Vintage Tiger Steamer

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  1. MrT

    MrT Member

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    Am I the only owner of a 900 carb Tiger that uses the forum.
    Quite surprised a the lack of any recent posts concerning the fantastical beasts.
    Isn't even a prefix to use for the 900.
     
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  2. Rich Bryce

    Rich Bryce Dead Eye Dick
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    Let's see what pops up. Hope you find some fellow enthusiasts.
     
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  3. stevethegoolie

    stevethegoolie Elite Member

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    You could be unique!!
    Better than being just plain common!
    Thebiglad, of this parish, used to have one. He liked it.
     
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  4. MrT

    MrT Member

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    I did read somewhere they were not very popular in the UK but sold well in Europe...where ever that is.
    Hopefully there will be a few fellow steamer owners coming forward
     
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  5. half ton

    half ton Crème de la Crème

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    Very nearly bought one a couple of years ago,It was on Ebay at a dealers up Peterborough/A1 direction.The previous owner had spent a lot of time modifying it ,Fitted upside down forks different wheels etc. It was a beautifully done bike and they wanted around £2000 for it , Sadly couldn't find the cash before it sold.Were they all fitted with the engine with the trap door to do the sprag clutch ?
     
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  6. stevethegoolie

    stevethegoolie Elite Member

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    #6 stevethegoolie, Mar 17, 2018
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    Your engine is basically the same as mine, give or take a bit of tuning, if that helps.
    Europe, I think you'll find, is several miles to the east of Hull.
    And these are steamers ......

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    ..... albeit slightly different ones to those to which you refer. I hope that all this is helpful to you.

    Thought not.:(
    Ah well .... hat , coat, door .... :sob:

    Look, I am trying.:) Everybody says so, therefore it must be right.o_O
     
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  7. thebiglad

    thebiglad Old fart, still riding !

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    Hi Steve, no I didn't have a steamer - mine was a 2006 955I Tiger.
     
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  8. stevethegoolie

    stevethegoolie Elite Member

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    OOPS!:blush::confused:

    I blame me age!!:eek:
     
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  9. chiari1

    chiari1 First Class Member
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    My son is after one now , there is nothing more annoying than travelling a fair old way to see something " immaculate " and to be confronted by a dog ( keep it clean gents ) I know theses bikes are getting a bit long in the tooth now but why cant people tell the truth on adverts WARTS AND ALL !!!!
     
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  10. MrT

    MrT Member

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    Good luck with the Tiger hunt.
    They are becoming hard to find these days. I never see more than a couple up for sale at the same time, but if your son is determined to have one just keep scanning ebay gumtree newsnow. Once again best of luck and keep me posted.
     
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  11. Dozers Dad

    Dozers Dad Bushmills Chief Quality Controller
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    Give this a whirl mate. It's currently a rather underused forum resource....
    https://www.thetriumphforum.com/thr...s-a-way-to-help-out-other-forum-members.7241/
    The senario your describing. Is exactly why I came up with the idea.
     
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  12. chiari1

    chiari1 First Class Member
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    yes I look at this quite often to be honest DD and I am also " volunteer " on it and ready if anyone needs me to have a look on their behalf , but while I'm able to go and look myself its not a problem but will not hesitate to use it if the bike I'm interested in is a good few miles away cheers kel
     
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  13. Jim Rantell

    Jim Rantell New Member

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    New to the group but you’re not alone now. I have a 900 too & mine is beautiful, I love her and would never let her go.

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  14. Rich Bryce

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    A bit late in catching up. Ah, The Vital Spark. I look back on fondness at those tales depicted on BBC in black and white of the intrepid steamer skippered by that rascal Para Handy.
     
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  15. sprintdave

    sprintdave Nurse,he's out of bed again
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    Welcome to the forum.
    As said in older post, your engine is basically the same as my Sprint, keep your battery in good condition to avoid sprag clutch problem, if it goes you will need a full engine strip. It is only the very early T300 range that have an easy access hatch to access the starter.
    Nice bike.
     
  16. steve lovatt

    steve lovatt Something else
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    How do you ride it with no legs? :joy::joy::joy:
     
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  17. Jim Rantell

    Jim Rantell New Member

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    Slowly!!!
     
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  18. Munchen

    Munchen Well-Known Member

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    There is definitely a distinct lack of girlie owners on here too.
     
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  19. Flay

    Flay Well-Known Member

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    No there aren't. :cool:
    isn't
    whatever
     
  20. Adie P

    Adie P Noble Member
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    The recent 'bump' of this thread prompted me to pop in and say "HI ALL" because I also own, love and would never sell my "steamer". Like Jim's mine is a very early one with the colour coded case covers - something Triumph did only in the first year (or less?) of Tiger 900 production I think, after which the engine case covers were co-ordinated to the engine finish. A rare('ish) beast, Jim - don't let her go!

    I bought my blue Tiger (a '93 or '94, can't remember) from a guy in Swansea - the first owner - in about '98, I think. It was very low mileage and was in absolutely pristine, standard condition. I've since put a pair of "crash bars" on it - just as well ..... I'm shrinking rapidly from an already diminished stature of 5ft 6ins and getting on and off the thing is, to say the least, a challenge. The bars came from New Zealand and make the already semi-agricultural look, even more ..... ermmmm .... agricultural? It's certainly not a "pretty bike" in the 'pink and fluffy' sense but has appealed to me since I saw an early model in the main dealer showroom and was told it was far too big for me - I'd already bought a brand new Trident 900 (which I still have) from them but couldn't stretch to another new bike at that time. Still, all worked out in the end!

    I'm always interested in the use of the word "steamer". For quite some time - between 2006 and 2014 - I was on a yahoo 'group' ([email protected]) - a sort of precursor to proper forums, I suppose - dedicated to Hinckley Tigers. A very active member on there by the name of Preston KEMP was, I believe, the first to coin the term "steamer" to describe the early carburated models and "girlies" to describe the early update models with the softer design lines and "eyebrow" graphics on the front fairing. Happy to be corrected if that's not the real genesis of the term, but it's certainly how I recall it. And, if anybody knows Preston, can you let him know that I'm hoping those Tiger bits I bought from him way back when are still stored in his garden shed............ :D

    Haven't ridden my Tiger for many years - it's been in storage with my other bikes for about 6 years following separation, divorce and all of the attendant mess. I'm hoping that we'll be re-united very soon, certainly this year, so I'll post some pics then.

    keep it sunny side up if you're foolish enough to be out there!!

    Regards,


    Adie
     
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