Triumph Tiger 800

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

  1. markbvt

    markbvt Long timer

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    I think I've washed my Tiger once since I bought it (over 19,000 miles ago). That's what rain is for. :D

    --mark
  2. orv

    orv Busted butt

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    Hit a deer. Need to order some plastic parts in front of the forks. Any source better than dealer or bike bandit? TIA

    Triumph Parts Locator has decent blow ups and lists. Best so far, but no USA source so far.
  3. fbj913

    fbj913 On the Beemer Kool-Aid

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    don't think there is. maybe let your insurance company deal with it...?
  4. helotaxi

    helotaxi Been here awhile

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    Umm, yeah. I use it to strip paint and primer on models. Not a chance I'd use it on a painted surface that I cared about without cutting it significantly with water and rinsing it immediately.
  5. Snapper

    Snapper Long timer

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    I know your pain...

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    (not on the Tiger though)
  6. Kawidad

    Kawidad Long timer

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    I've been buying some part though these guys on the Fleabay, so I don't know if they discount everyday prices, but on the Flea they are very reasonable and have fast shipping.

    http://myworld.ebay.com/hattiesburgcycles/&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2754
  7. aarlint

    aarlint noob rider

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    Negative. One is in the house and the other on the bike... I originally thought this might be the issue.
  8. basepc

    basepc Adventurer

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    Showed dings caused by the centerstand on the underside of my Roadies swingarm to the dealer and I am now getting a new swingarm.
  9. marloweluke

    marloweluke The Flying Dutchman

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    Hi BasePC,
    New swingarm? Are the dents that substantial? New centerstand too then to prevent it from happening again?
  10. cug

    cug --

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    So, last weekend I got my center stand installed - best farkle on the bike so far ...

    And today the 15mm raising links arrived and I got them installed:

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    I installed just the links, then did a short test ride. I might imagine it but I think it falls just ever so slightly quicker into corners. Not a big difference, but I think it's noticeable. I'll know more when I have a chance to go out and ride my favorite routes.

    After that I moved the front forks down so that they sit flush with the upper fork clamp now. That gives me about 4mm more in the front and 15mm in the rear. Long term we'll see whether I'm still dragging the foot pegs. Probably - though just a bit later and maybe not as often.

    But one thing is certain: I'm very happy that I bought only the 15mm raising links.

    The rear wheel is still about 10mm off the ground when the bike is on the standard Roadie center stand, it doesn't lean much further on the side stand and I didn't notice any other issues with this.

    The next step will be to get the front suspension upgraded. Want to look into getting Traxxion AK-20 fork cartridges installed. Then have the seat re-worked to be about 20mm higher and more comfy, get some Pivot Pegz with rubber tops (heavier - might reduce vibration just a bit more than the standard pegs without the rubber thingy in), install the heated grips which sit in the garage now for 4 months already, get either some Bark Buster Storm handguards or the ones from the Tiger 1050, look into luggage. This bike seems to really get a royal treatment with me ...
  11. henryII

    henryII Been here awhile

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    Spotted this at my dealer last day. I think the color looks good on the XC

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  12. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    Me likey - that is a very sharp looking bike.
  13. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    I like it too. Very 'British' looking.

    Matt finish paint is all fine as long as you don't have to patch it, polish it, or touch it up. The sheen is impossible to match. But it has a nice look to it. For the little bit of painted finish on these bikes it's just easier to keep up a gloss finish.

    I'm still toying with trying to match the 'venom yellow' that comes on the '12 roadie. Colorite doesn't list it so Triumph must not have licensed it or authorized them to match it. Could probably get a custom mix really close, but would need a swatch/sample to give to the mixer. :(:
  14. swimmer

    swimmer armchair asshole

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    Was the main reason you installed the raising links to get more clearance when leaning?
  15. cug

    cug --

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    Yes. Of course I take a little bit quicker handling if it comes with it, but ground clearance was the main reason.
  16. marloweluke

    marloweluke The Flying Dutchman

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    Oooh, I like it. Where did you buy those? US distributor?
  17. cug

    cug --

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    I bought them from Lust Racing. But there are other vendors on eBay for example. Lust Racing was just the one I found and they had a size I actually liked (I didn't want to go too high because of side and center stand issues, I also like the handling of the bike as is fairly well, but wanted just that bit more ground clearance).

    And don't get me wrong: from the very limited test riding I did since I installed them I neither know whether I will scrape pegs later (though I should, given that the rear is 15mm higher now) or whether it has any effect on handling (I guess it will, but not much).

    I'm happy with that change at the moment, how it will work out long term and whether there are any adverse effects, I can't tell yet. I might know a bit more after the coming weekend as we have a 700 mile weekend trip planned.
  18. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    Have started setting up the bike for light touring, making it more comfy for the wifey.
    First I modified the pillion seat by grinding out the middle of it into more of a dish-pan shape while leaving the front full height since it slopes pretty good to the front. Then added a layer of 1" softer foam in the same shape as the new seat top profile. Finally made a new cover out of some carbon-fiber-look vinyl that is BLACK. WTF were they thinking putting a gray cover on the passenger seat anyway?? :lol3

    Next I got a rear rack plate from CJ Designs in WI and mounted my Seahorse box I took off the Versys when I sold it. I kept the side boxes too as they are all setup for Happy Trails racks so I have a new rack set coming for the Tiger. Total expenditure for full pannier and topbox - about $400.

    She likes a backrest and I just couldn't stomach those cute givi boxes on an adventure bike, so I made a backrest pad out of 3/8" solid core cabinet plywood, added a 1" peice of the seat foam, and covered with the same vinyl as the seat. The angle surprised me, I had to have her sit on the bike and then set the angle of the backrest so when she leans back it sits square to her back. The support bracket is 2" aluminum angle. And I added strap loops for a bungee net or to strap a roli-bag or whatever on top of the box. Great place to put layers or extra clothes you peel off when it gets hot here. The grab handles are still fully functional.

    I also did a bit of tail-tidy to get rid of some of the bracketry back there. Trimmed off the fender below the license plate and shortened the reflector bracket. The side reflectors had to go, too clap-trap and I can add reflective tape to the boxes if johnny-law doesn't like it the way it is.

    Factory engine guards and a center stand are on their way too.

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  19. motomuppet

    motomuppet Been here awhile

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    So after several trips to my local dealer to gawk, quibble and drool over the black XC, I finally paid my money and said I will pick it up in a week. Next sat roles around and there is my sexy new black xc, plated with my chosen bits and pieces on it sitting out the fornt....right next to one of these green meanies fresh outta the crate! They look awesome in the flesh....still love my balck one, but what a cruel trick to play on a guy!
  20. RichardU

    RichardU Let's Ride

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    Very cool. Thanks for sharing.