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(no longer) Utter Tiger 955i n00b

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

  1. Duckworth

    Duckworth Taking the high road

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    This very thread pretty much documents my used 955I Tiger experience. It runs through most of the things you ask about.
  2. BlueRidgeBandit

    BlueRidgeBandit Taylor R.

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    I'm a lazy reader, but I sent him the link haha. (good friend that I am)
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  3. Duckworth

    Duckworth Taking the high road

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    @BlueRidgeBandit

    Cliff Notes:

    955i Tiger has a weak charging system, but it's cheap and easy to upgrade. Fuel line quick releases degrade with age, but can be cheaply replaced with metal ones. The chain needs to be looser than the manual says, maybe 55mm of slack measured at the swingarm weld. $2k-$3k is a fair price range.

    Top heavy, tall bike. I hope your buddy is tall.


    In spite of its quirks, it's probably my favorite bike I've had.
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  4. BackseatFlyer

    BackseatFlyer Air Commando

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    Thanks for the lowdown, I'm the friend. I'm not tall, so we'll see how it feels if I get to go try it out.
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  5. Highliner

    Highliner Been here awhile

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    I think the sweet spot is around $2500 under 30k miles with full factory luggage, I couldn’t live without my top case. Parts aren’t really that reasonable. If it’s a strictly highway bike these are awesome machines. I’m not sure I want to take mine off road, it’s heavy and pita to push around. I would start at 1500.00

    Tires are expensive min 150.00 look at the wiring and make sure it hasn’t been hacked.
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  6. atokad

    atokad wan⋅der⋅lust

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    A maintenance outline for any noobs on here. Left side of and Excell spreadsheet and across the top just list the service dates and miles with check marks/notes/cost/part #'s etc down the columns in the corresponding rows. I created this for all of my vehicles. Keep the VIN right there and handy and you will never be scrambling around trying to find it. If you have 3-5+ vehicles you maintain, this is well worth the invested time.

    Also makes an invaluable sales doc for anything when you sell it.

    Clean Chain
    Check & Adjust Chain - RR (replaced front CS, chain and rear sprocket)
    Change Engine Oil - Motul 300V 15-50
    Change Oil Filter - Purolator PL14612
    Check and adjust clutch cable
    Check & adjust Center Stand & Footpeg mounting bolts
    Tourance 150/70VR17 Rear Tire - $166 tire - $25 install
    Tourance 110/80VR19 Front Tire - 127.95
    Heidenau K60 110/80-19 Front Tire - $134 + $25 Install
    Race Can & ECU Tune - 25.95
    6000 mile service
    Major service Intervals: 12/24/36
    Top off rear brake Master Cylinder Reservoir
    Check steering head freeplay
    Replace Air Filter
    Replace spark plugs - NGK DPREA-9 Gap at 0.9
    Flush cooling system - Capacity 2.8L
    Bleed brake system - front
    Bleed brake system rear
    Inspect brake pads - front
    Inspect brake pads - rear
    Replace Fuel Filter - BMW Part# 2 325 859
    Visually inspect cooling system hoses, brake cables, clutch cable, throttle cable
    Inspect and check fasteners
    Valve Adjustment Checked
    Check and adjust throttle cables
    Throttle Bodies Balanced
    Inspect/Replace Fuel float in tank
    New Battery
    Replaced clutth cable (OEM)
    Charging System - Replaced stator - $150
    Racetech Fork Emulators & RT Heavy Springs
    New front fork seals + outer upper outer bushings
    HyperPro Emulsion Shock
    Full refit with LED lighting
    Eastern Beaver 3 circuit relay wiring harness
    New radiator cap, 4 of 5 cooling system hoses
    Voltage Dynamics indicator installed
    Ignition Switch loose - repaired
    SW MotechCenter Stand
    Stick on Formotion Thermometer
    Yellow CAT O-ring Cruise Control
    Triumph Heathed Grips
    Cycle Gadgets Helmet Guardian
    Corbin Canyon Dual seat w/backrest
    MRA Vario Touring Windscreen
    Palmer Large Windscreen and mounts
    TouraTech Radiator Guard
    TouraTech Oil Cooler Guard
    Triumph Race Can
    BMW mini plug converter
    Sylvania Halogen Bulbs
    Replacement Horn
    BMW 1150 GS Handguards
    Rox Risers
    Morgan Carbtune for throttle bodies
    Mustang Valve shim compression tool
    Rick's stator
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  7. Munzo

    Munzo Adventurer

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    I'm about to dive into removing the rear shock on my Tiger to get it serviced. Anything I should watch out for / be prepared for? From what I've seen so far it sounds like the bottom spacer tends to be an issue for people.
  8. Highliner

    Highliner Been here awhile

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    Please keep us updated, from what I've read, these aren't serviceable, and I can't part with the $$$ to buy a new wilber, etc...
  9. Munzo

    Munzo Adventurer

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    Sorry, I won't have an update for you. I bought the Tiger with a custom Penske already installed on it. Just didn't know if there was anything I needed to look out for before I started pulling everything apart.
  10. Speedebump

    Speedebump Been here awhile

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    Hello!
    I am a 955i Noob, but long time motorcycle owner and wrencher.
    Just purchased a 2002 955i, and when cold it will start, but quickly loses RPM and then dies. Subsequent start attempts fail unless I use the throttle, and then the bike runs rough until it warms up. After warm up it will idle steadily at 1300 RPM.
    Once at temperature, the bike runs normally.
    Thoughts?
  11. atokad

    atokad wan⋅der⋅lust

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    tigertriple.com is your friend. Any service history, how many miles? tigertriple has almost everything about these bikes documented.
  12. ZappaFan

    ZappaFan Adventurer

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    Get TuneECU and reset the TPS and adjust the IACV. Also replace the stock IACV lines with 6mm silicone ones.
  13. Duckworth

    Duckworth Taking the high road

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    I think I'll revive this thread. Still riding my 2001 that started this. I'm about to take it on its third cross country trip in the four years I've had it.

    It still sips oil at a rate of half a quart to a quart per 1000 miles, depending on how hard and fast in riding.

    Front tire cups annoyingly, probably the forks need maintenance. Shinko 705s lately since Full Bore seems to have disappeared.

    Electrical system still good after the work I did in the beginning.

    Still a consistent 50 mpg.

    Leaking fuel tank crossover line replaced recently.

    I really like this bike, but it is getting sort of elderly.

    Mounting up a new rear 705:
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  14. Duckworth

    Duckworth Taking the high road

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    Before I got too deep into the tire change, I abandoned the tire change stand and garage tools, and decided to do the work with my on-the-bike tools only, to make sure I could handle a flat on the road.

    I was successful, but it wasn't pleasant. A big C-clamp was my bead breaker. It's zip tied to the frame now. I hope I never need it.
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  15. atokad

    atokad wan⋅der⋅lust

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    I carry a plug kit. If that doesn't work, call AAA. No cell service, then I will use my Spot.
  16. Duckworth

    Duckworth Taking the high road

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    I have spokes and tubes. If there's a flat, I have to do it the hard way.
  17. ddavidv

    ddavidv The reason we can't have nice things

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    No wires on the 800 Roadie. :evil
    Alan, when you are ready to upgrade I think you'll love the 800. All the goodness of the 955i without the top heavy-ness and other shortcomings. The stepper motor and gear ratios will still give you plenty to complain about though. :lol2
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  18. Munzo

    Munzo Adventurer

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    So my starter button has decided to just stop working. Had it go in and out a day ago, and now is just gone completely.

    I wasn't having any issue and now just nothing. Turn the key, lights all power up, I can hear the fuel pump priming. Hit the starter button and nothing. Lights don't dim and no noises. I've pulled apart the clutch switch, and the starter button and both look good, the bike will bump start.

    Pulled the battery out and tried to by-pass the switch by bridging the starter relay, and it turned over a little but was acting like my battery was dead. Bought a new battery today hoping that was my problem, but no dice. Haven't tried jumping the relay with the new battery. I'm a little bit at a loss here. Looking at pulling apart the ignition barrel to make sure its not a short there, which I understand is a problem with these bikes. Anyone have any thoughts on this that I might not be thinking about? Maybe a bad starter relay?
  19. Munzo

    Munzo Adventurer

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    After doing some more reading and researching I pulled and tested the starter solenoid today. I wasn't getting a click, and the multimeter was reading no resistance. Thinking I have found the problem. Ordered a new one and we'll see what happens.
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  20. Munzo

    Munzo Adventurer

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    Well I’m stumped. Turns out it’s not the starter solenoid. The solenoid isn’t getting power from the bike which means it’s not activating. It’s on the same line as the headlight dimmer relay which explains why the light isn’t dimming either. Any thoughts?