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. littlefield

    littlefield Been here awhile

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    I had an 07 Tiger 1050 and now ride a 1200 Explorer. The Explorer has a superior drivetrain. Only negative I see is the fuel economy drops more quickly than the 1050 if you ride it hard. The suspension is better as far as turning and tracking through the curves but less plush. Triumph managed to replace the super easy to remove 1050 tank with one that requires about 20 screws and some crazy fuel equalizing tubes be removed. Hasn't used a drop of oil and I haven't had any of the engine noise problems some folks have. I've put a Russell Day Long on mine, some are pleased with the stock seat. All in all this is easily the nicest riding bike I've ever owned.
  2. Big Jon

    Big Jon Been here awhile

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    Nice garage TB! Is the inside of your house that clean?
  3. M Bouthillette

    M Bouthillette Adventurer

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    Its' here !!



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  4. Big Jon

    Big Jon Been here awhile

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    She looks great! Be sure to give us updates on how the K60s handle on & off road. I know of several of us with the Explorers that air seriously considering them...

    Spring is just around the corner.:clap
  5. Voluhzia

    Voluhzia iExplorer

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  6. M Bouthillette

    M Bouthillette Adventurer

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    Thanks, once you go with pro lenses, you never want to go back to duller lenses...
  7. Tropical Bird

    Tropical Bird From the front line

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    Ha ha! Everyone likes my garage...

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  8. Tropical Bird

    Tropical Bird From the front line

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    Yes- that is a great pic!

    Are those tyres OEM?

    They look very different to mine...
  9. M Bouthillette

    M Bouthillette Adventurer

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    No not OEM these are Heidenau K60s
  10. sleepyOwl

    sleepyOwl Long timer

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    Fitted the Triumph LED indicators today. wsas a bit dark when finished so will get better pics later.

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  11. gregdee

    gregdee Motocampist

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    I can comment on that - the K60's are great on the pavement and when dropped to the mid-20 psi range for the dirt they smooth out the ride real nice. Traction has been good enough for what I've done so far, which has mostly been hundreds of miles of dirt roads in central NM. Cruising along at 75 mph+ on some of these roads and felt fine doing it so long as the visibility was good. I've smacked a few rocks at speed as well, one burrito-sized one that flicked up and made a nice banging sound coming off the skid plate.

    This afternoon we found a nice wide open bumpy patch of dirt that looked like it was used for unloading horse trailers or the like. Since my wife lacks low speed skills and confidence, we spent about 20 minutes just riding around in circles playing low speed games. She was on her 800XC and was feeling the heft of her new bike compared to her DR650. I say practice now before we find ourselves down some tight nasty dirt road without a paddle. The dirt was soft and loose on top but fairly solid underneath. I had no issues with the tires slipping or sliding in slow speed maneuvers.

    So far in the terrain I've encountered the K60's feel as good as a set of Kenda K270's, maybe even a little better, and definitely smoother and quieter.
  12. Big Jon

    Big Jon Been here awhile

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    Thanks Gregdee. I'm not ready for new ones yet, but am considering either the K60s or possibly the new Karoo 3s. Hopefully someone else will report on the Karoos in a couple of months before I need new tires...
  13. sleepyOwl

    sleepyOwl Long timer

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    Boxes look and seem great quality although I have had always had OEM luggage before so I'm not the best placed to judge against other brands.

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  14. HelmetHead Cycle

    HelmetHead Cycle Been here awhile

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    Luggage will look great on that bike. Be sure to post some pics when you get them mounted.

    BTW..........is that a washing machine in your kitchen?
  15. Voluhzia

    Voluhzia iExplorer

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  16. Smopho

    Smopho Been here awhile

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    Nice looking panniers. How about a pic of the backside where they mount?
  17. ZZ4Blazer

    ZZ4Blazer Been here awhile

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    Gorgeous boxes. What'd they run you?
  18. sleepyOwl

    sleepyOwl Long timer

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    With bags and racks etc approx $1300
  19. XCRider803

    XCRider803 Loftin' the wheel

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    How many freakin' knobs and buttons do you need on a stove? :huh
  20. Voluhzia

    Voluhzia iExplorer

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