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Old 05-13-2010, 09:11 PM   #1
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Hokay. I've done a few mods to the 2005 Tiger. I've added Givi crashbars and some highway pegs, handguards and 30mm lowering plates.

I decided to lower the bike a bit because it is difficult to get my feet flat on the ground even with my wife on the back. I bought a set from Mick in England who you can find on Triumph rat. They were $86 US including shipping which was way cheaper than anyone else. It only took aout 15 minutes to do the job with a jack, a 5mm allen wrench to loosen the triple clamps and push up the fork tubes, a T50 torx wrench and a 14mm ratchet. It didn't require shortening the sidestand and now I can plant my feet solidly. I'm 6' with a 31" inseam but dang that bike is tall stock.

The Givi engine guards were $172 including shipping from helmethead.com. These took some screwing around to mount. Required a 16mm sock too, which I happened to have. I added highway pegs I stole from my GL1100. They were pretty useless on the GW, being so danged far outside of the cylinderheads. The bars came with decent instructions... unusual for the Italians.

Finally the handguards were Triumph's that BMW/Triumph of Salt Lake (2 blocks form my house) had on hand. These came with very good instructions and a ziploc parts baggy to store the stock parts in.

So, I've put about 1500 miles on the bike in spite of the never ending rain and snow. I've never gotten less than 40 mpg and got 50 mpg on an easy Saturday tour last month during a break in the weather. I'm not easy on the throttle generally so I can't complain about the mileage. It also has not consumed a single drop of oil since I picked it up 1500 miles ago. My only complaint is the hardness of the seat, which is dealt with by an Airhawk cushion for now. I may get the seat custom rebuilt later this year.

Weekend after next we're riding to Cortez, Colo which is near 4 corners, to search out some Armerind ruins and visit Mesa Verde. There is also an MO Super Secret Club road to check out while we're there. I'll know better how it runs two up with a full load after that. But it handles like a dream and the motor is to die for. I haven't had one microsecond of buyer's remorse on this bike which is a first for me because I'm such a cheapskate.

Sorry about picture quality but I used my cellphone because my wife hid the digicam somewhere.

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Why is there a picture of the garage floor? Because I've been parking a Triumph here for 3 months now and there's not one drop of oil!! Actual proof!

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Old 05-14-2010, 04:11 AM   #2
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Good stuff, Seru. Looks good.

IMHO, Triumph, Ducati and Kawi are putting out the best stuff in the business right now.
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Good stuff, Seru. Looks good.

IMHO, Triumph, Ducati and Kawi are putting out the best stuff in the business right now.
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They have a '10 Tiger at the new Ducati/Triumph dealer in Pompano. It's grey, and I have to say, it's a damn good looking bike. It has an "industrial" style to it that is very appealing.

I think you need a bigger windshield.
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They have a '10 Tiger at the new Ducati/Triumph dealer in Pompano. It's grey, and I have to say, it's a damn good looking bike. It has an "industrial" style to it that is very appealing.

I think you need a bigger windshield.
The stock windshield goes back on when the summer temperatures hit. The stock one is just too small for those nippy 34 degree morning commutes.
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Geez a dirty milk crate and a foil hat and she'll be just about finished.
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The stock windshield goes back on when the summer temperatures hit. The stock one is just too small for those nippy 34 degree morning commutes.
Gotta love those handguards too for that chilly weather. What a revelation the ones that came on the DL were. If my next bike doesn't come with them (or something that does the same job) I will be adding them.

34 degrees in late May? WTF, are you inside the Artic Circle?
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Gotta love those handguards too for that chilly weather. What a revelation the ones that came on the DL were. If my next bike doesn't come with them (or something that does the same job) I will be adding them.

34 degrees in late May? WTF, are you inside the Artic Circle?
Only this week have morning temperatures moved consistently into the 40s. Every year we've worn mesh gear on our trips to so Utah/No Ariz. Not this year. It's forecast to be highs in the 60s in So Colorado next week.
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Geez a dirty milk crate and a foil hat and she'll be just about finished.
A dirty milk crate would hold more than Triumph's weird trunk.
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Seru,

The only negative comments I've heard about the Tiger are about the spring rates, front and back.

Those comments seem to apply to every bike Triumph makes. Apparently the suspension guy at Triumph goes 145 lbs, soaking wet.
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