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Old 06-28-2012, 02:43 PM   #46
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WOW! Do you see that!!! They both have two wheels side cased and a fairing!!! It's a damn clone I tells ya.
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Old 06-28-2012, 03:37 PM   #47
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truth is that form follows function. The bottom line is that one will have a Triumph badge on it and the other will have a broken final drive.
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Old 06-28-2012, 04:19 PM   #48
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I am thinking they dont look so much alike.



Personally, I think they're both damned good looking touring bikes. I'd rather ride either one of them than a Harley Barge (I've had a bunch of them, too), or Gold Miatawing. I lost my love for Beemers after sorting out numerous ABS brake and final drive issues on a '05 GS that I bought new in '05.

I like the thought of the big triple much more than I like the thought of a water cooled boxer.



The new Trophy might just do it for me. We'll see what happens after a test ride.
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Old 06-29-2012, 10:20 AM   #49
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I shall give it more than a cursory glance provided the valve check/adjustment intervals are equal to a GL1800's , the radio has inputs for portable devices like an iPod and an XM portable, the trunk comes standard and I can darkside it.

Never again do I wish to pay for a stupid motorcycle tyre that lasts only 10,000 or so miles on the rear of a bike. Never. My Wing works great with a run flat car tyre back there and corners well enough for me and for all that is legal in the world of road riding and touring.

Looks like a nice ride. Time will tell if it is up to what I am willing to spend my money on. And if I can ever ride again.
It looks like the Trophy will have onboard music, but valve checks won't be as easily performed or accessed as your Wing's flat 6, 2 valve per cylinder engine.

Why don't "darksiders" also run a car tire on the front? Surely it must last even longer than an MC tire in the same location.
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Old 06-29-2012, 10:48 AM   #50
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[QUOTE=OldRoadToad;19015786]I shall give it more than a cursory glance provided the valve check/adjustment intervals are equal to a GL/QUOTE]

Same engine as the T12, so that's 10,000 miles to a minor service and 20,000 to a major.
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Old 06-29-2012, 11:25 AM   #51
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Why don't "darksiders" also run a car tire on the front? Surely it must last even longer than an MC tire in the same location.
Please, please, please, no darkside debate.
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Old 06-29-2012, 11:37 AM   #52
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Please, please, please, no darkside debate.
I'm actually curious to see the answer to GBs question.
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Old 06-29-2012, 12:41 PM   #53
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Do a google search for 'darkside' and you will find all the 'answers' you want, and a ton of worth while threads turned into darkside debates.
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Old 06-29-2012, 07:16 PM   #54
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I remember an interview with Herbert Von Kunnenheim a few years back saying that the one engine configuration he admired was the triple. I have ridden and owned many bikes and it still is the single best powerplant available for riding pleasure.
After two Mach III's, an XS750, a Trident, and a pair of K75's, I unequivocally agree. Of the few things
possibly missing in any of them, one was a bit more displacemant - had the K been offered as a 900
(for example), the marque would likely have sold a blue million of 'em, imho.

Kudos to Triumph for doing just that; their line of triples are an impressive lot.
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Old 06-29-2012, 07:56 PM   #55
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They are sport touring bikes. They will have similarities.
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Old 06-29-2012, 07:58 PM   #56
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I shall give it more than a cursory glance provided the valve check/adjustment intervals are equal to a GL1800's , the radio has inputs for portable devices like an iPod and an XM portable, the trunk comes standard and I can darkside it.
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Can I get mine without all that junk and maybe less a few pounds and a few thousand dollars to go with it. All I want is horse power, big bags and maybe a decent suspension. I know a seat and lights are too much to ask for.
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Old 06-29-2012, 08:05 PM   #57
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I know a seat and lights are too much to ask for.
I bet it will have really decent lights. Triumph got hammered for the lights on the Tiger 1050 and Sprint ST and in contrast to other manufacturers Triumph listens to that. The last bikes they released (Sprint GT, Tiger 800, Tiger Explorer) all had more than decent headlights.

And in my personal opinion the seat on the Tiger 800 isn't bad (better than the one I had on my R1200GS) and the one on the Exlorer I sat on was pretty damn good in the showroom. Not sure about real world though.
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Old 06-30-2012, 12:43 AM   #58
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Old 06-30-2012, 05:58 AM   #59
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Small snapshots on this thread of the bike in the metal. I'm really starting to dig it.

http://www.tiger-explorer.com/index....ic,2116.0.html
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Old 06-30-2012, 07:57 AM   #60
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When you get down to it, I think you just need to buy a used Kawasaki Concours 1000, upgrade the suspension and you will be set. Just a thought, but I do understand exactly what you mean. Good hunting, sir!

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