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Old 7 Apr 2004
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Are these bikes any good for RTW's?? Do they have any recognised problems for example like the honda AT fuel pump problem??
Thanks for your help!!
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for lots of opinions and experiences just do a search on the site on "tiger" - I got 140 hits...

As I've said a zillion times - any bike will do fine, and the Tiger will certainly do well. If you have one and love it, ride it. If you;re looking to buy a bike, yes there's "better," but as usual it's all in the eyes of the beholder.

choosing a bike depends mostly on

1. your technical skills re repair (older ones less reliable, newer ones better)
2. your height/weight (e.g. Tigers aren't small bikes)
3. How much off-road vs pavement (Tigers aren't good off-road)
4. passenger or solo (Tigers are good with a passenger)

your choice!

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I bought my Tiger new, and have had small problems the major one being quality control, ie the gear select lever decided to part company one night, so I had to nurse the beast home 'lugging' the engine in top gear when I had to slow down. I informed Triumph (Australia)as to what damage may had been suffered to the engine they assure me that the engine would be fine. Cant fault it as yet.

Another quality issue when new was the ignition barrel for the key was loose. The composite materials they use for the rear small fairing and the side covers are ueseless, all the ones on my bike have cracked I informed Triumph and they said I must of dropped the bike

One last issue I've had is the vibration, not so bad through the feet, but the handles is diabolicle.

The above are all the problems I've had in the space of 18 months, I've had to have the seat lowered, so if your not over 6ft you will have problems with touching the ground. When full of fuel and slow speeds the bike is a bit of a handful, this being due to its high CofG.

To answer your question, would it handle a RTW, in a word yes, I've travelled around Australia on the Tiger, my only problem thus far is the vibration which I'm going to sort out with either aftermarket handle bars or heavier end weights.

Macca & Lynda

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Two Tigers ('00 & '99)
48,000 km
London to Tokyo via Morrocco, Island, Russia, Central Asia (including Tajikstan) rest of Siberia and Japan Alps
One flat tyre
One set of frount wheel bearings (at end of trip in Japan)
Need we say more?
Cheaper than the BMW
500 km range
Cant go wrong
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