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Old 04-03-2012, 05:20 AM   #1816
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I wouldn't mind having a tank like that if I could swap it out with the normal one.

I should start up a business. You pick your bags and cases depending on your trip why not choose you tank also.
agreed!

I just wonder why no company is making big plastic bubble tanks for the XT, as were available 30 years ago for the XT500...
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Old 04-03-2012, 11:24 AM   #1817
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Anderson Cycle World Review

Just got my new Cycle World. I haven't read Steve Anderson's review of the Tiger Explorer yet. Any comments by those who have read it?
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Old 04-03-2012, 11:31 AM   #1818
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I just wonder why no company is making big plastic bubble tanks for the XT, as were available 30 years ago for the XT500...
One reason is that engineering a replacement tank for a modern fuel-injected street motorcycle with in-situ fuel pump/gauge and integrated bodywork is an entirely different proposition from a simple, no-bodywork, gravity-feed, carb'ed dirt bike.

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Old 04-03-2012, 11:50 AM   #1819
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Just got my new Cycle World. I haven't read Steve Anderson's review of the Tiger Explorer yet. Any comments by those who have read it?
Basically he says it's a "worthy, if heavy, contender" to the BMW GS. Loves the engine, likes the rest, says it's big and heavy. Basically, no new revelations, just more of what's already been reported by 100 other journos.....

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Old 04-03-2012, 11:53 AM   #1820
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Basically he says it's a "worthy competitor" to the BMW GS. Loves the engine, likes the rest, says it's big and heavy. Basically, no new revelations, just more of what's already been reported by 100 other journos.....

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any criticism apart from "heavy" ?
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Old 04-03-2012, 12:10 PM   #1821
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any criticism apart from "heavy" ?
Not really. He's just full of these off-handed slaps throughout the review. "Not flickable". "Chassis and suspension prove competent". "Emphasizes 'Touring' not 'Adventure'". On and on it goes.

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Old 04-03-2012, 12:24 PM   #1822
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"Not flickable". "Chassis and suspension prove competent". "Emphasizes 'Touring' not 'Adventure'".
Sounds like an ex-girlfriend from long ago ...
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Old 04-03-2012, 02:39 PM   #1823
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Hi all,

Been a while.
I've a lot of catching up to do with regard to reading.

Was at my dealer today for a minor repair job on my Street Triple.
Spoke about the Explorer of course. He has sold 14 already since the launch 3 weeks ago (and he isn't even a very big dealer with regard to showroom size). I find that quite impressive.

As for me, no chance to ride it yet.
But the Street is up for it 30.000 km service-interval, so we will arrange a testdrive at the same day.

I will have to remember to take my newly purchased GoPro-camera with me to film the whole experience.
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Old 04-03-2012, 02:44 PM   #1824
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Just got my new Cycle World. I haven't read Steve Anderson's review of the Tiger Explorer yet. Any comments by those who have read it?
Bizarre that they mention everyother possible stat except its weight and then sum things up as an acceptable, albeit heavy, GS competitior...
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Old 04-03-2012, 02:50 PM   #1825
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Read the report last night. What I read between the lines was "Look, this thing is aimed right at the GS and does a damn fine job but seriously, both bikes are essentially touring bikes." He did mention he didn't get any real time on the dirt and that report will have to wait. What I'm really looking for is a comparo with the GS and the other usual suspects.
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Old 04-03-2012, 04:28 PM   #1826
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Read the report last night. What I read between the lines was "Look, this thing is aimed right at the GS and does a damn fine job but seriously, both bikes are essentially touring bikes." He did mention he didn't get any real time on the dirt and that report will have to wait. What I'm really looking for is a comparo with the GS and the other usual suspects.
MCN in the UK is printing their comparo tomorrow. Hopefully someone in the UK will scan it and we can ALL read it. NOt sure how much if any will be offroad but if we expect the KTM to be in there then they will have to do some.
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Old 04-03-2012, 05:07 PM   #1827
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Alan Cathcart's report in the new Cycle News.

The Cycle World review says pretty much the same thing in fewer words.
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Old 04-03-2012, 06:14 PM   #1828
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agreed!

I just wonder why no company is making big plastic bubble tanks for the XT, as were available 30 years ago for the XT500...
Perhaps a second reason is the problem some plastic blends have with the ethanol being blended so generously in our fuel?

The reviews are all interesting reading, but I do get sick of re-reading the same talking points in nearly every magazine. Nothing really new to discuss until a bunch of folks have ridden them for a while and can provide some real world feedback, just like the 800 and 800XC experience a year ago. For me, I'll just keep reading and dreaming for now...
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Old 04-03-2012, 06:18 PM   #1829
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I wish they'd a taken a shot at the Multistrada, instead of the GS... I'd love a Trumpet Multistrada fighter....
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Old 04-03-2012, 11:53 PM   #1830
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I wish they'd a taken a shot at the Multistrada, instead of the GS... I'd love a Trumpet Multistrada fighter....
I believe they are doing just that with an upcoming version of the Tiger 1050.
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