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  • Offline CapeTownDan   za

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    Greetings from Cape Town
    on: 23 November, 2022, 03:34:18 pm
    23 November, 2022, 03:34:18 pm
    Hey everyone,

    I have been riding off and on for 40+ years. Early years was mainly Enduro dual purpose, later on I got into Superbike territory with a Hayabusa followed by a YZF R1... (both scared the living hell out of me 😊

    Been on 4 wheels for the past 5 years. I picked up my new baby a few weeks ago...

    2008 Triumph Tiger 1050 ABS. She's a bit older but oh my she is such a beauty to look at and even better to Ride. Handles like a dream and the 1050 triple engine has power a plenty. She ain't no ZX14R or GSX1300R or even an R1, but at my age, my heart can't handle the adrenaline rush from Superbikes.

    I'm totally converted...
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    Re: Greetings from Cape Town
    Reply #1 on: 23 November, 2022, 04:49:35 pm
    23 November, 2022, 04:49:35 pm
    Nice to hear from a local. I have a sister in Somerset West and still have a home in Southbroom, KZN, when I'm not in the USA. Many here will not know just how famous Stellenbosch is for many reasons, although it was prettier when it was not so busy. I spent a lot of time at the university in connection with pollution research on EHV insulators back when Eskom was still a power company. We also attended many a happy course in HV system relaying and protection and sank a few beers at The Dros and surrounds. I did the Argus once upon a time and still love Franschoek and the incredible area wine estates that are unmatched, world-wide.

    Now that Delta has started a Cape Town route again, I'll probably visit there more often. I see Tigers once in a while in SA, and they always look good and unusual enough to get attention. The last one I saw was close to Mossel Bay, a white one, as I recall.

    Don't forget to post some pics. If you take a minute to reduce the size, you can post directly into your post. It's easier than the 'album' route. Do you have good dealer support in Cape Town? I have a school buddy acquaintance (Neil Berry) who runs the Stellenbosch BMW dealership, and will probably go that route in a few months, based solely on service and support issues. Be good to hear your view.

    Ride safe and welcome!

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    Re: Greetings from Cape Town
    Reply #2 on: 23 November, 2022, 08:19:12 pm
    23 November, 2022, 08:19:12 pm
    Hi ZuluTiger

    Great to hear from you. Yeah Triumphs are not your everyday moto here in SA. I think I currently own the only one in Stellies. My late dad had a '68 Bonneville back in the day & I loved it, still love them. Always had an eye on Triumph, but was into speed and danger when I was a young man. Japanese bikes are great but I really enjoy my Tiger. She feels like a thoroughbred.

    SA is struggling, but its still a great place. I spent close to 2 years on your side of the pond in Ontario, Southern California. Absolutely loved it.

    Ride safe

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    Re: Greetings from Cape Town
    Reply #3 on: 23 November, 2022, 09:02:35 pm
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    get the suspension sorted and you'll be surprised how capable she is  :007:
    how about some more details, mileage, colour, farkles ?

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    '08 1050 gone, 2017 KTM 1290S gone, now '94 ZZR1100D back to old times (temporarily)

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    Re: Greetings from Cape Town
    Reply #4 on: 23 November, 2022, 09:45:57 pm
    23 November, 2022, 09:45:57 pm
    I think my fixes, in order of bang for the buck, were:

    * Remus Powercone and the related tune - snatch went away, nice sound and burbling overrun. I got deep into TuneECU, software, the cable, etc. Used it once. It was the motivating reason to fit a headlight switch (with
       relays, et al) since I thought I'd be tuning regularly and wanted the lights off to avoid draining the battery. What a doos. It's in my bag of once-off goodies if anyone wants it.
    * Upgrade to YTZ14S battery - all my hot start issues went away. The battery I removed still drives many bench devices, like drills, etc. It's a CCA thing, not a failure issue.
    * Remote function-button modification - No more leaning over the bars to change menus
    * Front and rear suspension - 9.5 N/mm front, 150 N/mm rear with a sparkly Ohlin's and a remote preload adjuster. It hurt to give up PaulVFR. glorious billet machined adjuster knob which should go to a deserving home, if
       anyone can make a case for it. My OEM shock is all of 1500 miles old and looks brand new, again, if anyone is interested. Some say a new spring can save the day, but I went the $650 route and regret nothing. While doing 
       this upgrade I encountered a fool by the name of smaug who suggested I was scamming the forum. I sold the 'OEM' Ohlin's shock he was referencing (to shut him up) and kept the modified (by Ohlins) unit I'd offered at a
       MUCH lower price. My gain, as it has been superb and finally cost me $300, for a unit massaged by the finest suspension people in the business. I made some great friends at Ohlin's-USA while modifying a BMW unit (sadly,
      a BMW guy bought a unit from BMW that was not correct, and they refused a return), but I had checked the specs and it worked for me, with help from Ohlin's, to suit my Tiger. It was actually a MUCH better solution as it has
      an integral gas reservoir, so no space lost behind the shock mount. See, the good shall prosper.
    * Screen lift off the cowl - I did a custom job and it was a game changer. No more buffeting, period.
    * Sport dual-light pod. I rarely ride at night (never) but hated the one-eyed look. I initially fitted a pair of H4 dual-filament bulbs to give me a pair of low and high beams, just to stop the bike looking like a stroke victim! I
       cured that but it did not actually do much for night riding. Again, not that I cared, but I found that the new heat load started burning the lens. False economy trumped, I bought a Sport headlight, did some wiring, and never looked back. 
    * CRG bar-end mirrors - got rid of the praying mantis look and can see WAY more than the OEM 'big' mirrors. Kept bar-end weights, see my How To.

    Cosmetically, I feel there were some easy and effective upgrades:

    * Slim hand guards - the Triumph OEM units are Teutonic, to be polite. They'd look good on a Panzer tank.
    * Handlebar (Pro-Taper, cut and sectioned, to expand an ATV rise), bar riser (1-3/4"), levers and grips - Maybe this should be #1, as it made the bike prettier and nicer to ride.
    * Billet brake reservoir.
    * LOTS of RAM-mount balls for my phone, GoPro, GPS - sorry, that's the phone now.

    The list goes on, now that I think about it... engine guards, chain guard, LED indicators and electronic flasher, etc. I think I'm about halfway down my list! Did I mention a garage door opener embedded in my light switch cluster that uses the button on top to trigger my door using a Flash-2-Pass system?

     :156: :007: :005: :031: 

    So, when a pair of Georgia bike cops (on Harleys) pull up alongside and ask you how you like it and give you a thumbs up, I'd guess it's all worth it. A rap-chap and his buddies had me grabbing for my CZ until I realized that they were not nasty. In Buford, Georgia, on South Lee Street, they gave me a big thumbs up and shouted that my ride was 'cool'. I agree!

     
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