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(no longer) Utter Tiger 955i n00b

Discussion in 'Triumph Tigers' started by Duckworth, Apr 24, 2016.

  1. Grooster

    Grooster Face Plant Specialist

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    I have these bags and they are well made and definitely water proof. An hour long downpour at speed was a great test. No leaks! They fit the stock hard cases without issue and make travel a snap.


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  2. appalachian

    appalachian Ride fat boy ride

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    Bought me a 05 Tiger last weekend, lucifer orange, 7k miles, very nice, plan on checking MPG soon, biggest horse power bike Ive owned, before making the purchase I googles the seat height, it was about half inch-ish of my dr 650, but the seat is wider so Im still one my toes at a red light, so far thats the only draw back found.
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  3. Munzo

    Munzo Adventurer

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    Let's see some pics!

    I had a DR650 before my tiger. I feel like the Tiger is everything I liked about the DR, but I can actually ride the highway with it.
  4. Highliner

    Highliner Been here awhile

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    Do you think the sprint front cog and lower rpms may have helped as you pondered earlier in the thread?
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  5. Duckworth

    Duckworth Taking the high road

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    Maybe. A fresh oil and filter change right before I left couldn't have hurt either.
  6. Highliner

    Highliner Been here awhile

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  7. Pastaman

    Pastaman Been here awhile

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  8. Highliner

    Highliner Been here awhile

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    It is very clean, I don’t know much about the displaced liner. My take on it is the cylinder liners may have been disturbed when he replaced the head gasket. I’m afraid of the worst though. Cracked or warped head. Now I need to find a good parts source. No dealers where I’m at.
  9. Duckworth

    Duckworth Taking the high road

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    It would almost be easier to do a salvage motor transplant, and probably not that much more expensive.
  10. Highliner

    Highliner Been here awhile

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    If I could find a good salvage engine for under 500.00 I might consider that route, but I am going do a compression test, drain the fluids and see what that tells me first. Then I'll tear into the top end, have the head checked for warping, cracks and at least replace all the valve seals. I'm not too afraid of going that far, My old man is a television repairman, he's got this ultimate set of tools. I can fix it.;)
  11. appalachian

    appalachian Ride fat boy ride

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    Let's see some pics! I had a DR650 before my tiger. I feel like the Tiger is everything I liked about the DR, but I can actually ride the highway with it.

    I have yet to learn how to post pics, really need to tho, I dont see getting rid of my DR, I just like the bike, its more my kind of machine but have to say Im dig'n the Tiger more all the time, just do see it doing much in the way of off road riding, to much bike to be picking up from the ground.
  12. abruzzi

    abruzzi Long timer

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    I was planning up upgrading my stock bags to Hepco Becker because I have several sets of Gobi's so I could minimize my up front costs by just buying the racks first and getting better cases later. However I found photos online of a 955i with H&B racks and Gobi bags and discovered that the design of the rack seems to carry the bags very high. It looks like I'd even have trouble throwing my leg over it. The top of the Gobi's look in the picture to be 3-4 inches higher than the top of the rear seat!

    If anyone has used Hepco Beckers on a 955i and has a photo to show that it not as bad as it looks, I'm all ears (eyes). If it is too high as I suspect, then the only other racks that seem to be still available in the US are Happy Trail. I'm not a huge fan of their racks--they're a bit ugly--and there do seem to be a number of complaints online about fit, so I don't know if that's an issue. I'm interested in their bags either but they do sell Givi adapters for their racks. I have a set of the 1st generation plastic trekkers that would mount right up, though the racks with Givi adapters are close to $400 without any bags.

    Has anyone gone this route? I was also looking and I like the Givi Dolomiti or the Kappa K-Venture bags (I much prefer top load to clamshell, the plastic trekkers are halfway between each.) Both are reasonably priced and use a modified version of the Givi mount. The Givi wedge is removed and there are two holes for twist locks. Has anyone looked into modifying the Happy Trail to work with the modified mount for the Dolomiti?

    (I have a 10 day, 3000mile trip coming up in July, and I was originally planning to get by with the stock tiger luggage. The side cases are pretty small but the stock top case is pretty big so between the three, I wasn't worried about 10 days worth of clothes. Unfortunately, this weekend, the topcase tumbled a few feet onto concrete and the top shattered into several pieces, so now I need to spend money when I wasn't planning to, and I need to choose which direction to go so I don't spend money on one option and later decide I bought the wrong stuff.)
  13. Pastaman

    Pastaman Been here awhile

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    My girly had a steady 5.6L/100 kms in the past 2 seasons. After winter storage (battery removed, bike in heated garage), gas consumption is going significantly up, almost 8L/100 kms.
    I don't understand why. It starts and runs perfectly. Valves were adjusted less than 10000 kms ago. Tires are new (Mitas E07) but can not explain such a difference. Any ideas ?
  14. ZappaFan

    ZappaFan Adventurer

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    Did anything move into your airbox over the winter? Mice, for instance?
  15. Pastaman

    Pastaman Been here awhile

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    That is a possibility, will have to check. Thanks
  16. Highliner

    Highliner Been here awhile

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    Troubleshooting the blowing smoke out the exhaust problem.

    Previous owner replace CC seal, messed something up, head gasket started leaking, so he replaced HG, bike started blowing oil into the exhaust and causing smoke.

    I gave it a couple troubleshooting runs, smoked at first startup, stopped smoking after a few miles, checked oil, it was barely on dipstick, added 4 ozs it was full. rode around town...no smoke, took for high speed I-68 run for about 3 miles, was smoking after exiting and at light, pretty noticeable and probably annoying to the guy behind me as I'm revving it up and trying to determine whats up.

    Rode it home check oil it was down an oz or two. pulled the tank to check and see if airbox has oil in it (negative). Pulled plugs, they were clean, dry and brand new. so I am thinking the oil isn't going by the rings because it isn't fouling the plugs. So the oil is blowing by the exhaust valves. ( bad EX Valve seal) (no oil in the cylinder during compression).

    Ruling out gasket for 3 reasons, its new, there is no coolant in the oil, and the coolant is clean with no signs of oil.

    I do wonder if the PO's opinion that he displaced the cylinder liner could bee the culprit but I can't visualize the oil path out the exhaust.

    Where do you find the best price for a gasket kit for these things? (2005 995 Triumph Tiger)
  17. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    The factory stuff is back ordered at a lot of places. Gold Coast Motorsports in Jersey (no, NY. My bad) is pretty close to WV in terms of freight time and they do fair pricing, have coupons you can dig up, and tend to be pretty reliable.
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  18. Highliner

    Highliner Been here awhile

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    Well I pulled it apart and stopped at removing head, cams timing chain etc... I pulled the exhaust manifold to look at the valve stems and nothing seemed amiss. I rotated it through and noticed the timing marks may be a tooth or two off.

    Made the adjustment then probably wore 10k of miles off the barrels just slowly rotating and listening for expensive noise until I was confident I wasn’t going to destroy a precious 955i power plant.

    It took awhile to make the time to clean scrape with a plastic pick and scraper all the sealant off the head and the cam cover, and piecing it back together mostly... I have a couple bolts left over.... I subbed some out with more convenient hardware, at least I think I did.

    I did have some coolant leaking, that was remedied with adjusting the hose positions and tightening the hose clamps. I still smell coolant but don’t seem to be losing any. I’m sure sure I’m going to need some new hoses soon.

    Well she runs well and yes, I am so happy and fortunate these girlies are underrated and can be found cheap enough to pay cash.
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  19. Duckworth

    Duckworth Taking the high road

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    Hey, I'm happy to report that my girlie is still rolling around, and is ready for another cross country trip next week.

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  20. BlueRidgeBandit

    BlueRidgeBandit Taylor R.

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    Hi all. I'm a GS rider, and I've got a friend who is thinking about entering the ADV world. He's got his eyes on 955i, but I don't have the knowledge to back him up. Can we get some feedback on value range, and known issues to look out for? Here is the one he's curious about, hope the link isn't breaking forum rules as its for reference to the conversation... https://pensacola.craigslist.org/mcy/d/bagdad-2006-triumph-tiger-955i/6907778338.html