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Old 08-18-2012, 03:17 PM   #3151
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So I went in and sat on a GS today, cause I don't have a Triumph dealer within 1.5 hours and I was getting some work on my truck done and it's next to a BMW dealer.

How close would you all say the TEX feels (ergos) compared to the GS?

I was surprised, the GS looked HUGE, especially up top (remember I'm a "crotch rocket" rider), and I thought I'd never hit the ground with my feet; but, it didn't feel too bad (top heavy) and it's about the same footing as my D675 (it did have the "low" seat).

Just looking at the GS, I told the wife I thought I was going to have to rule out the TEX, cause it just looked unwieldy for me. But, it turned out to not be bad, hence the reason I'm asking if the TEX feels about the same as the GS (ergo wise)?
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Old 08-18-2012, 03:35 PM   #3152
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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
Totally agree. 1-up the 800 does everything I want it to do on pretty much any roads I ride on. I would not want to do a lot of 2-up on it though (but then..I like beer...a lot...so I'm a YFB )
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Old 08-19-2012, 01:12 AM   #3153
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Totally agree. 1-up the 800 does everything I want it to do on pretty much any roads I ride on. I would not want to do a lot of 2-up on it though (but then..I like beer...a lot...so I'm a YFB )
Tried getting her a bike of her own.... she prefers sitting on the back... so it's got to be a 1200 (ish)




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So I went in and sat on a GS today, cause I don't have a Triumph dealer within 1.5 hours and I was getting some work on my truck done and it's next to a BMW dealer.

How close would you all say the TEX feels (ergos) compared to the GS?

I was surprised, the GS looked HUGE, especially up top (remember I'm a "crotch rocket" rider), and I thought I'd never hit the ground with my feet; but, it didn't feel too bad (top heavy) and it's about the same footing as my D675 (it did have the "low" seat).

Just looking at the GS, I told the wife I thought I was going to have to rule out the TEX, cause it just looked unwieldy for me. But, it turned out to not be bad, hence the reason I'm asking if the TEX feels about the same as the GS (ergo wise)?

This was posted on here a while back... quite interesting! Will answer most of your questions.... One other thing I've noticed, the Explorer is not as tall as the GS in the seating department.... I'm a 30" inseam and can happily have the seat on high

http://cycle-ergo.com/
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Old 08-19-2012, 03:56 AM   #3154
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Tried getting her a bike of her own.... she prefers sitting on the back... so it's got to be a 1200 (ish)







This was posted on here a while back... quite interesting! Will answer most of your questions.... One other thing I've noticed, the Explorer is not as tall as the GS in the seating department.... I'm a 30" inseam and can happily have the seat on high

http://cycle-ergo.com/
I have the same exact same midget-quality inseam of 30" and also found it was no problem to handle the Explorer.
When I tried the GS it felt too unwieldy to me. I think it was my mind playing tricks on me with the opposing horizontal cylinders sticking out. Plus the BMW sales guy was kind of being a douchebag about my wanting the 1200 GS at the time - which is sad considering I bought my F650 GS from him.
So tomorrow the local Triumph sales guy will get cash for my new Explorer 1200.
Ugh...fly out of Kuwait tonight, land tomorrow around lunch, go to the bank then go to the dealer. Better sleep on the plane...it's business class so it should be easy.
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Old 08-19-2012, 12:43 PM   #3155
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Ugh...fly out of Kuwait tonight, land tomorrow around lunch, go to the bank then go to the dealer. Better sleep on the plane...it's business class so it should be easy.
Bet you don't sleep with all the excitement
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Old 08-19-2012, 08:33 PM   #3156
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Sad Update. Electronic Ignition Lock Failure

After only 227 miles of riding my TEX immobilized itself due to an electronic failure.

After two weeks my dealer finally figured out what was wrong, two more weeks to get parts (key receiver) and new lock set, two and a half days in install.

Total down time 4 1/2 week prime riding time.

And no, I didn't have both keys on the same ring.

If this happens to you, skip the two weeks to figure out was wrong and just suggest this issue as a potential culprit.
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Old 08-19-2012, 08:39 PM   #3157
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After only 227 miles of riding my TEX immobilized itself due to an electronic failure.

After two weeks my dealer finally figured out what was wrong, two more weeks to get parts (key receiver) and new lock set, two and a half days in install.

Total down time 4 1/2 week prime riding time.

And no, I didn't have both keys on the same ring.

If this happens to you, skip the two weeks to figure out was wrong and just suggest this issue as a potential culprit.
I have to say between this thread and the 800 thread I'm getting a little gun shy of Triumph and their immobilizer problems. I really like the Explorer but it seems like there are quite a few of these problems. I have narrowed my choices down between the Explorer and the Moto-Guzzi Stelvio.
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Old 08-19-2012, 09:55 PM   #3158
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Yeah I've already concluded that I won't be getting a TEX or T800XC anytime soon. Not until we know they've figured out this problem. Makes me really glad I got turned down for financing on one last week.

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Old 08-19-2012, 11:19 PM   #3159
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Any word on an Explorer XC yet?
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Old 08-20-2012, 06:57 AM   #3160
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Yeah I've already concluded that I won't be getting a TEX or T800XC anytime soon. Not until we know they've figured out this problem. Makes me really glad I got turned down for financing on one last week.
Probably for the best. IMHO, financing a toy isn't a great financial decision. YMMV.
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Old 08-20-2012, 06:03 PM   #3161
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Probably for the best. IMHO, financing a toy isn't a great financial decision. YMMV.
I can agree to a certain extent. Ive always paid cash for everything but my house. But this isnt a $5K dirt bike, 4 wheeler, wheels for your truck, new bigger tv, etc.

Most people do not have $17000 laying around to be able to pay cash for it. (but apparently everyone is loaded on this forum as well. Taking trips around the world, trips that are weeks and weeks at a time off work, quitting their jobs to just travel around the us/the world, etc). Ive been busting my ass to be able to save up a decent enough down payment so that my monthly payments will still be relatively low.

Sure,I could keep saving and scrimping. And Im definitely not frivolous with my money. But I might get hit by a truck on the way down for groceries. Im financially stable enough to afford a payment. So Im gonna try and live my life without may regrets.
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Old 08-20-2012, 06:32 PM   #3162
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Probably for the best. IMHO, financing a toy isn't a great financial decision. YMMV.
So everyone's motorcycle is a toy? I am sure I am not the only one around whose primary mode of transportation is their motorcycle.
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Old 08-20-2012, 06:51 PM   #3163
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And so it begins..

After 15+ hours of flying from halfway around the planet, I finally picked mine up today.
It's in the garage with the seat off as I start putting things on. Right now I'm going to bed due to jet lag.
Tomorrow I work on it all day and then Wednesday start riding for the Outer Banks.
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Old 08-20-2012, 06:55 PM   #3164
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Keep us posted. I am going tomorrow to ride the Explorer and Moto-Guzzi Stelvio back to back.
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Old 08-20-2012, 08:37 PM   #3165
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She's a beauty Iball! Here's to a productive day tomorrow.

Don't forget to update us on your adventure & don't forget about pics!
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