Do Triumph Tiger 900s drink a lot of oil?

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  1. mcman56

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    I'm interested in a new tiger 900 but see a lot of comments on line about the 800 using a lot of oil. Does anyone know if the oil problem was common or if it carries over to the 900?
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  2. Don03st

    Don03st Been here awhile

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    My 800 doesn't use any, but its not high mileage. My 1050 used a little.
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  3. stevedo

    stevedo Been here awhile

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    After 75,000 miles my 800 uses a little.
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  4. hawkbox

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    I have 80k km on my 800 and it uses a little bit but not a lot.
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  5. FLYINGBURRITOBROTHER

    FLYINGBURRITOBROTHER Life is too short to not ride...

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    I have seen no oil loss with my 900.
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  6. AloneInTheHills

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    Over 50k miles on my 800xcx. It will use a bit if I'm pushing it hard through mountain passes, but it's minor and otherwise uses little to none.
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  7. Night Falcon

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    55,000klm 2013XC - has never needed any oil top ups between changes. I change oil and filters every 7K klm's
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  8. 23103a

    23103a not n00b

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    My 800 used to use 1/2-3/4 of a quart over 3000 miles. My 900 seems to be more like 1/4 of a quart or less over 3000 miles.... barely noticeable.
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  9. HeliMark

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    Over about 13K miles on my 900, probably somewhere around a 1/2 quart of oil used. I don't do much high speed stuff, where it definitely likes to use more.
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  10. mcman56

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    How reliable are all of the fancy electronics? Are they fail safe or can they leave you stranded?
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  11. pjensen641

    pjensen641 Long timer Supporter

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    I bet the gearing helps the 900. My 800 uses oil if you spend significant time above 5K rpm. Droning in interstate >75mph or attacking twisties at max effort where you spend all the time >5000rpm.

    That said, its fairly predictable. If I spend a couple days (1,000 or so miles) doing that, I expect to add a few ounces of oil. Its worse when the oil is in the second half of the 6K OCI. I think the most I have ever added between oil changes is 3/4 quart. I do have to carry a partial quart with me if I am going on a long tour, which is the most annoying part about it (i.e. not bad). 36K miles on the clock, been using like this since new (you don't figure this out until >600 miles when you start to explore the top half of the rev range).
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  12. HeliMark

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    I haven't heard of anyone being stranded due to the electronics. There are several bugs in the system, one which you can lose some stuff like the auto turn signal cancel, and the dealer will need to reload the software, but Triumph has supposedly come out with a fix for that. Not a keyless system, which is good.

    The bluetooth on it, is marginal at best, and equal in performance to a bluetooth system of 10 years ago.
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  13. markbvt

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    My 800 uses a fair amount of oil; I check it after long rides and top up a little as necessary. But it has 106,000 miles on it so I really can't complain. It didn't start noticeably using any till it was over 40,000 miles. And as others have pointed out, consumption is highest when droning at high revs for extended periods.

    My 900 with 10,000 miles isn't noticeably using any yet, but I expect it'll probably start eventually because the motor is based on the 800. But frankly, it's really not much of a concern; just keep an eye on it and top up a few ounces here and there as necessary. The oil filler is easy to get to... unlike the Scrambler 1200.

    --mark
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  14. Matt Hare

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    Maybe I can answer the first two questions. Breaking in a new 900 RP, ~400 miles so far. Did a little light off roading yesterday (street tires) and shut it off at my turn around. Went to restart and nothing. I don't know how much oil I've burned but enough to set off the oil warning light, which prevents starting, which left me stranded. Being stranded by an electrical issue sucks. Topping off the oil in my garage today brought it back to life but overfilling slightly, set off the oil warning light, which prevents starting, not stranded. Seems Triumph has engineered mistakes out of oil levels. Now that I know my top I can measure oil use.
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  15. stk0308

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    2200 miles on my 2020 Rally now. I just came back from an 833 mile weekend to Arkansas and back. We did 3 durt sections through the high hills of southern MO and AR. 3 water crossings. Pavement riding like I would normally route on my sport bike(AR-123 to Mt Judea and MO-125). No issues. Oil sight glass showing 1/2 full, as it's supposed to.
    I do dislike having to wait 10 seconds after turning the key on to fire up. The ECU takes that long to boot up and become responsive. I'm still getting the hang of confirming it should go back to off-road mode when I startup after a rest stop on the trail. But, I'm getting better at it. It's just a press on the joystick, but you need to be sure you don't make it think your toggling any other direction.
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