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  1. Big rides for big bikes!
  2. Hey All, So since I've been in Winter mode contemplating since the big double crash day in late December while trying to peg drag in the de-icer I've had time to think. And well I might after going over the bars of my Tiger twice in one day, not only was it personally demeaning in front of my newfriends but it cost me a bit more in Hinckley plastic. So with bruised ego (and Amex) I seriously started to take stock in all the damned motorcycles laying about and look at which ones were getting the hours. It rapidly became apparent that Bob "Hurricane" Hannah was not going to come ride the '13 YZ250 smoker I have in the corner made up for him especially let alone the 125 of my Son's right next to it. So a quick check of KBB gives me an idea......gank the plastics, custom kit and tank off the Whyzed and use it for a trade. Now a bit of backstory if I may. Back in October when my Business really began to get busy my WIfe came up with the idea of getting my Son a Sportbike for Christmas. I was the cautious one here (go figure!) and was originally against it as I have had a longtime fear of them due to losing a few friends back in the eighties when I basically quit riding. But that being said the ART course at Pat's Acre's had put the hook in for Track days. So last Fall I sold my XR (for what I wanted!)on CL, gave the Wife 1600.00 and bought an '01 Firebade as a Track day pig. Problem with that was after I fixed it all up I didn't want to trash it. Plus it is a handful on short, tight tracks like Pat's which means the only time it'll be able to run is at Portland International, the Ridge or Oregon Raceway Park. While I was running my CL ad there was another one running of what to my mind is one of the sexiest bikes ever, a 2006 Triumph Daytona 675 in Scorched Yellow. Ad catches my eye because fellow who is selling it is 67 and is selling it to get a more powerful bike. I congratulate him on his age, taste and abilities but since he probably does not desire an XR I am unable to come up with the 5 grand necessary to purchase his Daytona and wish him good luck with his sale. Now fast forward to early February and the unthinkable has happened; my Son got my CBR for Christmas due to an advanced case of lust and I STILL have a busted Tiger. He's fully kitted with leathers, armor and a nice shiny IOM helmet and I'm rideless. So this being the state of affairs we go to the OMRRA meeting at Beaverton Motorcycle to get the word on motorcycle racing and after I figure out that the CBR will NEVER I repeat, NEVER be suitable I take myself a think and a look on the internet. And sure enough, almost like Fate itself had a hand I discover an advertisement on Cycletrader that will answer ALL my prayers. A 2007 Triumph Daytona in Scorched Yellow with 921 original miles for the princely sum of 5200.00. The rub in this ointment however is that the bike is 200 miles away and I only have one day to drive up after working a 12 and have to leave in the early AM to be there at 10 while contending with Seattle traffic and a 20+ foot trailer. But since I lust as heavily after this bike as my Son did the CBR (+this one IS a Track Day weapon!) I'm on my way last Friday. Bike proves to be exactly as advertised: a bike that some kid bought in '07 that has sat in a garage for 11 years. Absolutely breathtaking and they have freshly serviced it to the best of their abilities including a new set of Dunlops and a fresh battery. So now that is how things are, a fresh Daytona awaiting recall service at the local dealer and me on the 'Net looking for Cheabay plastics to go with the rashy dented tank I bought it so we can go racing. But for this year the plan is instruction, instruction and more instruction culminating in licensure for next year's amateur Season. Plus a LOT of Tiger time to keep up the proficiency, I still shred in gravel with it. Obligatory glam shot obtained the other day while there was a break in the clouds:
  3. Thanks Pete, I too have a 20+ foot flatbed trailer with multiple tie downs and a Superduty to pull it so if there is enough interest I could be persuaded to roll that in addition to Tigers. Should still have room for at least 2-4 bikes depending on how they are kitted. If little they can ride in the buckets in the bed leaving the trailer open or whatever. Still don't know if I'll be able to get my Wife away in which case I'll be bringing BOTH Tigers. But that would still leave room for two more people that wanted to go with their gear so if there is interest and you are between PDX and Plains let me know. And as for the SS1K, yes that IS a Saddle Sore 1000. I ran one from Tigard to Missoula last Summer and as far as I know I'm the first Tiger 800 to run one. Had a great time and found out that the Tiger is actually QUITE comfortable to be on for a day straight when kitted correctly. I'm just too damned lazy to write ride reports as they are only interesting to the idiot blabbing and I don't blab well. Nice to be able to take in a bit of off pavement while there though, some of it has burned to the ground since and only exists in my GoPro and the stills I took. https://spotwalla.com/tripViewer.php?id=172955a2466314b97b&hoursPast=0&showAll=yes .
  4. Strangely enough my one and only charity besides St. Jude through AmazonSmile is Ted Simon’s foundation, Jupiterstravellers.org.. Something I actually believe in and not only did it enroll me IN the foundation but I’m actually one of a limited amount of Facebook friends of Ted himself. Somehow ended up with 2 endorsed copies of his book but I think one was complementary with the membership/donations. Still a great endeavor and when I found out his site had been hacked by ISIS of all things I was compelled to make a bit of a statement of support I suppose and have been ever since at 10 bucks a month. And definitely second the AMA although not so much of a Charity as a lobby. I used them specifically of how to engage politically as an example to AARP who will NOT be getting another 50 bucks for five years of not much when they come due again.
  5. So Eric, are you IN? I am for sure at last through Saturday as I regularly have Fridays off and to myself anyways plus hopefully a bit of goodwill built up with the Wife by then to cover an extra day or two away. PeteN looks like you’re confirmed so where will we all hang our collective hats? Under the big XLADV sign or what? I’ll be coming in early Friday AM so try to be quiet around the purpley looking Tiger when all you people arise at the crack of dawn Friday, will ya? Thanks, appreciated. But seriously it’d be great to put a face to the handle so to speak and a reason to explore an area I haven’t spent a lot of time in before except in passing trying for my SS1K.
  6. Hi Tanuki, See, What’d I tell Ya? Great bunch of folks and far more “focused” if you wil than the “other” adv forum. I haven’t been posting much myself due to my annual licensing taking place any day and having had two rather spectacular crashes riding with the Westside crew back in late December. But my Tiger is back in order (and back from paint!) with only a sacked clutch needing attention so I’ll soon be out and about again. See ya on the trails....... Rick (Flappy)
  7. I also thought of doing a “fade” logo ala the original designs as seen here: http://www.fedrotriple.it/tiger-800-xc-2011-triumph.html You can also see that CHD used a different line from where Triumph chose on production models for the Triumph logo. It’s one of the prime reasons I ditched mine as I want them centered on the depression in the tank not an arbitrary third line as T chose. I also want the vintage style script but we’ll see when I actually commission the piece. Got a fellow in the neighborhood who does sign painting in addition to his graphics and vinyl business so we’ll see what we see.
  8. Couple weeks ago....
  9. Hey all, Been a while since I participated here but with the release of the new Tiger 800 I thought I might raise my head again and post. So two days before Thanksgiving in 2015 I was pursuing my great North/South DS route from Tillamook to Seaside and being relatively new to big bikes I had gotten myself into a predicament where my newly acquired Tiger had rolled itself over on top of me in some gravel . Several times in fact while I got the bike turned around which was all that I could do that day as the Sun evaporates early in late November. So I hiked my backside the 12 miles out to get Cell service and call my Wife in my heavy Moto boots cursing every inch of the way while campers in the darkness heard me stumble by in the middle of the night by the light of my iPhone and GPS. Sheriff got to me about 15 minutes before my Wife at 1 AM, which helped me not at all. All the preceding is just by way of illustration how I found myself last Summer when the bike hit it's 24,000 mile mark. Tank still rashy I had scraped off the Triumph badging and not much else leaving a somewhat "frumpy" looking Tiger. So right after I rode an SS1K to Missoula and back I decided that for her 24K I would get her a paint job as I never really loved the black anyways. I wanted a blue one but they were sold out when I bought mine so..... long story short Mama's is Caspian Blue, mine was Phantom Black. I actually started a write up here but lost interest as my business again required major shifts/sacrifices to stay solvent so we do what we do as they say. In July I was recovered enough to reach out to a local paint shop to try to re-color or re paint my poor deflicted Tiger. We went from this: to this: I'm debating having the Triumph logos done in either gold with white borders or Black with white outlines. Or maybe none at all like the new Tigers. What does the collective say? A bit too purple? It's called Dark Shadows Blue by PPG and it's a factory color for Ford. My first real dirt bike was a purple Yamaha LT1 and man this color brings back lots of memories for me so I love it but I can see where some might not like it. Obviously this is when I first had this done back in August and my guards are back on as well as some Tech Spec tank grippers to help protect the tank as well as the regular "TigerXCx" shrouds that I am currently running. Total cost was 330.00 dollars including the damage repair where I had chipped the paint through to the primer originally. All in all I find it to be a reasonable cost to repair some cosmetic damage I had caused and I'm the proud owner of a VERY distinctive Tiger that I can't lose in the parking lot or at the dealership.
  10. Hey everybody, So although the ST and presumably the Daytona (for MY '18) get SIGNIFICANT changes for the new model year the little Tiger 800 gets no love. Over 200 running changes but NO new engine means Tiger will remain much of a muchness. Which isn't necessarily bad but sometimes I DO get frustrated at the EU homologations for licensure which limit power. Then again I didn't NEED a hundered and twenty horsepower Tiger when I first bought it like I do now and for me at least Big Kitty is too big and not handy not to mention I prefer chain drive. But I have to scratch my head at the lower first gear, who needed that? Are we rock crawling with the thing? I've scarcely needed the one they provide unless I'm bagged and I even rode it over 200 miles back to the dealership when the gear shift fell off and I was stuck in third. FIRST? I can slow speed troll with the best of 'em bagged or unbagged and I can find no reason for that unless maybe I was trying to scale Everest. The rest appears largely fluff, different fairings, an extra more powerful off-road mode and new fancy color gauges. Changes to the windscreen amount to nothing since 90 percent of us Tiger owners swap ours out anyways and the new headlight design is questionable as well although admitedly more modern. Finally ditched the off-kilter Triumph badging on the tank like I've done to mine and although I like the new TIGER badged plastics it looks like I can mount them on mine as well which isn't exactly "new" then is it? Nothing meaningful like the new engine that lives in the ST or Daytona downstroked to make less than 95HP I believe it is? And again we're stuck with a welded on passenger rearset that results in HUGE losses due to the bikes' relative propensity for rolling leading to the relative insurance claims/losses. Think I'll just buy a Street Triple and build a new frame for it as getting a proper middleweight from Triumph for the US is like pulling teeth. Not that anyone else is doing it either but the limit of 95HP for these right at 500lb bikes here in the land of the free is limiting to say the least. So any other Tiger 800 riders out there care to chip in? Will you trade in your Gen I\II Tiger 800 for a new one? If so, why?
  11. Wish I could load mine in the back of our truck at all, but it’s job enough sticking the whyzeds all the way up in there. Mama’s got a 6 inch lift and 35s so my Tiger isn’t going anywhere NEAR there.
  12. And yes it was MM and the service as I say was excellent so NO throwing under the bus. But that was exactly the spirit Warped, if we all write up a bit from our individual experiences it becomes better collectively. As long of course as we park our personalities, axes to grind and other non-desirable behavior at the door.
  13. Thanks, Eric!
  14. Hello all, So at 12,000 miles I replaced my plastic stocker chain guard with the following: Service from their US agent was relatively quick at about 4 weeks from Germany. Price was reasonable compared to others and I looked forward to fitting my first bit of Hepworth-Becker kit to my bike. Upon arrival and inspection it turns out to be made of soft aluminum with a machined indentation in to fit the Hepco-Becker label. Skipping that I mount it up and am well chuffed to see that it blends perfectly with the SW Motech heel guards I already have fitted. Around town and under touring conditions this guard works pretty flawlessly, only shedding the sticky rubber tape applied to the inside of the chain guard. Upon venturing off road though, things begin to sour. It keeps chain fling off which is a good thing, but it is very noisy to start with and the construction leaves a bit to be desired. After a couple thousand of mixed riding with about 30% light off road I begin to notice cracks at the screw mounts to the swingarm. So being a pro-active sort I replace the factory screws with something a bit beefier and add a couple washers to help spread the shock across a wider area to help prevent cracking. This was the results at just shy of 28,000 and a year and a half on...... So if a picture’s a thousand words, there’s two thousand words. My impression is that if you are the sort of Tiger rider I see at the dealership, you will love these. They “look” the part, blend nicely with other more functional aluminum parts and will withstand the vigorous eyeballing of your fellow Klim-klad species that always seem to be there even in last Summer’s choking heat. Seldom to never going off-road and having to encounter real-world stuff like whoops off packed gravel service roads they might last forever. For those of us solo-types who might actually need it to be lasting on the trail, forget it. Thinking back on when I reinforced it the writing was on the wall and I should have just re-fitted the stocker as the cracks were the death blow for these. I’m currently joining a bunch of other lurkers on the ‘Bay stalking up some Russian steel jobs as they look the part. But since I’m dirt poor right now and we’re damned near at war I’m restraining myself and exercising caution. Sorry Eric, this is maybe mis-filed as I couldn’t get the drop downs to work from my iPad to post on reviews. Not for lack of effort I’m sure as that traitor Bryan (JK!) has already responded twice. Additionally I refuse to name the agent as they aren’t responsible for HP’s crud quality and trying to get any recompense or some such is kind of silly given our line of endeavor. It’s similar to actually turning in plastic damage on an ADV bike on your insurance, what’s the point?