|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
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
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
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