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Old 09-04-2012, 03:56 AM   #3241
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I gotta run to work, Ill make this quick.

After getting the run around from the dealer, I picked mine up late thurs.

Got about 80mi on her before setting out sat morn heading over to the middle of PA to a place we frequent. Backroads, its about 260 mi. GPS said about 6 hrs.

Bout halfway in, "bat low" light would come up on the dash. Would intermittently come and go. Nearing destination, it came up, and I had to stop for gas. Tried to restart, battery completely dead.

Come to find battery wire coming off alt was not tight. Not charging the battery, and was getting hot and looked as if it had arched some from the loose connection. Havent talked to the dealer yet, except when I was stuck in the gas station parking lot asking him why my new bike would have a dead batt. And he was not happy with me.

Details when I get home.
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Old 09-04-2012, 04:38 AM   #3242
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Here are my initial impressions for what they're worth:

The wind screen really surprised me. It's small and gives clean smooth air in its lowest position. The cruise control is all that you could ask for.

The power reminds me of my Tiger 1050 but with more low end torque. It's smooth power but not too smooth (aka Goldwing). It accelerates like the FJR but corners much, much better. The COG is a bit higher than the GS (I had an 08 and 10, put 40k on them) so it's not quite as flickable into the corners but the difference isn't that much. Once into the curve it sticks like glue on a line. And its turning radius is smaller than the GS, which surprised me.

Maintenance looks to be pretty low. You inspect the valves once at 10k and that's it Spark plugs every 20k, synthetic oil change every 10k (and it doesn't burn oil even when new), throttle body synch (via computer no less) every 10k, etc... Here's a link to the maintenance schedule:
https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B95...HhCYXdHVjItY0E

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Interesting ... so are you saying the valves get checked/adjusted at 10,000 miles and then never again?

Funny but maintenanice costs are important factor for me and have heard different intervals for the explorer. Last I read was valves are every 20,000 but man 10K and forget it sounds better! I did hear the cost to DO the valve adjustment can be 5+ hours labor???
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Old 09-04-2012, 10:02 AM   #3243
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My posts have little sarcasm in them, just a little... Give me a larger fuel tank and I'll deal with it... It's an Adventure-Touring bike after all...

Here, hope it's not gonna affect my handling





By the way, notice my exhaust - being replaced under warranty - some rust spots I guess


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Old 09-04-2012, 01:33 PM   #3244
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Did 800 miles in 13.5 hours on saturday, Cant say enough good things about the bike I was feeling great if it wasnt for catching up with Irene wind and rain I would have had an iron butt. Great bike, bad hurricane.
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Old 09-04-2012, 05:21 PM   #3245
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Interesting ... so are you saying the valves get checked/adjusted at 10,000 miles and then never again?

Funny but maintenanice costs are important factor for me and have heard different intervals for the explorer. Last I read was valves are every 20,000 but man 10K and forget it sounds better! I did hear the cost to DO the valve adjustment can be 5+ hours labor???
Looks to me like it's every 20k miles, starting at 10k (so, 10k, 30k, 50k, 70k, etc), according to the link posted above (https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B95M...Y0E/edit?pli=1)

On the contrary, it does look like the camshaft timing needs adjusted at the 10k mile mark, and then never again for the life of the thing.
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Old 09-04-2012, 07:13 PM   #3246
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So I'm thinking the "wings" that protrude off the existing fuel tank could hold a couple of gallons. They're just there for looks right now and could actually serve a purpose. I know it puts more weight up high, but as someone else mentioned it would be useful when you're trying to get some serious miles in between stops and you wouldn't necessarily have to have to fill to the brim when in the dirt. I wonder if someone out there with some mechanical prowess could pull that off. Just my .02 worth.

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Old 09-04-2012, 07:27 PM   #3247
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I removed side panels and guess what - there were "wings" on the tank


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Old 09-04-2012, 07:31 PM   #3248
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I removed side panels and guess what - there were "wings" on the tank


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Old 09-04-2012, 07:37 PM   #3249
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What? You didn't believe me? Damn dude, I wouldn't lie to ya.
I was surprised that the area behind the "wings" was not empty - everything is so compact there, and behind "TRIUMPH" plate, there is a bolt screwed into the tank...


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Old 09-04-2012, 07:44 PM   #3250
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I was surprised that the area behind the "wings" was not empty - everything is so compact there, and behind "TRIUMPH" plate, there is a bolt screwed into the tank...


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Well hell. I guess I'm going to have to develop the first ever rider fuel storage jacket that hooks directly to the fuel line. If able I'll report later on my progress.
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Old 09-04-2012, 07:54 PM   #3251
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Well hell. I guess I'm going to have to develop the first ever rider fuel storage jacket that hooks directly to the fuel line. If able I'll report later on my progress.
Hell, make a fuel seat with an igniter cord :)

Really, I would like to see someone max a spare tank in place of rear seat - I never have a pillion and would like to have at least another gallon with me...


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Old 09-04-2012, 07:57 PM   #3252
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Now that's a great idea. I never have a hag, I mean passenger either.
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Old 09-04-2012, 09:03 PM   #3253
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Now that's a great idea. I never have a hag, I mean passenger either.
I was thinking if someone could just strip the leather and use the plastic base to mold a container on top of it do it locks and has filler cap with vent...


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Old 09-05-2012, 04:48 AM   #3254
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Probably old news by now, but I thought I'd post it anyway.

http://www.asphaltandrubber.com/bike...r-explorer-xc/

Apparently it only comes in that greenish color - too bad.
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Old 09-05-2012, 12:29 PM   #3255
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well, having followed and took part in this for a while now.... we've just come back from 1500 miles around France and I've come to the conclusion that the riding position is just not helping my coccyx.....

Comfort seat and airhawk, still no good.. so not being a bloke to hang around, I've sold the bike and hopefully picking up at GTR1400 Saturday
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