|07-09-2003, 07:32 PM||#1|
Joined: Jan 2003
I just test rode a 1996 Tiger with 32000 miles... being resold by a BMW dealer, it seemed to be in good shape, ran quite well except for a few minor oddities...
I know very little about these, but I know a lot of folks love them...
I rode it about 50 miles in about an hour, including about 10 miles of dirt road... The forks seemed *really* soft, and the bike seemed rather front heavy compared with my R1100RS, but it ran quite well, and did go over bumpy stuff quite nicely.
The engine often idled way high, around 2000 rpm, I wiggled the choke, and the throttle, and it just say up there, but then sometimes would settle back down on a more reasonable 1100rpm. Is this at all normal for these? Or is it an indication of some sort of potential carb or linkage problem?
How are the Tiger trannies? Do they hold up well? It seemed to shift just fine, although the shift lever seemed way high to me, I gather its easily adjusted (I had to lift my foot off the peg to upshift)
This bike is outfitted with a pair of Givi monocases, and both side and top racks, so you can use one a a topcase or both as side cases... The shop is asking $3990 for it, which seems like a steal. It has new Pirelli Dragon(?) tires (visually similar to Tourance).
I'm kinda of on the heavy side, at 230 lbs right now, so I'd probably want to do a number on the forks, maybe some emulators, certainly some better springs... Any idea what that kind of work ends up costing at somewheres like Aftershocks (in the SF bay area) ?
anything else anyone wants to share with me, feel free. I'm seriously considering offering them my 55000 mile 1996 R1100RS straight up in trade (this dealer would MUCH rather sell a BMW than a TR as they are no longer a TR dealer). Oh, its a nice BLACK. (my R11 is red as you can see in my avatar).
|07-09-2003, 08:04 PM||#2|
Joined: Dec 2001
The idle may be high because the airfilter is dirty. Try switching the intake horn to the other side or just removing the blanking cap from the other side. If it fixes it you need to clean the filter, which is a PITA, but no big deal.
The linkages could be fouled or one of the cable leads may not be seated.
Only big problem with the old Steamers are the starter sprag clutch and the alternator, both of which are weak designs which have been known to fail and are an expensive fix. If the one you are looking at isn't making bad noise in the alternator area or upon starting( or refusing to engage the starter) it is OK. If it has had these faults repaired it is probably good. Don't let the battery get low and do use the choke to start it(suspected contributing factors to starter failures).
These are great bikes, loads of fun with no other real faults.
the Red Menace
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