Triumph Tiger 800

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

  1. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    Geez....another XC rider that seems to think just like I do.
    I scratched the 990 for these same reasons. Way too finicky, and all that plastic. They are definitely a better 'dirtbike' though.

    I had a Kawasaki Versys that I put about 8K miles on and enjoyed it, but it had its quirks and vibes, and then the wife started coming along on day trips so we decided to get something better for 2-up. I rode all the big bikes and the XC fit me the best. I can tell you it does 2-up WAY better than the versys, and just as good as the GS. Well, except the seat and that was an easy fix.

    We are about 350lbs combined and it's just not an issue for the bike. But then we didn't choose it for, nor would we be doing, long distance cross-country touring by motorcycle. I have a Winnebago for that. :lol3
    But seriously, the luxo boingers of the XC for 2-up on the road was another reason I chose it. It's really comfortable, and unless you really brake hard we don't get the rocking horse see-saw back and forth on go and stop. I don't ride crazy with two like I do solo anyway. The Tiger is just fine with two.

    One of my first mods was to improve the passenger seat for the wife. Removed the seat cover, which is a stupid color anyway, and of poor grade vinyl so it gets sticky if it gets any sun exposure. Ground down the center to creat more dish while leaving the front it's full height. This took away a lot of the slope, and made it more of a saddle dish shape. Then added 1" of mid-density foam and made a new cover with carbon fiber look vinyl, and added a back pad to the top box. She is good for a couple of hundred miles now, no problem. We stop frequently anyway to get off and stretch, etc.

    I know I've posted these before but here they are again...

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  2. soldierguy

    soldierguy Been here awhile

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    That is awesome! I'd definitely do that if I could find someone to ride pillion with me who had no interest in an actual relationship beyond the bike, drinks, and sex.
  3. burmbuster

    burmbuster Long timer

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    Wow, Browneye. That's an awesome job! Looks like I need to do the same. I have never messed with seats so I will probably have to have that done by someone else. My wife will really appreciate it. Thanks!:clap
  4. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    Ouch!! :lol3

    Women are generally needy. I always say, "Can't live with 'em, can't shoot 'em." :rofl

    I've been married for 20 years. I can't say it's always been 'happily', but it's better than ever now. She doesn't go much. Mostly I take off on hardcore trips with the guys. The seat is there for her though when we're up for a putt together.

    I'm just glad I got a real adventure bike for those hardcore trips. It's great! After 5K miles of trips I still woudn't trade it for anything else. I think that says a lot about the bike in general.
  5. burmbuster

    burmbuster Long timer

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    You will definitely more money for farkles that way!:lol3
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    burmbuster Long timer

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    Ha! We will be married 20 years this July. Wouldn't trade her for the world though.:D
  7. some call me...tim

    some call me...tim Been here awhile

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    That looks great, very professional looking. Has anyone tried doing similar treatment to the front seat? One of my few gripes so far is the comfort of the seat after an hour or so. It's not horrible, but I definitely get pressure points after the foam has compressed a bit. I know there are options like Corbin or Renazco, but they're both spendy, and I'm not a big fan of the Corbin design, and not sure I have the patience for Renazco.
  8. Sound Farm

    Sound Farm Art x Science

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    browneye. That looks great and thanks I haven't caught those pics yet. I love what u ya had to say. Sounds. Like the bike is exactly what I'm looking for :)
  9. ssevy

    ssevy retired and riding the backroads

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    Sounds to me like at least a couple of fellas have wives who read this thread.:D One of my riding buddies worked with a teacher who was asked if he had any input for hiring a new colleague? He replied that she should be blonde with big boobs and have a father who owned a liquor store.
  10. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    Thanks. I've done just a few different seats but have been doing uphostery stuff and marlinspike work for years.

    I find the stock seat one of the best I've ever seen (the new explorer is even nicer) so I haven't messed with it. But if you could figure out what would help you personally you could probably get a good upholsterer to make the mods for you for a couple hundred bucks. Seats are really pretty simple. The custom covers are what costs.

    I did a DIY/How-to thing on the Versys owners forum that has a ton of links for other custom seat info, and materials sources. There are quite a few seat mod people in there too. You don't need to join the forum to read the thread, has 6K views! http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums/showthread.php?t=11152&highlight=custom+seat

    If the seat isn't comfortable then riding the bike is no fun!
  11. DennyMyBoy

    DennyMyBoy Hoping for a Tiger

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    Ok, so here's the update. Made a pretty low offer today to the dealer. '12 leftover 800xc in the color I want. His counter offer was $10,700 plus sales tax and some document fees. Freight and prep are waived. Additionally, there are 2 accessories I'd like which add up to about $500, for those there was no discount and about $100 to install. I asked if he could move any further to meet my offer which was still $1300 lower for total OTD, his words were, "I'm all in."

    Looks like about $2,000 discounted from full list and the usual freight and prep charges.

    What do you think? Is there wisdom in trying to further negotiate? We are in the middle of an intense cold spell. the least appealing month, for most people, to buy! Looking for a great deal, plus a good long term relationship for service needs.

    Thanks!
  12. SPX

    SPX Been here awhile

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    As far as I know, with his counter of $10,700, he's making about $100 on the deal.
  13. burmbuster

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    It sounds like a fair deal to me. If they are good to deal with on the purchase then they want you as a return customer which most Triumph dealers do, that aren't BMW dealers. Take the plunge and enjoy the ride.:thumb
  14. kingofZroad

    kingofZroad Been here awhile

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    Buy it!! That's a good deal on a GREAT bike!
  15. BryanCO

    BryanCO CO Rider

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    Agree. I was shopping and bought last month and think that's a very fair price.
  16. blacktiger

    blacktiger Tigers R great.

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  17. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    I've never understood the need to get every last bit of discount that you can. If you like the bike and want the bike, is it worth all the hassle to save a couple bucks ? Just buy it....
  18. andoulli

    andoulli CAJUN

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    I'm pretty sure that if you walked out the door and the dealer didn't make another, lower offer, he is at the bottom. Sounds like a good deal to me. If you keep pushing you're just going to piss him off.
  19. doxbike

    doxbike Been here awhile

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    +1. That's a good deal, especially if you wanna keep a relationship. If you're talking about the engine guard and centerstand-mount 'em yourself-easy to do
  20. fbj913

    fbj913 On the Beemer Kool-Aid

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