|A few helpful hints about servicing your Tiger. The cost of a 12,000 mile service in the UK is around £380. I performed this service myself because I
prefer to work on my own bikes and cars.
The Triumph plastic tool kit
holder was awful. I use a
cheap pencil case made from
Denim with a large zip. It holds
I managed to buy a DVD from
eBay containing the Tiger 1050
Workshop Manual. All 485
pages of it! Hopefully I won't
ever need to use it but it might
Issues so far with my Tiger 1050
- During the second winter I let the battery discharge too much and I was forced to buy a new battery. My fault. There are plenty of batteries on offer,
I found the OEM item from my local Triumph/Yamaha dealer well priced. Strangely
- Before I went on the Stella in 2009 I replaced the front
brake pads with EBC HH pads. On close inspection the rear pads looked fine. Dooh! On my 3rd day the rears pads wore through and I had to find
a bike shop in Andorra. Easy enough to replace on the roadside once you locate a friendly garage to loan you a 14mm socket.
- On my way back from Scotland in the morning I rode 20 miles beyond the fuel computer reading zero before I found a petrol station (In Scotland
finding fuel on a Sunday can be problem). Later the same day I ran out of Fuel with 14 miles left on the computer, In 2010 I ran out of fuel a second
time with 9 miles showing.
- At 21,000 miles my dipped beam bulb failed
Servicing my Tiger 1050
The Tiger 1050 is a delight to work on. The plastics have to be removed which is a pain but the way the bike is engineered is delightful.
When I checked my tappets at 12,000 miles they were all OK. The Tiger really perked up when I replaced the plugs. (This is exactly the same as my
Tiger 955i at 12k).
For the 18,000 mile service I fitted NGK CR9EIX Iridium spark plugs and switched to Motul 7100 synthetic oil as Triumph no longer supply Mobil 1.
TIP: The NGK 2007 and 2010 Catalog are wrong, they recommend the old 885 plugs for the Tiger 1050 which cost me because I ended up buying the
wrong ones 12mm plugs won't fit in a 10mm hole, no matter how clever you are.
I change my own oil every 6 months or 6,000 miles. I use a K&N Oil filter because they come with a 14mm nut welded on the end so you do not need a
special oil filter extractor. The K&N has a hole drilled through the head of the nut. I recommend that you drill a corresponding hole through the Sump Drain
plug and wire the two together for peace of mind. I attach a strong magnet to the outside of the oil filter and I epoxy a magnet to the end of the sump plug.
You can buy rare earth magnets very cheap on eBay. These will keep any ferrous particles out of the oil. I'm not sure if the Tiger has Steel clutch plates, if
it has, magnets are essential. I do the same on all my vehicles as no one seems to fit a magnetic sump plug anymore.
It is relatively easy to fit a K&N Air filter. Once the fuel tank is removed simply undo the screws holding the top of the airbox. I use a K&N Recharge kit
to clean the Airfilter, this contains a cleaner to wash out the dirt and oil to re-oil the filter. Combined with my air box modification the K&N helps make the
Tiger much sharper on the throttle at low speeds. (See my page on Airbox Tuning).
I replaced the Front Brake pads with EBC HH Sintered pads. I seem to get 8,000 miles to a set of front pads and 6,000 for the rear pads. This does
include the odd track day and some brisk Alpine riding. I tend to be heavy on the rear brakes, all those years of off road riding! Once again the Tiger
1050 is a delight to work on. Tip: Before removing the old pads push the pistons out by applying the front brake leaver, clean them thoroughly with an
airline, then use a brake dust aerosol and a small brush before pushing the pistons back in flush. To push the pads back I used a large screwdriver
between the old pads. All this extra effort will ensure that small particles of dirt do not cause the pistons to stick. If you don't know exactly what I'm referring
to do not attempt to do the job yourself.
I performed the 18,000 mile service myself. Between 18k and 20K I have had to invest some attention and serious money on my Tiger 1050. New tyres,
rebuilt shock, Tsubaki X ring chain and sprockets, new Triumph Handguards. I have fitted new seals to the front forks as the left fork leg had started to
weep at 16k. I also stripped and greased all the rear suspension bearings. Finally I removed the catalytic converter (See all these updated covered on
other pages). My rear brake pads are almost due for replacement again.
My Tiger 1050 now looks as good as new and runs like a dream. It is much quicker than new, handles better and is just such a great bike to ride. I go
window shopping round the local bike shops and there is nothing I would prefer to own. Every time I ride I get to be right on the edge of the tyres because
the riding position and sports handling work in perfect harmony on the Tiger.
Servicing my Tiger 1050
Ling's loaned my a lovely Rocket III for my 6,000 mile service. Very nice, I want one when I'm retired, once I've grown a big belly and I have a ZZ Top
beard to match.
I took this photo at a Marina, I then had to push the Rocket III backwards up a very slight incline. The surface was gravel and I needed every once of
strength. You need to plan where to park these beasts.
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