Triumph Tiger 800

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

  1. Snapper

    Snapper Long timer

    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2003
    Oddometer:
    2,525
    Location:
    Fairfield County, CT
    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).
  2. Ronin1

    Ronin1 Hoonigan

    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2011
    Oddometer:
    69
    Location:
    West Central Florida
    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
  3. RichardU

    RichardU Let's Ride

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2004
    Oddometer:
    904
    Location:
    Marietta, GA
  4. cug

    cug --

    Joined:
    May 31, 2009
    Oddometer:
    5,124
    Location:
    Sunny California
    It is on the site for a while now.
  5. RichardU

    RichardU Let's Ride

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2004
    Oddometer:
    904
    Location:
    Marietta, GA
    You are correct. My mistake.
  6. Jblk9695

    Jblk9695 AKA-Crazy Old Man

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2008
    Oddometer:
    256
    Location:
    Crestline, Ca in the Forest
    +1 on that.

    Jerry
  7. UtahFox

    UtahFox Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2012
    Oddometer:
    446
    Location:
    Salt Lake City
    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.

    [​IMG]
  8. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2010
    Oddometer:
    6,128
    Location:
    Passing ADV Stalkers in California
    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.
  9. TAMPAJIM

    TAMPAJIM Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2009
    Oddometer:
    504
    Location:
    Central Florida

    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.
  10. Snapper

    Snapper Long timer

    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2003
    Oddometer:
    2,525
    Location:
    Fairfield County, CT
    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.
  11. eram310

    eram310 Been here awhile

    Joined:
    May 22, 2008
    Oddometer:
    101
    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.







  12. fbj913

    fbj913 On the Beemer Kool-Aid

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2007
    Oddometer:
    2,456
    Location:
    KC MO
    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.
  13. fbj913

    fbj913 On the Beemer Kool-Aid

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2007
    Oddometer:
    2,456
    Location:
    KC MO
    I get mine from Engle Motors in Kansas City.
  14. cug

    cug --

    Joined:
    May 31, 2009
    Oddometer:
    5,124
    Location:
    Sunny California
  15. fbj913

    fbj913 On the Beemer Kool-Aid

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2007
    Oddometer:
    2,456
    Location:
    KC MO
  16. Stein67

    Stein67 Adventurer

    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2010
    Oddometer:
    66
    Location:
    Nebraska
    Do they usually keep K60's in stock or do they order them for you? If they are stock I'm going to stop in for a pair next time I'm in town.
  17. fbj913

    fbj913 On the Beemer Kool-Aid

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2007
    Oddometer:
    2,456
    Location:
    KC MO
    in stock. call them first because they said they are selling them like hot cakes. last time i was in they said they sold out but had more on order. I'm actually headed there now. I'll ask if I remember.
  18. fbj913

    fbj913 On the Beemer Kool-Aid

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2007
    Oddometer:
    2,456
    Location:
    KC MO
    ^^^ I forgot to ask, sorry!

    Has anyone used the Triumph aux light switch on non stock lights? There are four wires and my lights have 3. What wires go where? Thanks!!!
  19. Oddball

    Oddball Starting over

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2007
    Oddometer:
    168
    Location:
    Tent Space Thread, Currently AZ > CA.
    Aux light switch were can I get one?
  20. fbj913

    fbj913 On the Beemer Kool-Aid

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2007
    Oddometer:
    2,456
    Location:
    KC MO
    got mine from the dealer