Triumph Tiger 800

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

  1. refokus

    refokus Just Learning

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2007
    Oddometer:
    2,695
    Location:
    North Phoenix
    Sweet! :thumb
  2. TAMPAJIM

    TAMPAJIM Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2009
    Oddometer:
    539
    Location:
    Central Florida
    I have a Cee Baily short "summer screen" that I got for my f658GS that didn't prove to be any better than the OEM but looking at it, I believe that with a little band sawing, it would make a very attractive summer screen to fit to the Madstad base on my Tiger. I would still have some adjustibility and could keep the laminar flow benefits of the Madstad system.

    If it works but doesnt look good, I might order a cut down screen direct from Madstad.
  3. blacktiger

    blacktiger Tigers R great.

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2005
    Oddometer:
    3,935
    Location:
    St.Leonards on Sea, England.
    Nice one mate and in the best colour too. Enjoy.
  4. cug

    cug --

    Joined:
    May 31, 2009
    Oddometer:
    5,179
    Location:
    Sunny California
    Thanks all.

    I have to say: best bike overall I ever had. And I had a few. Is it better at everything? No, likely not. But it seems to me the best overall package for myself.

    And the engine is easily the best I ever experienced in a bike.

    Re dealer experience: so far, mixed. Not good, not bad. Took quite some time for them to get me a realistic offer on my GS. The rest was easy. When I picked the bike up, the chain was too loose, but okay, better than too tight. Steering head seems loose, too - will mention that on first service.

    One question for the folks here: On deceleration, there is a pronounced "rattle like sound", seems to come from the exhaust area. I read some articles complaining about the same, so I guess it might be normal. But - is it really?
  5. blacktiger

    blacktiger Tigers R great.

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2005
    Oddometer:
    3,935
    Location:
    St.Leonards on Sea, England.
    1) that's because no-one wants them any more. :D

    2) mine were too. Seems to be a common thing. as you say, mention it to the dealer and they'll adjust at first service.

    3) quite normal, although on mine it seems to have disappeared now at 12K.
  6. andoulli

    andoulli CAJUN

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2007
    Oddometer:
    2,114
    If your Tiger was constructed around lunch time at the factory, pop corn may have made it into the exhaust can, pretty common. Sorry, anyway what you are hearing is a little off throttle popping from the EPA mandated lean ECU mixture. The catalitic converter and exhaust can internals alter the sound into what you are hearing. They all do it.
  7. cug

    cug --

    Joined:
    May 31, 2009
    Oddometer:
    5,179
    Location:
    Sunny California
    Yeah, as said, I read from others that they hear "the same" or what I interpret as the same sound. My wife was riding behind me on her F650GS and telling me that she hears something rattling ... and she was at least 20 to 30m behind ... :deal I'll get used to it.

    Steering head - I read also that some seem to be loose. I don't have a centerstand, so right now this is "just a feel", not certainty as it could be the calipers / pads rocking. But it feels more like steering head, just from experience.

    Regarding nobody wanting the GS anymore - nah, you can say a lot about the Beemers, but resale value is outstanding. And people love them. I loved mine too, but wanted something with less weight and a smoother engine. Would have accepted the weight if they could put a 1050 triple in the standard GS chassis though ... :evil The Explorer is just a size too big ... more in the GS Adventure weight class than in the GS class.
  8. marloweluke

    marloweluke The Flying Dutchman

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2011
    Oddometer:
    149
    Location:
    East Kootenay
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG][​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    I bought the Madstad mostly because I didn't want to chance buying a screen that didn't work. I know with the Madstad I will be able to find a setting that works for me at 6'-3". Being able to take the screen off in the summer months is an added bonus. If you are into aesthetics you can also take the "robobrackets" off, but personally I couldn't be bothered, it looks fine the way it is.
  9. internalcombust

    internalcombust Yes its dirty, thanks.

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2009
    Oddometer:
    1,588
    Location:
    Middle TN.
    Ahhh you did it! Congratulations!:freaky Roadies in black look great.
  10. cug

    cug --

    Joined:
    May 31, 2009
    Oddometer:
    5,179
    Location:
    Sunny California
    I did. Very happy with my choice so far. Have quite some things on order and others to decide on:

    - GPS Mount (installed)
    - Windshield Adjuster (Triumph installed)

    - Heated Grips (Triumph, ordered)
    - Engine Bars (Triumph, ordered)
    - Hand Guards (Tiger 1050 including bar ends, ordered)
    - Gel Seat (ordered - if it doesn't work out I have my standard as a base for a rework by Bill Mayer or so)
    - Radiator Guard (Triumph, ordered)
    - Aux Power Socket (ordered)

    Have to decide on:

    - Rear Rack, thinking of the AltRider with Givi mounts
    - Handlebar Risers, thinking of using the XC risers
    - Front / Rear Fender Extender / Hugger
    - Maybe a Beak - can't decide what I like better, with or without and if with whether it's worth the money

    That's all I'll do for now, then decide on side luggage later. Might just use a Giant Loop bag that I can easier transfer between bikes.
  11. PaulSF

    PaulSF Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2009
    Oddometer:
    149
    The bike was just the down payment on the accessories ... :rofl
  12. cug

    cug --

    Joined:
    May 31, 2009
    Oddometer:
    5,179
    Location:
    Sunny California
    Luckily, not really. Yes, there is some money in there, but I actually got more by selling my accessories I had on the GS as I traded that one in bone stock.

    Yes, I'm loosing money there - I know that. But overall, I'm also quite happy that the Triumph accessories so far are much cheaper than most I bought for the Beemer. Overall, I'll put about the amount of money in the Tiger that I get from the accessory sale and I'm good to go. Even hard luggage is then accounted for if I really want it.
  13. Yossarian™

    Yossarian™ Deputy Cultural Attaché

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2007
    Oddometer:
    10,091
    Location:
    the 'Ha
    Very few people make money via motorcycling. Think of it as using your assets to purchase happiness. Well spent!
  14. cug

    cug --

    Joined:
    May 31, 2009
    Oddometer:
    5,179
    Location:
    Sunny California
    Exactly - it's my only hobby that actually costs money, so why would I not? Better then spending it on booze and women ... :lol3

    Back to topic: I have a Givi topcase I like to continue to use and I am looking for a good mounting plate. I don't like the "base plate + adapter" of the SW Motech all too much, the AltRider is really expensive for a piece of metal, the Givi requires drilling the plastic cover, what else is out there? Anything you guys can recommend?
  15. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2005
    Oddometer:
    22,651
    Location:
    Masshole
    I have the SW Motech plate and yes, it's a PIA to fit but once done, it works well and I find that when I don't have the top box, the SW plate allows me to strap stuff to it via the slots very easily.
  16. JBird

    JBird Retriever

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2004
    Oddometer:
    890
    Location:
    Upstate, SC
    I need to get some new hobbies!!!!
  17. cug

    cug --

    Joined:
    May 31, 2009
    Oddometer:
    5,179
    Location:
    Sunny California
    What I didn't like about the Motech plate was that it was actually always a bit loose. I had one with the Givi adaptor on my F800GS two years back and I really didn't like it that much.

    Re hobbies: let's put it that way - it's pretty much my only hobby ... :deal
  18. the_babaji

    the_babaji Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2011
    Oddometer:
    463
    Location:
    Ontario, Canada
    Don't forget the the AUX / FOG lights. They work wonders in widening out your zone of illumination (close in to the bike). Great for dark country roads! They should be installed at the same time you do the heated grips. As both jobs involve tearing off the tank and all the plastic bits, Not brain surgery, but I found it long and tedious having to do it twice.

    Great Purchase! Enjoy!:clap
  19. cug

    cug --

    Joined:
    May 31, 2009
    Oddometer:
    5,179
    Location:
    Sunny California
    Thanks for the tip - I'll keep that in mind. Right now they are fairly low on my list as I need to sort out the most important items first. I rarely need fog lights or "more light" than the two headlights give me, therefore I'm not inclined in doing this too soon.

    I might install the heated grips fairly soon and get the fog lights when I do a service. We'll see.
  20. Mr_Chris

    Mr_Chris Get away, evil car!

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2011
    Oddometer:
    298
    Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
    You can get em to throw in the harness and the switch now, and take your time with the lights -- you might get some other ideas about lights later (e.g. LEDs).

    Btw did you check out any aftermarket exhausts?