Triumph Tiger 800

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

  1. XPADREX

    XPADREX Funslinger

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    Other than a little deception in the owner's manual... I've been loving this bike. ;) thanks for the assist... I also called Bueller, who gets to hear all of my mechanical tales of woe. He confirmed the washer. Remind me to tell you of the time I changed the oil on my new Wrangler, and the factory filter was on so tight, it left the gasket on the block and I didn't notice... oy vey!
  2. swimmer

    swimmer armchair asshole

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    It seems crazy that it could be an oil issue to make that much noise but I don't doubt the experiences posted. Will be interested to hear what happens with frytown.
  3. bross

    bross Where we riding to?

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    Remember a few Triumph triples have been known to go through a wee bit of oil. I think it was Bike magazine that blew up a Tiger 1050 by letting it get low on oil. We've had no issues with my wife's Street Triple and I don't have enough miles on my Tiger. I regularly check my oil anyway so not really a concern.
  4. fbj913

    fbj913 On the Beemer Kool-Aid

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    Don't ride it! Have it towed or borrow a truck!
  5. Chuckracer

    Chuckracer Jerkus Maximus

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    It's under warranty, right? Ride it...and carry a cell phone.
  6. frytown

    frytown Adventurer

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    Huge thanks for the replies, everyone.

    Yeah, it's really gotta be an oil issue as many have suggested. That's what it sounds like, but the oil level has never changed from where it is now: right half way between the two lines on the sight glass, when it was new off the lot, and after the oil was changed at the 600 mile mark. Maybe the oil is just cooked. Or my oil pump is not working properly?

    I'll post what I find out in hopes of helping some other poor bastard down the road.

    Wish me luck!
  7. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    Good luck :thumb
  8. helotaxi

    helotaxi Been here awhile

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    If the oil is cooked the level doesn't matter. The oil just runs out of the head while the bike sits. As soon as the engine spins up and the oil pump gets going it supplies oil to the head and all is relatively good. Does the noise go away after it idles for a bit?
  9. Mr_Chris

    Mr_Chris Get away, evil car!

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    I have been running Motul 300V in mine, it's on the second round at the moment. I consider that a "best" oil and even with that I can make out a slight tick at ~2200 rpm. Certainly nothing a mere mortal on the side of the road would hear unless they too were a Triumph lover or perhaps a mechanic. :rofl

    So I recommend that oil, once your mechanic finds out what's been left inside your motor or whatever. :deal
  10. marloweluke

    marloweluke The Flying Dutchman

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    I can answer A)

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    The rack is asymmetrical with the right side further out to clear the exhaust. There is probably an inch clearance to the stock exhaust. I have the Caribou case system which uses Pelican cases.
  11. marloweluke

    marloweluke The Flying Dutchman

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    I just returned from a 5000 km road trip through BC, Washington, Oregon and down to northern California. It was pretty cool and wet half the time. The roadie did great and handled well with a medium load. I did notice the rear starts to pendulum back and forth at high speed cornering in big sweepers at 140+ km/h. I'll have to check the headstock as I hear it click occasionally to make sure that is not the cause. We were with a group of 8 guys ranging from Goldwings to CBR1000RR's. The Tiger more then held it's own. In the tighter stuff the Tiger was just great keeping pace with everything out there. I did scrape the peg feelers quite a few times, but that's it. Hanging off is necessary to prevent worse scraping. I was at the speed limit of what I am comfortable doing on the road. Buddy on the CBR1000RR trashed a set of tires riding the same pace I was, triangulated front and rear tires, cords almost showing on the way back through the Oregon desert. Madstad screen was awesome and Caribou cases kept everything dry. Don't like their weight, but you can't have it all. Mileage was good also at average 5.2 L/100km. Overall, super happy with the Roadie but would like to get rid of the high speed swaying. Will see if the headstock bearings are loose or if a rear suspension mod will be necessary. Anyone else notice the rear end swaying? BTW it also did it when I had the cases off for a couple of days so it's not just the luggage causing it.
  12. PYG RYDR

    PYG RYDR Adventure-Dual Sport

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    I picked up my new XC Friday. Today went for my first ride-105 miles to breakfast-Mabry's Mill on the Blue Ridge Parkway, VA. Love the bike so far! The triple is great!
    [​IMG]

    I started adding Farkles:
    Headlight Protector
    Eclipse Seatbag
    Deer Whistle

    Waiting for dealer to provide:
    Center Stand
    Front Fender Extender

    Awaiting delivery:
    Happy Trails Nerf Bars
    Happy Trails Saddlebag Racks
    Altrider Skidplate
    Rox Risers
    HDB Handguards, Wind Deflectors and Mirrors
    SW-Motech Rear Master Cylinder Guard
    Twisted Throttle DrySpec™ D66 Drybag Modular Packing System
    Wolfman Large Expedition Tankbag

    Want to order a shock protector and rear sprocket.

    Anyone install a larger rear sprocket?
    What size?

    I want to thank everyone for providing information about accessories/farkles and helping me get my TIGR PG customized to suit my preferences.

    Regards,
  13. fbj913

    fbj913 On the Beemer Kool-Aid

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    You mean like this? :D
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=18640191&postcount=12662
  14. PYG RYDR

    PYG RYDR Adventure-Dual Sport

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  15. E-town dirt dude

    E-town dirt dude Been here awhile

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    Oooh...shiny. Where did you get it and how much? :clap
  16. fbj913

    fbj913 On the Beemer Kool-Aid

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    It's not that shiny anymore :evil Engle motors in Kansas City had them custom made. Call them for details. Englemotors.com
  17. E-town dirt dude

    E-town dirt dude Been here awhile

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    How much does the RPM go up on the highway?
  18. RichardU

    RichardU Let's Ride

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    GearingCommander knows all.
  19. the_babaji

    the_babaji Been here awhile

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    Just finished the 2012 Ontario Roaming Rally did all the technical sections and water crossings. My Touratech top case bracket is bent to shit from all the chattering up and down.

    The OEM lights were on the whole time and still work great. :clap
  20. Snapper

    Snapper Long timer

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    Nice report.. just curious what you and your luggage weighed in at, and what preload setting (as a %) you use? I would agree that ground clearance is one of biggest limitations of this otherwise sporty bike.