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Old 08-16-2012, 09:58 PM   #3136
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I agree with you on many of the things you post and the points you make, this isn't one of them.
Hmm. I think we actually don't disagree. You brought up one of the few points that can make sense (for some): more weight can give a more solid ride in some conditions. True. Though I have not found the Tiger 800 to be nervous at all. Btw: I have the Roadie, not the XC. I didn't want the XC as I don't take a bike that size really off-road - dirt road, sure, but any bike can pretty much do this. I like the Tiger 800 as a middle weight tourer that has 90% (or more) of the comfort of the big adventure with having just 75% or less of the weight.

As said: I have done equally long days on both a R1200GS and a Tiger 800 and felt pretty much the same afterwards. Can't say there's a comfort or fatigue difference between the two. And I don't think the Explorer is that much more comfortable than a R1200GS so that it would make a difference for me.
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Old 08-16-2012, 10:10 PM   #3137
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There's one difference besides the engine and that's shaft drive. I like shaft drive.
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Old 08-16-2012, 10:20 PM   #3138
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There's one difference besides the engine and that's shaft drive. I like shaft drive.
Absolutely. I'd love to have a shaft drive on the Tiger. But it's what it is. I have now a simple chain oiler, will see how that goes. Most of my bikes had chains and I hate them, but never had problems with them.
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Old 08-17-2012, 06:50 AM   #3139
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No, you're pretty well wrong. The most stupid phrase in motorcycling is "Loud pipes save lives."

There isn't a replacement for larger engine, that's why they're around. You are 100% correct in that it depends on the situation, though. I was thinking "street" and not "dirt". If I were in the dirt more, I'd certainly want a smaller motor/smaller bike.

On the street, though...you can keep your 600 or 800....I'll take mine in 1000 or greater, please. Rode 450's and 600 sport bikes and they certainly hustle at well over the legal limit, but really, who wants to wring out the throttle like a dishrag just to get moving or pass around somebody...

Just my opinion....

I'm going to take a guess that those were inline 4's ? Simply no comparison to a triple - I can cruise solo at, ahem, 80-90 and I don't even have to knock it down a cog to pass vehicles on the highway. Even 2-up I was able to cruise just fine...
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Old 08-17-2012, 01:02 PM   #3140
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Explorer stinks off road.

The latest mag test with BMW, Yamaha, Moto Guzzi etc puts the new Triumph Explorer at the bottom in the 'off-raod' category. It did well around town(!). Actually they called it a poser. What are the people in Hinckley thinking? Cool if you want to 'Explore' within 3 miles of the house.
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Old 08-17-2012, 01:14 PM   #3141
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The latest mag test with BMW, Yamaha, Moto Guzzi etc puts the new Triumph Explorer at the bottom in the 'off-raod' category. It did well around town(!). Actually they called it a poser. What are the people in Hinckley thinking? Cool if you want to 'Explore' within 3 miles of the house.
I'm going to live off my TEX 1200 for a year. Part of that will be taking some off-road training out west prior to tackling some of the backcountry trails in the PNW.
I'll be sure to chime in on any issues I find.
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Old 08-17-2012, 02:02 PM   #3142
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The latest mag test with BMW, Yamaha, Moto Guzzi etc puts the new Triumph Explorer at the bottom in the 'off-raod' category. It did well around town(!). Actually they called it a poser. What are the people in Hinckley thinking? Cool if you want to 'Explore' within 3 miles of the house.
Which magazine ?
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Old 08-17-2012, 03:21 PM   #3143
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Which magazine ?

I believe it was Cycle World.
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Old 08-17-2012, 07:05 PM   #3144
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TEX rides off road just like the other heavy adv bikes - hard to pick up..


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Old 08-17-2012, 07:21 PM   #3145
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The latest mag test with BMW, Yamaha, Moto Guzzi etc puts the new Triumph Explorer at the bottom in the 'off-raod' category. It did well around town(!). Actually they called it a poser. What are the people in Hinckley thinking? Cool if you want to 'Explore' within 3 miles of the house.
I guess it depends how you define "off-road". I think that the Explorer target group spends more than 90% on asphalt and for that group Triumph built a great motorcycle. You could name a Gold Wing Explorer, so I do agree, to me it's a "street-bike".
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Old 08-17-2012, 08:03 PM   #3146
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Explorer is the greatest motorcycle invention to date...


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Old 08-17-2012, 08:04 PM   #3147
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Old 08-18-2012, 01:17 AM   #3148
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Had quite a few GS's from a PD up to a 1200 SE with all the bells and whistles.... now got an Explorer... do I need the big capacity? Yes I think I do for what I do with a bike....

If I was always riding alone on the bike an 800 GS or a Tiger 800 would be fine, but loading up with enough luggage for two , and my other half , and spend 10 days in France on an 800 would not be as comfortable as on a 1200....just the extra 'legs' and size ... along with a shaft drive makes the difference...

We're off on that trip next Friday
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Old 08-18-2012, 06:09 AM   #3149
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How's the T12 holding up Bryn? There seems to be much pissing and bitching on the other forum?
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Old 08-18-2012, 08:31 AM   #3150
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There seems to be a small percentage of pissing and bitching on the other forum?
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