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Old 08-18-2012, 09:47 AM   #14056
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The skid plate differently on the two model years. 2011 junk, 2012 better, 2013 worst yet.
I totally missed your error. I read right over it, as I guess I am another victim of multitasking...

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Old 08-18-2012, 10:18 AM   #14057
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After my own experience and that might not matter to you, if I were to pick up a bike far away from home I'd take a metric tool kit with me and give the bike a quick check on all important bolts, just to make sure nothing is loose before you leave.
+1 and I got my only flat with 20 miles on the odo. Fortunately it was sitting in my garage when I found it. At least bring a bicycle pump so you can do something if it's a slow leak.
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Old 08-18-2012, 11:07 AM   #14058
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If you want to be prepared, then yes, make sure you are prepared for a flat. At least a patch kit and inflator and a pair of tire irons. And a 17mm allen for the front axle - stupid factory does not supply one with the bike so if you get a flat you're screwed. If it doesn't have a center stand you need an enduro-star or similar. Well, unless you're just gonna call AAA. Still a hassle though. Flats are not always convenient. Maybe there isn't even cell signal.

400 miles isn't that far though. Just fly and wing it.

Thanks for all of the suggestions. Cell phone, Credit card, and check the dealers QC. Any suggestions on power adapter to keep the iphone ready if i need it?
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Old 08-18-2012, 11:16 AM   #14059
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I am planning on a fly and ride to pick up my new XC. I have about a 400 mile return trip. I will be traveling pretty light. (no panniers or top case)

Any suggestions out there on "necessary" gear, tools , etc when picking up a new Tiger 800 xc from the dealer for a 400 mile ride home?
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why fly and ride? there is a dealer in new orleans with a roadie and an xc on the floor.\something wrong with the dealer?
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Old 08-18-2012, 11:45 AM   #14060
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why fly and ride? there is a dealer in new orleans with a roadie and an xc on the floor.\something wrong with the dealer?
I actually just moved back to Houston from New Orleans. i got a good deal at the dealership in new orleans, so i am riding it back to Houston. I guess i should update my profile.
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Old 08-18-2012, 03:30 PM   #14061
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I actually just moved back to Houston from New Orleans. i got a good deal at the dealership in new orleans, so i am riding it back to Houston. I guess i should update my profile.
lol me too im in north carolina now. got my tiger there and had a couple of friends get ducks there. good dealer.
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Old 08-19-2012, 03:37 AM   #14062
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Couple things I thought of but didn't want to say them since they're kinda obvious...


Vary the revs(downshift 1 or 2 gears once in a while) to make sure your breakin isn't mostly a constant rpm.

Keep an eye on the things that could be flubbed form the dealer on any new bike, but which might cost big on a first ride being an all day one: oil levels, tyre pressures, chain adjustment & lube, etc. Also I would just check some of the trim fasteners around the front plastics / radiator area in case any were left loose from shipping.

Hard to imagine an easier way to get to know a new bike than a nice long highway ride. Good luck and have fun. Try not to get too many speeding fines.
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Old 08-19-2012, 05:02 AM   #14063
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I am planning on a fly and ride to pick up my new XC. I have about a 400 mile return trip. I will be traveling pretty light. (no panniers or top case)

Any suggestions out there on "necessary" gear, tools , etc when picking up a new Tiger 800 xc from the dealer for a 400 mile ride home?
Bring a credit card to pay for gas. Enjoy
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Old 08-19-2012, 10:35 AM   #14064
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I completed the 12,000 mile service yesterday, checked valve lash, replaced spark plugs and air filter. Valves all checked good, the exhaust were on the tighter side of the tolerance. Kind of hard to get the feeler gauges in the exhaust side.







The spark plugs definetly need replaced, the center electrodes are noticebly worn.



Air filter needed replaced. I ride about 95% road and 5% gravel.



I installed my new EP radiator guard while I had the plastics off.



Coolant change will be done before winter.
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Old 08-19-2012, 03:03 PM   #14065
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I completed the 12,000 mile service yesterday
Thanks for the report. Were you able to reuse the gaskets?
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Old 08-19-2012, 03:04 PM   #14066
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15T counter sproket

We've talked about this before, but who is running a 15T counter sprocket and do you like it? I'll be due for a new on soon and wonder if it will help or hurt overall. My question is: will there be a significant slow speed improvement to counter act the RPM difference at highway speed on average? If you have experience with this gearing, please share your thoughts.
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Old 08-19-2012, 04:48 PM   #14067
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Thanks for the report. Were you able to reuse the gaskets?
I bought a new gasket. Why risk an oil leak and all the time to fix?

A word of caution when removing the cam cover you need to be careful that the three locating dowels don't fall out and down the cam chain tunnel. I had one fall but it bounced and ended up on top of my skid plate. It took some searching along with some choice words to find it.
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Old 08-19-2012, 09:27 PM   #14068
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I bought a new gasket. Why risk an oil leak and all the time to fix?
Makes sense. That's what I did on my Tiger 1050. For anyone who is interested, Triumph makes an Engine Service Kit with all the parts required, available here: http://www.bikebandit.com/2012-trium...54268sch740855
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Old 08-20-2012, 08:08 AM   #14069
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I bought a new gasket. Why risk an oil leak and all the time to fix?
Whilst I understand your concerns, I reused the gasket fitted by the dealer to my 955Tig at its 36K service at both the 48K & the 60K services without it leaking. You just need to clean it up and add a smear of instant gasket around the relevant surfaces and all is good. I guess if it's damaged or feels as if it's hardened then replace it but mine has always felt flexible and OK to reuse. YMMV as always.
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Old 08-20-2012, 08:30 AM   #14070
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Whilst I understand your concerns, I reused the gasket fitted by the dealer to my 955Tig at its 36K service at both the 48K & the 60K services without it leaking. You just need to clean it up and add a smear of instant gasket around the relevant surfaces and all is good. I guess if it's damaged or feels as if it's hardened then replace it but mine has always felt flexible and OK to reuse. YMMV as always.
Yeah, I agree. Different strokes for different folks, and I'm by no means trying to start an argument, but if the gasket comes off fine, it'll go on fine 99% of the time. I check the valves A LOT on my thumpers, and I've never replaced a valve cover gasket.
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