Triumph Tiger 800

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

  1. Simon Smith

    Simon Smith Been here awhile

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    You don't even know the ABS is there unless you get yourself into the situation that you need it. Works far better than the so called superior system used on most cars, which don't seem to have any "feel" to them at all.

    So yes, I would say that 99% of the people don't complain about it because they simply forget that it's there.
  2. blacktiger

    blacktiger Tigers R great.

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    ABS? Wassat?
  3. turboICE

    turboICE Adventurer

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    The ABS works very well and I think most that have given it a chance on loose descents have been surprised by how unintrusive and usable it was. On wet asphalt it is flawless. It maybe the best implementation of ABS I have ever experienced on any vehicle. Its sensitivity and response has always been expected rather than unexpected.

    I actually don't recall much in the way of complaints about how it works at all. I think the complaints that have been aired have related to it being more complex to disable than it needed to be for those that want to disable it for loose surface riding, rather than anything wrong with the ABS itself.
  4. Xcountry-Rider

    Xcountry-Rider Banned

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    +1 I agree i talked about the ABS in my 25K review i did on my blog. The ABS is so much better than the BMW ABS and i think most of us are riding off road with it on. Something the beemers never do. It lets you in put just enough to do a little slide before kicking in and straightening you out. It actually allows me to control the bike the way i like off road. I see no reason to ever disable it in my opinion.
  5. Mr_Chris

    Mr_Chris Get away, evil car!

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    It's fine. If you don't like ABS then you don't ride well enough or know when to turn it off -- and the only time you turn it off is when you want to use the rear brake to "turn", not stop, the bike. Otherwise there is no difference as the ABS only engages when the rider locks the wheel -- you will never see it on any rocky anything, unless you either over-brake and lock the wheel, or want to go Enduro style and whip the rear wheel around and oooops, remember you left ABS on and the rear isn't moving around like you expected.

    Now whether or not you want to ride a bike this big like that is a personal choice I guess... I'm not a good enough rider to be comfortable doing that on my Tiger, I'm a puss on my Tiger. :huh
  6. Rob Dirt

    Rob Dirt More or less in line

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    Everytime these ABS post start up, I feel like a weirdo. I always turn it off for dirt. I'm just used to locking up both front & back brakes in the dirt. I have tried to leave it on several times & I hate the way the rear pulses. I could live with the front ABS, but I can't get used to the rear. I have never felt like its a problem to turn it off. Yes, a button would be better but it only takes a second. I don't regret getting ABS. I love it on wet tarmac, plus you can change out sprockets & it doesn't mess with the speedo/odo.
  7. bross

    bross Where we riding to?

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    A voice of reason. You prefer to ride with ABS off in the dirt but you don't moan and bitch about the crappy ABS because you can't switch it off or it's too hard to switch off. :clap
  8. y0y02369

    y0y02369 Long timer

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    Oh great thanks guys! I have jus spent three hours at the dealership and have learned a lot about the bike but their answers always seem "by the book" so it's nice to have some real input from the actual owners...what actually happens when the rear wheel locks... how does the abs kick it and how does it feel?
  9. y0y02369

    y0y02369 Long timer

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    hahaha yeah i will definitely begetting something smaller for offroading till i get really comfortable with it! thanks!:evil
  10. y0y02369

    y0y02369 Long timer

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    Great thank you! what brand are you panniers? I was looking at the triumph ones and they seem really flimsy and WAY over priced!
  11. Yossarian™

    Yossarian™ Deputy Cultural Attaché

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    It feels like a slight and rapid vibration, and you just keep slowing down.
  12. legends117

    legends117 Adventurer

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    Hey - I recently purchased an '11 800 Roadie (which I think is the most superb bike I have owned), and just noticed the sidewall of the front tire has cracked and doesn't appear to be holding air.

    What are y'all recommendations for replacement? I will be riding 90% on pavement and 10% on some dirt roads.

    Peace and thanks in advance - JD
  13. Xcountry-Rider

    Xcountry-Rider Banned

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  14. jmcg

    jmcg Turpinated..

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    Threw a set of Michelin Anakee 2's at my wife's roadie about 1,500kms ago.

    Similar riding to what you describe re dirt/sealed and no complaints to date.

    Found them to be very good on the road and good enough for most well maintained dirt surfaces. Haven't really tried to stretch the limitations of the grip off road.. Little undue wear front or rear at this early stage.

    In all, I prefer the Michelins over the OEM Pirelli Scorpion Trails(?), although I must say that the Pirelli's were well past their use-by date when they were finally replaced.. 14,500kms..

    Cheers,

    JM.
  15. the_babaji

    the_babaji Been here awhile

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    Having ABS on has
    saved my bacon a few times on road in extreme situations / conditions

    Having ABS off has
    saved my bacon a few times off-road in extreme situations / conditions
  16. Jack D

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    For the person(s) looking for Givi locks with matching keys: Givi also has a 5 lock matching set. You can call Givi USA, they are very helpful and probably know how Trekker locks can work with the older bags.
  17. bross

    bross Where we riding to?

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    all detailed farther back in this thread, you're not allowed to put a deposit down on a Tiger until you've read this thread through. And there will be a test, so no skim reading. :deal

    Info here...
    Seahorse 720s

    and here...
    Seahorse 520s

    sorry don't have the sizes handy but they're all on Seahorse's website
    Seahorse Cases

    I like them so far and they've held up well to a few spills and Jodie's survived a good crash in the ditch on her DR200. The latches aren't the most robust, I just got the plastic locking ones which are a joke for security but good enough to stop an opportunistic thief. Overall happy with them and would buy them again.[/QUOTE]
  18. legends117

    legends117 Adventurer

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    Thanks, JM I will check out the Michelins. I have Metzlers on my other bike, except a little Nighthawk 250, which has Kendas. - JD
  19. Kawidad

    Kawidad Long timer

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    I still have the stock Pirelli Scorpion Trails on mine. I really like them so far. This is the fourth adventure bike with this tire sizing on it, so I’ve tried a few of them and so far they are the best. They handle well on and off road. However, there are tons of different tires out there and relative to what’s available I haven’t tried that many, but I like them and will probably stick with them. :freaky<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
  20. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    +1

    Sit down with a cup of coffee or a beer and READ. Well worth it.
    BTW, the bike is fantastic. :clap