Triumph reliability..?

Discussion in 'British Beasts: Triumph Tigers' started by Don T, Dec 14, 2010.

  1. Mdvious/dt

    Mdvious/dt Introvert

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    Old thread.

    Wonder how much mileage the mentioned bikes have now?

    Currently my 13' is at 52k mileage. It needed a spark plug cable.
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  2. markbvt

    markbvt Long timer

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    My 2011 Tiger 800 XC has just under 93,000 miles on it at this point. It's needed nothing but the usual oil changes, tires, and other consumables; didn't even need its first valve adjustment till 86,000 miles. At this point it'll need a new clutch soon (still works perfectly, but the cable is running out of adjustment -- plates are obviously worn), and the rear shock is getting pretty tired so could stand upgrading. Apart from taking care of those two things, I wouldn't hesitate to ride it cross-country tomorrow if the opportunity presented itself. It's a fantastic motorcycle.

    --mark
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  3. 23103a

    23103a not n00b

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    Wow :clap
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  4. Mdvious/dt

    Mdvious/dt Introvert

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    Well 22k later still runs strong. One of the local shops wants to do and engine build and more power would be interesting, but I kinda wanna see how far this bike can go. Never figured the most reliable vehicle in my garage would be British.

    The dealership will only offer $700 for it though, lol. I'm not ever selling it so that doesn't matter.
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  5. teamduh

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    Seriously, take a bow.

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  6. diabolik37

    diabolik37 Deadly Gubba

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    My 2016 Xcx did came directly from Thailand as per Compliance stickers. It has never been or seen England and the dealer did also confirm that in this part of the world we are served by Asia not Europe. I forgot which other models are entirely made in Thailand, but the Tiger 800 is one of them. None the less, 20k not a single problem! So it seems to me that Jap or Euro/Asia are in par as far as motorcycle these days...
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  7. Teutates74

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    How do you know when you need a valve adjustment? I thought there was a set milage for that.
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  8. Brokebrute

    Brokebrute Been here awhile

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    You measure the valves before you adjust them. If they are still within spec no need to adjust.
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  9. Teutates74

    Teutates74 Adventurer

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    Ah so you still have to take it apart to see if you have to adjust them or not. I was hoping for an easier way.
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  10. Black Rhino

    Black Rhino Hopelessly optimistic cat herder

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    Not completely apart , as in doing the actual adjusting , but yes , you do have to open it up to get the readings.......
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  11. markbvt

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    If your checks reveal that the valve tolerances remain pretty stable (write them down each time you check to keep track), then you can safely start doing them more infrequently.

    My Tiger is now at 101,500 miles, by the way. It's still a fantastic bike, though it's recently begun to have the two minor issues that have come to light with high-mileage Tiger 800s: a couple thousand miles ago, the shifter return mechanism broke, so downshifting required nudging the shift lever back up with my toe after to reset it for the next downshift; and yesterday after getting gas, I got the hot-starter-brush issue where it acted as if the battery was low (when hot, the worn brushes in the starter motor can fail to make proper contact). After letting the bike cool off a bit, it started right up. Oddly, when I got home from the ride, I shut the bike off, then immediately tried starting it back up to replicate the problem, but it started without issue. :dunno

    --mark
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  12. Mdvious/dt

    Mdvious/dt Introvert

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    I pull my valve cover off every 12k. Usually I have to change at least one shim out. This may have more to do with ambient temp as I'm either working in the cold or drowning in sweat. This issue coupled with cheap feeler gauges. Recently bought a nice set of Starrett gauges, made clearance checks so much easier as they come in smaller increments than you can usually buy from an auto parts store.

    Also, just as an FYI, the $$$ Triumph fuel filter is a $ Mahle KL145.
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  13. Seventy One

    Seventy One Tick Magnet

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    My shift shaft broke last July of 2016. I replaced it with upgraded parts. A couple weeks later I bought my Versys 1000LT. The Tiger has only been used as a "buddy bike" for my friend whos Harley is always broken down. I think he's put 2-3 tanks of gas through it this year. I have not ridden it since August of 2016 and have no plans on ever riding it again.

    Last week the transmission quit shifting...again. It's currently stuck in 5th gear. I have no idea what it is this time. It's got the new style shift shaft and the blue spring. Bike has 46,000 miles. It also has an appetite for oil and low compression on cylinder #3.

    I hope someone steals it. I sure don't want to send Triumph anymore money after what they done to me with my warranty and worthless dealer.

    For a while back in '13 I sure loved this bike. I may be suing the dealer (Sport Rider in Altoona Wisconsin) for lying to the manufacturer about my service history. Buyer beware.
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  14. Flappy613

    Flappy613 Been here awhile

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    Jesus, Seventy One I'm sorry to hear that.

    I'm still unfortunately in love with mine but it's a second gen and has only 25000 miles at this point. My shifter shaft broke at about 13000 IIRC, but Dealer fixed it under warranty. Rode it over 200 miles in third to get it to him but no problems otherwise. Side stand folded through a raccoon strike and Triumph declined to pay but other than that I've really got no complaints at this point.

    I was sold an extended warranty at time of purchase, but I figure that's possibly worth the paper it's printed on and not much else. I took over all the maintenance with the exception of the valvetrain at 12000 as I'm unable/unwilling to pay 105.00 an hour to do what essentially is big dirt bike maintenance. The Tiger is really a breeze to work on comparatively speaking, after the tanks are off its all downhill from there. Most everything in the "packaging" is done with at least some thought as to how it will be serviced in the world and once equipped with a manual and dealertool a user is fairly well prepared for most routine tasks of maintenance in spite of Triumph's scary language regards "trained". Since I own several motorcycles which I service myself completely I'll be the judge of what constitutes trained and just enjoy the time spent working on it as I actually enjoy it.

    As I say I'm sorry to hear of your experiences, Seventy One. It hasn't been my experience with them, but I have a choice of two dealers in my area and although I bought mine at the wrong place that turned away my Wife's business when she wanted one, I soon corrected that and went to the right one where they ordered up the exact model we were looking for (XRx low in Caspian).

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    PS- I know my sump guard and crash bars are missing, I'm doing the 24k service.
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  15. Mdvious/dt

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    The Scrambler was the first new vehicle I bought and with the hoops I had to go through via Triumph's warranty department it is the last new vehicle I'll buy.

    In NC a vehicle can fall under the lemon law if it is in the shop too long or too often. I stated this to the dealer who relayed it to Triumph and the next day after nearly 3 weeks in the shop the spark plug cable was replaced. That's the only issue I've had with my bike other than bending the shifter shaft. I've replaced the shaft and added a folding shift lever to prevent re-occurrences.
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  16. slobinski

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    Mine (2012 Roadie) got a new cylinder head etc under warranty after I opened it up for a valve clearance check and found the cam journals badly scuffed. Also had to purchase a new gear position sensor, about 500 miles out of warranty.:( It's been fine ever since, but has started using oil sometimes at unpredictable intervals. Ride it hard and it's fine. Usually. Go easy on it, remember to check oil daily and top it up. Usually. A little over 41,000 miles and it has been to Alaska three times. I do not beat the hell out of my bikes; they get plenty of scheduled maintenance, and am a bit puzzled by this. Strongly considering trading it in. Has never left me stranded though, even when the idle stepper motor quit working while crossing the Arctic Circle on the way to Inuvik.
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  17. WildAnCrazymtl

    WildAnCrazymtl Political Prisoner

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    Glad they seem reliable too!
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  18. jphish

    jphish Been here awhile

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    Well... I think Mark has by far the best story on reliability. Good to hear and quite remarkable given we both have the start up first year ("test") models. I'm only a bit more than half way to 100k - so far so good. Cam chain tensioner (2011 XC model) was only warranty work (2012) and nothing but normal maint since. This tigger has not been lightly used (rebuilt title from crash a few years back) but sure has been reliable, in spite of my best efforts...
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