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Tiger's 885i & 955i - Mods & Workshop Workshop and technical talk for the 885i & 955i Tigers

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Old 12-03-2012, 10:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Tiger 955i (2004) Shifting issue

Since I am a new Tiger 955 owner, it seems to me that this bike .... as lovely as it is to ride... seems very difficult to change gears. Takes more foot pressure than anything I have ever owned before. My question... Is this an issue with my bike? Or was there issues with the pre-'06 Tigers and shifting?

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My 2006 Tiger has had a clunky gearbox from day one, and has always been a pig to get into neutral. If it's really bad it may be just your clutch cable needs adjustment/oiling. My 900 trophy was the same-It just seems to be the way with Triumph gearboxes.
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Although mine is nowhere near as nice to use as my old Commando, it's as good as most modern bikes I've ridden. I actually find that upchanges are smoother without the clutch. No problems finding neutral hot or cold, although there is a definite clonk engaging 1st from neutral..
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Hi BlueStrada,

Can you tell us how much freeplay you have on the clutch lever and how much deflection on the chain ??

These tend to be quite critical for smooth gear changes on the Tiger. Having said that, my Tiger gearbox has always been "clunky" and "notchy".

Off hand I think it's 10mm of freeplay on the clutch, and the chain should have a total deflection on 40 - 50mm.
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The gearboxes on these are clonky/notchy but reliable. It is a case of "they're all like it sir".
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my 2006 Tiger is very notchy from 1-2 and 2-3 (higher gears are better) and I do remember reading somewhere that that is common for these bikes....have mostly gotten used to it and makes those shifts very deliberately...
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955i Gear box shifting

Thanks all for the input... seems like most all of them are a bit similar to mine ... Cable is well lubed, adjustments are pretty much right on.. So I can live iwth it just fine...
Sure might be helpful to have a clutch lever with more leverage / adjustment. It's definitely a very basic lever design.
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my 2006 Tiger is very notchy from 1-2 and 2-3 (higher gears are better) and I do remember reading somewhere that that is common for these bikes....have mostly gotten used to it and makes those shifts very deliberately...
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Sure might be helpful to have a clutch lever with more leverage / adjustment. It's definitely a very basic lever design.
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The only thing you can do there is fit the clutch lifter arm from a 2006 model. It has a longer arm (the bit that sticks out the top of the clutch housing) than the earlier models. Makes the feel at the lever a bit lighter. It doesn't, however, alter the notchy gear change. We're stuck with that I'm afraid.
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Thanks Grame...
Those are really good points to remember...
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Thanks for that... I would not have thought the clutch levers were any different from year 04-06... Good tip
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