Triumph Tiger 800

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

  1. dwoodward

    dwoodward Long timer

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    Violent Agreement!

    OK. I pulled the instruement cluster & headlights off my T800 last weekend. Two of the four bolts holding the cluster on were finger tight; one (bottom, throttle-side) had backed out a quarter inch. Not as obvious a failure as a rear wheel pulley coming off, but it'd still be a rude shock to have the front of the bike come unstuck.
  2. internalcombust

    internalcombust Yes its dirty, thanks.

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    My wife loves riding on the back of my tiger. There is much more room than my old vstrom. It is quite comfortable for her and I both.
  3. UtahFox

    UtahFox Been here awhile

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    Not entirely a re-entry rider, I've been riding a Vespa for 10 years or so before getting the Scrambler a year ago. That said, I am a newb to this big bike, and I have been meaning to do that course. Thanks for the reminder :)

    Nice, I can see this now :)
  4. fbj913

    fbj913 On the Beemer Kool-Aid

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    yes, side stand is plenty strong enough. the weakest part of the sidestand is where you have the foot planted. make sure you are on firm ground! if you have the bike loaded up, swinging your leg over without one foot on the stand would be near impossible.
  5. fbj913

    fbj913 On the Beemer Kool-Aid

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    I take it no one has an XM antenna mounted?
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    Then I wouldn't recommend any of the MSF classes as in my opinion they mainly target a different group of riders - the ones that rarely ride and need very basic re-introduction to proper riding. They are so bureaucratic that they are not allowed to adjust their classes to the needs of the attendees.

    It might still help you (and me) but if you are experienced on two wheels, scooter or bike, and have 10 years of riding done, you can get on much better trainings. Like a beginner track day where they teach you how to ride corners properly, not necessarily fast but correct, teach you how and when to break, and also give you some important skills for properly riding a street motorcycle.

    If you have lots of money to spend you can also attend one of the Adventure riding classes out there (I have read good things about the BMW classes, but some good and more bad things about the Rawhyde classes). My wife really wants us to do a weekend trip doing a one day dirt class followed by a one day street class on a single weekend.

    http://www.bmwusa.com/Standard/Content/Experience/Events/PDS/ProgramsandCourses/Motorcycle.aspx

    This might or might not be good, I'm just pointing out that there are classes out there, that are MUCH MUCH better than the MSF classes because they adjust to the attendees and help you with your specific questions / issues instead of pushing through their required class material. Unfortunately these classes are also much more expensive. I still think they have a better value.
  7. fbj913

    fbj913 On the Beemer Kool-Aid

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    quick update on the sprocket...

    I really dont notice a mpg difference. If there is one it seems small. I would say 1mpg less max. However, the fun factor out weighs everything. It shifts better, has more low end, and really makes the bike ride like it should have off the show room floor. Of course this is my perception. I wont be switching back to stock!!!
  8. dwoodward

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    As others have noted- "cowboy up" is the easiest way to get on a tall bike, then you balance the bike while the passenger does the same thing. The gotcha for passengers is to have them stand close to the bike and step STRAIGHT UP on the peg. If they're standing away from the bike and step up and pull on your back, that's a balance issue.

    Done right, there's very effect on the bike's balance. Done wrong, you'll be laying on the ground.
  9. Rich B

    Rich B Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the responses to my question. I know climbing onto the Tiger will be a problem, but she had no issues climbing onto the F800 or 1200Gs....so not too worried about the climb, was more concerned about would she find the perch acceptable.

    So see where this goes, if we end up with a Tiger, then I can start asking dumbazz noob questions about a Tiger that have already been answered several hundred times :rofl
  10. Dr. Motardo

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    I don't know, I kind of think the MSF basic skills class could still be helpful. They really do help if you've picked up any bad habits over the years. Of course, these classes vary depending on location and instructor so my experience could be very different from yours. Also, it's been about 10 years since I last took an MSF class of any kind.

    I learned the most and had the most fun at an American Supercamp. I highly recommend these camps, even though they're aimed at dirt track racing. They do a good job of breaking up the class into groups with similar skills and you ride and crash on a controlled course. When you fall, the bikes are small enough that bruises are typically the worst you'll experience. I hadn't ridden in the dirt for over 20 years when I took this 2 day class and I learned a lot and had a blast.

    http://www.americansupercamp.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10&Itemid=3
  11. helotaxi

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    Depending on the XM receiver and the mount you have for that, I've typically seen an "L" made out of sheet steel stuck on the back of the mount for the receiver and the antenna stuck on that. As my bike is currently set up, I would try to stick it on the flyscreen for my Madstad but with all the different configurations that people have their bikes, I don't think that there will be a universal solution that will work for everyone.
  12. Yossarian™

    Yossarian™ Deputy Cultural Attaché

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    I agree wholeheartedly. I've been to two AS sessions and learned from each.

    I plan on continuing attendance until I've gotten it right! :wink:
  13. bross

    bross Where we riding to?

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    That's the beauty of riding, we'll never know it all, so there's always something new to learn and the only way to get better is to keep riding. :deal :clap
  14. fbj913

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    I know! Thats why I was asking for pictures and ideas of where to mount it. 100 different options could be posted, that would be 99 more than I have now... thats all I'm looking for.
  15. PYG RYDR

    PYG RYDR Adventure-Dual Sport

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    I am looking to purchase a new XC and want to know which Triumph accessories owners think should be purchased with the bike. I know it is a preference thing. I have looked at this forum and the UK forum. Still undecided and looking for input.

    TIA

    Items I know I want:
    skid plate-OEM? Motech? Other?
    saddlebag luggage-OEM? TRAX? ???
    center stand-OEM? Motech? ???
    protection bars-OEM? Other?
    hand guards-OEM? Other?
    other items.
  16. C5INC

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    Sorry, no pics, but on my FJR, I have it mounted on top of the brake resovoir with "Dual Lock" (kind of like heavy duty velcro). Been on since '08 and never came loose and always get a good signal.

  17. fbj913

    fbj913 On the Beemer Kool-Aid

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    skid plate-OEM -(Altrider looks good too)
    saddlebag luggage-Happy Trails SU with Wolfman Expedetion (not needed with purchase)
    center stand-OEM
    protection bars-Happy Trails
    hand guards-dozens of choices, I run Acerbis (not needed with purchase necessarily)
  18. C5INC

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    Keep us posted on this. I've got the Triumph tall, adjustable screen and not impressed. That would be WAY to easy if it bolted up to my adjustable brackets!

  19. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    Plus ONE on American Super camp! :thumb:thumb:thumb:thumb:thumb
    Learning to slide a bike flat track style does wonders for your street skills.
    Can't really explain W H Y ... but it really does work ... somehow? :hmmmmm
  20. Rob Dirt

    Rob Dirt More or less in line

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    I like the triumph fender extender (I glued mine on),skid plate, & engine guards. However, the first thing you should buy is risers. I use the 20mm risers & that's plenty to rotate the bars where I want them. Without risers it has a lean forward position & the throttle cables rub against the plastic tank shroud on full turn to the right.