the most I have put in my tank is about 4.5 gallons (side stand fill to a level just about the internal bars).
  7. swimmer

    swimmer armchair asshole

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    agree. Too bad 1st is so tall. On a sportbike sure you need all the gears close but for a bike meant for travel it makes no sense
  8. the_babaji

    the_babaji Been here awhile

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    not a great story but I think I ran it dry, it started to sputter at a red light, I went another block after getting back on the throttle and swishing it around a bit. Found a gas station and it sputtered a little more as I pulled in.

    The disturbing part was there was still one 'bar' remaining on the fuel gauge. Usually I can clear all the bars and ride around a bit showing empty. I was convinced I still had fuel left and was thinking 'gee, am I ever getting great mileage out of this tank!' It was unreal!

    I keep detailed records with the 'mileage' app on my droid.
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.evancharlton.mileage&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS5ldmFuY2hhcmx0b24ubWlsZWFnZSJd

    I filled the tank with 18.901 litres or 4.9931 US Gallons or 4.1576 Imperial Gallons
    Incidentally I went 335 kms or 208 miles with that tank , not my best fuel econmy after all :eek1

    I wonder if anyone else has had a 'sticky bar'? On the fuel gauge I mean.:wink:
  9. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    All good in theory ... and paying attention and getting to know your bike is certainly important and works 95% of the time. But I like to know ... FOR SURE ... how far until empty ... and how much "gravy" I've got! :D

    Consider the unexpected: getting lost, wrong turn, double back to find a riding buddy, night riding (stations closed) or any number of other scenarios I've been a part of numerous times. In Arizona I'd really want to know my range limit. Hate to run out in 120F Desert heat on a lonely road. I don't trust variances and inconsistencies of fuel gauges, low fuel lights or LCD countdowns readings. They are known to screw up.

    "Somewhere around" ... or "Whatever" ? :lol3 No thanks, more precise number please and more certainty. Running the tank dry is the only true way to really know your range and to know how much is left in the tank that you can't use. Normally I do as you do. I fill up at appropriate times. But I like to know "worst case" just in case. For many, not an issue. For some, could be.

    Having ridden Baja and the Sonoran Desert in Northern Mexico a few decades, I've actually been out there solo, where mistakes could be "difficult". :eek1:D I'm no hero, I like to build in a survival cushion when possible.

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  10. Phrog

    Phrog Terra Australis

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    Unless you travel the same road, with the same load, same tire pressures, no head wind at exactly the same speed, etc, you will never know how much fuel is left.

    At the moment my Tiger is doing 100km using 5lt of fuel.
    Thats 20km to the litre.
    If I get heavy on the throttle I can be 20km out in my calculations.

    My option is to be vigilant & carry spare fuel on outback trips.
  11. mickd

    mickd crash test dummie

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    why oh why are you asking this,just go out on your bike and run it dry,the way i or any other person rides his/her bike will not be the same as you,so just bloody ride your bike and have done with it,

    now lets move on,
  12. Windy Rider

    Windy Rider Pussy Power

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    Was thinking the same! Ride it till empty, fill it up and ride!?!!??....
  13. Marsh Tiger

    Marsh Tiger Been here awhile

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    Thank you for this. 4.9gals is the answer I was looking for!

    I have found the computers average mpg calculations to be reasonably accurate (always within 1-2% for me) but I needed a good number on usable fuel to calculate range more accurately.
    I've had the sticky bar thing, but what does one bar count for anyway? The owners manual says the last 2 bars equal 1.2 gallons (US).
  14. cug

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    Not being anal but 4.9931 filled sounds more like you can really calculate with 5 usable gallons, not just 4.9. Not that it makes much of a difference though.
  15. Marsh Tiger

    Marsh Tiger Been here awhile

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    I suppose so, but I'm not interested in running mine dry. For critical planning, I'll probably use 4.8, and carry extra gas. ( now that's being anal!)
  16. av_mech

    av_mech Risk Taker

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    +1
  17. the_babaji

    the_babaji Been here awhile

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    I do agree with you you, but it helps if your fuel gauge is reading true and not showing a remaining bar when you are really empty.

    I hope this was just a fluke one time thing.
  18. 81husky

    81husky Been here awhile

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    As a soon to be new owner of an XC, does running the bike out of gas cause any problems with the fuel injection?
  19. ThomasVolomitz

    ThomasVolomitz New Old Stock

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    I have always heard that but with a fuel gauge right in front of you, it's kind of tough to run out.
  20. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    Not the injection, but most in-tank fuel pumps are lubricated by the gas, which makes me kind of apprehensive about running it dry.