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Old 04-03-2013, 12:28 PM   #3811
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Well just got brackets for the Trax cases and this is my first ride with them on. So here's a picture. Will be heading to Hell's Kitchen on Hwy 74 on Sat. Will be mounting Pelican 1550 on the rack I made and a small backrest for the wife to lean on. Need to get it all adjusted for our trip to Jasper Nat. park this summer.
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Old 04-03-2013, 04:56 PM   #3812
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Well just got brackets for the Trax cases and this is my first ride with them on. So here's a picture. Will be heading to Hell's Kitchen on Hwy 74 on Sat. Will be mounting Pelican 1550 on the rack I made and a small backrest for the wife to lean on. Need to get it all adjusted for our trip to Jasper Nat. park this summer.
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Old 04-03-2013, 05:05 PM   #3813
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I agree that the stock windshield has to go. I'm counting the days before I have enough coin for a Madstad purchase. I'm 5'10" with a long torso and 32" inseam. I keep the seat in the low position and have very good reach to the ground. I traded a 2008 BMW F800ST for the TEx because a recent injury left the sport-touring riding posture too uncomfortable for long-ride enjoyment. TEx fixes that for me, and the standing posture is good for easy-paced gravel road riding. I love the twisty road handling of the TEx -- wide handlebars give so much leverage. Slow speed riding not a problem, but I'm also a trials rider -- YMMV. I did not consider a BMW GS because I was frustrated with the German switch gear (now upgraded, I understand) and the exorbitant cost of BMW parts, accessories, and service.

I have the touring shield. The buffeting above 70 MPH was bad. Search over the tiger-explorer forum and someone came up with the $2 solution to the $200 problem. Sunday I put one inch spacers in the bottom two attachemnt points. You'll need to get longer screws to do it. Seems that the gap between the bottom of the shield and the fairing allows enough airflow to break the low pressure bubble behind the screen that causes the buffeting. The ride to work this morning felt a bit better. However, traffic called for a slower than usual speed. Will know if it really makes when I ride home tonight. Taking the long route to get to highway speed and verify.
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Old 04-03-2013, 09:21 PM   #3814
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Buffeting

I had the same issue at high speeds. Added the spacers and it helped a little. A couple of weeks ago I added a Laminar Lip. Best possible solution for me. Solved the high speed buffeting and I can take it off and toss it in the trunk when I am off-road or at lower speeds. Loving it.
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Old 04-03-2013, 10:22 PM   #3815
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Has anyone played around with the traction control? When do you use the different modes? So far I've been leaving it on the default mode and haven't had any issues. The only dirt I've taken it on is hard pack gravel roads.
Iv'e messed with mine a little. On hard packed dirt roads I would leave it on all the way unless you want/ are ready for a little wheelspin like mentioned.

On the "level 2" it will let the wheel spin just a little but will still interfere. I thought I would want it turned off completely when off the pavement after riding dirtbikes for 20+ years but I think it works nice in the Level 2 while still allowing a little bit of slip.

I think the only time you will need this is on something you would call a Trail not a dirt road, and probably only at lower speeds. I ventured onto some power line trails and it seems to climb a steep hill really well in the level 2 setting, especially since i still have the oem tires...

this is about as far "off road" as I have had mine so far...
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Old 04-04-2013, 11:07 AM   #3816
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I have the touring shield. The buffeting above 70 MPH was bad. Search over the tiger-explorer forum and someone came up with the $2 solution to the $200 problem. Sunday I put one inch spacers in the bottom two attachemnt points. You'll need to get longer screws to do it. Seems that the gap between the bottom of the shield and the fairing allows enough airflow to break the low pressure bubble behind the screen that causes the buffeting. The ride to work this morning felt a bit better. However, traffic called for a slower than usual speed. Will know if it really makes when I ride home tonight. Taking the long route to get to highway speed and verify.
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I had the same issue at high speeds. Added the spacers and it helped a little. A couple of weeks ago I added a Laminar Lip. Best possible solution for me. Solved the high speed buffeting and I can take it off and toss it in the trunk when I am off-road or at lower speeds. Loving it.
I have already added spacers with no noticeable effect on the buffeting I'm experiencing. IMHO, (lacking a wind tunnel to verify) the problem is the shape of the standard windscreen as it narrows at the top. Does the touring screen have the same shape? As I ride I can feel the turbulence as a horizontal force on either side of my helmet (the Arai sideplates probably don't help either). I imagine that if the shield was the same or nearly the same width at the top as the bottom the closing of the airstream would happen either further out or further back, leaving my helmeted head in relatively still air. Pictures I've seen of the Madstad show it is indeed wider at the top, and I intend to go taller than stock as well.
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Old 04-04-2013, 12:39 PM   #3817
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I read disconcerting thread on another forum about the Explorer's fuel filter. The fuel filter is non-replaceable and built into the fuel pump. So when the filter gets clogged the whole pump has to be replaced. That sounds like a major flaw for an adventure bike. Aren't the fuel filters on most bikes easily replaceable?
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Old 04-04-2013, 03:18 PM   #3818
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Stroms have built-into-the-pump filters...


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Old 04-04-2013, 04:08 PM   #3819
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So do BMW F800s which is a lot more adventure than the Explorer. The BMW guys are trying to hack an older air head filter onto their pumps as well as looking at automotive replacements. I'd agree, not a great system.

I was pissed when the fuel pump went on my Honda CBF. $730 to replace it because it had all the fuel gauge electronics and float attached. Another crappy system.
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Old 04-05-2013, 05:29 AM   #3820
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one solution...........

CJDesigns offers for the KTM Adventure bikes a back flush for the filter, when shutting down the pump runs in reverse to clear the filter and let the debris settle to the bottom of the tank.

And for price shock the KTM fuel pump filter costs $150. For riders in less than first world conditions the suggested interval to replace is every 10K miles. It's no mystery now why they ride standing up!
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Old 04-05-2013, 07:50 AM   #3821
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CJDesigns offers for the KTM Adventure bikes a back flush for the filter, when shutting down the pump runs in reverse to clear the filter and let the debris settle to the bottom of the tank.

And for price shock the KTM fuel pump filter costs $150. For riders in less than first world conditions the suggested interval to replace is every 10K miles. It's no mystery now why they ride standing up!
That seems like a really bad idea, lets take all the crap that the filter just trapped and blow it all back into a clean gas tank. Screwy idea.
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Old 04-06-2013, 05:21 AM   #3822
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But it is not a clean gas tank, it has debris which is clogging the filter. Why not clear the filter and let the crude settle to the bottom of the tank? This happens in all gas tanks regardless of what kind of filter is in use, sand, rust, paint, etc., all sink and settle. And this modification is intended for riders in third world conditions where gas is often purchased from soda bottles that were filled from old oil drums. It is a solution that works. The tank can be flushed out at the end of the year or end of the ride. In my early years with dirt bikes I would clean the petcock screens when they clogged and reinstalled. I didn't bother to flush the tank because it did not make any practical difference, the screen worked and I might clear it again the next season.
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Old 04-06-2013, 06:49 AM   #3823
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That seems like a really bad idea, lets take all the crap that the filter just trapped and blow it all back into a clean gas tank. Screwy idea.
In the middle of nowhere it might be all you can do to get going. Every gas tank has crap in it.
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Old 04-07-2013, 04:15 PM   #3824
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Question Prefilter

Changing gears for a bit here, but is anyone aware of a prefilter for the TEX air filter yet? I'm getting ready to check mine out & it would be nice to install a prefilter if one's available.
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Old 04-07-2013, 05:07 PM   #3825
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Changing gears for a bit here, but is anyone aware of a prefilter for the TEX air filter yet? I'm getting ready to check mine out & it would be nice to install a prefilter if one's available.
Have a look at the parts diagrams for the Tiger 800 and TEX and see what the air box and snorkel look like. Maybe the UNI prefilter from Aus for the Tiger 800 will fit.
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