Triumph Tiger 800

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

  1. marloweluke

    marloweluke The Flying Dutchman

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    I've been happy with the Michelin PR3's that I've tried, 2 rears. Also Conti Road Attack's have been great, little less mileage than the PR3's. I don't take my Roadie off road now that I have a Suzuki DR650 for that. I have a set of Bridgestones BT-23 in the basement ready to go but haven't tried them yet. They now they have the T-30's out to replace them. Can't go wrong with any of these really.
  2. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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    I'll will be curious to hear your thoughts, once the Bridgestones are mounted, compared to the others.
  3. KildareMan

    KildareMan Been here awhile

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    Any other tyre is going to have to be really impressive after the PR3s They really are a great road tyre.
  4. akaDigger

    akaDigger Amateur Adventurer

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    Once the "Happy" part is worn off, what good are they. My OEM tires are squaring with only 2000 miles. They'll never make it to Belize and back next month so they are being replaced before the trip with new Conti Trail Attacks.
  5. TexaNate

    TexaNate Been here awhile

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    I'm home for Thanksgiving and I got to take my dad's barely-broken-in 2013 800 XC out for a mix of slab and dirt today. We rode from Sugar Land out to the edge of Hill Country - this thing eats up miles a lot better than my 250!

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    I'm amazed he trusted me with it! (to be honest he was probably second-guessing his trust during that water crossing, but everything went OK)

    LOVE that triple - only problem now is I want a big bike :cry someday!

    He's thinking of putting on Explorer bars because he finds the stockers too "flat" (not enough bend). Bar risers would also be nice. I'm worried either of those mods would upset the harmonic balance of the bars and cause them to vibrate. It looks like I have a lot of reading to do in this thread - cheers all!
  6. tdv

    tdv Been here awhile

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    Nice!

    I installed Explorer bars (also have rox risers with dampers) and have no issues with vibration.

  7. TexaNate

    TexaNate Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the input! Do you use the Explorer roadie or XC bars? Are they even different?:ear A quick look suggests the two have different BikeBandit part numbers but I can't be sure - Google results are vague. If anything, I expect the Explorer XC bars to be wider than the roadie's.

    I'm going to get the Explorer bars first and maybe put the risers on later. For the record, I like the bend of the stock bars but I just found them too low to stand up for extended periods (I'm 6'2.5 and I have shorty T-rex arms). My dad finds the height OK-ish but he hates the stock bend and it's his bike, so he calls the shots!

    I was really impressed with how smooth the bike felt rolling over washboard gravel, so all-day standing probably isn't necessary unless one is continuously going over something rougher or more technical. Maybe I'll get him those anti-vibe risers as a Christmas present and shame him into putting them on! :rofl

    If vibrations are an issue at any point, I might look into Bueller's insight on engine mounts but this bike is so smooth compared to anything else I've ever ridden! If it ain't broke, don't go pokin' around with your engine mount bolts.:clap
  8. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    Indeed it is smooth. However the left lower motormount bolt has an adjustable shim to take up all space between the frame mounting tangs and the engine mount casting. Many have been found to be loose and as a result a little more buzziness is felt. It's been addressed elsewhere in the tiger threads.

    A lot of riders have preferred the explorer bars. And for your height I imagine the stock bar height might be a bit low.
  9. TexaNate

    TexaNate Been here awhile

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    Indeed, that's what I linked to in my previous post (the fix is here, just in case anyone else is looking for it)
  10. becsta

    becsta Been here awhile

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    Sold my Scrambler today. Tiger shopping here I come.

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  11. blacktiger

    blacktiger Tigers R great.

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    You'll find the Tiger much more capable in all areas.
  12. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    +100 I demoed a Scram once and it was the second most disappointing motorcycle ride of my life. First place belongs to my uncle's Harley.
  13. BryanCO

    BryanCO CO Rider

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    Awesome. Have fun!
  14. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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    Must explain why so many come up for sale. They look intriguing, though.

    Agreed, on Harleys. I've never ridden one that I like. Though, I've not had the opportunity to take any variation of V-Rod for a spin.
  15. elan

    elan Been here awhile

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    Yeah, this may be my problem. I'm using the Acerbis hand guards and I had to push and pull to get things lined up.
  16. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    Not likely the bar mounting, more likely the left lower motor mount. Check the how-to thread on that.
  17. tdv

    tdv Been here awhile

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    I had the one with the roadie part number. They are still plenty wide.

    Still fiddling with the exact bar position, with two degrees of freedom it takes a while to nail it.

  18. ElJefeATX

    ElJefeATX Morally correct

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    Greetings. New guy here looking at buying a Tiger 800 XC. This would be my first time buying new from a dealer (unless I find a great deal on a used one, but thats doubtful), and first time owning a bike made after Ronald Reagan was president. This thread and others have been very helpful with making decisions on the purchase, farkles, off-road capabilities etc.

    The big question is, is there a difference between 2013's and 2014's?

    I'd like to try and beat them down on price by either getting a close-out 2013 or an end of the year inventory sale on a 2014.

    The local dealer appears to have a couple in matte green but we all know phantom black is faster and that's what I want.

    So I'm willing to travel a couple hundred miles, or order one, but ordering one probably screws my chance at getting an end of the year deal. And I could probably live with the matte green if the price is right.

    Any tips on dealing with the dealer, leads on a phantom black model or anything in general is appreciated.

    I'm in central TX, btw.
  19. blacktiger

    blacktiger Tigers R great.

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    In a word; no.

    Welcome to the forum.

    Happy hunting.
  20. WantToRideMoar

    WantToRideMoar Been here awhile

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    Who's your dealer?

    I want the green one, but my dealer only has white and black. We could probably arrange a dealer-to-dealer swap to liquidate their inventory.