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Old 03-06-2013, 04:57 AM   #3721
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Great write up gregdee. We're looking forward to that ride report!
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Old 03-06-2013, 09:40 AM   #3722
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Spent some time yesterday evening installing various accessories I purchased separately when I bought the bike: heated seats, accessory outlet, GPS mount, headlight protector. Still to come: heated grips and hand guards, alloy belly pan, aux running lights. I'm going to have the dealer do the TPMS and the engine guards with the 500 mile service next week.

Damn, there's a lot of plastic on the bike. It's actually worse than my old Concours; though the TEx's pieces are smaller, there's more of them. At least the hardware is almost all the same size and length, unlike the Connie.
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Old 03-07-2013, 02:33 AM   #3723
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I used a small, angled pick to aid fishing the heated grips wires through the small hole in the bottom of the handlebars.

I read a few guys resorted to cutting the ends off and re-soldering them back on. Slide the plastic outer wire covering backs so so the ends are more flexible(or just trim it)

I spent maybe 15 min fishing them through the bars this way. Ive read of guys taking hours and hours trying to finish the install.
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Old 03-07-2013, 03:18 AM   #3724
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The OEM heated grips seem to cycle. Others have reported that they don't seem to get that hot. In my experience the gloves you are wearing matters a lot. With thinner leather gloves the high setting did get to be too hot. With heavier insulated leather gloves the high setting worked well even with temps in the mid 30's. My wife stated she had the same experience with hers.
I love the heated grips. I rode to work the other day when the temp was 33F and turned the grips up to high. My hands were good. I have barkbuster hand guards and my commute is backroads. For a big ride I use heated gloves and put the grips on Low heat and it's perfect! I don't see the need for the heated seat. The seat insulated my but so it never gets cold.
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Old 03-07-2013, 07:08 AM   #3725
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You got to cut corners one way or the other to get such a nice rig
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Old 03-07-2013, 09:12 PM   #3726
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Great write up gregdee. We're looking forward to that ride report!
Day 1 is up: Two Tigers go to Big Bend
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Old 03-08-2013, 07:14 AM   #3727
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I used a small, angled pick to aid fishing the heated grips wires through the small hole in the bottom of the handlebars.

I read a few guys resorted to cutting the ends off and re-soldering them back on. Slide the plastic outer wire covering backs so so the ends are more flexible(or just trim it)

I spent maybe 15 min fishing them through the bars this way. Ive read of guys taking hours and hours trying to finish the install.
The first side took me a little longer before I wised up and used some lube to ease sliding the wires. I bent the wire ends into loops of unequal length (brown first, then blue) and I used a set of right-angle feeler gauges to grab the loop ends one by one and draw them out of the little hole.

I loosened the handlebars in the clamps to rotate them up and get a better angle.

I was also mounting my hand guards at the same time. I avoided removing the tank, and just slid it back on the mounts to route the sub-harness. Triumph's instructions say to run the sub-harness up through a hole, then route the connector to the harness back out through another hole. That wasn't gonna happen. Even if I had taken the tank off that looked like a potential problem with rubbing against the sharp edges.

This morning was a brief shake-down ride. I left the handlebars rotated much higher than they came stock, which works great while standing but is a little too much for road riding. I'll be dropping them down somewhat again right away. The heated grips were very nice, and the low setting was adequate with heavy gloves. High would have been too much for OA temps in the high 30's/low 40's. I also used the heated seat for the first time -- nice.

I've a few more farkles to install -- fog lights and bash plate; and the dealer will handle the case guards and TPMS next week. Then, as soon as finances will allow, it's Madstad time. The stock windshield is just too narrow at the top. The turbulence hits the side of my helmet and makes a very noisy ride.
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Old 03-09-2013, 04:54 PM   #3728
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Was bored today so I headed over to my local Triumph dealer and test rode the Explorer. I was very impressed overall, not certain I will cancel my deposit on the new R1200GS just yet (waiting on test ride) but it was a great ride. Biggest negative was something easily fixable, the shift lever was set up for someone with midget feet I guess, I could almost not get my foot under the lever to shift so it made things interesting...
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Old 03-10-2013, 05:21 PM   #3729
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Nice and sunny yesterday...and 36 degrees. Headed out for some steelhead fishing, and decided to take my bike.

Havent ridden it in about 2 months. Key, prime fuel pump, started instantly. Damn, not even a stumble.

Bout 100 mile ride up to the river. Turned my new heated jacket liner on...was hot before I even finished putting my gloves on. WOW, this thing is amazing. Factory headed grips nice and warm as well too.

No problem running 75 on the highway. Cant wait for my riding pants to get here. Plenty warm enough. Don't think Id have a problem into the 20's as long as the roads were dry. If you ride anytime in the cold, you need heated gear.
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Old 03-10-2013, 06:20 PM   #3730
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Fantastic ride report! I regretfully just left Austin to move back to Orlando, FL. I miss riding the hillcountry and west TX more than anything.

There really is something special about Big Bend...
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Old 03-14-2013, 01:50 PM   #3731
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Anybody have pictures HT panniers on thier Tex?
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Old 03-15-2013, 12:58 PM   #3732
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Old 03-17-2013, 08:09 AM   #3733
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Thank for the pictures. What brackets are U using? Are those the 9" & many liters?

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Old 03-18-2013, 12:51 PM   #3734
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I'm using tourtech brackets. I think they are 10.5" and 45L.
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Old 03-18-2013, 01:59 PM   #3735
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Hi, If anyone is interested I've just published a service manual for the Explorer, based around a full 40,000 mile service.

Details and customer comments on the tiger-explorer forum

http://www.tiger-explorer.com/index....ic,4369.0.html

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