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Offline slartidbartfast

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Tiger 1050 ABS in S. Louisiana
« on: 25 December, 2018, 11:36:54 PM »
New Tiger owner in South Louisiana here.   Flew to NY back in November to pick up a Black 2008 Tiger ABS.  It is my first Triumph motorcycle but I've owned a couple of Triumph cars in the past.

On the long, cold ride to Louisiana, I noted:
  • Yes, the low beam SUCKS!!!!! It didn't help that this one is adjusted to no more than 30 feet ahead. - I've since adjusted it so it sucks a bit less;
  • No heated grips - Will fix that.
  • Loose steering bearings need some attention. - Sorted out already;
  • Front brake surges and rear brake is pathetic. I think the disk got sprayed with chain lube.  - I scrubbed  both front and rear disks and pads with a scotchbrite pad and sprayed liberally with brake cleaner which has significantly improved both issues;
  • It looks like this one might be an oil burner. It went from the top of the dipstick to the bottom in about 500 miles. Realized later that the check is supposed to be made with dipstick screwed in so maybe ti was just burning off what I overfilled.
  • Got pretty good fuel mileage - between 40 and 50 mpg (US) running at between 75 and 85 (indicated, 70 and 80 actual) most of the time in temps close to freezing.
Hyped about this as I have been wanting a Triumph for a long time - and I have enjoyed riding this one so far.

As noted above, I have already tackled quite a few a few maintenance items.  Got on the TriumphRat forum but there's not much 1050 Tiger activity there.  Now I've found Tiger1050.com I will undoubtedly have a few questions for experienced 1050 owners.
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Re: Tiger 1050 ABS in S. Louisiana
« Reply #1 on: 26 December, 2018, 01:33:33 AM »
Welcome in!  :031:
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Re: Tiger 1050 ABS in S. Louisiana
« Reply #2 on: 26 December, 2018, 03:59:34 AM »
 :401: As a man who has driven Triumph motor cars, your Tiger will undoubtedly seem like absolute perfection  :008:

So which Triumphs have you suffered in the past?

I met a guy a few weeks back, with a mint condition Stag. I asked him which engine he'd upgraded the undercooled useless lump to, and he sternly confirmed that he had owned the vehicle from new and its original engine still powered the vehicle adequately. Apparently we are no ALL 'Boy Racers'  :745:
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Re: Tiger 1050 ABS in S. Louisiana
« Reply #3 on: 26 December, 2018, 04:39:55 AM »
I've had a Mk IV Spitfire and a TR-6.  In a moment of weakness, I have recently come very close to buying another TR-6.  Unfortunately, I already have far too many unfinished projects - Including now, this Tiger. 

The Tiger is my 7th bike, joining a KTM 1290SA, Weestrom, DR350, TW200 and Hyosung 125 in my garage.  I also have a 1985 R80RT at my parents' house in England.  The Weestrom and Tiger are spare "loaner" bikes for visiting friends to ride, although the Tiger is undoubtedly worth having as an extra bike in its own right.
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Re: Tiger 1050 ABS in S. Louisiana
« Reply #4 on: 26 December, 2018, 05:31:54 AM »
*Originally Posted by slartidbartfast [+]
I've had a Mk IV Spitfire and a TR-6.  In a moment of weakness, I have recently come very close to buying another TR-6.  Unfortunately, I already have far too many unfinished projects - Including now, this Tiger. 

The Tiger is my 7th bike, joining a KTM 1290SA, Weestrom, DR350, TW200 and Hyosung 125 in my garage.  I also have a 1985 R80RT at my parents' house in England.  The Weestrom and Tiger are spare "loaner" bikes for visiting friends to ride, although the Tiger is undoubtedly worth having as an extra bike in its own right.

Sounds great. At least with your Tiger, everything is fixable and the 'Sticky' sections, on here, will be your best friend  :169:

Worked on a 1972 TR-6, some years back. When she ran well, she was absolutely sweet. Sadly, that wasn't always the case and cleaning jets, plus carburetor rebalancing, seemed to need doing far too regularly, for my liking.

Just noticed, from your handle, that you are a fellow Douglas Adams fan  :152:
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Re: Tiger 1050 ABS in S. Louisiana
« Reply #5 on: 26 December, 2018, 12:09:27 PM »
Ayup slartidbartfast   :401: to forum  :031:

By 'eck, Triumph cars. Didn't Sangster sell off the car division to Standard, back in the 1930's, when Ariel bought out Triumph, then he put his Ariel design team in to sort it out and move on from those old singles. Hence the Triumph twins were born...... I'll go take me anorak off. Ha.
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Re: Tiger 1050 ABS in S. Louisiana
« Reply #6 on: 26 December, 2018, 12:16:21 PM »
 :405: Sounds like a serious ride there on a new (to you) bike. How many miles was that and how long did it take?

Getting the oil level right is a bit of an acquired art, even for us old hands. Remember it's supposed to be checked hot, and important to always follow the same routine, ie 5 mins after switching off, or 10 mins after switch off, etc.

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Re: Tiger 1050 ABS in S. Louisiana
« Reply #7 on: 26 December, 2018, 06:27:58 PM »
The trip from near White Plains, NY to S. Louisiana was just over 1400 miles.  I left the New York area just as the mid-November winter storm was bearing down on the Eastern US.  If you looked at a weather map of my route, it looked as if someone was following a couple of hours behind me with a purple marker, coloring in snowfall.  I did about 750 miles in cold but not miserable conditions, except maybe for 100 miles of drizzle after dark, and stopped overnight just short of Knoxville.  The weather report next morning showed ice 50 miles to the West, snow 50 miles North and East, and cold rain starting at my location.  That second day saw about 250 miles of cold rain followed by 300 miles of sub freezing temperature.  Only in the last 100 miles or so did it begin to warm up noticeably.

I had the presence of mind (my story and I'm sticking to it) to bring handlebar muffs to install before I left NY (as the Tiger does not have heated grips yet) and I picked up some heated glove liners and boot insoles to go with my heated jacket liner and one-piece waterproof suit.  I then had to buy a dual controller.  Everything worked well except the glove liners were a bit thick for my winter gloves so I had to wear them under my summer gloves and even then, they restricted the circulation just enough to result in painful fingers in the coldest part of the ride.  I also couldn't turn them up to max because they were on the same circuit as the boot liners which were cooking my feet.  Stuffing some paper towels in the gaps around the control cables where drafts were getting into the muffs helped quite a lot.  I have ridden longer days in cold weather and in much lower temperatures for shorter distances but not quite such a combination for so long before.

The Corbin seat was comfortable but a little low, bending my knees more than I'd prefer and also sliding me forward too much.  Also the wind noise from a combination of the MSR windshield and my Klim helmet was absolutely incredible.  I wear good earplugs so it wasn't painfully loud but I could not hear my music or hold a conversation through my SENA headset at speeds over 50.

The bike itself ran just fine the entire time - purring along and getting quite reasonable fuel consumption given the conditions.
« Last Edit: 26 December, 2018, 06:37:03 PM by slartidbartfast »
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Re: Tiger 1050 ABS in S. Louisiana
« Reply #8 on: 26 December, 2018, 06:56:57 PM »
Wow Slartidbartfast, that was one hell of a trip to pick up a bike  :123: you deserve a medal for travelling so far in those conditions  :188:
Was there not another tiger any nearer to you in Louisiana  :187:
Anyway a big  :405: to you and a happy and peaceful new year  :031:
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Re: Tiger 1050 ABS in S. Louisiana
« Reply #9 on: 26 December, 2018, 07:52:17 PM »
The price was right ($2500 less than a comparable one I saw locally) and the ride was an excuse to... ride!  I mean, thats' why we do it, eh?  I enjoy riding and this was an opportunity for a little adventure.

Thanks all for making me welcome.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.
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