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Old 04-28-2012, 08:35 PM   #2206
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A reasonable set-up fee is also not a bad thing if they are actually thorough and fixing things that may have been missed or overlooked at the factory.

From everything I have read, the triples as shipped have not always been dialed in as well as they could have been. If this is something that is addressed by the dealership then I think a reasonable fee is not outside of acceptable fees.

These things are assembled by humans and as such mistakes can be made. A good tech will catch them before the bike gets put on the showroom floor.
True this. I bought my Rocket Roadster from a car dealer who was new to bikes and there were a lot of flaws on my bike. Left side panel incorrectly installed, starter and turn signal relays not in their mounts, paint flaws, peeling badges, not all hoses hooked up to charcoal cannister, and front wheel ABS sensor incorrectly mounted. Plus, even though I went over the bike checking nuts and bolts, I still lost both right side fender bolts and an exhaust cover bolt. Unless you have a good Triumph dealer I STRONGLY recomend going over any new model Triumph upon delivery.
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Old 04-28-2012, 09:52 PM   #2207
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thanks for the pics rhinowerx

congratulations on your new explorer rhinowerx . and you picked the color that i will order for myself . black is the way to go on most bikes in my humble opinion . thank you for posting the clear and clean hirez pictures of your black explorer . good pics of a black explorer are scarce on the net . even the triumph website has only one or two black explorer pics and they are not that good . plus the triumph site mostly displays their black explorers with the mismatched silver colored luggage . a poor decision . your bike looks great . i cannot wait to ride my new black explorer away from my local new york triumph dealer . my luggage of choice is two 45 liter max panniers from metal mule in the uk . i will use a 45 liter box on both sides of the explorer . i will not use a top box because i think they look goofy on a motorcycle and make the explorer even more top heavy . my two 45 liter metal mule panniers will be specially powder coated all black on top and bottom to match the black explorer . we are talking huge money for this luggage but they will be worthy of this fine triumph explorer . the two 45 liter panniers will stick out wide but i don't care - i can carry two helmets , rain suits , bike covers , tools and anything else in a locked down all black aluminum luggage system totaling 90 liters . the updated metal mule web site has a section for the explorer here :

Shop | Metal Mule

i will see you at the triumph rally some day
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Old 04-28-2012, 10:03 PM   #2208
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Wow, you're putting a lot of faith in the mechanics in the back of the dealerships.
Why yes I do... But then again I don't work at just any dealership.

I work for Latus Motors. Team Latus has a long and rich history and has a very good reputation for performance enhancements.





And to get backon track...


This thing is going to do well.
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Old 04-29-2012, 01:40 AM   #2209
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Other than "Metal Mule" mentioned above, are there any other MFGs making hard luggage for the Explorer yet. I just glanced at SW-Motech and Touratech - didn't see anything...

I didn't really see the OEM offerings for luggage on Triumph's website....

I'll repeat again, I test rode the Tenere, the 800 and the XC back then and nothing clicked, along with GS(A)s - just for comparison. Well, after Explorer, something definitely clicked, and it did big time. If Explorer is going to be as reliable as my Strom, it damn worth the money...

Anybody, where is all aftermarket stuff? I want farkles!
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Old 04-29-2012, 05:28 AM   #2210
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Other than "Metal Mule" mentioned above, are there any other MFGs making hard luggage for the Explorer yet. I just glanced at SW-Motech and Touratech - didn't see anything...

I didn't really see the OEM offerings for luggage on Triumph's website....

Got an email from Jesse Luggage on April 16, and he said it would be 3 weeks till his mounting rails would be available.


On the Triumph site, go to BUILD YOUR OWN TRIUMPH and cycle through all the options and you will see their boxes.
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Old 04-29-2012, 05:42 AM   #2211
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Had a test ride on one yesterday - fuck me that's quick! It'll get 2 people and a lot of gear a long way in a short space of time.

However, I won't be buying. To me this sort of bike has to be able to make it up the mountain at the Stella Alpina in Northern Italy (see youtube link)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eITucSZ7bxI&feature=fvst

It would get to Italy faster and in more comfort than anything I've ever owned, but that fly-by-wire throttle would see it launch itself off the side of the mountain when you reach the switchbacks (see 1:40ish on the video)

Great bike, but not for me.
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Old 04-29-2012, 05:58 AM   #2212
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Had a test ride on one yesterday - fuck me that's quick! It'll get 2 people and a lot of gear a long way in a short space of time.

However, I won't be buying. To me this sort of bike has to be able to make it up the mountain at the Stella Alpina in Northern Italy (see youtube link)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eITucSZ7bxI&feature=fvst

It would get to Italy faster and in more comfort than anything I've ever owned, but that fly-by-wire throttle would see it launch itself off the side of the mountain when you reach the switchbacks (see 1:40ish on the video)

Great bike, but not for me.
I'm really not sure what your point is The throttle, like other things on a new bike, just need a little time to adjust to. I have no doubt a Tigger would make it up that hill with little issue.
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Old 04-29-2012, 06:02 AM   #2213
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Other than "Metal Mule" mentioned above, are there any other MFGs making hard luggage for the Explorer yet. I just glanced at SW-Motech and Touratech - didn't see anything...

I didn't really see the OEM offerings for luggage on Triumph's website....


Anybody, where is all aftermarket stuff? I want farkles!
On my GS's I've had Jesse bags, Touratech special systems and ordinary ones, genuine 1150 ADV luggage, 1200 ADV bags, Verns, Ard Cases ( both uk only I think)

I've bought a pair of Givi Trekker 33L bags.... the nice thing is that each one could be used as a top case as well... very comparable in price to the OEM offerings from Triumph... As a top case not to big either

Will be spacious enough for a 2 week euro trip I think

Just waiting on Givi to produce the frames

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Old 04-29-2012, 06:03 AM   #2214
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Yes, that so light throttle and quick response - are there any other modes? I thought I was in SPORT mode when I tested it.

I tried to reach Cruise Control ON/OFF button and pulled the throttle a little - bike reach 100 in no time.

Are the different modes, like LOOSE GRAVEL SWITCH BACK mode?
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Old 04-29-2012, 06:06 AM   #2215
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Sold after a test ride. Looking forward to putting some miles on it.



Hey rhinoWERX. That is one GREAT looking bike. My black lady should be here in about 2 weeks. Like the poster above mentioned there are no good pics of the black Explorers anywhere. Thanks for the excellent photos.
One quick question for you. Are the handguards on the Explorer the same size as the 800 Tiger? The Tiger has some really puny guards...
We'll all be looking forward to an actual owners review and more pics from you. Ride safe & enjoyy the new lady!
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Old 04-29-2012, 06:07 AM   #2216
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I'm really not sure what your point is The throttle, like other things on a new bike, just need a little time to adjust to. I have no doubt a Tigger would make it up that hill with little issue.
I agree, but even on SIXTH gear at crawling speed the engine will NOT hesitate
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Old 04-29-2012, 06:15 AM   #2217
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...I've bought a pair of Givi Trekker 33L bags.... the nice thing is that each one could be used as a top case as well... very comparable in price to the OEM offerings from Triumph... As a top case not to big either

Will be spacious enough for a 2 week euro trip I think

Just waiting on Givi to produce the frames

I like the TREKKERs, good thing side cases could be used as top box as well, - didn't know that. I wish they had BLACK cases too, though...
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Old 04-29-2012, 06:16 AM   #2218
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I'm really not sure what your point is The throttle, like other things on a new bike, just need a little time to adjust to. I have no doubt a Tigger would make it up that hill with little issue.
I really don't think I could get that bike up there with such a sensitive throttle response - once you start getting flung around on the rocks your throttle control gets knocked to shit.

Incidentally, I'm no Triumph hater - I've had a 900 Trident for 15 years and I've just bought a Thunderbird Storm. I was looking for a bike to replace my 1150GS - looks like I need to test an 800XC
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Old 04-29-2012, 06:22 AM   #2219
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I like the TREKKERs, good thing side cases could be used as top box as well, - didn't know that. I wish they had BLACK cases too, though...
I think the silver complements the Graphite Explorer... the other nice thing is that when used as side cases the top of the lid 'flips' to make it a top loader
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Old 04-29-2012, 07:50 AM   #2220
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I think the silver complements the Graphite Explorer... the other nice thing is that when used as side cases the top of the lid 'flips' to make it a top loader
I've always relied on aluminum panniers, I tend to get my bikes on one side or the other, in places normal people don't even think going...

So, how robust are they? Is the siderack removable?
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