The 1200 Tiger Explorer Mega Thread

Discussion in 'British Beasts: Triumph Tigers' started by dutchie, Sep 17, 2010.

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Explorer or Explorer/XC

  1. Explorer

  2. Explorer/xc

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  1. Nail24

    Nail24 Lighten up this is Fun

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    OK, I'm lazy as hell. Will someone post a report on the Chinese suspension that comes oem on this beast. Is Ohlins going to have an aftermarket upgrade on it?
  2. Paulvt1

    Paulvt1 Long timer

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    Last i heard it's Showa sourced out of Spain and Sachs of Germany.
  3. Nail24

    Nail24 Lighten up this is Fun

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    No, they are Kayaba 46mm upside down forks, 190mm travel on the front and Kayaba monoshock with remote oil reservoir, hydraulically adjustable preload, rebound damping adjustment, 194mm rear wheel travel on the rear. I know what to expect from Showa and Sachs. Kayaba is a different story.
  4. Paulvt1

    Paulvt1 Long timer

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    Well - you learn something new every day..
  5. Beemerlover

    Beemerlover Been here awhile

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    Kayaba = made in Indonesia.
  6. KildareMan

    KildareMan Been here awhile

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    Triumph = could be made in Thailand. Your point is ?

    Sent from my Tiger 800
  7. Nail24

    Nail24 Lighten up this is Fun

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    My point is, I've not seen any reports on their (Kabaya) reliability, adjustibility and longevity and want to hear from someone who knows something about it. On this side of the pond, we call it due diligence.
  8. KildareMan

    KildareMan Been here awhile

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    Well since the explorer is only a new model two of your three concerns are to us the buying public unknown. We can only go on the perceived reputation of Kayaba, which are used by a lot of major manufacturers somewhere in their range. As for adjustability surely looking at one / Triumph website will tell you that. Problems concerning reliability can be readily addressed in the Warranty period.
    Sometimes I think we go ott on the minutia of a bike - the parts and the sum of the parts. Don't remember the last time I was concerned about the suspension / lights / instrument layout of a car I was considering buying.
  9. Nail24

    Nail24 Lighten up this is Fun

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    I gotta laugh a little. My first Triumph was a '73 Tiger. It shook so much the front fender supports broke in the first 100 miles. And I'm not going to get started on the Lucas electrical system. I'm OCD about the bikes i buy so I'll wait for some more replies. I've got a great bike already so there is no big hurry.
  10. moggi1964

    moggi1964 Tiger Keeper

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    I would give it a year as it'll take a while before reports start to come in as mileage builds. Maybe the 2015 model Explorer is your best bet because by then we will have had a year of data on the reliability of the new BMW1200 and you'll be able to compare as well as test ride. With your current stable the wait shouldn't be too painful :D
  11. NoobIAm

    NoobIAm Far, far from the Garden.

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  12. bluesman

    bluesman Long timer

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    You kidding, right? Kayaba is one of most known names in dirtbikes suspension and one of (if not) largest suspension components manufacturers in the world with plants all over the globe including Indonesia. Like say WR and YZ, TTRs, R1s Yamahas? DRZs Suzuki? GSXRs? Kawasaki KX? Factory kits for pro racers on dirt and SB? CRF450?
  13. Voluhzia

    Voluhzia iExplorer

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  14. kindofblue

    kindofblue Ride it like you stole it

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    That's what the maintenance schedule shows :D
  15. bluesman

    bluesman Long timer

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  16. Voluhzia

    Voluhzia iExplorer

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  17. Nail24

    Nail24 Lighten up this is Fun

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    Well that explains it. I've never owned a Pacific Rim bike.
  18. ZZ4Blazer

    ZZ4Blazer Been here awhile

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    I believe the front forks on the Tenere too.

    What weight oil are you guys using? The owners manual says 40 or 50 weight? 10w-40 seems most common around here as far as availability.
  19. Nail24

    Nail24 Lighten up this is Fun

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    What is the adjustability on thes KYB's?
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    Tiger of Sweden n00b

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