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Discussion in 'British Beasts: Triumph Tigers' started by ScrambDaddy, Jul 12, 2010.
The only issue I experienced was the stalling; that was cured by the first ECU map upgrade.
After a lousy couple of experiences at one dealership, I found a dealer in another town that was not only well-stocked, but professional and genuinely nice. I bought my XC on my first visit to them. That was last February. NO issues since then, and I have gotten nothing but great service at the dealer on every occasion. I'm a happy Tiger owner.
Get on and ride. Don't get too caught up in internet chatter. Most of it is just that. The bike has no persistent problems, or they'd be prevelant on multiple sites. The bike requires very little attention, no quirks, is amazing on the road and toughern' a boot off road. I see no downsides to the bike. Just get on and peg it in first; that's all it takes to want it.
Yeah, they changed the formula to one that's no longer a dry wax, which means it doesn't last as long. But it still works really well.
You can also get the Dupont Teflon Chain Saver, which is basically the same stuff as the older version of the multi-use lubricant (ie, still the dry wax formulation).
You sure you're not thinking of the grumbling about reliability issues with classic ('70s and earlier) Triumphs? Because the new ones are awesome.
My Tiger is approaching 31,000 miles and has had no issues whatsoever. Fantastic motorcycle.
The only ones grumbling are the BMW dealers.
My local BMW dealer thought I was out of my mind for even considering a Triumph. They and their elitist attitude. Oh, and problems with the 800GS? Naw, they've never, ever, had any problems with them. Plus, according to them, resale is just horrible on a Triumph, you can't hardly give them away.
Hmmm...go try to find a used one.
Yes, it's the BMW dealers that are grumbling.
Once you go Triple....
Combined 80K miles on my Triumphs with no issues other than self-induced issues (I did have a problem with my Sprint that was a known issue that was fixed, out of warranty, at no cost to myself).
Go spend some time in G-spot or Parallel Universe if you want to see some real grumbling. Another satisfied Tiger owner here with no regrets.
One issue with the XC, not enough time to ride it.
I'm looking at the tiger because I know of one F800GS that has been burned up. 6th gear destroyed because she "rides at high speed for two long...". And on its 2nd engine at 35,000 miles. Of course the bike was in the 2011 IBR, so maybe an extreme use case, but my 650 Versys has more miles and I ride like she does, so you'd think the german engineering would be up to it.
Hmmm. If you don't consider a bike because of one specific one of that model that fell apart, you might have an issue getting any new bike ...
30k on my Tiger800XC no problems. Extremely reliable. Way more reliable than the F800GS.
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Oh boy, hope we dont start the 800gs vs Tiger 800 stuff again. One guy got the banhammer for life out of that one. He was a little over the top.
Lol Yes he was
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Hmmm. Don't even recall that - who was that?
I've been commuting all fall, temps down as low as 20F, with no heated gear. Doing so with heated grips has made me think how great heated gear would be, so I've just had delivered a heated jacket liner. Permanent mount controller. Looks all very simple to install - except where to mount the controller.
The obvious and easy location would be just below the seat, left side. Easy drill through plastic, can reach when riding. But, right next to the knob is a LED, which would be best placed in one's line of sight. Sure doesn't seem anywhere obvious up at the front of the bike for a mount. Experiences anyone? Otherwise out of sight it goes.
You can use the Triumph aux light bracket, about 10. Even if you already have the aux lights, you can fit another aux light bracket above that one. I have this set up for my computer switch. Would then be a case of attaching the controller to the bracket.
It was X-Country Rider, from San Diego. Actually started the Show Us You Triumph Tiger 800 XC photos thread. Now? Persona no grata.