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Old 09-08-2012, 07:54 PM   #3271
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Old 09-08-2012, 08:09 PM   #3272
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Old 09-08-2012, 08:28 PM   #3273
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Personally, I liked the GSA much better, but I know that I like the triple engine much more than the boxer. If I would be out to buy a bike in that class, it would rather be the standard GS again (had one before the Tiger 800) or the Tenere.
It all boils down to taste for sure, but the one characteristic of the GS that stands out to me and others is the telelever front end. You either love it, or you hate it. I don't love it.
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Old 09-08-2012, 09:10 PM   #3274
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I understand that - these were purely stand still impressions.



For me it's not just range for reaching the next gas station, it's also about filling up. I hate filling my Tiger 800. Those stupid "protection" thingies in there are such a shit. My GS was a bit fiddly with the California gas nozzle "fore skin", but the Tiger is plain a pain in the rear. Don't know whether the TEX is similar, if it is, this little detail will take points off the bike if I do a comparison. And quite some because it is such a pain - especially if you have to fill up nearly twice as often as for example on a GSA.

There are other things I don't like about the Explorer, I haven't been all too close to one since seeing it at the IMS last year, so today it was a good second impression that made every thought that this might be an interesting bike for me go away. It's just not a bike for me. Not even close. Put a shaft or belt on the 800 Roadie, give it some more useful details like emergency flashers, slightly better suspension, a better seat foam, a narrower exhaust, and it would be the much, much better bike for me. I'm building mine towards being perfect for me, but I would love if I didn't have to.
The little plastic things pulls out very easily and makes fueling as easy as any other bike I have owned.

Take a test ride then decide. If you still feel the same it isn't for you but you cannot judge a bike on the stand. Sure, you can think it looks ugly and if that is an overriding factor for you then don't even bother riding it otherwise I strongly urge you to give it a go.
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Old 09-08-2012, 11:29 PM   #3275
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It all boils down to taste for sure, but the one characteristic of the GS that stands out to me and others is the telelever front end. You either love it, or you hate it. I don't love it.
I actually like it. It leaves me with nearly full travel under breaking and makes the ride very, very stable. Takes a few hundred (or thousand) miles to get used to though.
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Old 09-08-2012, 11:33 PM   #3276
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Take a test ride then decide. If you still feel the same it isn't for you but you cannot judge a bike on the stand.
I know what I can and cannot judge from sitting on a bike. The Explorer doesn't even trigger a desire for a test ride for me. And that's odd as love to test ride pretty much every bike. Right now I'm more interested in the Tenere or the CrossTourer (not available in the US) than in the Explorer. But I'm mostly interested in keeping my Tiger 800 for the time being ...
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Old 09-09-2012, 01:51 AM   #3277
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Anybody here done a longtrip with it? Say longer than 5000 km. I am considering a partner to My Scrambler.I have test ride the Tiger 800 and that is fantastic bike, but I will ride long trips mostly on asphalt and the torque
off the 1215 is impressing when riding with luggage and two person. I will wait for the XC model next spring.
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Old 09-09-2012, 05:21 AM   #3278
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Old 09-09-2012, 07:17 AM   #3279
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Old 09-10-2012, 03:53 PM   #3280
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Well, not to disagree with your general points but the Guzzi does have a different engine configuration that lends itself to allowing a tank to be fitted lower.
you might want to explain this. Seems to me that a big head sticking out on each side of the bike right where the gas tank goes might be more of a negative than a positive.
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Old 09-10-2012, 06:14 PM   #3281
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Id assume he meant that the triple is taller, therefor less room directly under the tank. whereas, with the heads protruding out the sides on the Guzzi, it should allow more room. Having had mine apart, I can tell you its pretty tight up under that tank.


Whats with all the, I wont buy this bike cause of blah blah blah posts? This isnt the bike for you? Thats nice, move along. The 5.3 gal tank isnt big enough for your iron ass thats gonna ride around the word and needs 400 mi range without stopping? Great, we've heard it. We know you want a 400lb bike thats got 150 hp, a 500 mi range, handles like a motard, sucks up the rough stuff like an enduro, handles 1000lbs worth of gear, more comfortable than a goldwing, gets 10K mi to tire changes, has 100K mi service intervals, shoots rainbows out the exhaust, gets you laid at every yuppie place you stop, yada yada yada.

Isnt there a, my vagina is bleeding, section?
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Old 09-10-2012, 06:34 PM   #3282
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Whats with all the, I wont buy this bike cause of blah blah blah posts?
It's called opinion. If you don't care for them - don't read them. But the ones saying they won't buy it because of blah blah are just as valuable as the ones saying they buy one or bought one.

I bet for Triumph the ones saying WHY they wouldn't or didn't buy one are likely to be much more interesting than the others.
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Old 09-10-2012, 06:48 PM   #3283
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Old 09-10-2012, 07:23 PM   #3284
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you might want to explain this. Seems to me that a big head sticking out on each side of the bike right where the gas tank goes might be more of a negative than a positive.
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Id assume he meant that the triple is taller, therefor less room directly under the tank. whereas, with the heads protruding out the sides on the Guzzi, it should allow more room. Having had mine apart, I can tell you its pretty tight up under that tank.


Whats with all the, I wont buy this bike cause of blah blah blah posts? This isnt the bike for you? Thats nice, move along. The 5.3 gal tank isnt big enough for your iron ass thats gonna ride around the word and needs 400 mi range without stopping? Great, we've heard it. We know you want a 400lb bike thats got 150 hp, a 500 mi range, handles like a motard, sucks up the rough stuff like an enduro, handles 1000lbs worth of gear, more comfortable than a goldwing, gets 10K mi to tire changes, has 100K mi service intervals, shoots rainbows out the exhaust, gets you laid at every yuppie place you stop, yada yada yada.

Isnt there a, my vagina is bleeding, section?
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Old 09-11-2012, 01:26 AM   #3285
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Id assume he meant that the triple is taller, therefor less room directly under the tank. whereas, with the heads protruding out the sides on the Guzzi, it should allow more room. Having had mine apart, I can tell you its pretty tight up under that tank.


Whats with all the, I wont buy this bike cause of blah blah blah posts? This isnt the bike for you? Thats nice, move along. The 5.3 gal tank isnt big enough for your iron ass thats gonna ride around the word and needs 400 mi range without stopping? Great, we've heard it. We know you want a 400lb bike thats got 150 hp, a 500 mi range, handles like a motard, sucks up the rough stuff like an enduro, handles 1000lbs worth of gear, more comfortable than a goldwing, gets 10K mi to tire changes, has 100K mi service intervals, shoots rainbows out the exhaust, gets you laid at every yuppie place you stop, yada yada yada.

Isnt there a, my vagina is bleeding, section?

Daannnnng!

I liked the bike and I would like to buy one but fuel range is a biggie for me. No, I'm not looking for a 400lb, 150hp motard that has a 400 mile range but it woulda been nice had Triumph listened to some of the gripes in this very thread and fixed the shitty 200 mile range with a slightly larger tank. I don't absolutely need 400 miles but dammit, an easy 250-300 miles woulda been nice and they had the perfect opportunity to address that issue but they didn't. Maybe you are just fine with a fuel range you would get from a sportbike and if so,,,,, cool beans sport. I simply thought Triumph had a golden opportunity to fix one of the things that I {and many others} didn't like about the bike. They didn't and I voiced my opinion. I'm not bashing the damned thing, I'm not saying it sucks,,,,, I simply voiced an opinion but apparently unless you come here and praise glory to Triumph like some 20yr old dumbass fanboy, you're input/opinon isn't welcome. Least from those dumbass fanboys.


Ya know, I think there should be a "sandy vagina" section in addition to that bleedy one of your's as you could use a good dose of Massingale's yourself sport. Remember now,,,,, you stirred stirred the stick ole boy.
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