Triumph Tiger 800

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

  1. hawkbox

    hawkbox 800 (Ironhide!)

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    Nice looking bike, just a heads up Kootenay pass was cold as balls over the Canada long weekend but my rain suit and barkbusters kept me comfy on my road version. Think I need to order a center stand for it though.
  2. av_mech

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    Look into FUEL EXHAUST from the UK. It arrived in five days, was about $200, fit and finish was awesome, and it sounds great!

    <a href="http://s73.photobucket.com/albums/i230/tystellrecht/Tiger%20800%20XC/?action=view&amp;current=photo27.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i230/tystellrecht/Tiger%20800%20XC/photo27.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

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  3. rubRsidedown

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    That FUEL exhaust looks VERY nice.
    I'd like to hear it over a stock unit.

    A little before and after YouTube action, no?
  4. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    Are you guys just bolting these exhausts on and going? Any re-map? Any change in performance, or is this just for looks?
  5. deltamark

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    Itching to make an offer to an area dealer on either a Roadie or the XC. Haven't test ridden the Roadie yet, so I'll decide once I do. In calculating my offer, I'm wondering if installation of desired accessories is generally included with a new bike purchase? Or, do I need to figure in more $ for that?
  6. av_mech

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    They'll charge you unless you already have a great relationship with them. My advice is learn to do it yourself. The best way to learn your new machine is work on it.
  7. av_mech

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    I'll take a video and post it. Gimme a day or so. Another nice thing about the Fuel is that is has a removable baffle. The baffle can also be cut to let more sound out with our removing it fully. I haven't cut mine yet. It's pretty good with the full baffle in. Way better sound than the Stocker. Not to mention A LOT lighter and smaller. I was dumbfounded when I felt how much that stock exhaust weighs. I can't remember when exactly I put it on, but I'm pretty sure I have about 16,000 miles with the exhaust. Love it. No problems at all.
  8. av_mech

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    A couple of parts/maintenance questions for you guys. I've got 18272 miles on Hobbes now. And not a single one commuting, I might add.

    I'm due for new brake pads on the rear. Anybody got a recommendation for an aftermarket that might be a bit cheaper than Triumph? We finally got our dealership back in the Boise area and they still don't have their parts computer up yet, so I haven't priced them from Triumph. Just want to evaluate options.

    Also checked the chain stretch and did a good inspection of the stock sprockets. The rear sprocket still looks great after 18.000 miles of sand, mud, dirt, and highway. The front sprocket is due. The chain stretch is just past it's limit of 12.56 in for 20 links. I think 18,000 miles is great to get out of a set of sprockets and chain. But, is there something better? I'll probably go with the Triumph again cause of the great mileage I've gotten. Unless you guys got something better. :ear
  9. rubRsidedown

    rubRsidedown Long timer

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    Yes the aftermarket exhausts are certainly lighter and usually run cooler.
    I know my HMFs on my 950 ADVenture are MUCH cooler to temp over the stock boat anchor cans that came on it. Certainly a much deeper note over stock too with the quiet inserts and without them it's totally NASCAR/Lucifer sounding. Gotta love the tone when down shifting and or getting off throttle coming down from speed. :evil

    Why am I reading the Triumph site so much some may ask....
    Well my Wife will be up for a new bike within a year or so and I REALLY think the Triumph or BMW 800 would be a GREAT bike for her. Yeah, I MIGHT just have to ride it too from time to time. :wink:
  10. E-town dirt dude

    E-town dirt dude Been here awhile

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    Hi Gary,
    I'll PM you my contact info. Would be good to hook up for a ride.

    Cheers

    Mark
  11. cug

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    Do you have a photo straight from the rear and maybe even one straight from above to gauge how wide that exhaust is?
  12. bross

    bross Where we riding to?

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    Since buying my Tiger, my wife said she wants to go demo a Roadie. Don't think she'll ever get ride of her Street Triple R, but it sure would be nice to have two Tigers for exploring. She loves her DR200 but it sucks on the highway.
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    Had a chance for a little bit longer test ride during lunch time today.

    I don't think there is a difference in the way the bike goes into corners, doesn't feel sharper or quicker in that regard. If there is a difference, without an A to B comparison with an unmodified Tiger I would say everything I might "feel" could be imagination.

    What I do feel and where I'm certain it's not just imagination is that it does have a less pronounced tendency to go wide in curves. The Roadie always gave me the feeling that I had to push it a bit more, correct a the line slightly, when going through longer curves where you are leaned over for a longer time. This seems to be much less pronounced for me. Very happy with that.

    Also, when I was out today I did not scratch the pegs in the corners I typically touched down before. Probably just a matter of time to get there again, but the added clearance certainly helps feeling a bit better about it.

    So, overall money well spent (roughly $100).

    Unfortunately the ride today showed me even more that I need to get something done to the front suspension ...
  14. Snapper

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    ^^ Thanks Cug, can't wait for my risers to come in. Dragging pegs again yesterday, too old and knees hurt too much to get of the seat for every corner, 10 corners per mile. My previous Harley had better clearance, and unfortunately, I'm serious.
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    I'm normally not that fast or lean that much over - I move my upper body into a corner, but don't shift on the seat. That's only an indicator to the cops that you're going way too fast and they pull you out sometimes based on that impression. Nevertheless, at some point in time I scraped with the V-Strom, the F800GS, even the R1200GS, but the Tiger takes the candle - touches down the earliest of these bikes.

    What version did you go with? +15mm?

    Update: did a little bit of math and some guesstimates regarding the bike (can't measure right now), but I don't think the lean angle improves that much with that mod either, I ended up estimating something around 3 degrees. Better than nothing though.
  16. Snapper

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    I got the 15mm... if you calculate 3 degrees, that should be around an 8% improvement as I think this bike has ~ 38-39 degree lean angle (just comparing to my previous Harley which had a 39-40 degree angle). That might just be enough for me, and I have a 30" inseam and like the low seat height.

    Interesting about moving upper body vs lower body - I'm the opposite. I prefer getting my butt off the seat, but keeping my head and upper body a little more centered as I feel it looks much less "racy" to LEOs and other traffic approaching from the other direction. This is just based on what I see when a bike is approaching me - I can easily see what their upper body is doing, but less on their lower body position.
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    I will do some measuring and calculate later tonight with me being on the bike and an actual measurement instead of my big thumb estimate. I'll get back on that.

    Regarding moving upper vs. lower body, you are probably right - I don't move too much, first of all I sit very upright with the Rox risers on the Tiger, so when I'm going fast I lean slightly forward and then it's just a "kiss the mirror" type of move to bring a bit more weight to the inside of the corner. If I touch down with that - too bad, I'll just ride slower then ... :lol3
  18. littlelionmonster

    littlelionmonster Custom Faker

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    thanks for the exhaust suggestions! Couple better options that what I was finding on ebay.

    :cry:cryDon't think I'm going to be able to pick up the Tiger until next Friday, then I have to travel for work the next week. My dad will have it all broke in by the time I get home.

    (I am now stopped my foot, throwing a fit like my 2 year old)
  19. cug

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    From what I measured and calculated I won't get much more than 2 degrees more lean angle. That's roughly 5%. Still something. I might be off because there are a few things to consider that I didn't all bother calculating ... (width of tire, rolling onto the side of the tire while leaning, ...)

    Still, overall I'm very happy with the purchase.
  20. Rich B

    Rich B Been here awhile

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    I had asked some questions a while back about a Tiger 800XC for 2 up, already had made my mind up I liked the bike....

    Well add me to the list of Tiger 800 owners :D Drug home a 2011 800XC with ABS last weekend with 754 miles on it. Wife LOVES the pillion perch! And pegs.

    Me - this is the new bike I have waited for 30 years for. I have tried a lot of bikes in that time, none really did it for me..so my trusty 68 BSA Lightning remained the ride of choice for a long time, since new bikes just didn't excite me. Well, hope the BSA isn't jealous now that I have a new favorite ride! Gawd I love this bike