Triumph Tiger 800

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

  1. Fireman1000

    Fireman1000 Long timer

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    So are these bikes reliable, or am I going to be spending a lot of at the dealership two hours away for repairs? I know the internet has a way of magnifying things, but there seems to be a lot of talk about heat, stalling, fluid leaks etc. When I buy a bike, I'd rather ride than wrench. Especially at the XC's cost.
  2. markbvt

    markbvt Long timer

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    They're super reliable. I've put 31,000 miles on mine with no issues. Hasn't even needed a valve adjustment.

    --mark
  3. fbj913

    fbj913 On the Beemer Kool-Aid

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    all triumphs are known to be reliable. the XC is no exception.

    fluid leaks? where did you see this?

    Stalling was a software issue and has been fixed.
    not sure about your heat reference. some think the bike does not disperse the heat properly and blows back on the legs. my response is, don't wear shorts... bikes are hot, if you want air conditioning stay in your car. :D
  4. jmcg

    jmcg Turpinated..

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    26,200 kms, zero issues.

    Replaced tyres, oil, put fuel in, ride.

    Great bike.

    JM.
  5. Jimbones

    Jimbones Adventurer

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    Very reliable! I have 20K miles in 14 months with zero problems. I swing into my dealership every couple months just so they don't forget my face. I pick up a t-shirt or a refrigerator magnet to justify my visit, hang out for awhile, and then I'm on my way. If reliability is your deciding factor - buy it!!!
  6. swimmer

    swimmer armchair asshole

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    A couple of months ago when it started to get cold here (upper 30's and below will qualify for cold in tucson) I noticed that for several seconds after starting my tiger in the morning I'd get a little clatter noise coming from the engine. Not to be confused with the standard assortment of noises this engine makes. Sound sort of like a valve "ticking" noise. It does not happen when the temps are a little warmer. Just wondering if anyone else notices this in colder temps. My tiger has 13k miles on it and I am using rotella t6 which is a 5-20W synthetic oil fwiw. New or old oil makes no difference relating to the sound.

    And for poster above asking about reliability I wouldn't let it concern you. The only real issue was the stepper stalling issue and that has been addressed. Other than that I can not think of any chronic or widespread issues on this bike.
  7. strider.deano

    strider.deano Been here awhile

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    I believe T6 is a 5-40w synthetic. I've noticed a little tick on cold mornings at startup also, but it goes away within 30-40 seconds. Just leave the throttle alone when starting to keep from wacking a dry motor.

    No fluid leaks....Stepper motor replaced under warranty (replaced because Triumph wouldn't just pay to lubricate it properly.) Arrow map loaded for the LV pipe, mileage went from 50 to 38 mpg. I'll be loading the standard map before the weather warms up.
  8. swimmer

    swimmer armchair asshole

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    sorry, yes, 5-40.
  9. fbj913

    fbj913 On the Beemer Kool-Aid

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    I finally got around to making a video of our long ride this last summer. I'm no good at making videos and even worse at remembering to film. But, this is the best I've got. Enjoy :D

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3lA-LVxYn8

    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/d3lA-LVxYn8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  10. burmbuster

    burmbuster Long timer

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    Great vid!
  11. strider.deano

    strider.deano Been here awhile

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    Your best is very good! CDR is on my bucket list.:clap
  12. elgato gordo

    elgato gordo KTMRFS

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  13. fbj913

    fbj913 On the Beemer Kool-Aid

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  14. fbj913

    fbj913 On the Beemer Kool-Aid

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    Thanks!
  15. elgato gordo

    elgato gordo KTMRFS

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    OK, I want one. Wish I could ride like that.

    Check out the snow section it's a riot.
  16. jmcg

    jmcg Turpinated..

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    Great work, thanks.

    JM.
  17. fbj913

    fbj913 On the Beemer Kool-Aid

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    Here are the pictures from that ride...

    http://ride-three-sixty-five.smugmu...-2012/24074869_3bxM57#!i=1955311741&k=8VWtBvg
  18. Lion BR

    Lion BR I'd rather be riding

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    Good video. But it would be really nice if the sound of the actual action could be heard.
  19. fbj913

    fbj913 On the Beemer Kool-Aid

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    I don't have a pipe so all the noise was wind and the whining from the triple. You would rather have music, trust me. :wink:
    It actually makes me want a pipe now.:cry I was really trying not to waste the money!
  20. blacktiger

    blacktiger Tigers R great.

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    I would suggest that 5W is, maybe, (I am speculating a bit here) too low for the cam chain tensioner to work properly when really cold. I wouldn't use any oil that's outside the recommended viscosity (10W-40) when a vital part needs oil pressure to work.