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Old 06-23-2013, 09:42 PM   #5356
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Made a nice weekend trip to Hells Canyon



Some well earned cleaning is needed.
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Old 06-24-2013, 05:04 AM   #5357
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Old 06-25-2013, 06:18 AM   #5358
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Extremely local... my driveway

It's this stuff:


Comes in tan and black. With the khaki color you'll never know when it gets dirty. The finish came out really well, actually; I like it rough!

I still have to do some graphics; thinking just "TIGER 900" stenciled on the side, maybe a Union Jack.
How did you prep the plastic? Did you sand it all the way down? I have the same bubbling problem with my Girlie (I think we all do) and I was thinking about painting her. But I'd have to get the decals off which would probably leave an indentation in the paint and then I'd have to sand anyway.
I'd also have to figure out how to get Rustoleum to mix up some Roulette Green
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Old 06-25-2013, 06:25 AM   #5359
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How did you prep the plastic? Did you sand it all the way down? I have the same bubbling problem with my Girlie (I think we all do) and I was thinking about painting her. But I'd have to get the decals off which would probably leave an indentation in the paint and then I'd have to sand anyway.
I'd also have to figure out how to get Rustoleum to mix up some Roulette Green
On the tank, I did sand it all the way down. The bubbling was so bad that I could just peel the graphics off and then sand down to the white primer layer. On the fairing plastics, I peeled the graphics off with a razor blade and then sanded the clear coat to smooth it out a bit. If you look really closely, there's a bit of an indent.

I wasn't too worried about it coming out "perfect", as it's meant to be a rough-and-tumble aesthetic

Good luck if you go for it!
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Old 06-25-2013, 06:48 AM   #5360
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I have the same bubbling problem with my Girlie (I think we all do)
No we don't. I think it's probably your high Ethanol fuel over the pond.
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Old 06-25-2013, 07:33 AM   #5361
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No we don't. I think it's probably your high Ethanol fuel over the pond.
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Old 06-25-2013, 08:12 AM   #5362
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My friend's Ducati tank expanded to the point that it was impossible to operate locking latch by the ignition switch. It also was sticking about 3/4" on each side over the mounting points.
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Old 06-25-2013, 10:22 AM   #5363
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My friend's Ducati tank expanded to the point that it was impossible to operate locking latch by the ignition switch. It also was sticking about 3/4" on each side over the mounting points.
Unfortunately, it's only going to get worse unless people educate themselves and take some action. The EPA is pushing forward with higher Ethanol content despite lack of testing or even other damage such as fuel tank swelling. I remember not so long ago, no one even believed in "gas tank swelling". I know this only applies to those in the US, but I suspect other areas have similar issues as governments try to make enemies of oil producing states. If non-ethanol (E0) is available to you where you are, use it, tell your friends to use it, it's worth whatever the additional cost. Your Tiger will thank you.

http://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/...ueslegislation
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Old 06-25-2013, 01:36 PM   #5364
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My friend's Ducati tank expanded to the point that it was impossible to operate locking latch by the ignition switch. It also was sticking about 3/4" on each side over the mounting points.
Yep, I can't get the front tank mount bolt in, so I left it off. The fairing mounts are absolute beasts to get in and out, not to mention the risk of spinning the captured nuts in the tank if they get too tight. Great engineering, Triumph!
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Old 06-25-2013, 05:29 PM   #5365
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Yep, I can't get the front tank mount bolt in, so I left it off. The fairing mounts are absolute beasts to get in and out, not to mention the risk of spinning the captured nuts in the tank if they get too tight. Great engineering, Triumph!
Probably shouldn't blame Triumph. When they designed the bike, Ethanol didn't exist as a fuel that might ever be used in the bike. They had no way to know in advance how the material would react.
For the captured nuts in the tank, go to your local hardware store and get some neoprene washers of about the correct diameter, and double or tripple them under each bolt. They don't compress as easily as the stock rubber washers, and will help to keep the bolt from bottoming in the captured nuts, which is what causes them to get stuck and spin. For the tank swelling, the only option is to let the tank sit dry in a low-humidity area for a few months. Hours after you put Ethanol back in, it will swell again. Yeah, that sucks.
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Old 06-26-2013, 10:14 PM   #5366
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Had a nice little ride over to Dust 2 Dawson and up the road to Inuvik. The weather was perfect and road dry the entire way. Aside from the 2 to 3 inches of pea gravel between the ferries, I was limited to 60mph strictly due to fuel management. Made the 255 mile stretch on only the fuel tank.

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Old 06-28-2013, 08:57 AM   #5367
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Old 06-28-2013, 06:48 PM   #5368
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Just a quick snap I took in my driveway this morning. I got that Wolfie tail bag mounted up last week and really like it. I usually just run with the Hoops around town, but I have the Monarch Pass bags and the OEM 50L as well for when I need the extra capacity.



The Wolfman Rainier tank bag fits perfect, btw.. in case you've been thinking of adding it to round out your set. Very pleased with mine!
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Old 06-29-2013, 05:49 AM   #5369
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Old 06-29-2013, 08:16 PM   #5370
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Err ummm, sorry I thought this was a picture thread.
I'd remove it for ya but you've quoted it.
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