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Old 05-06-2013, 06:57 PM   #3931
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Fair amount of forest service road riding on my 10 month old Tex. very little off-road before that, and I bought the Tex with whole idea to do multi-day road trips interspersed with forest service roads. Very happy with the Tex. Not trying severe single track rocky stuff yet, but turn off ABS/TC, deflate OEM tires to 22lbs, adjust handlebars up, and off you go. Putting on K60s this week.

Some have complained about multi-button process to turn off ABS and TC and fact that bike resets all to "on" by default when key turned off. I found that if you stop engine with kill switch (and don't touch key) ABS will stay turned "off". If you stop engine by lowering kickstand while in gear, both ABS and TC stay "off" ... Significant decrease in button hassle at those trail stops for rest and pics.

I've dropped it a few times, discovering the auto-shut-off feature. Depending on the landing position, one person with right technique can get the bike up, but fully loaded it is a bear. Always best to have someone else help.

Twitchy throttle? Got used to throttle in first 200 road miles. At 10k checkup got remap that settles throttle down even more. No throttle sensitivity concerns at all for me.

I don't think of the Tex as a dirt bike. More like a touring bike that's quite comfortable and capable for dirt-based touring.
Is there enough room for TKCs under the front fender? Would like to see a picture if you get one taken... I'll have to ride one again, to see if this might be on the short list...I'm liking the XC, with spoked wheels.
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Old 05-06-2013, 07:11 PM   #3932
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Is there enough room for TKCs under the front fender? Would like to see a picture if you get one taken... I'll have to ride one again, to see if this might be on the short list...I'm liking the XC, with spoked wheels.

Touratech has come out with a front fender riser. It raises it about 1/2" & is well worth the money if you're going with any tire more aggressive than OE...

http://www.touratech-usa.com/Store/P...-Explorer-1200
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Old 05-06-2013, 07:14 PM   #3933
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Touratech has come out with a front fender riser. It raises it about 1/2" & is well worth the money if you're going with any tire more aggressive than OE...

http://www.touratech-usa.com/Store/P...-Explorer-1200
Here's what it looks like Also added a touch of color to my mags...

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Old 05-07-2013, 04:01 PM   #3934
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After owning my XC for a week, and after logging 1500+ miles in that time, my only real complaint - one I intend to take up with my dealer - is what appears to be corrosion building on the spokes; all the spokes.

Unreal.. for this kind of money you'd think they'd put SS spokes on the fookin' bike.

I doubt Triumph will acknowledge the issue, or do anything about it, similar to their ignoring the issue with broken spokes on the left/rear wheel on Hinckley Bonnies.

But.. in the event a spoke goes and I end up assuming room temperature as a result of it, I want those left behind to have some concrete info to back up a claim against Triumph. This is simply ridiculous.

Other than that the bike is spectacular.
I own a Yamaha Super Tenere, my spokes are POS. My Tenere is a 2013 and had about the same mileage as yours when I first noticed them corroding along with a lot of hardware on the bike. It looks to me the front wheel is the same exact wheel but the rear is different on your bike. Yamaha is replacing some under warranty but it is a big fight. Then there is the problem of getting them replaced correctly and the wheels remain true it is not a happy experience and if I could have gotten a ST with cast wheels I sure would have. Spoke are going to be a headache with both our bikes.
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Old 05-08-2013, 11:29 AM   #3935
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I'm familiar with two types of tubeless wire-spoked wheels. Trials bikes mostly use the kind with a flange on the rim, and the spokes connect to the flange (no rim penetration). I understand others have individual o-rings where each spoke fits directly into the rim. What kind does the XC use?
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Old 05-09-2013, 08:50 AM   #3936
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New Tex owner here. I got the faster graphite colored one. What have you all been getting for miles out of the stock tires before needing replacement? Hoping to get 10k miles this year without rubber expense.
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Old 05-09-2013, 08:58 AM   #3937
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Changed out both within the last week with just over 11K miles on the clock. Front was down under 1/32" and rear was just over 2/32"

Situation forced replacement with Bridgestone BattleWings, which seem to have good reviews, but probably wouldn't have been my first choice. Have to wait and see how they work out.

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New Tex owner here. I got the faster graphite colored one. What have you all been getting for miles out of the stock tires before needing replacement? Hoping to get 10k miles this year without rubber expense.
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Old 05-09-2013, 11:58 AM   #3938
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I'm familiar with two types of tubeless wire-spoked wheels. Trials bikes mostly use the kind with a flange on the rim, and the spokes connect to the flange (no rim penetration). I understand others have individual o-rings where each spoke fits directly into the rim. What kind does the XC use?
Spokes are connected to these flanges that are positioned down the middle of the rim and no penetration into the rim on the Tex & Tenere. The BMW's place their spokes on the outside lip of the tubeless rim.
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Old 05-09-2013, 01:58 PM   #3939
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Howdy, could anyone comment on the Explorer's ergonomics for a rider like myself who is 5'8" and 160 lbs?
I found that I could easily put my feet mostly to the ground, however when riding, I felt like the reach to the bars was a bit far for me. I kept sliding forward on the seat and "humping the tank" a bit. The back 1/3 of the seat was not occupied by my butt.
The Guzzi Stelvio is on my list as well, and it felt as though its cockpit was more compact. I can sit upright with a relaxed reach to the bars while a bit farther back on the seat. What I am looking for is a very relaxed upright riding position that feels natural to me.
I loved everything about the Explorer, but came away feeling that it is built more around the physique of riders who are 6 ft or more. Also, the suspension seemed a bit stiff for a solo rider of 160 lbs, I understand the bike does have a high load capacity which may account for that.
Thank you for anything you can offer that may validate my impression.
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Old 05-09-2013, 02:13 PM   #3940
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Many use ROX risers that can swing toward as well. I put 20mm raiser from SW-Motech as I like riding standing...

For the seat, try high front and low rear for the seat height adjuster... It'll keep you back... I had had that set up for about 3000 miles well now, with more than 23000 it back to high-high and I'm comfortable...


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Old 05-09-2013, 02:16 PM   #3941
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For suspension, there is spring preload and rebound dumping adjustments... I commute daily and adjusted "for comfort"




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Old 05-09-2013, 05:31 PM   #3942
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Thank you for the tips on suspension adjustment and the potential for re-positioning the bars too!

From an MC News report:
http://www.mcnews.com.au/Testing/Tri...00/Review1.htm

"...it sets a new benchmark in motorcycle final drives...virtually no discernible drive-line lash...you would swear you had a perfectly adjusted new chain rather than a shaft."
I agree the drive train never exhibited any traits that brought any attention to it! Sort of like the belt drive on my Buell TT.

"...Explorer is no light weight but the heft is never felt on the move..."
I was shocked at how nimble the bike felt, perhaps the wide bars and sporty stance of the bike helped it steer so lightly.

"...load capacity, are no doubt the reason why Triumph have fitted the Explorer with such taut suspension....the 46mm Kayaba forks and the single shock in particular do transfer small bumps through to the rider..."
Yes I noticed this, I rode over railroad crossings and small potholes to test for a compliant suspension, and it was a firm ride.

"...It is probably a price worth paying when loaded to the gunnels with panniers and partner....this is where the suspension package will come into its own and when fully laden, perhaps make it shine a little above the competition thus loaded..."
This is good to know since I am looking for a big ADV bike that will handle a passenger and luggage with ease.
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Old 05-11-2013, 09:11 PM   #3943
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Well, I've done it now..

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Old 05-12-2013, 08:30 AM   #3944
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Congrats MrMac! She's a great looking ride. Here's to a long relationship for the 2 of you...
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Old 05-12-2013, 08:35 AM   #3945
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