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. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    Naw, that's why they ride with Teneres and Stroms. Someone has to pull them out.:augie

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  2. Big Jon

    Big Jon Been here awhile

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    Hey Ken, just noticed the caption under your avatar. " Captain Crash" Love it... Should say "Captain Crash; Deer Slayer" :lol3 It's good to see your spirits are up enough to joke about.
  3. Fasttrak

    Fasttrak Captain Crash

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    LOL, sad but true. I earned that nickname back in my younger years of 80cc and 125cc dirt bikes. I was never very fearful and was always willing to find out the limit of my bike and myself. This of course led to some spectacular crashes that earned me that nickname from my friends.

    The most frustrating thing is owning a two week old, in my eyes from the amount of time I had to ride it, Explorer that I can not ride teasing me. Surgery next Wednesday, praying this new orthopedic surgeon gets the job done and I can get back to walking and riding.


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  4. RetrogradE

    RetrogradE Banned

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    Can someone point my browser to a Tenere v EXPLORE thread? I tried doing a search but came up with jack crap.

    Camparo here on the site, something in the mags, etc??

    Thanks.
  5. offtheback

    offtheback Chocolate Starfish

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  6. Voluhzia

    Voluhzia iExplorer

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    Tenere is Japanese bike, Explorer is Britain bike... What else do you need to know? Tenere has 2 cylinders, Triumph has 3 cylinders... Oh... You need 2 people to lift Tenere, 3 for Explorer :)


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  7. RetrogradE

    RetrogradE Banned

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  8. Fasttrak

    Fasttrak Captain Crash

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    Another good site for Explorer specific information can be had at-


    http://www.tiger-explorer.com/

    It is a bit more active than the forum here for the big Tiger.


    Fasttrak
    Ken
  9. rhinoWERX

    rhinoWERX Crikey mate!

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    Looks pretty trick...

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  10. Voluhzia

    Voluhzia iExplorer

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  11. gkaan

    gkaan Bikes on the Brain

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    must be the sarcasm font right? bike looks friggin awesome! however all that off road and crash protection but no hand guards????
  12. Voluhzia

    Voluhzia iExplorer

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    I like TT and sent them bunch of money in the past, but... Hanging every item in inventory on the bike makes it look like Christmas Tree with no style...


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  13. Fasttrak

    Fasttrak Captain Crash

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    LOL, we think alike as that is the first that crossed my mind too. The other, I really can not stand the look of a topbox on a motorcycle. I definitely get the need to have one to lock your helmet into, especially in light of my newest helmet costing an arm and a leg. I could live with most of that stuff minus the topbox and the mirror extenders. One thing I loved on my explorer is the view afforded by the stock mirrors, I thought they rocked. I still need to address the hand guards and I am thinking of going with the Barkbuster brand as they seem well made and fit the bike nicely.


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  14. RetrogradE

    RetrogradE Banned

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    I just got back from my local BMW / Triumph dealer where I rode the Tiger Explorer and the GS back to back and here's my concise review without mincing words:

    The Tiger Explorer a sheep in wolf's clothes. It's a well-sorted bike with tons of standard options and it looks great; however, the low torque, driving mannerisms, and "refinement" make this a fantastic city/touring bike, not an adventure bike.

    The Tiger is the kind of bike you take home to Mom and Dad. The GS is the bike you take behind the middle school and get pregnant.

    This is just me. Not looking to ruffle feathers--these are just my findings from the back-to-back test rides I took this morning. I like the bike very much and the price isn't bad either. It's just not MY kind of adventure bike.



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  15. cug

    cug --

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    Best characterization of the two bikes I have read so far ... :lol3

    Just makes me wonder, what you'd do with a Multistrada 1200.
  16. dirtymartini

    dirtymartini Shaken, Not Stirred

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    The Multistrada is the mistress that you cheat with on the BMW:rofl
  17. mousitsas

    mousitsas Long timer

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    That is exactly what I thought when I rode the GS back to back with the 990. I guess one man's vixen is another man's nun.
  18. McVick

    McVick Been here awhile

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    I had the chance to ride a new 1200 Tiger Explorer today. An Amazing ride!!

    I know this may sound odd but I was really impressed with the side-view mirrors.
    Something about the length of the arm and the shape of the mirror allowed me to see right past my shoulders!
    Enough so that I want to put them on my two bikes.
    Anyone know where to find them for less than the ~$70 per on Bike Bandit?

    Thanks
    Brian
  19. Big Jon

    Big Jon Been here awhile

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    I've had my TEX now for a little over 4 months. I love the bike, but have never been satisfied with the exhaust. It sounds good out on the open road, but around town it just sounds anemic. After looking over what's available I decided to order a new can from Scorpion. It arrived on Tuesday and I installed it that night, but haven't had a chance to get out & ride it untill today. Talk about a transformation! I am very pleased with the build quality, looks, and the sound of this new exhaust. I'ts got a deep growl to it now that is much louder than the OE can, but not at all obnoxious. My new TEX now sounds like a Tiger should!:clap


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  20. rhinoWERX

    rhinoWERX Crikey mate!

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    Looks great Jon. Looking forward to hearing it :clap