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Old 06-21-2013, 06:32 AM   #571
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Sounds good.
It was a great bike, ran like new the entire time I owned it!
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Old 06-24-2013, 07:03 PM   #572
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Tiger time

Finally,

I got my tiger put together and out of the basement. I couldn't just push it up the stairs like the c70 passport I had down there, so I thought I would use the engines power to "ride" it out. I got about six inches up before the tire spun and left a nice black mark on the carpet too. I made a run to harbor freight for a boat type winch and some nylon slings. That worked much better.



Notice the black mark by the bottom of the right 2" X 10".....oops



Upon getting the tiger into the garage I was ale to finally mount the bags. I bought muffin top aluminum bags, one 10.5" and the other 8.5". With the SW-Motech quick racks, it came out to within 1/4" of equadistant from the centerline.



Once mounted, I went with the wife for an impromptu ride to visit my brother, on his super ten.



All in all I was impressed with the smoothness and the power of the tiger. I really liked the Corbin saddle, and the bar risers really made the ride position comfortable. I was concerned about the check engine light being on after all my fiddling about, but after several starts and a couple hundred miles, it went out. I'm still looking forward to getting my mustang pegs, and other than a bashplate, I'm thinking I'm done with my build. Smooth ride and fantastic motor. Sounded great compared to the farty sound my brothers s-10 makes.
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Old 06-25-2013, 05:48 AM   #573
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Notice the black mark by the bottom of the right 2" X 10".....oops

Keep a tiger in the basement and its bound to make a mess on the carpet!


GREAT lookin' bike by-the-way!
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Old 06-25-2013, 06:54 AM   #574
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That picture is interesting in that the two bikes look pretty similar in front profile. Also interesting is that yamaha built a bike with such similar dimensions with similar BHP.
Congrats on getting a great bike finished and on the road. you're going to love it. I think your mate on his $15K Yamaha is going to be slightly pissed off when he sees what a Tiger can do for a third of that money.
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Old 06-25-2013, 04:12 PM   #575
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That picture is interesting in that the two bikes look pretty similar in front profile. Also interesting is that yamaha built a bike with such similar dimensions with similar BHP.
Congrats on getting a great bike finished and on the road. you're going to love it. I think your mate on his $15K Yamaha is going to be slightly pissed off when he sees what a Tiger can do for a third of that money.
It's more visible in person, but the tiger looked 7/8 size compared to the tenere. It looked almost diminutive next to it. I was really suprised as i thought the tiger was quite a big bike. I think that as engine size grows, frames get beefier, and bodywork and so forth. Maybe manufacturers will begin to focus on quality over size. Look how well the tiger 800 is getting along, an 800cc bike is now a "middleweight". When is the 1500cc crop of adventure bikes going to debut, with their 675 pound weight? The super ten is about 100 pounds heavier than the tiger 955i as it is.

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Old 06-25-2013, 04:33 PM   #576
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When is the 1500cc crop of adventure bikes going to debut, with their 675 pound weight?
Yup. It's the "bigger is better" or rather "mine is bigger than yours" mentality that we live in. Ted Simon went around the world with about 26hp, but somehow we need 150hp to go over 100 miles.
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Old 06-25-2013, 07:53 PM   #577
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2300 miles on a 885i girlie in 6 days.

I have a 1999 Tiger I went to Barber from Buffalo, NY for the Super Bike races last weekend. Round trip was over 2300 miles. The bike perform flawlessly. I do have a Corbin seat and a Palmer windscreen system. I did over 600 miles one day no problems. Would a newer model be nicer who knows but bang for the buck I had a great trip on a inexpensive bike with no issues. Ron
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Old 06-26-2013, 04:36 AM   #578
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Look how well the tiger 800 is getting along, an 800cc bike is now a "middleweight". When is the 1500cc crop of adventure bikes going to debut, with their 675 pound weight? The super ten is about 100 pounds heavier than the tiger 955i as it is.

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Yup. It's the "bigger is better" or rather "mine is bigger than yours" mentality that we live in. Ted Simon went around the world with about 26hp, but somehow we need 150hp to go over 100 miles.
You're both right. I blame BMWs reliance on the Boxer engine. They can't match the horse power of other makes like the Tigers triple so they increase the size. Then other manufacturers match that size for marketing reasons. And on, and on, and on it goes in an upward spiral.
It's a shame because the original BMW R80G/S was probably the perfect tool. i.e. robust, over engineered with just enough power to cruise down the tarmac but not enough to throw you into the hedge off road.
And now IMO the current 800cc things like the Tiger is the best all round bike on the planet.
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Old 06-26-2013, 05:45 AM   #579
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I have a 1999 Tiger I went to Barber from Buffalo, NY for the Super Bike races last weekend. Round trip was over 2300 miles. The bike perform flawlessly. I do have a Corbin seat and a Palmer windscreen system. I did over 600 miles one day no problems. Would a newer model be nicer who knows but bang for the buck I had a great trip on a inexpensive bike with no issues. Ron
Was your Tiger a custom gold painted one in the Museum parking lot?
I saw one sitting there, maybe it was not yours and a different year...

You need to come back for Vintage Days in October, it's packed with bikes and things to see!
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Old 06-26-2013, 06:39 AM   #580
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Then other manufacturers match that size for marketing reasons. And on, and on, and on it goes in an upward spiral.

We need John Penton to jump back in and shake up the adventure riding like he did with off-road back in the 60's. (smaller is better)

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Old 06-26-2013, 04:09 PM   #581
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Was your Tiger a custom gold painted one in the Museum parking lot?
I saw one sitting there, maybe it was not yours and a different year...

You need to come back for Vintage Days in October, it's packed with bikes and things to see!
No it is black. But museum was worth the trip.
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Old 06-26-2013, 10:06 PM   #582
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I love El Tigre the war wagon. She conquered the Dempster last weekend after D2D.

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Old 06-27-2013, 07:00 AM   #583
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tank

Great picture above, congrats on the El Tigre making it with claws still sharp for more!

Are the gas tanks fiberglass or plastic on our 955s?

If I want to paint mine, can I use paint for plastic?

Thanks!
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Old 06-27-2013, 07:08 AM   #584
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Great picture above, congrats on the El Tigre making it with claws still sharp for more!

Are the gas tanks fiberglass or plastic on our 955s?

If I want to paint mine, can I use paint for plastic?

Thanks!
plastic, white nylon to be exact . Made by Acerbis.
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Old 06-27-2013, 07:17 AM   #585
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Roger that sir!
Am I foolish to think that Krylon Fusion paint made for plastic would work on my tank?
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