Triumph Tiger 800

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

  1. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    http://www.economypoint.org/k/ktm-motorcycle-manufacturer.html

    Bit if info here on KTM. Looks like they started making rads after one of the
    several re-organizations. Not really a smooth road, that's for sure.

    "1954 begin the series production of motorcycles, whereby the enterprise almost all components, as produces brakes and radiator. The engines came from Puch, for the export variants of Fichtel & Sachs."

    "KTM radiator GmbH

    KTM radiator develops and produces since 1984 cooling systems for the automobile and motorcycle industry as well as for stationary plants.
    At the production location Mattighofen/Austria are busy over 350 coworkers. Additionally KTM radiator maintains selling partnerships in Germany, Italy and the USA."
  2. The Mountain

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    Actually, I think Cheng Shin is available here. The problem is not brand per se (though I'd much rather be able to put even TKCs on than try Shinko, based on what I read in that tire thread over in the oilhead forum), it's size. Almost no one here carries the big sizes that the Tiger uses.

    Also, gotta say that from what I've seen of the Pulsar line, reliability is not (yet) Bajaj's strong suit. Yes, the new KTM Duke is pretty decent, and I've actually debated whether or not to get one. The problem is that I do want to be able to go on longer rides now and then, to say nothing of being able to ride at close to 100km/h, without having to have the engine near or at redline. Doing 4 hours on the highway on a 200cc bike would be torture :hung.
  3. blacktiger

    blacktiger Tigers R great.

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    Although I've run one on my 955 for 36000 miles and everything is still sweet. And prior to that 40000 miles on a R100GS.

    For the 800 which is going to be ridden in dirt and dust more, I've fitted a DNA filter (same type as K&N) along with the Uni pre-filter. The reasoning being; the pre-filter takes out 95% of the dust and the low maintenance DNA catches what's left. The pre-filter is accessible for cleaning and the DNA stays put for years.
  4. blacktiger

    blacktiger Tigers R great.

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    Thinking about it, I bought some Continental inner tubes a while back and they were made in India. Maybe contact Conti India and see if they can get you some TKC80.
  5. The Mountain

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    Conti is partnered up with MRF here. I did contact them, and from what I could gather, the only tires they have available here are for heavy trucks. The tube you got is probably just a rebranded MRF, and tubes don't require the same manufacturing complexity that speed-rated motorcycle tires do, so they can make lots of different sizes.
  6. blacktiger

    blacktiger Tigers R great.

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    I was thinking that if you asked nicely they might get some in for you.
  7. Snapper

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    Difference between tubeless vs tube tires is huge... also available front tires (and their profiles) can be a big difference - as an example, I ran a Anakee2 100-90/19 H rated (bias ply?) and hit the side wear bars in 2.5k. Replaced with an Anakee2 110-80/19 Z rated (radial) and I'm now at 4k with barely noticeable wear. Not to mention that the sidewall tread on the narrower tire was much more limited.

    However if you're a real scratcher, the non-XC has pretty crappy ground clearance.... seriously, it's worse than my previous Harley (XR).
  8. Ronin1

    Ronin1 Hoonigan

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    Umm. Really? I ride with a Daytona 675, a Daytona 955, a Hypermotard 796 and a couple Aprilia's. I don't have any problems in the corners keeping up with them. I have caught the end of the sidestand a few times but I also have a bigger pad on it than stock.
    Maybe I just hang off more than most?

    Jim
  9. RichardU

    RichardU Let's Ride

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    It is on the site for a while now.
  11. RichardU

    RichardU Let's Ride

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    You are correct. My mistake.
  12. Jblk9695

    Jblk9695 AKA-Crazy Old Man

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    +1 on that.

    Jerry
  13. UtahFox

    UtahFox Been here awhile

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    Got my Madstad screen installed yesterday. Good quality stuff here, and a breeze to install. I could of used this on my trip to Flagstaff, did 1,200 miles - 75% of the time in horrid wind.

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  14. Adv Grifter

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    Or maybe you have to ride to Georgia to find a corner? :lol3 The only time I got to ride twisties in Fla was at the race track in West Palm. :thumb

    Off roading was good practice for learning sand riding. I had a Husky 5 speed Auto, a hoot in Sugar Sand.
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    TAMPAJIM Been here awhile

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    Never saw anybody set one upright like that. I should think you might get some buffeting with the screen being so far away from your helmet.
    I rake mine at just a smige more upright than the black plate for speed (touring) runs, same as black plate for local riding.
  16. Snapper

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    We all know riding has less to do with the bike, than it does with the rider. I ride a lot of tight technical stuff where the best bike would probably be a <500cc super motard, and I do get my butt off the seat. Over the last decade, I've owned a R1100S, R1150GS, WR250X, XR1200, and T800. Only ever touched hard parts down on the last two bikes, and most frequently on the Tiger, and I'd argue that I've been slowing down (getting old). Weighing in at 150lbs, I've always set my unladened preload to <25%.... on the Tiger, I'm starting to bump that up to 30-45%... not ideal as the rear starts to feel too stiff vs the front.

    To say it has less clearance than a "Harley" may seem like a cut.... but the XR was one hell of cornering demon - here's a typical tire off that bike Clicky.
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    eram310 Been here awhile

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    I understand precisely what you mean. I used to be more or less regular at track days and motorcycle track school and I also own an SV650 with aftermarket suspension for my 160lbs frame.
    I definitely have to get off the bike (T800) more than I do on the SV to avoid scrapping. The front is soft and I have to avoid braking hard before a turn, which is a good thing for street riding anyway. I also noticed that my hands get fatigued because I hold on to the bars instead of leaning over to them, like you do on sport / sport touring bikes. I am known to be an aggressive street rider and most experienced riders on sport bikes have to pay attention following me whether it be on the Tiger or SV.

    I did increase preload to about 20 clicks (4 lines showing) out. More than that, and itÂ’s start getting too hard for my weight.

    Rode about a 1000 miles on the bike this weekend and overall I am very happy.







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    fbj913 On the Beemer Kool-Aid

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    I have been running stock and uni pre filter. there is another company that makes one but i can't remember the name. its three letters. tdr, drt, ..... something like that. I can see it in my head.
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    I get mine from Engle Motors in Kansas City.
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