Triumph Tiger 800

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

  1. Yossarian™

    Yossarian™ Deputy Cultural Attaché

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    Mine has not shown any oil consumption, but I'm wondering why any owner would not check oil level on a regular basis.
  2. swimmer

    swimmer armchair asshole

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    I just love sweeping statements like this.:huh

    Another one here with no noticeable oil burn.
  3. henkew

    henkew Adventurer

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    I've tried two mounts from clocks4bikes.com. I have the OEM heated grips and fog lights and I want to put the thermometer next to. The bar is a bit oblong at that point and 7/8 is too small and a 1" is too big. I can install a 7/8 facing up or down, but not where I can see it. Ross at Clocks4Bikes is awesome though, he's milling a 7/8 to slightly oversize it so it will fit. I'll let you know how it goes when I get it.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
  4. Yankee Dog

    Yankee Dog Long timer

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    1000 miles so far no sign of oil consumption
  5. viper770

    viper770 Been here awhile

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    yes its still here as i drive by it every day on my WR250r :) mabey i should take a pic of it with my bike out front cause im really bored right now
  6. viper770

    viper770 Been here awhile

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    opps wrong thread
  7. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    +1. mine burns zero oil. 14,000 miles later.
  8. KildareMan

    KildareMan Been here awhile

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    +1 on that. Actually increased numbers of holes by 3 rows for slightly more though

    Sent from my Tiger 800
  9. Xcountry-Rider

    Xcountry-Rider Banned

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    Mine has 27,000 miles well see if your bikes are still not burning when you get close to my mileage. I didn't burn oil either when i was under 10K. Its not some big deal just saying to keep a eye on it. The last couple oil changes i had to top off at the mid point.
  10. bluesman

    bluesman Long timer

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    The theory of cylinder glazing does not really sounds viable to me...

    After 7500 km I had to add 200 ml of oil to have "top" level but unfortunately I did not check level after first service - not sure if it was middle or top level initially. I am going to watch it now.
  11. invicta1

    invicta1 Been here awhile

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    Mine actually produces oil as it goes. Makes me a nice little side income.:wink:
  12. blacktiger

    blacktiger Tigers R great.

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    Well, my Tig955 has 67000 miles on the clock and still doesn't use any oil. I ran them in the same way.
    I will add that all these triples seem to burn a little if you rev them high. Above 6K mostly. I guess that applies to most engines. The good thing about Triumph triples is that you don't have to rev the nuts off them to make good progress.
  13. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    Thanks :thumb

    I should have added that I am due to go on a trip to Maine in a week or so that will involve some highway (to get there) and then a fair bit of dirt roads etc. and I'm sure some mud along the way. I put another Battlewing on the rear since I needed a new tire and I was going on a trip to Montreal, 2-up with no chance of dirt.
  14. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    Uh, yeah, cylinders don't 'glaze'. A cross-hatch hone puts fine scratches into the barrel that the rings wear down until the surface is smooth. This is required for the rings to get a good seal. If those scratches aren't worn down sufficiently during breakin then the rings don't seal as well as they could thus allowing some blow-by. Through extended running the rings begin to wear and the gap in the ends will enlarge also allowing oil by.

    So the solution is to run them with a conventional oil for a few hundred miles, varied speeds with low load, hard decelleration as well as accelleration, and then switch to a full synthetic once the barrels have been ground down smooth by the rings. Since you can't see inside the motor to verify this, you have to do this 'break in period' based on the manufacturers recommendation.

    I swear by a very early oil change to get rid of initial wear material that is dispursed in the oil, and any assembly dirt or debris. Like at around 200-250 miles. Then run-in to about 1200-1500 miles and switch to full syn. I've done this with the last four new bikes I've bought and they all ran super clean, no oil usage. My Tiger is not different, 3K miles and it isn't down any.

    I would not go 6K between changes with any oil. Especially not with a mixed gearbox and crankcase configuration. Three to four thousand is plenty, oil changes are cheap, and you don't have to worry about oil degradation in that interval (OCI). If you really want to extend the OCI send a sample in for testing/analysis (blackstone) so you know your additive package isn't being completely depleted and your viscosity index isn't changing drastically. Synthetic is a lot more shear stable than conventional, but still, running oil in a wet clutch and gears put different stresses on the oil than in a car engine. Hell, I don't even go that long on the cars - 10K OCI gets changed at about half of that. I don't bother with an analysis, just change it out.

    BTW, I have a GM 8.1L in a RV chassis that are notorious for using a lot of oil - up to a quart in 1200 miles. I used this same breakin process as I always do and mine uses about a half quart in 3K miles. The only caveat for this motor is fuel consumption....it gets about 7.5mpg. At $5 a gallon it's $350 to fill the tank. OUCH!! :rofl
  15. Adventure boy

    Adventure boy Been here awhile

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    Heres my new baby picked her up on friday

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  16. burmbuster

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    Very nice!
  17. elan

    elan Been here awhile

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    Speaking of oil changes. Did my first one at 6k miles (bought bike used). Probably easiest bike ever for an oil change! Just make sure you have 8mm (if I recall correctly) hex bit.

    I did find two aluminum washers doubled up from previous change though. Not sure if it was the dealer or previous owner... Dealer wouldn't surprise me one bit.:deal
  18. viper770

    viper770 Been here awhile

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    I have 17,000 miles on my 2012 tiger 800 xc and it does not burn oil
  19. Evomx971

    Evomx971 Wave as you fly over

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    Just thought I'd share some recent maintenance results:

    In general, I do all my own maintenance, but about 6 weeks ago I took my 2011 800XC in to get the latest map since I was two behind and still on the original Arrow-ABS map. The new map might run a little crisper than the one I was on and I think I've picked up a couple mpg running it. Although I also think I now have to let the bike warm up for just a few seconds more on cold (less than 50F) mornings than I used to. Doesn't die or anything, just not as "happy". Not a big deal.

    I had planned to do my own valve check but once I got the cam cover off, I discovered I really didn't have a set of feeler guages that would get down in there and the exhaust spec is pretty small. Seems like it falls between sizes in most feeler guage sets. What feeler guages are you guys using to check your valves?

    I went ahead and put new plugs in since I had them. The old plugs looked good (very clean) but I could visually see some minor wear on the electrodes so glad I replaced them.

    Went ahead and had the local dealer do the valve check and the TB sync. They found all the valves just barely tight. That surprised me. I've read of some guys finding a few tight at the first check, but haven't noticed anyone else finding them "all" tight. They set them at the loose side of the spec. I didn't hear if they actually had to adjust the sync on the throttle bodies or not. $220 for the valve adjustment and TB sync. Cheaper than I thought it would be. Of course, I had to take off the skidplate when I got home and clean up oil that must have ran down the front of the motor (I think they pulled the cam cover with the bike on the sidestand for some reason). It has just the tiniest bit more valve noise than before which would be expected. Runs as good or better than it ever has.

    They want me to bring it in to do the shifter return spring recall that affects my VIN... might drag my feet a bit on getting that done. Haven't heard anything about that being a high priority to get done.

    Keep posting up your results as you do your valve checks... interested in what others are finding.
  20. elan

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    I don't know what the specs are off hand, but I had to order a decent set of feeler gauges a while back as most stuff locally was way too big. I think my smallest one is .05mm

    Something like this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Horex-Germa...733&pid=100011&prg=1005&rk=1&sd=370648484668&