Triumph Tiger 800

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

  1. Sound Farm

    Sound Farm Art x Science

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    What do u guys think of a 2012 abs. Xc with 20,000 miles. With a few farkles and triumph panniers for $9000. ??
    Good deal? To many miles for the price ? Worth it to just ge a new one ?
    I like the price. Don't like the mileage but it has been serviced on regular basis by dealer. Let me know what u think
  2. BryanCO

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    Seems like all of the money with that mileage. Note that I bought a 2012 last month and was watching the market closely.
  3. BryanCO

    BryanCO CO Rider

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    Thanks!
  4. Poweranger

    Poweranger Been here awhile

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    I just purchased a new 13 roadie last week. I have noticed the suspension seems kinda harsh. Weather has only permitted me to get about 50 miles so far. So I am wondering, will it break in and soften up some? I test rode the XC also but didn't get off road with it so I didn't really notice the difference between the two on the street. Of course I only have a very few limited miles riding both. Has anyone performed a suspension upgrade on a roadie? What are the options for the front? Or should I just plan on keeping this bike on hard packed graded roads? This is my first bike that is dirt oriented and I have very limited experience on two wheels off road. I run Elka suspension on my quads and have experience setting them up for off road but zero experience with forks or road/off road bike suspension.
  5. pilot3

    pilot3 Been here awhile

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    I just received my suspension kit from RaceTech for my 2012 roadie. I have had very good experiences with their products and am expecting good things. All that was available at the time were the gold valve kits and springs for the front, so I am starting there. Once that is done, I'll move on to the rear. Unfortunately, I don't expect to get started for a couple of weeks.
  6. riceaterslc

    riceaterslc Urinal Cake Engineer

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    seems high. i got my '12 XC ABS w/ under 5,000 miles, Arrow exhaust, and OEM engine guards for $8900 OTD.
  7. blacktiger

    blacktiger Tigers R great.

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    I can't comment on the value of that deal as I'm on a different continent. But...
    My advice, for what it's worth, is don't worry about mileage on these engines. Triumph design their engines to run and run.
    Yes it will affect the price but I always say quick miles are no problem. It's the slow, in town miles you gotta worry about. That bike has obviously been places on long rides to rack up the miles.
  8. markbvt

    markbvt Long timer

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    You'll love it. The seat made a huge difference for me. With the stock seat I had to fashion a closed-cell foam pad to flatten out the profile a bit, then add an Alaska Sheepskin on top of that... and my butt would still hurt after a while, especially after multiple days of riding. With the Renazco, I don't need anything additional on top of it, and butt pain never becomes a problem even on a two-week trip.

    --mark
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    Don't worry about the mileage. My 2011 XC has 31,000 miles on it now, zero issues, valves were still in spec when I checked them several thousand miles ago. Awesome bike.

    That said, I would probably spend the extra few thousand bucks and get a new one, largely for the peace of mind of breaking it in/maintaining it myself -- because I intend to keep this bike for the long term and expect to be putting north of 100,000 miles on it. If you tend to switch out bikes fairly regularly, then don't worry about it.

    --mark
  10. ducnut

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    With the cold temps, the fork oil is extra thick. And, all the seals are still new. It'll definitely soften up, this spring. I was pleasantly surprised, with the suspension on the Roadie I tested.

    I've used Traxxion on three bikes. They have fully adjustable fork cartridges, valve sets, and springs for the forks. They're, also, an Elka dealer and were instrumental in getting Elka product quality up to snuff. Give 'em a call, after you've gotten some miles on the bike, this spring.
  11. ducnut

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    It depends on how YOU feel about the mileage. Does it bother you?

    Figure up what a new one costs with the same accessories, plus tax and fees, and see where you'd be. OTD prices are pretty scary, to me. Again, how do YOU feel about it.

    Lastly, use a search engine, like SearchTempest, and look around Craigslist. Tiger 800s are out there (3 pages worth, today).
  12. swimmer

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    The suspension is harsh and won't get much/if any better. Especially sucks if you are lighter than average. I'm at 13k miles with my Roadie that I bought last Jan. The suspension is more than annoying.
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    Did you have to send them your forks since, at the time I checked they had not done a Roadie so needed a trial unit before they could make a kit? How much was it? Very interested in your impressions? Please post your weight for reference. Thanks
  14. ducnut

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    Different ideals, I guess. I rode the aforementioned Roadie around the 'burbs of west Chicago. The pavement was mostly shitty concrete. I found no fault with it. Of course, I'm probably 190# in gear and I had a passenger. Hmmm.
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    You've got me by 40lbs. Mine also rides smoother with a passenger. I guess my point is if you find the suspension to suck at 500 miles don't expect it to be better with time. On the contrary it will probably become more annoying. Maybe because it's about the only shortcoming (for me) of the motorcycle.
  16. Kawidad

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    I found my roadie did loosen up a bit. It's still not where I want it to be, but is tolerable. A guy on one of the Tiger boards said he replaced the fork oil (reputed to be 10w) with thinner 5w and then adjusted the oil level to give it a soft ride, and again, he claimed, it made the forks work really well. I haven't tried it or could his claim be veriified by other posters, but it does make sense and in theory should work. :evil
  17. Sound Farm

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    The only thing that. Scares me about mileage. Is the bikes are new. And haven't been tested so to speak
    I use search tempest actually. Most of them on there are dealers. Selling
    not to many used ones around yet. With the same Accesories. OTD new. I'm around 5 grand difference , probably more !
    Which is pretty substantial for me But I would consider a new one with out the extras too . I've just never bought a new bike so it's a little scary for me This would be my first
  18. Poweranger

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    Thanks ducnut. I didn't think about the temp affecting the oil. I will see how it feels after a few thousand miles this summer. I also only weigh around 170. I wonder what the average rider weight is they set up the roadie for?
  19. Poweranger

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    I was told the same thing from a riding buddy about changing the oil. If I find the suspension not tolerable after this summer I am thinking of adding the traxxion next winter.
  20. cug

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    Suspension on the Roadie is really whacked. The spring is too light even for me (156 lbs), seems to be pre-compressed to not sag too much, the valving is completely off, why too harsh compression, not enough re-bound.

    I have a Traxxion AK-20 in the front now and it is worlds better. The price is high, yes, but I think it might be the best front suspension I have ridding with so far. I'll get a Wilbers fully adjustable rear when I have my bike back and feel good about it again (after hitting a deer 5 weeks ago and having lots of repair work done). The front spring is now correct for my weight and the damping is pretty much spot on. Quite a difference. Oh, and I also raised the rear about 15mm.