Triumph Tiger 800

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

  1. blacktiger

    blacktiger Tigers R great.

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    No, single skin just made of the right plastic. Acerbis do know what they're doing in that regard.
  2. internalcombust

    internalcombust Yes its dirty, thanks.

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    The DL feels much more top heavy. The tiger is better balanced in every regard. I really liked my DL650, but I fookin' love my tiger. :freaky
  3. KildareMan

    KildareMan Been here awhile

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    +1 in every respect.

    The DL650 feels like oil tanker compared to the Tiger 800.
  4. brooklyn slim

    brooklyn slim nasty, brutish and tall

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    Corbin has an accessory page linked to their T800 seat page which lists a number of backrests. Not sure if these are available by themselves or only with the seat - pix look like they're separate pieces, but who knows?

    Link here:

    http://www.corbin.com/triumph/ttgr811gl.shtml
  5. y0y02369

    y0y02369 Long timer

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    Thanks Pbee, Swimmer, and Chinookmark for the answers! Does the fuel gauge so work with the safari tanks?
  6. ArmyDOC

    ArmyDOC Adventurer

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    Instead of paying $300 for the 500 mile service, I did the oil change myself.

    Is there a way to reset the Service Indicator Symbol (have it go off) other than taking it to the dealer, as described in the Owner's Manual (p.29)??

    Thanks in advance.

    John
  7. cug

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    Dealertool can do it.

    http://dealertoolcouk.ipage.com/default.htm
  8. ArmyDOC

    ArmyDOC Adventurer

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  9. brooklyn slim

    brooklyn slim nasty, brutish and tall

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    OK, brown, cug, internal and kildare, thanks, seems like a consensus that the T800 isn't gonna fight me.

    To be clear, I own a 2006 DL650, so I'm clear on its pluses and minuses. Just wanted to hear how the two bikes compared.

    This AM I got a return call from a dealer about an hour away who'll have a bike to test ride in about a week or so. I'm very psyched.

    One more thing. I happen to own a Triumph Tiger already - a 1967 650 Tiger, to be exact. In pieces, in the basement, waiting for a rebuild...someday. When it was running, it was sweet - nothing like the feel of classic brit twin.

    When it was running.....

    I know that new Triumphs are nothing like the old ones in terms of build quality. I also know that I got very used to my Suzuki's absolute reliability. Indestructible. And I'm too old for headaches.

    So, while I don't expect the Triumph to be on a par with the the DL in terms of dependability, I'm wondering how much of a tradeoff there'll be. My local dealer has a questionable rep, and the guy who's gonna let me test the bike (from whom I'll buy and whose service dept I'll use, for that reason, ) is a little over an hour away.

    This is hard to quantify, but just how reliable are these things? Are there known problem areas? Are there established fixes for these? Issues I should address with the dealer before purchase, etc?

    Thanks.
  10. cug

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    You can order it right from that website. For me I think it arrived within a week from England to California.
  11. cug

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    Yeah. Some are really bad:

    1) It gets dirty too fast.
    2) I have to fill that stupid gas tank every few days.
    3) It never gave me trouble so no reason to take it apart ...
    4) Seems that during the night it chews on its tires, these then need to be replaced.
    5) It also scratches on its nuts and bolts and now and then you should look them over and retighten, using blue loctite.

    Other than the above, it hurts my wallet because I want to make it "just perfect". And I'm on the way of doing so. When it is I bet my wife will claim it ... :deal
  12. ArmyDOC

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    Not bad. Thanks again. I will definitely look into it after work.

    John
  13. brooklyn slim

    brooklyn slim nasty, brutish and tall

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    Their site says they ship worldwide - about $112 including postage.

    PC support only, no Macs need apply.
  14. brooklyn slim

    brooklyn slim nasty, brutish and tall

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    Wait, you mean you have to fill the gas tank?? Oh, that's a deal breaker....
  15. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    Have never touched mine in 5K miles. I just ignore it. First oil change at 250, again about every couple of thousand.
    I'll do the required maintenance on schedule, just won't bother with the service indicator.

    I bought mine and rode it away from the dealer with 7 miles on it, it's never been back.
  16. ArmyDOC

    ArmyDOC Adventurer

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    That's good to know. I am a little paranoid about every noise I hear coming from the bike. I can't be sure what I was hearing today but I rode during lunch and got the RPM's up in 1st thru 3rd gears and as I approached a red light I just let off the gas and let it slow itself down.

    It was difficult to tell but it almost sounds like like some weak-a$$ backfiring (from the front of the bike, engine area), but that could have been the helmet blocking the sound.

    Again, just paranoid that I will have to pay for any work that would normally be covered by warranty...
  17. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    Relax and enjoy. They are solid bikes.

    There is a noticeable decel burble, also normal. I imagine that would be accentuated with an aftermarket muffler.

    The motor whines from straight-but cam gears...or so I'm told. They click and whir, all kinds of weird sounds emminate. When you fire them up cold they are not a real quiet motor. Powerful yes, quiet no. Wear ear plugs. :evil

    Keep the revs under 6K for the first thousand, then let 'er rip. Change the first oil out early, then every few thousand. I would not go 6K miles, rather about half the OCI.

    Repair incidence/failures on this bike are extremely low.
  18. rustynut2

    rustynut2 Been here awhile

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    straight-but cam gears, oh my :rofl
  19. ArmyDOC

    ArmyDOC Adventurer

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    Again, thank you, that is great info to know and puts my mind at ease (a little). I'll just keep ridining!! :clap
    Now, if I could just afford to farkle the heck out of it...:doh
  20. Boianovich

    Boianovich Old and Cautious

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    Mine has this sweet whistle right around 5K RPM's. The sweet spot, quick jump with a crack of the throttle and a good bit of motor breaking to. Maybe that's why I'm only getting 37ish MPG :huh

    I also get a weird chugging sound if I idle in neutra