Triumph Tiger 800

Discussion in 'British Beasts: Triumph Tigers' started by ScrambDaddy, Jul 12, 2010.

  1. akula802

    akula802 Oil Whisperer

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    Last week, I moved to Red Lodge, MT for work, and I brought the Tiger with me on a hitch-mount carrier. I'd have ridden it from Minnesota if I didn't need the truck and all the stuff that's in it.

    So far she's taken me over Beartooth pass twice, no problem. The XC is a pleasure on the twisties and a riot in the hairpins. More than adequate power to fly around above 10,000' elevation. Today she found her first Montana gravel, a couple of forest service roads as I was out looking for rock outcrops and trout fishing spots. The XC performed beautifully in the softer stuff, and the suspension soaked up all the deep, wide ruts and large rocks I encountered. I only stood up off the seat a handful of times (I'm a slowpoke though).

    As a few have mentioned, the kickstand shakes about and rattles over bumps. Slightly annoying but easily fixed I suppose. Other than that, no complaints whatsoever. Great bike. I've already found a few steep, rocky places where I'd fear to tread with it, but my WR will be here soon :D

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  2. TerraUnFirma

    TerraUnFirma Fair/Not Balanced

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    I had the dealer load the latest FI map when I had the bike in for the 500 mile service and that helped a little. Also adjusting out most of the freeplay helped, too. What really got it to where I'm ok with it, especially off-road, was putting a rubber O-ring between the end of the throttle grip and the metal bar-end that the handgaurds mount to. Adds enough friction to take all the abrupt out of the system...you have to consciously move the throttle. Works for me, may or may not for you. I'm used to the feel of it because I've done it to my BMW RT, which I did as more of a cruise control than to solve throttle problems. Don't really need to on the DRZ, it's pretty smooth as is. YMMV.

    Cheers!
  3. Lion BR

    Lion BR I'd rather be riding

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    Took the tiger out for a spin on some gravel roads. It seems to do fine, considering its weight. It showed to be relatively well composed. And it sounds great at it. But definitely not the most appropriate tool for the job. To the Tiger's defense: no knobby tires, and tires were fully inflated. On the other hand, on ball bearing gravel roads there isn't much that will hold traction anyway.

    On corrugations such as in minutes 0:39 and 2:05 and 2:35 and 3:06 you can hear how it makes a lot of noise, coming from the front and the back of the bike. Not much traction on acceleration either (most bikes won't have any traction at all either). I need to check the adjustments for the rear shock.

    I was not pushing it, and I don't think I will take it on too many dirt adventures. I know now it can do it, so there it is. But it feels great on pavement and that's where it will spend most of its life.

    Lion

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  4. KildareMan

    KildareMan Been here awhile

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    Tunes are the same for 800 & XC, in the majority of cases.

    Current tunes (as of July 11 anyway) are:

    800 NON ABS
    Standard exhaust - 20477
    Arrow exhaust - 20478

    800 ABS
    Standard exhaust - 20495
    Arrow exhaust - 20493

    XC NON ABS
    Standard exhaust - 20477
    Arrow exhaust - 20478

    XC ABS
    Standard exhaust - 20496
    Arrow exhaust - 20494

    Taken from TuneECU listing
  5. woodys3b

    woodys3b Been here awhile

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    Please report back when you have this installed. For me, this is one of two flies in the ointment on my Tiger and the more I ride it the more annoying it becomes. The roads I ride have lots of frost heaves and the bike is constantly surging forward and back as I hit them. I'll have it remapped when I can find the time.
  6. woodys3b

    woodys3b Been here awhile

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    I know this has been mentioned before but, what was Triumph thinking with the gear ratios. If this transmission was in a sport bike it would be one of the best in the business. However, it just doesn't suit the Tiger. First is too high and 6th is too low and they are all too close to each other. I've been playing around on my commute and double shifting. 1-3-5-6 from a dead stop and 2-4-6 when making a right turn that doesn't require a full stop. The motor pulls so well down low that it is very easy to ride like this. I just can't double shift fast enough to do it smoothly. Hopefully, this will be something Triumph corrects sometime in the future.

    Don't want to paint a negative picture here. My Tiger is far and away the best bike I have owned.
  7. KildareMan

    KildareMan Been here awhile

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    As Jerk has said setting up the throttle cables correctly makes a huge difference. I did a how to on Tiger800.co.uk

    http://www.tiger800.co.uk/index.php/topic,1465.0.html

    Throttle response will be as smooth as a baby's bum after adjustment.
  8. ElNorto

    ElNorto Adventurer

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    The bike was recently serviced and has the latest tune and slack taken out of the cables. It is smoother but needs more range of motion at slower speeds. In normal riding (not drag racing) I only use about an 1/8" of throttle motion to accelerate through the gears. It will be a few weeks before I try the G2 throttle. They don't have one listed specifically for the Tiger 800 but was told they could fix me up if the bars are 7/8".
  9. fbj913

    fbj913 On the Beemer Kool-Aid

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    Airing down and/or different tires makes a HUGE difference!!! Ball bearing gravel roads or not...
  10. Lion BR

    Lion BR I'd rather be riding

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    Airing down tires on a bike this heavy can mean bent rims. And it is such a hassle. I'm mostly a dirt rider and I've ridden bikes with all sorts of tire wear, I know thread makes a difference. But not as much as people tend to believe. Thanks for your comments.
  11. Lion BR

    Lion BR I'd rather be riding

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    One thing I forgot to mention on that small review: the front forks absorb the small bumps very well.
  12. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    Picked up my 800XC on Saturday :clap

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    Sunday:

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    So far so good. Few pucker moments yesterday but she didn't go down. I really have to get some guards before I do this again.
  13. Cos

    Cos Re-Greekified

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    I am extremely jealous :bluduh

    Nice looking bike, even for a scouser supporter :lol3 :lol3 :lol3
  14. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    :lol3

    They don't do red so I had to get the closest colo(u)r I could :D
  15. blacktiger

    blacktiger Tigers R great.

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    And some tyres.
  16. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    Yup...although they weren't that bad (not too much mud out on the trails) but def need something better. Worst thing was not being able to stand (I need risers) - that hindered me more than the tires did.
  17. Porky

    Porky Don't Pass Gas

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    It appears that others have had the same "Jerky Throttle" problem as I have had.

    Thanks for all the suggestions to my "Jerky Throttle" thread. I will make sure my bike has tune 20495 and have the freeplay taken out by a dealer different from the one that told me it was "normal".
  18. Rob Dirt

    Rob Dirt More or less in line

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    Did you roll the bars forward? It moves them up a lot, but it also puts them slightly further away. I'm happy with the 20mm risers.
  19. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    What I actually need is to raise and also bring them back towards me a little - I will get some Rox risers to do that.
  20. blacktiger

    blacktiger Tigers R great.

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    Good video.
    Having had a close look at the chain to swing arm clearance, there isn't much. So I'm fairly convinced all this clattering is the chain slapping on the swing arm protectors. I wonder if there's someone out there that can rig up a video camera pointing at that area?