Triumph Tiger 800

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

  1. TAMPAJIM

    TAMPAJIM Been here awhile

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    Think it might have something to do with all that mud, sand and other shit you ride in? :rofl
  2. Drunk_Uncle

    Drunk_Uncle Long timer

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    I have been told that excessive chain lube is the culprit for reduced pad life, especially on the single sided swing arms like my Sprint ST 1050. I will put up with the reduced pad life for a well lubed chain. I have been happy with my 06 Tiger and 06 Sprint. Wife has told me I should sell my XR650L and buy a Tiger 800XC. I have a very smart wife.
  3. Drunk_Uncle

    Drunk_Uncle Long timer

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    I am keeping my eye on this bike for the tubless rims. If the spoke count is the same as the 800XC, might be a good conversion for tubelss tires.
  4. the_babaji

    the_babaji Been here awhile

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    Changed mine at 34,000 km, still weren't yet down to the wear indicators.
  5. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    +1 I bought a full set expecting to have to change the fronts also but they were fine - plenty of meat left on them.
  6. Mr_Chris

    Mr_Chris Get away, evil car!

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    My rear stock pads bit it in < 10,000 km (not miles). At the time I also complained of darkened brake fluid in the rear master cylinder. There's a few things I attribute it to... The stock pads are frankly not that good; they run hot and also seem to have an annoying low-speed chatter. Secondly the amount of low-speed rear-wheel braking situations you get into (lane splitting, commuting in traffic mostly) and third just the junk getting in there and clagging up the caliper -- probably the least of the worries as it affects us all I reckon.

    My second set of rears were EBC non-stockers and they went for about 23000 kms. I let them get pretty low but nothing extreme or metal.. I put the third set in, stockers again, and took a couple days in the dirt and there comes that chatter again and I'm not sure but the rear brake fluid is darker too -- I didn't notice it at the change though, maybe it's a 30k interval thing.

    So my long winded recommendation is to ditch the stockers, keep the caliper clean and be aware when you might be dragging it a bit at very low speeds... front works then too. :lol3

    ok I'll go back into my box for a bit now.
  7. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    Really ? :ear
  8. live2ridetahoe

    live2ridetahoe RN

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    I have been told that impure thoughts lead to reduced pad life... better check mine soon...

    JG
  9. Xcountry-Rider

    Xcountry-Rider Banned

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    I started a Tiger 800XC tool thread. Let me know if i'm missing anything.
  10. markbvt

    markbvt Long timer

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    Interesting. I swapped out all pads at a little over 20k miles. IIRC, the rear ones were the most worn at that point, but not down to the backing plate yet. But then, I don't use the rear brake much.

    FWIW, the pads I swapped in are EBC HH ones -- big improvement in bite. Now, 10k miles later, they're still in great shape; but I don't expect them to last as long as the originals.

    Also, for anyone who's interested, at 30,500 miles I'm still on the original chain and sprockets. I'm planning to replace those this winter though just so I don't have to think about it at all next season.

    --mark
  11. woodmnctry

    woodmnctry Been here awhile

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    Under Triump "Warrany Terms & Condition"

    it is stated that

    Conditions and Exclusions:
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    3. The machine must have been serviced by an authorized Triumph dealer, at the intervals specified in the Triumph Owners Handbook and the service log completed accordingly.


    Has anyone ever had warrantly service denied becaus of this clause -- seems we all do what we can service wise and may have done an oil change rather that go to the dealer --- just curious if anyone has encounterd issues on this??
  12. cug

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  13. markbvt

    markbvt Long timer

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    Maybe you inadvertently received a manual intended for the British market. As cug has pointed out, it's illegal in the US for a company to deny warranty claims because the service was done somewhere other than an authorized dealer -- even if you did it yourself (as long as you've kept parts/supplies receipts to prove you did it).

    --mark
  14. woodmnctry

    woodmnctry Been here awhile

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  15. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    anyone use wolfman racks on your XC? Pictures:ear
  16. Simon Smith

    Simon Smith Been here awhile

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    Legally wrong in the UK too, parts have to be to the same specification as the manufacturers, but any "competent person" can do the work.
  17. blacktiger

    blacktiger Tigers R great.

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    It's EU law that so long as it is serviced to the same spec as you would get from an authorised dealer they can't deny you warranty.
  18. opjocephus

    opjocephus Been here awhile

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    I do.

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  19. blacktiger

    blacktiger Tigers R great.

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    Yes I am. Are you using a Scottoiler or similar. I just swapped my front sprocket at 17600 miles and it was looking very worn. I do that to help the chain last a little longer.....I hope.
    I wasn't expecting to get much more than 25K on the 800 compared to the 30K+ I get on the 955 because of the smaller front sprocket. 800~16 compared to 955~19.
  20. markbvt

    markbvt Long timer

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    Not using a Scottoiler, no, but I lubricate the chain religiously every 200-300 miles (or after riding in the rain) using the Dupont Teflon multi-use lubricant. I used that stuff on my Wee-Strom's original chain as well, and that chain lasted about 32,000 miles (though the front sprocket did need replacing around 25k miles). I attribute the long life primarily to that lube -- it's great stuff.

    The Tiger's front sprocket is worn, but not terrible yet. I'll replace it this winter. But I'm undecided on the rear sprocket -- it's not showing much wear at all, so I may leave it on.

    --mark