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. Voluhzia

    Voluhzia iExplorer

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    I changed oil/filter myself and paid $180 (all I paid to date) for 10K service. I'm at 18000 miles now and did have valves adjusted at 16K under warranty (I bitched too much), now will change oil/filter at 20K myself... Maybe I'll change air filter myself as well (requires tank removal)... Did asked to change spark plugs at 10K so will skip 20K plugs...

    So far - I like owning the Explorer, cheap maintenance, powerful, reliable, cool looking, so am I on it :)


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  2. Kenbike

    Kenbike Been here awhile

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    For all of you owners who have some miles on the bike do you feel the front forks work ok as or does the fork really require compression and rebound dampening adjustments?
    If it does require adjustments have you found any cost effective aftermarket options?
    Ditto on rear shock, how does it work and if you have gone aftermarket what was your solution?

    Has anyone found any way to strip any noticeable weight off the bike? I would assume swapping the stock muffler would save some weight?

    How are all of the handle bars controls and switches holding up?

    Never had a Truimph before and was wondering how these bikes are working out?
  3. Voluhzia

    Voluhzia iExplorer

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    Controls are OK, it hasn't been a year yet but I don't see any problems.

    I have no problems with front forks, neither I did with my Vee before but people kept telling me they suck.

    I like OEM exhaust can and don't worry about stripping weight down.

    It's my first Triumph too. And I have a great relationship with my dealer and don't hesitate to buy stuff from them even its a little more expensive.


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  4. gregdee

    gregdee Motocampist

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  5. Big Jon

    Big Jon Been here awhile

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    I've had mine since May and haven't had any trouble at all with it. I did put on a Scorpion aftermarket can. It weighs a lot less and I like the sound a lot better. The OE can sounds great on the road, but when tooling around town with it, it really sounded anemic IMO. Scorpion claims an additional 6 hp and some additional torque, but it's hard to tell when she's already putting out 135 ponies.

    I'm not sure there's anyplace else to strip weight without taking away the purpose of having a bike like this. It's already got more horsepower than the average Joe can handle off road... The 800XC is much more capable for serious offroading.

    It's my 1st Triumph also. After owning several Kaws, Zukes, Yammys, and Hondas all I can say is World Class.
  6. gregdee

    gregdee Motocampist

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    How on earth do you get the dealer to adjust valves under warranty, especially at 16k miles? Was there something that prompted you to bring the bike in at that mileage? To me the valve adjustment is a known upfront item that will need to be dealt with. Or is it expected that they just be checked and if they need adjusting then that would be a warranty item. I would assume the labor effort involved in checking or adjusting would be similar.

    Is the tank removal and air filter change that much of a pain? Is it like the 800 XC where the air filter is stuffed into a spot it barely fits into? Anyone have any pictures of where the air filter sits?
  7. Voluhzia

    Voluhzia iExplorer

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    I had concerns about engine noise, dealer, at my request contacted Triumph USA and they authorized to remove the head cover and adjust valves and timing. All three exhaust valve tappet shims were replaced.

    I don't thing the air filter change is a pain, but tank removal with all the draining, pinching and stuff...


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  8. Tropical Bird

    Tropical Bird From the front line

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    Hello all

    I had about 500 km on a black TEX this weekend, courtesy of my (very good) local dealer.

    Great bike.

    I will be buying one this week.

    The only things that annoy me:

    - The screen - the bike had the factory tall screen. I'm 5' 10", average build, and the only position that was useable was full down - full up and in the middle were just awful - too much buffeting.

    - The bars are about an inch (25mm) too wide.


    The screen is easy fixed with a Madstad.

    I was wondering if any of you TEX owners have either chopped your bars down, or replaced them with narrower ones?

    Thanks.
  9. Pacific

    Pacific Left Coast Adventurer

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    There are certainly other bars that will fit. I haven't had the grips off to see where the wires route, but that would be the only concern about shortening or replacing them. Heated grip electrics go through the wires, and by all reports, it's a bear of a job. My 800XC bars were drilled to keep the housings in place. Measure twice, cut once!
  10. fbj913

    fbj913 On the Beemer Kool-Aid

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    are you looking for a cheaper coolant? If your going to spend that much money on a bike, shouldn't you keep good it running with the best stuff?
  11. Pecha72

    Pecha72 Long timer

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    No big savings to be made on this. Put short: I wouldn't mess around with it. But that's just my 0.02.
  12. Big Jon

    Big Jon Been here awhile

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    I'm pretty cheap, but am still sticking with what Trump suggests...
  13. Tropical Bird

    Tropical Bird From the front line

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    I rode it again this morning back to the dealers.

    The bars aren't that bad...you can get used to them...
  14. iddy

    iddy Adventurer

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    Zerex G-05 is a Hoat antifreeze it would be the same formula as Triumph Hoat do not confuse Hoat with Oat though cause that is bad. Will make jelly if mixed.
  15. snakeroll

    snakeroll n00b

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    Thanks guys. I'm not trying to go cheap but just looking for options if the need would arise. The OAT and HOAT concepts are new to me and I was trying to get a "feel" for the experiences you guys may have had. Thankyou for your replies. I would enjoy any other information, as well.
  16. snakeroll

    snakeroll n00b

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    Iddy,
    Your reply was very interesting to me. So you cannot mix the HOAT and OAT?
  17. SkiFastBadly

    SkiFastBadly A beer? Yes, please

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    NO, and also keep the little lambs away from the ivy.
  18. gregdee

    gregdee Motocampist

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    With regard to aux lights what are they really there for? I try like hell to not ride at night so in my case I would assume that the aux lights were there to get you noticed. What do you all say?

    Of those of you that have the Triumph aux lights/fog lights, do you like them and are they worth the price. I like the idea of just having them plug right in.
  19. Pacific

    Pacific Left Coast Adventurer

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    I have aux lights on all my bikes. Too many deer in my area to ride at night. I have them solely to make me a little more conspicuous. They work, too, as does the bright TEx headlight. I don't rely on them, but they don't hurt.

    I ordered PIAA's, then returned them and went with the (slightly more expensive) OEM lights because of the simplicity of installation.
  20. Voluhzia

    Voluhzia iExplorer

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    I like my OEM too... They don't light as far as the headlights but wide and very visible from distance in day and night time

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