Moto Grand Prix
Main Motorcycle: 02 Sprint RS
Join Date: Aug 2014
Other Motorcycle: 06 Tiger
Extra Motorcycle: a few others
I must really like this bike - 06 refurb
By overwhelming demand, this thread will be a write up about my 06 955i Tiger.
I'll start with a little background while my camera battery recharges.
The first time I saw one I had to run over and take a look at what that weird looking thing was. That's a TRIUMPH? They reminded me of a cross between the old 1950s/1960s Italian race bikes and Richard Nixon's jowls.
I had put on around 105,000 miles on my Buell Ulysses and knew that sooner or later I'd have to park it and replace it with something else. How about one of those giant, weird looking Triumph Tigers?
I read a Buyer's Guide and they said 05 was the year to get and I saw an 06 on eBay with 8,000 miles which didn't sell.
I contacted the owner and we struck up a deal so off to NYC on Christmas Eve, 2016 to pick it up.
Traffic, of course, was murder. Shoulda gone on Christmas Day.
The guy I got it from had two Tigers, one he kept in NYC and one he stashed at a friend's place in Florida and he'd use it when he'd go down there on vacation.
I got the Florida bike. Shoulda gotten the NYC bike.
I stopped by to show it off to some friends on the way back to PA and discovered that the first thing I needed to do was buy a new battery!
I got it home and on Christmas Day (after swiping a battery from another bike) I immediately got it stuck getting it off of the truck but a Good Samaritan type was passing by and gave me a hand. I told him that there really is a Santa Claus and he laughed and said he used to do hill climbs so he knows the feeling I had with a bike halfway down a ramp, ha, ha.
I gave it a bath and off to the gas station for a fill up and to bomb around for a bit and then give it a check over.
The first thing I discovered was that the oil was a quart low.
The fellow I bought it from admittedly knew zilch about mechanical things so I called him an unflattering name and dumped in a quart of oil.
Fuel mileage was in the mid 30s so I pulled the air filter and it was FULL of red Florida sand. Uh oh, this fellow was using it as a trail bike so I popped in a K&N and the mileage went up to high 40s.
I got rid of the giant dirt bike bars and stuck on Buell Lightning bars, a Corbin seat which makes the big WAY too tall for me but doesn't give me a welt like the stock seat does, bar end mirrors, a Staintune canister and then a Trident canister, experimented with around 6 different wind shields, new chain and sprockets and went up one tooth on the counter shaft sprocket, Super Mosfet Kit from roadstercycle.com, replaced the IACV lines, put on a real horn, replaced the fuel filter, brake pads, all fluids, spark plugs, discovered that the rear pads have a tendency to drag if you don't clean and lube the pistons and mounts frequently, wrote to Ferodo and got them to list the correct rear brake pad set in their online catalog, that kind of stuff.
Sometimes the oil level would hold steady, sometimes it would vanish at an alarming rate.
Different brands, viscosities, types of oil - same thing.
Exhaust canister outlet is sooty, no oil in the air box. It's being blown out the back, different length dipsticks did not matter a bit.
I poked around on this site and asked the fellows on tigertriple.com what they thought and the suggestions were valve guide seals and one fellow brought up the subject of cracked pistons.
That will make your heart sink!
At around 31,000 it started to sound like it was full of marbles when it was hot and finally, at around 32,500 miles the idle at start up dropped down to around 750 and then one morning it just conked out and didn't want to restart.
I can take a hint, time to smack it with a hammer.
First pic shows Christmas Day when I first got it, second pic shows last Winter with around 30,000 on the clock.