Triumph Tiger 800

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

  1. burmbuster

    burmbuster Long timer

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    Yeah, I'm interested in your feedback on the Ohlins. They went somewhat simple with the stock shock. A little more adjustment would be a huge plus. I am on the lighter side and the spring is somewhat stiff for my liking.
  2. Snapper

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    I had one (mentioned above)... first and last for me. Spent 10 weeks in the shop on various warranty repairs in the 2yrs/24k I owned it. Had to unload it when the warranty expired - felt like holding a hand grenade. To quote someone else on ADV about the bike - "I love riding this bike, I just hate owning it."

    Tiger's been a dream, however, with 18k so far.
  3. bross

    bross Where we riding to?

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    Check out this video from the BC Big Trailie Ride this year...

    Did I just get passed by a Harley?
    jump ahead to the 11:00 minute mark :deal

    xlcc humbled more than a few of us, he rode through stuff like this with ease, while I on the other hand...

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  4. burmbuster

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    Yep. The high miles is what I was speaking of. Not sure if anyone has clocked 50k yet. I know a few are relatively close though. How many months out of the year are you getting up there as far as riding?
  5. NC Rick

    NC Rick Cogent Dynamics Inc

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    Was the Harley Johnwesley's? He is the CMA guy, a great rider and outstanding guy.
  6. burmbuster

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    That vid was awsome! One of the best I have seen in awhile!:clap
  7. doxbike

    doxbike Been here awhile

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    My XL1200R and FXDF were totally reliable- and my ride of choice when I wanted to have my nuts rattle.:evil Only reason I sold 'em, was the Tigger won out every time if I was trying to decide which ride to take. Enjoy the bike-you'll love it
  8. blacktiger

    blacktiger Tigers R great.

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    Shouldn't be a problem if my 955 is anything to go by....
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    Now has 67000 miles only routine servicing required.
  9. ducnut

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    What do you attribute the ability for that Harley to run those roads. Is it the low center of gravity, frontend geometry, something else? I can't give all the credit to the rider, as some bikes are easier to ride in some conditions than others.
  10. DropinParts

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    The little woman gave me the green light to get my Christmas present early, as the weather is getting ready to change into winter pretty quick.

    Picking it up later today.
    Can't wait!
  11. Photo Boy

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    I just traded my 2006 955 for a Tiger 800. It had 77,000 miles. Just routine service and 2 regulator/rectifiers. It ran like new.
  12. bross

    bross Where we riding to?

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    Low center of gravity I guess but I put it up to mostly rider. I suck at sand but was actually doing OK on a few stretches before that one. On the pegs, steering with my feet etc. was just getting a bit of confidence when I crashed. That rider just sat through everything, feet never left the pegs and he wasn't slow either as seen in the video. I always think of Fred Rau's article at times like that...

    It Ain't the tool
  13. ducnut

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    I just get to thinking about a Harley's wide, smooth tires, low center of gravity, and (guessing) relaxed steering geometry allowing it to have better stabiltiy and just "float" through the sand. Seems to me that skinny 21" front wheels would knife through the sand. IDK, as I just don't have much experience in sand. Thinking out loud, more than anything.
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  15. cug

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    I'd also attribute a lot to the bike here. The big adventure bikes often aren't as great when it comes to tough conditions. They are heavy, are really high and have a lot of weight up high (big fuel tanks + luggage). People with these bikes tend to pack a top case, which makes things worse.

    Some of the folks in that video had more luggage than I would take on a six month long trip, like big cases, huge pack rolls on the rear. The HD has all the weight super low, a light front end due to steering geometry, pretty much the weight distribution you want to have in sand. Also, the wider front tire might not "track" as well, but it also doesn't pull you out of line as easily in sand.

    A lot of the trailies, especially the Tiger, have fairly aggressive steering geometry to keep them handle okay on the road even with the big 19" or 21" front wheels. Just thinking about it - doesn't the XC have more aggressive fork angle than the Roadie? The big GS has more aggressive steering than the R model and so on. That's all counterproductive in sand and you need much more skills on these bikes than on something that has an okay geometry for sand to start with.

    What we can do with our Tigers can be done with pretty much any standard bike. Often even better on these as they aren't optimized for any kind of performance. At least that's my experience ...

    A ride like the one in the video I wouldn't want to do on my Tiger. On a big KTM, maybe, but not on my Tiger or on an XC. It just doesn't appeal to me to throw around a bike like these in such conditions. Hurts me just looking at how these poor bikes are abused ... and no, they are NOT meant to handle this. That's marketing BS. They are build so that they look like they will handle this.

    I'd prefer a KTM 690 Enduro R with a Giant Loop bag. Or a WR250R with soft luggage. But not one of those 550+ lbs (including luggage) monsters.
  16. TerraUnFirma

    TerraUnFirma Fair/Not Balanced

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    What he said...in all areas. I just picked up a WR250R from a guy that had it set up for sand (lives in FL) and had done some of the Western TAT. He had 17" (I think) and fat tires ala TW200 and he was breezing along in the sand and talcum powder out West while the guys with 21" wheels were struggling. Having some experience riding sand, I can tell you that skinny tires and high CG don't mix. The guy on the Harley was breezin due to fat tires and low CG...very stable combo. You've got to maintain enough speed to keep the front (and rear) from plowing into the sand...it's like a boat coming up on plane vs pushing a huge bow wave.

    Not to offend anyone here, but when I see these "adventure" bikes with a big top case perched up high on the rear end, I have to laugh. I use a Giant Loop Great Basin and load all the heaviest stuff down in the bottom on each side...huge difference in how the bike handles. The only things that go up high are lightweight.

    It's raining in N.Ga today...bummer! Think I'll go take the new WRR apart and get to know it...PO did a lot of electrical mods and that makes me a little nervous...most folks don't understand electrons!

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  17. bross

    bross Where we riding to?

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    I wouldn't take my Tiger on a ride like that again either. We rode on the BC Big Trailie ride the year before and it was on much easier terrain and the Tiger would have been perfect. This years ride was a challenge with steep rocky ascents and descents and that bit of sand. I would take my DR650 on that type of ride again. Other than the sand though I had no trouble riding the Tiger through it. My only real complaint with the Tiger in those conditions was the air filter. I knew about the stepper motor and sure enough on day 2 my bike wouldn't idle, but a quick squirt of WD40 got the bike running fine for the remainder of the 4 days. But the access to the air filter is incredibly complicated and I sure wouldn't want to be doing that on the side of the trail or even in a motel paring lot on a longer trip. I have bought the pre filter from Australia so at least that shouldn't be an issue as much anymore.

    I don't feel I abused my bike it came through that tough ride none the worse for wear but I do agree, for that challenging terrain, it'll be my DR I'll be riding, but it is nice to know that I CAN make it through stuff like that on the Tiger if needed.
  18. ducnut

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    All of that makes sense. Thanks, guys. :thumb
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    Hmm. Somebody made it through on a Harley. You CAN probably get a Goldwing through if you absolutely had to, so I don't understand that point. Years ago I was riding with a friend in Europe, he was on a very old Suzuki UJM, I was on a Transalp dual sport. He rode circles around me in the dirt sections. We switched bikes, I rode circles around him. It had nothing to do with the rider ...

    What did I learn? Adventure bikes are more for long stretches on bad roads and for hauling lots of luggage comfortably than for anything else. As that's exactly what I'm looking for they are great for me ...
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    refokus Just Learning

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    +1 Great video :clap