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Old 09-28-2012, 01:51 PM   #3346
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Maybe for the year....
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Old 09-28-2012, 01:54 PM   #3347
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Maybe for the year....
LOL

Looking forward to when the WC Boxer comes out just to see how it compares. I think that, given that BMW has sooo much experience in this fiekd, they should produce a bike to easily beat the Tiger but that's a high bar for sure.

I'm happy as can be with my Explorer so not looking to go German but I love the way competition breeds improvement.
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Old 09-28-2012, 02:07 PM   #3348
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Maybe for the year....
Yup.

The GS is a fine motorcycle (but not for me) that is getting a little long in the tooth so I expected nothing less to be honest.
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Old 09-28-2012, 04:12 PM   #3349
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looking forward to hearing about your Scorpion can; it's my first planned major upgrade in the Spring. Who are you getting it through?
Indiana Super Bikes (866-463-9720)

They don't have them listed yet on their website, but they can get them. I ordered mine a little over 2 weeks ago and it's s'posed to be here next week some time. It's part of the first shipment of the Scorpion cans to arrive here in the states.

Call them up & ask for Dave. I got mine for $515 shipped to my address. I wanted a CF can, but was asked about my riding habits & when I mentioned how much gravel I ride I was told to stick with stainless or titanium. It sounds like the CF doesn't stand up to rocks very well, and when they checked with Scorpion Corp. they were told the lifetime waranty wouldn't cover holes busted into the can so I ordered the titanium. The stainless was quoted to me @ $455 shipped.
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Old 09-28-2012, 06:06 PM   #3350
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LOL

Looking forward to when the WC Boxer comes out just to see how it compares. I think that, given that BMW has sooo much experience in this fiekd, they should produce a bike to easily beat the Tiger but that's a high bar for sure.

I'm happy as can be with my Explorer so not looking to go German but I love the way competition breeds improvement.
Me too. Not enough to wait for it, mind you. Anxious, nonetheless.

The Explorer is an incredibly fantastic machine and one to be proud to own. I contemplated between the two for several weeks. Had I been satisfied with a standard GS and not smitten by the GSA, I'd have chosen the Explorer pretty quickly I think.

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Yup.

The GS is a fine motorcycle (but not for me) that is getting a little long in the tooth so I expected nothing less to be honest.
I'm surprised at it's Viagra-esque staying power, to be honest...old design that somehow has stayed quite relevant. But the article didn't put the Explorer as a clear winner...just an extremely solid contender that certainly isn't taking a backseat to some Deutch motorrad.

Good luck with the Explorer's...I think they are on their way to a long and bright future with the 1200.
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Old 09-29-2012, 07:07 AM   #3351
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Bought a '13 Explorer a couple of weeks ago and so far I've found a lot to like and very little to complain about. My real use for this bike is as a sport touring machine with a few excursions down forest service roads and mountain logging roads. I have no plans to take this beast into serious technical off-road situations - I have a 300 lb. dirt bike for that shit. On fire roads and such I don't think most of us could tell the difference between the Explorer and a BMW GS. But on the road this bike nails it when compaired to the GS, much more fun through the tight stuff. I think a lot of adventure touring bike owners use their bikes mostly on-road and their off-road excursions are generally pretty tame, so for a lot of us this bike makes sense. For the few who ride any of these battleships in a serious off-road environment then, from what I'm told, the GS is still the bike for you - I, personally have no desire to, or the skills to take a 500+ lb, $18,000 bike on anything but fire/forest service roads. When I'm traveling this bike will allow me to explore roads I would not do on my previous sport-touring mount ('10 Kaw Concourse) but still have a blast on the great pavement in NC, TN, WV, VA etc.
This is one of the most comfortable bikes I've ever owned and I the motor is fantastic, the only complaints I have are engine heat on the legs in hot weather (only noticeable if only wearing jeans without overpants) and wind noise from the shield (I've bought another stock shield and plan to cut it down, that may eliminate some of the noise)
So, all-in-all I think it's a fantastic bike that should be on anyones short list if you are looking for this class of motorcycle.
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Old 09-29-2012, 08:53 AM   #3352
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for a shorter screen try powerbronze, it`s what I have on mine




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Old 09-29-2012, 06:41 PM   #3353
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Is the Powerbronze less noisy than the stock shield? It looks great. I bought a used stock shield and thought I'd cut it down an inch at a time and see if I can get some noise reduction - this has worked well for me on some other bikes but that Powerbronze looks good enough that I might not waste my time cutting the stocker.

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Old 09-30-2012, 07:53 AM   #3354
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Explorer for touring & oem screen for tall riders

I agree with you about the sport touring aspects of the Explorer and riding in the dirt. (I'll take a mountain bike for that, thank you.) The only thing I would add is that for a tall rider like myself, 6'4" w/34" inseam, the stock screen tilted all the way back is remarkably quiet and the airflow smooth. I've had to get aftermarket screens for every bike I've owned since I resumed riding 10 years ago. Except this bike.

For me one has to go either minimal or barn door to keep a screen quiet and the air flow smooth. The oem screen is in the minimal vein, at least for my height.

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Bought a '13 Explorer a couple of weeks ago and so far I've found a lot to like and very little to complain about. My real use for this bike is as a sport touring machine with a few excursions down forest service roads and mountain logging roads. I have no plans to take this beast into serious technical off-road situations - I have a 300 lb. dirt bike for that shit. On fire roads and such I don't think most of us could tell the difference between the Explorer and a BMW GS. But on the road this bike nails it when compaired to the GS, much more fun through the tight stuff. I think a lot of adventure touring bike owners use their bikes mostly on-road and their off-road excursions are generally pretty tame, so for a lot of us this bike makes sense. For the few who ride any of these battleships in a serious off-road environment then, from what I'm told, the GS is still the bike for you - I, personally have no desire to, or the skills to take a 500+ lb, $18,000 bike on anything but fire/forest service roads. When I'm traveling this bike will allow me to explore roads I would not do on my previous sport-touring mount ('10 Kaw Concourse) but still have a blast on the great pavement in NC, TN, WV, VA etc.
This is one of the most comfortable bikes I've ever owned and I the motor is fantastic, the only complaints I have are engine heat on the legs in hot weather (only noticeable if only wearing jeans without overpants) and wind noise from the shield (I've bought another stock shield and plan to cut it down, that may eliminate some of the noise)
So, all-in-all I think it's a fantastic bike that should be on anyones short list if you are looking for this class of motorcycle.
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Old 09-30-2012, 10:14 AM   #3355
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Is the Powerbronze less noisy than the stock shield? It looks great. I bought a used stock shield and thought I'd cut it down an inch at a time and see if I can get some noise reduction - this has worked well for me on some other bikes but that Powerbronze looks good enough that I might not waste my time cutting the stocker.

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I had a ride on the demo bike with the oe screen and had the powerbronze fitted when I picked my bike up. IMO far better than the oe screen altho I`m 6`6" and have the high seat on. It looks better as well!
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Old 10-01-2012, 06:55 AM   #3356
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Indiana Super Bikes (866-463-9720)

They don't have them listed yet on their website, but they can get them. I ordered mine a little over 2 weeks ago and it's s'posed to be here next week some time. It's part of the first shipment of the Scorpion cans to arrive here in the states.

Call them up & ask for Dave. I got mine for $515 shipped to my address. I wanted a CF can, but was asked about my riding habits & when I mentioned how much gravel I ride I was told to stick with stainless or titanium. It sounds like the CF doesn't stand up to rocks very well, and when they checked with Scorpion Corp. they were told the lifetime waranty wouldn't cover holes busted into the can so I ordered the titanium. The stainless was quoted to me @ $455 shipped.
Thanks mate, I have tagged this post for post-christmas reference

I too like the look fo the CF and my riding habits may well suit it.
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Old 10-01-2012, 06:57 PM   #3357
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Thanks mate, I have tagged this post for post-christmas reference

I too like the look fo the CF and my riding habits may well suit it.
Looks like it's gonna be a HO, HO, HO, Merry Christmas!
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Old 10-02-2012, 03:41 AM   #3358
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Get pics of that scorpion can up asap! That one seems like it fits the bike well. Other ones Ive seen seem just otta place on it.
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Old 10-02-2012, 05:51 AM   #3359
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I'll post a couple of pics as soon as it arrives & I can get time to install it. I called the supplier a week ago and he said it may be here sometime this week. I'll try to post a sound clip also if I can figure out how to...
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Old 10-03-2012, 06:45 AM   #3360
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New Boxer info

The new water cooled boxer info is out. Sounds like a quantum jump and complete redesign.

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