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Offline Atdooms-

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Some questions for a new owner of a 2012 Tiger 800
« on: July 25, 2020, 08:08:16 AM »
Hey guys, I got myself a tiger and made an earlier post the other day asking about small offroading stuff but I had some more questions!

1. I noticed there's the Tiger 800, XR, XRX, XRt, XC, XCa, is the original Tiger 800(First gen) the same as the XR? Or are they the same?

2. Looking to do more offroading, what's good tires that's good for long distance but also offroading? Mostly dirt trails, nothing extreme

3. Any major maintenance intervals I should know about? I know valve adjustments we're done at 12k and I'm almost at 14k now

4. Any general advice for owning a Tiger when it comes to maintenance, riding, and any of that jazz?

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Offline mcinlb

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Re: Some questions for a new owner of a 2012 Tiger 800
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2020, 09:06:11 AM »
Welcome Atdooms,
My first Tiger 800 was a 2013 . these bikes have some differences for the Gen 2 models.
My Tiger didn't have ABS which you don't think about till I emergency braked on a wet road one day, a near miss there.
The fueling on my Tiger , I assume didn't have the exhaust sensor (Llamda)  and was troublesome at higher altitudes (+2000mtrs).
Changed the front tyre for a 110/80 19 , still valid on any Tiger 800 and I put in an after market rear shock and front fork internals, the front forks were very harsh , too much compression and no adjustment.
If your valves have been done at 12k then all should be well with just normal servicing every 6k mls, great bikes , can be made better..  :001: :001:
Enjoy your Tiger

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Re: Some questions for a new owner of a 2012 Tiger 800
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2020, 09:11:38 AM »
*Originally Posted by mcinlb [+]
Welcome Atdooms,
My first Tiger 800 was a 2013 . these bikes have some differences for the Gen 2 models.
My Tiger didn't have ABS which you don't think about till I emergency braked on a wet road one day, a near miss there.
The fueling on my Tiger , I assume didn't have the exhaust sensor (Llamda)  and was troublesome at higher altitudes (+2000mtrs).
Changed the front tyre for a 110/80 19 , still valid on any Tiger 800 and I put in an after market rear shock and front fork internals, the front forks were very harsh , too much compression and no adjustment.
If your valves have been done at 12k then all should be well with just normal servicing every 6k mls, great bikes , can be made better..  :001: :001:
Enjoy your Tiger

Mines a non-ABS model and I've never owned a bike with ABS, I just sold my 2003 NOS CBR1100XX for this Tiger and love it so far. I still got a 2013 ZX10R for speed but definitely wanted something more practical instead of just 2 sport bikes.
The last owner was super ontop of maintenance and I have all the records for it which is great! I believe I have Continentals TA3s? For tires currently, they're okay but a lil slippery offroading with it.


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Re: Some questions for a new owner of a 2012 Tiger 800
« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2020, 10:47:55 AM »
I see you already have a Madstad screen fitted, none better....

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Re: Some questions for a new owner of a 2012 Tiger 800
« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2020, 11:07:12 AM »
*Originally Posted by mcinlb [+]
I see you already have a Madstad screen fitted, none better....

When I bought the bike came with that windscreen, heated grips, barkbusters, the side cases, strapped on tank bag, and bar risers. Came pretty decked out with all I'd need!

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Re: Some questions for a new owner of a 2012 Tiger 800
« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2020, 12:30:06 PM »
*Originally Posted by mcinlb [+]
Welcome Atdooms,
My first Tiger 800 was a 2013 . these bikes have some differences for the Gen 2 models.
My Tiger didn't have ABS which you don't think about till I emergency braked on a wet road one day, a near miss there.
The fueling on my Tiger , I assume didn't have the exhaust sensor (Llamda)  and was troublesome at higher altitudes (+2000mtrs).
Changed the front tyre for a 110/80 19 , still valid on any Tiger 800 and I put in an after market rear shock and front fork internals, the front forks were very harsh , too much compression and no adjustment.
If your valves have been done at 12k then all should be well with just normal servicing every 6k mls, great bikes , can be made better..  :001: :001:
Enjoy your Tiger

I have a 2012 ABS and it has been useful on a few tense situations. But.. learn how too disable ABS to ride unpaved, gravel roads that are steep. Having ABS take control of the rear wheel can be scary when descending.

My bike does have a Lambda sensor. Had to replace it at 65K miles. The high altitude fueling issue was resolved on my bike by a fueling map update. Performance up to about 4500 meters has been excellent since.

If I had the extra cash back in 2012 I would have upgraded the forks. Out of warranty repairs have really just been normal wear and tear that I can do myself.

Great bike for the money all-in-all.

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Re: Some questions for a new owner of a 2012 Tiger 800
« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2020, 01:11:10 PM »
I'd say changing the front fork springs to aftermarket progressiv ones is a must. A good adjustable aftermarket shock is highly recommended.

I went for Wilbers in both cases no idea whether you can get those in the US.
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Re: Some questions for a new owner of a 2012 Tiger 800
« Reply #7 on: July 25, 2020, 03:38:56 PM »
In reply to question 1, the XR is the second generation equivalent of the 800 - the base model roadie. Changed from mechanical to ride by wire throttle, not sure what other changes there were. The XRx and XRt added successively more refinement to the base XR.
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Re: Some questions for a new owner of a 2012 Tiger 800
« Reply #8 on: July 25, 2020, 04:36:53 PM »
*Originally Posted by tauzero [+]
In reply to question 1, the XR is the second generation equivalent of the 800 - the base model roadie. Changed from mechanical to ride by wire throttle, not sure what other changes there were. The XRx and XRt added successively more refinement to the base XR.

traction control with the rider modes... also ABS was standard.

In 2011/2012 you could get either a tiger 800 or XC, and then ABS or not. Everything else was accessories.

 


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