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Yeah I know what you mean about the lack of power..
I allways thought the 650 was a great bike, utterly reliable and dependable but also really dull and boring, no excitement whatsoever.
I bought the FJ to do some quick 3 or 4 day European trips,I cant get away for very long now cause we have a little boy.
But its a big cumbersome lump and so lately I have been thinking of selling it and getting something like a 885i or 955i Tiger, very flickable,nice riding position, and great sound.
Have you had a chance to do any trips on your one yet?
Not on the Tiger.. I've only had it a a week. I rode it back 150 miles from where I bought it did an all day tour (two up) around North Wales and it was brilliant. Lot's of smooth, well delivered power; great brakes and lovely handling.

It's just SUCH a better bike than the V-strom and it was literally a straight swap cash wise. The strom is a better commuter/hack but that's not why I bought it.
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Hi guys my name is Hesso and I have just HU last night. I've had prodominately trail style bikes over the years and quit road riding while the kids were young. Now we're back (Treena and I). We purchased a Tiger995 06 model last year. I tried a few road bikes but I seemed to be more comfortable with the trail bike riding position and manuverability but I also wanted good road stability at 120km point with two up and panniers loaded. The tiger955 fitted the bill. Loved the tiger XC 800 but at $17,000aus I need the wait for a second hand.
Couple of points to contribute.
1. Last week I changed the oil As the first routine service under my ownership. I put in 5w40 full synthetic which was different from the previous oil 10w30 semi synthetic. The smoothness for all the gear changes improved dramatically. I've has experience with gearbox oils in the past. Remember that every box on the same model bike is different pending Kms, wear etc. I guessed i change in the right direction but if it made it worst I would have changed to another oil weight. It really is experimental until you are happy. NEVER deviate outside from the manufactures broad range without reliable advice.
2. I just fitted an electronic criuse control. One of those AP model you get on eBay for some $260 . It took some 3 days to fit it properly. It uses the triumph 4 pulse per revolution from the front wheel as the speed detection to the criuse control ( no need for magnetic detection). It holds about 2 km/h accuracy and the accelleration/deaccelleration rate is slow and steady uphill and down ( I was initially worried about this one)
Also have clutch and break drop out for the cruise control

Happy to help out anyone who want to know how to fit a cruise to a tiger.
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I'm very close to buying my first Triumph. A 2002 955i Tiger which seems in excellent condition, owned by one mature owner..

Anything I should know about when I go to view it ???

I can't find a bad review of the bike on the internet which can only be a good thing
Well did You get it?
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If You want to know what you can do with a tiger, My web page
Thataway - Gedanke look at the photos
Yup... I bought it. And yes, I've still got it. I've had it nearly a year now. It's a record for me

I really like the bike. It's a great road bike. TERRIBLE off road though. Way too top heavy.

I also HATE the clutch. It's REALLY stiff You need Ape-like grip and reach. You literally need to pull bags of cable to get it change smoothly. I only like using two fingers and it aches in traffic. I bought adjustable levers but they ended up a waste of money as if you bring the levers closer to the bar, you can't pull enough cable for a smooth change.

Apart from that I love it. I put the TOR exhaust on and swapped the map using a £5 cable and free TuneECU software. It's a lovely engine, good economy, great riding position and lots of fun.

A Vario Screen and mirror extenders are a must though. Otherwise the wind blast is truly HORRENDOUS.
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I bought a 2006 a few months ago and love it. It is top heavy and very tall as was said but that is not a problem on the road once I'm rolling...though I'm sure it would be a big problem off road (have not taken it off road as I have a DR650 for that). I'm 6'1" and have a 34" inseam and don't think I'd want to ride it if I were much smaller. The 1-2 and 2-3 shift are very notchy, higher gears are better. The clutch pull is light and very smooth, from what I've read that is because the 2006 uses 1050 cases. I swapped the vario screen the bike came with for a low Cee Bailey and no longer suffer from buffeting. A very comfortable bike for solo or two up riding. The instrument lighting is poor in stock form but I was able to improve it by using LED's, red for the temp and fuel gauges and tach, green for the speedo (will try green for the tach too)
The power band is excellent, from about 2000 to 9000 rpm and the engine howls most wonderfully at high revs and has a burble on the overun that sounds great to me. Am completely sold on triples for bigger bikes in general now that I've owned one, love the feel and sound of the engine and it does not bore me like the one four I've owned (a K100 FWIW). The back roads are poorly maintained and very rough where I live and the Tiger handles them very well, am no longer getting beat up like I was in my Monster.



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Yup... I bought it. And yes, I've still got it. I've had it nearly a year now. It's a record for me

I really like the bike. It's a great road bike. TERRIBLE off road though. Way too top heavy.

I also HATE the clutch. It's REALLY stiff You need Ape-like grip and reach. You literally need to pull bags of cable to get it change smoothly. I only like using two fingers and it aches in traffic. I bought adjustable levers but they ended up a waste of money as if you bring the levers closer to the bar, you can't pull enough cable for a smooth change.

Apart from that I love it. I put the TOR exhaust on and swapped the map using a £5 cable and free TuneECU software. It's a lovely engine, good economy, great riding position and lots of fun.

A Vario Screen and mirror extenders are a must though. Otherwise the wind blast is truly HORRENDOUS.
Glad you bought the Tiger and are enjoying it. It is NOT a dirt bike. Although it can do dry dirt roads but don't go alone if you're not a weight lifter.

The cure for the clutch is either a new cable and or swap the lifter arm (the bit the sticks up through the clutch housing) for one from an 06 model that has the 1050 cases like the one that Boethius has, above. The lever that the cable attaches to is longer which lightens the pull.
The other thing to get a smoother gear change is to keep the chain on the loose side of the adjustment range. About 50mm slack is about right. However, I disagree that you need to pull bags of cable to get a smooth change. Mine will swap cogs without using the clutch at all. It's actually the best way....going up the box.
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Glad you bought the Tiger and are enjoying it. It is NOT a dirt bike. Although it can do dry dirt roads but don't go alone if you're not a weight lifter.

The cure for the clutch is either a new cable and or swap the lifter arm (the bit the sticks up through the clutch housing) for one from an 06 model that has the 1050 cases like the one that Boethius has, above. The lever that the cable attaches to is longer which lightens the pull.
The other thing to get a smoother gear change is to keep the chain on the loose side of the adjustment range. About 50mm slack is about right. However, I disagree that you need to pull bags of cable to get a smooth change. Mine will swap cogs without using the clutch at all. It's actually the best way....going up the box.
I might look into that. Thanks !!

Yeah, up-changes are fine. Down changes are a bitch though.

Will the lifter arm out of the 06 work in my 02 cases ??? Do you know ??
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Will the lifter arm out of the 06 work in my 02 cases ??? Do you know ??
AFAIK yes but I haven't done it myself. A new cable cured my woes.
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AFAIK yes but I haven't done it myself. A new cable cured my woes.
Do you know.. Is it just that it has a longer arm ???

Maybe I could cut n' weld some steel onto mine to make it longer...
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Do you know.. Is it just that it has a longer arm ???

Maybe I could cut n' weld some steel onto mine to make it longer...
Yes. I believe the insides are the same. The arm is about 50% longer.
I'd thought of doing what you're suggesting but that would still involve taking it all apart because of the heat involved.
The arm is about £50 here in the UK. http://www.worldoftriumph.com/triump...lock_03=232917
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Tamed the Tiger 955 on the dirt and loving it

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Just completed a 'big bore adventure motorcycle" course on the weekend at Batemans Bay NSW Australia. And what a difference it has made to me.
I have a 955i '06 which has been lowered about 25mm. Love riding on the road but were always nervous taking it on to a normal dirt road 'fire trail'. My brother bought me this course for my birthday so I had to go although I was still a bit nervous about what we would be doing. Out of 7 riders on the course I was the only one that had dirt experience and that was on 250 enduros some 12 years ago. The other bike were 2 x honda 250's, Susuki 400 enduro, GS 650, My tiger 955, GS 1200 and Tenere 1200.
Saturday was skills training and ended with a 50 meter circuit on a sandy rollover enduro training track. Sunday was more skills and confidence training and my final goal, riding the tiger so 8 times around a motorcross track including up to booms and over table tops and rollovers (front wheel remained firmly on the ground, just used correct speed, momentum, clutch and brake control, wheel placement). All of us were doing it and the the confidence level was tremendous for every one. Over the whole weekend only one bike fell on a boom and the rider knew what he did wrong, no injury no damage but pride a little dinted. After lunch on Sunday were did a 10km ride on a heap of fire trails. Heaps of fun and NO fear of riding a heavy bike.
the link for the course it did is Academy of Offroad Riding.
I would recommend course like this to anyone on a big bike wanting to go onto the dirt.
Couple of points. I did buy a set of Metzler blocks tyres for the course. These did help but looking back I could have done the course on my normal Anakee's. Also let the pressure down from 32/34 to 24/24psi for the dirt only. This allowed the tyre a little more flexibility without bottoming the rims out. http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...unmeteryes.gif
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Smile Tiger 955i good, bit thirsty.

Hi Ted.

where U going in Siberia, what date?

had tiger for 2 years, 30000 miles, comuting and trips.
like it, proved usefull tool. 2000 model getting bit old.

42mpg if driven well, less if used all day on Motorway 80+ mph.
been in Spain, Ireland two up.

if parked up >>10days, fuel leaks into cylinders, won't start.
pull off fuel pump connector off tank, crank it & it will clear & start,
usefull tip if left at airport 3wks.

on 800 XC, just bought one for jolly to China next year.

plan for 955i, put Diesel engine out of Smart car in it, cannot resist 110mpg & ridicule from my mates.

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Hi Ted.

on 800 XC, just bought one for jolly to China next year.
I look forward to reading the RR. Very capable bike. Mines been fully farkled, gets dirty regularly and has been trouble free for 26000 miles.


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Hi Ted.

where U going in Siberia, what date?

had tiger for 2 years, 30000 miles, comuting and trips.
like it, proved usefull tool. 2000 model getting bit old.

42mpg if driven well, less if used all day on Motorway 80+ mph.
been in Spain, Ireland two up.

if parked up >>10days, fuel leaks into cylinders, won't start.
pull off fuel pump connector off tank, crank it & it will clear & start,
usefull tip if left at airport 3wks.

on 800 XC, just bought one for jolly to China next year.

plan for 955i, put Diesel engine out of Smart car in it, cannot resist 110mpg & ridicule from my mates.

Joe.
Fuel leaking into cylinders ??? Really ?? Sounds like it had a fault. That definitely isn't normal

Siberia... 2015 hopefully
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