Triumph Tiger 800

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

  1. SPX

    SPX Been here awhile

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    You should be able to get an XC out the door for no more than $13,000. That's leaving the dealer plenty of profit (over $1,000) If you negotiate hard, you can go even lower.
  2. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    I got my XC July 1 for $12,900 OTD, all in. I added sump guard, engine guards, and centerstand at 15% off, added them to the deal, sign and drive, no pain, $262 per month X 60. Didn't even negotiate - that was the deal they presented, was good enough for me to jump in. I like the dealer to make some money on them. I don't care to beat them down to cost, makes you look like a penny-pinching cheap-ass. Instead I'm a preferred customer and get the royal treatment everytime I walk in there.

    I do all my own service. First oil change at 250, again at 1400 to full synthetic.

    I think you can buy a new car for that. Oh well, wouldn't be nearly as much fun as the Tiger. :deal
    Funny, wifey just leased a new Mercedes coupe and the payments aren't even a hundred dollars more.
  3. some call me...tim

    some call me...tim Been here awhile

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    Interesting, I'm not sure if I can count on a discount on a new 2012 at my dealership though. Besides the demos, they only had 2013 XC's in stock, and a tricked out roadie, so it's not like they're sitting on old inventory that they need to get out the door.
  4. chasmahtaz

    chasmahtaz n00b

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    Thanks for the link fbj, but seems that it is directing me to a discussion about t800 vs 800gs. There is plenty info on the boards about Triumph vs. Beemer debate. I was more curious about the t800 vs. t800xc.

    I was a little reluctant about the road handling of the xc. All the reviews from the "experts" was that the t800 ran better on the road than the t800xc. A lot of it seems to be attributed to the larger front wheel.

    And thanks all who continue to email me or post their views on here. The info share is pretty spectacular.
  5. chasmahtaz

    chasmahtaz n00b

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    Found a dealership that's selling a 2011 xc with ABS out the door for $12,800 (taxes, title, fees included). Says it's not a demo but doesn't come with any fog lights or any other extras. Hmmmm.
  6. KingOfFleece

    KingOfFleece SplitWeight(tm) waterproof seat covers

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    Dealer is re-imbursed from triumph for set-up fee? I'd need to see a copy of that check to believe it.
    How do you know this? Not looking for a pissing match-I'd really like to know this as I've worked in the back office of a dealership and never saw anything remotely like that.
  7. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    I haven't seen anything like that in any reports. The 19" front and firmer suspension on the T800 provides for a little quicker turn-in and a slightly larger contact patch. For those of us that bought the XC, we chose it for it's verstility, not for sportbike handling. None of use run them that hard or expect them to be a trackbike. Coming from a Kawasaki Versys, which is well known for smart handling and fast cornering, I can tell you the XC is no slouch in the twisties. We just don't bend them over as hard. The stellar motor more than makes up for the slight loss in ulitimate cornering ability.

    In fact, the reports I read were that the XC was an absolute surprise at how well it does handle on road, given the 21" front wheel. Triumph chose a custom wheel at maximum width to spread the skinny tire out as much as possible. I ride mine to the edge of the tread, no chicken strips. It's easy to see however that it's seldom that I reach that tread edge.

    My recommendation would be to go ride both. I did, could not tell the difference in handling on a test drive. I'm sure I could if I took both for a canyon run back to back. What I did notice is the XC is more plush and I liked that. Of course the penalty is nose-dive under heavy braking, but again, we seldom ride them that hard. For normal street riding the XC does just beautifully, comfortable, easy to ride, fast in the sweepers, no see-sawing on brake and gas. The XC also provides a hydraulic preload adjust for the rear shock to accomodate varying loads.

    This was one of the most important considerations for me because this bike was to be primarily a road bike, sport touring with luggage, and two-up. Wife and I are about 350lbs together and the bike hardly knows it. Performance is just fantastic.

    The gearbox is a close ratio, something most notice right away. Some don't like it so well because it requires a lot of shifting. Once you get used to it you find you can always have the motor spinning where you want it because of the spacing and number of gears.

    I really like lightweight alloy wheels and tubeless tires. If that carries a lot of weight for you then warrants serious consideration. For me it came down to a non-issue based on my experience with motorcycles in general, tons of dirt miles, so changing or patching a tube is not difficult. With center stand you can have a wheel off and bead broken in minutes. I carry a pump, irons, patches, and a 21" tube all the time, adding a rear tube for long distance travel. That said, I have only had one flat on road in thousands of miles for many years, and never offroad. Of all the dirtbikes I've owned, I've never had a flat in the field.

    Ergos...
    One thing that does take some getting used to is the ergos on the XC. The bars are quite wide, and they are quite far forward. Some guys just can't deal with it. It took me a few hundred miles and then you find the more aggressive you ride the bike the better the ergos suit. The bars automatically put you in a moreorless attack position. I even rolled them forward a bit which makes them just fine for standing on the pegs as well. I"m 5-10, 30" inseam. So I run the seat in the lower position but would prefer to run it in the high - it's just that you then end up on tip-toes at stoplights. That's fine empty, but with panniers and gear, or a pillion, I like a little more leverage. I tossed the peg rubbers the day it arrived home. The seat is the best stock seat I've seen. I did re-shape the pillion, with more dish, added an inch of foam on top, and made a new cover. With top-box and back pad, wifey is really comfortable for up to a couple of hundred miles a day. Besides, I thought the gray seat cover just didn't fit the bike.

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  8. elan

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    This could go for any bike, but I have a T800, so I'll post here.

    I bought my bike used from a private party in a city 100 miles away. I have a Triumph dealer in my own city. I've (and the service manager) determined that my bike falls in the range for the gear return spring replacement TSB. I've talked to the service department, but the "warranty guy" is never there when I roll by. I typically do all my own work, but this is warranty work. In their small defense, the service manager has given me the days the warranty guy works there and when to call to talk to him.

    I guess I could do a little more footwork for getting this done by tracking down the warranty guy on the days he is there, but I feel I shouldn't have to. Is this typical of buying a bike at one place and having the work done somewhere else - or is it just my local dealer? If it's the former, that's not very comforting if I run into a warranty issue out on the road.

    Are there better channels for this? Or should I keep hounding them?

    On a similar note, do I have to "register" my bike with the local dealer with regards to recalls and TSBs? Or is that something that corporate handles? Thanks!
  9. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    Their 'warranty guy' will take care of approving your bike for age and mileage, and will submit a warranty claim to the manufacturer.

    I would either call or email the guy and leave a message to get back to you at his convenience so it can get taken care of. Frankly, I doubt he (nor anyone at the dealer) cares where the bike came from.

    Dealers as a general rule don't have the resources to provide really top-notch service. The ones that do are rare and should be admired and appreciated.
  10. fbj913

    fbj913 On the Beemer Kool-Aid

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  11. swimmer

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    A "normal" situation would be where you call the service dept, tell them you think you VIN falls under the TSB, they check that/confirm/order the kit, and then you schedule an appt. when the kit comes in. Shouldn't take 10 phone calls to make this happen. You are getting jerked around. My dealer is not exceptional but even they handled my return spring TSB professionally.

    You can call Triumph customer service and give them your VIN and they will check for any outstanding TSB's. They removed this facility from their website so now they can reap the joy of handling everyone calling. You also need/should register your name/bike with them.
  12. TekurRides

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    Got my 2012 Orange tiger with center stand and heated grips installed for $12500, all fees and taxes included.
  13. chasmahtaz

    chasmahtaz n00b

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    Mind if I ask ... The orange t800? Is that a roadie or an XC?
  14. some call me...tim

    some call me...tim Been here awhile

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    I believe the orange is an XC-only flavor. The roadie got the venom yellow for its unique color. For 2013, the orange is replaced by the drab green. And somewhere in these threads, a guy has a blue one, which the only one I've seen, but it sure it purty.
  15. Rabbot

    Rabbot rain+superbike=adventure

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    I bought a dealer demo bike that was wrecked, then rebuilt. It came with a salvage tittle. I knew what I was getting into when I bought it. I have no regrets. The amount of money I saved and knowing how I intended to ride it, It was absolutely the the right way for me to buy one. Sounds like a good deal to me. Good luck
  16. legends117

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    I bought and adapter to connect a Deltran Battery Tender to the power outlet on my Roadie; but when I plugged it in, the tender flashed red light. This indicates the battery is not charging.

    Does anyone know if I can charge the battery through the power outlet, or if I need to connect directly to the battery terminals?

    Thanks much - Peace - JD
  17. Xcountry-Rider

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    Chris,

    Can you sort of turn this into a how to on a new thread? You really got my attention on this. Where to get the foam and the material for the seat? Do you have a simple pattern we could follow? I want to do this and want my project to look as good as yours!!
  18. swimmer

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    Bought my demo tiger in January. It had 1100 miles on it. I've put another 10k miles on it with zero issues. I called PJ's Triumph in NM (not where I was buying it from but one of the best dealers around from what I have read and my brief conversations with them) to get their thoughts on my price and their experience with demos. They've sold plenty of demos and no more issues with the demos than with unused bike. I saved a fair amount of money and still got the 2 year warranty. After I bought it I called Triumph to learn about its history. They could only tell me it was one the motorcycles in their own fleet. I wouldn't be put off by the demo status.
  19. kingofZroad

    kingofZroad Been here awhile

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    I just bought a leftover 2012 800 xc with ABS for $10,800....

    A 2013 would have been $12,050....


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  20. elan

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    Yes you can charge through the power outlet by the ignition switch. I will say I had to swap the polarity on my battery tender's cables because it was backwards compared to the powerlet cable that came with the bike. I'm wondering if this is the issue you're having.You can check quick and easily with a multi-meter.