Triumph Tiger 800

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

  1. flyinfuzz

    flyinfuzz 2 Quarts low

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    Hell if I sag any more I'll have soft parts dragging the ground :rofl:rofl. But I thinkk that was part of the problem , the bike didn't settle any when I sat on it . It was just out of the crate so they may have just put it on the floor as is . Looked like a nice deal on a blue Roadie ABS .
  2. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    I don't get it...why do you need to flat-foot any bike? :dunno
  3. swimmer

    swimmer armchair asshole

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  4. fbj913

    fbj913 On the Beemer Kool-Aid

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    you don't. ground clearance is way more important to me!
  5. Dirtysouth

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    I never understood this either. A lot of people pass over some great bikes because they can't flat foot at a stop. All I need is to be able to put one foot firmly on the ground and I am good, but there again I sit at stops checking my mirrors, with my hands on the bars, clutch pulled in and the bike in gear ready to go in case it doesn't register with "princess" that she needs to be stopping instead of going. :lol3
  6. Dirtysouth

    Dirtysouth Stud fee waived for noobs

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    I never understood this either. A lot of people pass over some great bikes because they can't flat foot at a stop. All I need is to be able to put one foot firmly on the ground and I am good, but there again I sit at stops checking my mirrors, with my hands on the bars, clutch pulled in and the bike in gear ready to go in case it doesn't register with "princess" that she needs to be stopping instead of going. :lol3


    You don't need to be able to flat foot any bike, just make sure you put the correct foot down at a stop. Been there done that. :D
  7. bluesman

    bluesman Long timer

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    Hear hear. I ride XC and I am 1m69cm tall..or...short? :)
    Before that I rode DR800 that was even taller with DYI suspension mods.
    The only time I had problems with XC height is when I was riding for 3500 km with pneumonia (because I am dumb idiot) and felt so weak, I could only ride bike.
    For me lowering adventure bike defying very principle it built on.

    But if you are 1.54 like one of my friend (and GREAT long distance traveler) - no choice. He had to lower even Deauville 700 to just be able to stop on his own.
    But flat-footing is not needed for riding normally for sure.
  8. flyinfuzz

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    Didn't say I needed to flatfoot . Just enough for to be confident at off camber stops . As I get a little more age on me the less I like to pick up my bike :lol3 .
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    If you're on the eastern side of TN in the mountains, and like carving up the twisties, I wouldn't recommend lowering a Roadie. Bike has one of the lowest ground clearances I've ever had (a Harley included, no joke). If you tend to use all of your back tire, consider raising the rear.
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    I need to go back for a test ride & get them to setup the suspension to spec . I know the rear didn't sag when I plopped my fat butt on it. :lol3:lol3
  11. doxbike

    doxbike Been here awhile

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    Seat is about 2" lower than stock & on the high setting as I like the longer reach to the pegs so my knees don't get so jammed. The Soupy link allows adjustment from 1/2" to over 4" supposedly, but you can only raise the forks so much as they are tapered.

    Be sure to have the rear wheel off the ground during install, then it's easy-I didn't and the weight of the bike bent both bolts. Had to buy 2 new ones
  12. blacktiger

    blacktiger Tigers R great.

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    Well fjb, just because your shock was "blown" I'm guessing the spring was in place and NOT broken. That's what holds the bike up. Doh!

    I forgot to add that I have my seat in its high position. Yes I flat foot it on level ground WITHOUT the assistance of luggage. Spring pre-load is your friend. That's what it's for. My seat height is around 800mm [865 (book) minus 65 (sag)] when sat on it. That's not much higher than a bandit.
    It's my firm belief that most people on forums that moan about the shock being crap or the bike doesn't fit them haven't adjusted the very things they're moaning about.

    Re the flat footing thing. People seem to use that as a gauge as to whether a bike fits them. No, you don't need to flat foot a bike but, I tell you, it makes the bike much more manageable in the rough nadgery stuff. When you can get a firm foot down to aid manoeuvring you can then lift your weight off the bike which then gives the bike its full ground clearance.
  13. fbj913

    fbj913 On the Beemer Kool-Aid

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    :huh yeah ok...

    My new Ohlins will be sweet ass!!!
  14. Ronin1

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    I'll call BS on that (lower than Harley) statement, and also add a "get your ass off the seat" to it.

    Now my Buell would definatly lean over further than my Roadie.

    Jim
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    Whether you're comfortable not being able to flat foot a bike or not depends on a bunch of variables. Like your upper body strength, leg strength, experience level, terrain, bike, yada, yada, yada.

    I'd be more comfortable on tiptoe or one foot with something like a 375 lb Dr650 vs something like a 600lb Tenere or Stelvio. Depends on the cg of the bike too.

    Less experienced riders haven't developed the comfort level more experienced riders may have.

    I don't get you guys that don't get this. You sound like you were experts from the get go.
  16. KingOfFleece

    KingOfFleece SplitWeight(tm) waterproof seat covers

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    Agreed. I do see quite a few, though, who refuse to embrace the learning curve and "tripod" a bike at standstill.
    Could very well be the moto press has brainwashed many into thinking they NEED to flatfoot. I'd gather that most of us wnat as much clearence as possible and are willing to adapt out technique to make this so.
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    blacktiger Tigers R great.

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    Me sat on my bike. Pretty much flat footing with bent knees....
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  18. eram310

    eram310 Been here awhile

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    Totally agree. This is mostly an experience issue. Some of the top MX and enduro riders can't flatfoot their bikes.
  19. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    I still don't get it. But yes, maybe just can't relate. I started riding in the 60's.

    However, I didn't think we were dealing with noobs here with XC owners either. I'm not that tall at 5-10 and wear a 30" inseam. I have ridden all those bikes you mention, without issue. The tallest are the KTM dirtbikes, seat height at like 38in. Of course they squash down quite a bit when you sit on them. And yes, bike size has at least something to do with it, but the XC isn't nearly the heft as either bike you mention. That's why I chose the XC.

    With two-up and luggage it's a handful for this 175lb weakling. I would rather run the seat up high to give more legroom to the pegs, but find issue with getting a toe down with it that high, so I run the seat at the lower setting. I don't recall any bike in my past that I could flat-foot, hence my comment.

    Instead of saying 'you guys', why didn't you just address me directly since I started it. :1drink
    I just thought it was being made more if an issue than it needed to be. I personally think lowered bikes have been hobbled, but understand it for really short riders.
  20. Dirtysouth

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    I get "it", but just don't agree with it. I don't see why anyone should "learn" one method, just to have to "learn" a different one when they get out of their comfort zone. Let's face it, the average individual can't flat foot many of the Adventure or Dual Sport bikes. I'm no expert by any means, but if you're not confident enough or willing to learn how to hold a bike up at a stop with one leg, maybe you should take up another hobby.

    To me, you are defeating the purpose of an Adventure/Dual Sport bike by lowering it. If you're going to do that, why not just buy something more suitable to start with.