Vintage Tiger Steamer

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  1. Clarkey231

    Clarkey231 Well-Known Member

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    Think I’m favouring Ambush? Yeah I’m up for that as seems a few steamers around these parts.
     
  2. Jim Rantell

    Jim Rantell New Member

    Nov 24, 2018
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    Definitely Ambush. Might need a week or two before she’s ready for a ride out?

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  3. Clarkey231

    Clarkey231 Well-Known Member

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    Well I’m off to work tonight and I’m picking mine up from Liverpool and riding it home when I get off the boat in a months time. What can possibly go wrong????
     
  4. Dozers Dad

    Dozers Dad Bushmills Chief Quality Controller
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    First job...

    Buy some heat resistant black paint for those engine cases! :eek:
     
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  5. sprintdave

    sprintdave Nurse,he's out of bed again
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    Think you will find that is original paint dd.
     
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  6. Clarkey231

    Clarkey231 Well-Known Member

    Jun 9, 2016
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    Hi well got the Steamer home from Liverpool but not without a bit of drama. After about 4 miles the bike started losing power. At first I thought it was an electrical problem. Forced to stop at the side of the Motorway on 3 occasions. Made it to a services and called the AA. I’d looked around but missed the fuel hose from the petrol cock was crimped over at near 90 degrees so as it got warm the rubber collapsed causing fuel starvation.

    Bit of hose and a couple of hose clamps and we are away.

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  7. Reevo

    Reevo Member

    Sep 14, 2019
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    Hi all
    I’ve just brought a steamer it’s a 98
    Starter spray is silent when starting
    What do these engines sound like?
    Mine seems mechanically noisy
    Can’t pinpoint a specific noise just
    Mechanical noise?
    Cheers all
     
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  8. Adie P

    Adie P Noble Member
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    Welcome to the Steamer party!

    I think we'll need a bit more information before giving advice, views and ideas about your "mechanically noisy" bike! What mileage does it have on it? Does it have a service history? When was the oil last changed? Have you had the valve clearances checked? Does it clatter when you spin the motor on the starter button? Can you ride a bicycle, and who scored the goal?? Sorry, ignore the last two as a failed attempt at humour.

    Seriously, give us a bit more info and I'm sure you'll get a LOT more useful returns. As a general comment I think it's fair to say that the early (T3) carbed 900s are a little bit mechanical and 'rattley' - the cam chain tensioner and guide can be noisy on high mileage bikes - but you shouldn't have any seriously loud noises coming from the engine. If you have it needs to be investigated. Soon. Consider having it serviced by Clive WOOD - he's in Swineshead, Lincolnshire and very busy so if you are going to do it - book soon. CW is THE man for service and repair of T3s - far cheaper than a stealer; super nice person with a great set up. He also does T3 course days - care, maintenance and repair of the range. He has one coming up in October but they are limited on numbers and book up pretty fast. Try a text to 07752 477738 if you're interested.
     
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  9. Reevo

    Reevo Member

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    Hi cheers for quick reply
    What a great club
    Anyway as you say it just sounds rattley for want of a better word
    This is my third triumph but my main bikes have always been Japanese fire blades etc
    I still have my 2007 gsxr 1000 and my 1999 hayabusa
    Compared to them it’s noisy
    It’s done 13000 miles and hasn’t done any miles in the last 8 years
    I’d love a fellow owner to listen to it and let me know if it’s normal
    When I hit the starter it’s fine no sprag clutch
    Problems
    Cheers again
     
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  10. Ron Ashurst

    Ron Ashurst I came into the world screaming & covered in blood
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    You can record a video and post it on Youtube. Then place the link here.
    That way people can see and hear what you are talking about.
    It really is the best way without being there. Just try and get a good video.
     
  11. Reevo

    Reevo Member

    Sep 14, 2019
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    It’s obvious you don’t know me as I’m a computer idiot
    I’ll have a go and thanks all again your responses have been great
     
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  12. Reevo

    Reevo Member

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    It’s obvious you don’t know me as I’m a computer idiot
    I’ll have a go and thanks all again your responses have been great
     
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  13. stevethegoolie

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    This forum is also known as 'Luddites 'r' Us', so you will feel very comfortable here. These engines are indeed a bit noisy, but keep the battery fully charged and change the oil/filter regularly and all should be well. My '95 Trident 900 has over 54,000 miles on it and is still very healthy. Enjoy.:)
     
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  14. garethr

    garethr Well-Known Member

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    I don't know if you ever worked out why your Tiger has a reversed shift pattern, but my guess would be that it's not a Tiger engine.

    If you look at pictures, and the parts illustrations, you'll see that all the other 885s have the foot lever arm pointing down, but the Tiger arm points up.

    To maintain the "one down" pattern the Tiger has a unique reverse pattern selector drum (well, not unique, the part number is shared with the Thunderbird, which doesn't have a linkage).

    Therefore, if you fit a non-Tiger engine and keep the Tiger foot lever and linkage you have a reversed, "one up" gearchange.
     
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  15. Reevo

    Reevo Member

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    So the trident is the same motor?
    I’ve heard that many horror stories about the early triples
    But I thought sod it ive always fancied one
    So what will be will be
     
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  16. Alatamoc

    Alatamoc Active Member

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    Me too..brought up on The Vital Spark( but then I am an exiled Scot)
    Have fought shy of Steamers on account of the dreaded sprag clutch.
    Currently on my second Tiger 955i...best bike I've had in 45 years of riding.
    Today I took mine best part of 300 miles to the Gower.. currently in a pub there..will do the same trip in reverse tomorrow.
    Did 20 k on my last one last year.
    Superb machines.
     
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  17. stevethegoolie

    stevethegoolie Elite Member

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    In a nutshell, Trident, Daytona and Tiger 885 carb'd engines are virtually the same with slightly different states of tune. Thunderbird engines have a lower state of tune and are different externally but mechanically very similar. All have similar quirks and foibles but are essentially bullet proof.
     
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  18. Ron Ashurst

    Ron Ashurst I came into the world screaming & covered in blood
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    Hell Ya. My 96 ST is a beastie.
    Spent 12 years abandoned in a storage locker.
    Went to a salvage yard where I saved her.
    She is going to kill me but it will be a fun ride. :p
     
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  19. Adie P

    Adie P Noble Member
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    I (for one) sincerely hope she doesn't kill you .... but, I agree, it WILL be a fun ride. :D
     
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  20. Bad Billy

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    Not if I get you first! :imp:
     
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