Triumph Tiger 800

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

  1. Rob Dirt

    Rob Dirt More or less in line

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    They work, but I ride way to much sand. Even the dirt has sand. The oil would attract sand & it would stay on the chain.
  2. T

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    That tends to be the popular opinion on chain oilers....too much dirt/sand turns the oil into a grinding compound.
  3. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    I think they're probably great for a long distance road bike, although I've never used one.
    The thing I don't like about oil is that it's extremely messy and dirty. That shit goes everywhere. :puke1
  4. bross

    bross Where we riding to?

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    I've used a Scott Oiler on a couple bikes but as said wouldn't use one on any bike that see's gravel roads, off road. I also spent probably just as much time fiddling with the delivery tube to keep it positioned properly as I would have just lubing the chain. Won't ever use one again.

    If you rode every day in the rain, like say Seattle or the UK, then I'd say it could be worth it, otherwise no.
  5. clax

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    I'm 99% sure you don't understand what happened. I know how to adjust and maintain a chain.

    When this happened there was no adjustment left and I had been trying to get a chain thru the dealer network for weeks!

    Maybe that point isn't very clear in what I said before.

    Is it Triumphs responsibility to make sure my chain is tight? No! I didn't say that.

    Should they try to help me get some parts when I desparately need them?
    Ya, I think so.

    Clay D
  6. jimjim

    jimjim Just another FF!

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    Based on your first post I didn't think you knew how to adjust or maintain a chain either.
  7. clax

    clax Adventurer

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    I'm not entirely certain how you are coming to this conclusion. Because the shop tightened my chain, while I was having the pannier bracket welded? I don't get it. So anyone that has ever had their chain adjusted by a mechanic doesnt know how to do it themselves? Btw, I helped the mechanic do it!

    Ciao,
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  8. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    Exactly what I was basing my comment on. I also got the impression that Clay thought Triumph somehow had responsibility for the cracked case due to the chain being loose and coming off since a mechanic at a Triumph dealer had last adjusted it. If I have that wrong, I apologize....but that's what I read into Clay's comments.
  9. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    You were not very clear at all - you mentioned the chain first and then said you 'also' had other things done at the shop. That to me (and others it seems) indicates the main purpose of the visit was to have the chain tightened. If you know how to do it, why let the shop even touch it ?

    It may just be a language thing, I have no idea....
  10. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    OMG :eek1

    :rofl :lol3 :D
  11. gallowaystx

    gallowaystx Been here awhile

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    Obviously the dealer in Colombia either a) mistakenly thought the chain would last or b) screwed you (more likely - based on the other things you mentioned that he neglected)

    But either way - triumph and I will both argue that it is your responsibility to double check the dealer's work and take it up with them before you leave the shop. If you suspected the chain was near the end of it's life it would have been prudent to INSIST on a new chain before you rode another 10k km into the hearth of south america and/or bought a replacement chain to take along with you.

    That said - total lack of response, even if to tell you to get lost - is inexcusable from a brand that claims to be manufacturing adventure bikes.

    If they are serious about us taking these things far and wide they really need to go above and beyond (at this stage in the game) to coddle their riders in order to prevent them from defecting back to the "other" brand.

    GL with everything - I wish you plain sailing from here on out and I am happy to hear that your parts are finally there. Keep us updated on your progress for the rest of your trip. Is there a RR?
  12. rustynut2

    rustynut2 Been here awhile

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    Back to the bike for a bit. Looking at the 800xc myself and wondering how it is on the highway, is it spooled up or just happy. RPMs at 60, 70 and 80 would be nice.
  13. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    Don't pay attention to these guys. They're just pissed that you're off riding in South America and they're sitting behind a computer:lol3
  14. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    It is just fine cruising at 80 on the highway. Allegedly. So I'm told :D
  15. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    It's just a fantastic road bike. At 6K it's running right about 80. Road gearing is great. Offroad, first is a bit tall. But for a heavy DS it works fine.

    I initially thought I would get the T800 roadie with tubeless tires and cast wheels. But all reports said the XC was just as good on road so went for the plusher suspension and 21" front wheel. Soooooo glad I did. It's a wonderful machine. If I didn't know better I would have thought a road bike was supposed to be built this way. :D

    Off pavement it just tractors over everything.
  16. Yossarian™

    Yossarian™ Deputy Cultural Attaché

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    Sections of I-15 in Utah are posted 80 MPH limit. I'm sure that is where you were. :wink:
  17. T

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    Yeah you're right.

    Wait a minute, He says he's in La Paz. Weather report for today- 57f cloudy/rainy tonight-29f with snow showers.

    No thanks,I'll keep my 89f and humid....
  18. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    Exactly where I was (definitely not in Vermont...nosireee) :lol3
  19. gallowaystx

    gallowaystx Been here awhile

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    That is actually true :cry
  20. PirateJohn

    PirateJohn Banned

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    Thanks for the input on chain oilers guys. I am coming from the perspective of having done 100% of my touring on bikes with driveshafts so chains are a bit of a new area for me.

    Yes, I am thinking about an 800 XC to use on Texas dirt and gravel roads and some other roads that I want to explore around the border in Mexico that I presume are a similar construction. Gravel, dust, and sand.

    If you don't use oil what do you suggest?