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. DevilDog78

    DevilDog78 Adventurer

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    Fantastic ride report! I regretfully just left Austin to move back to Orlando, FL. I miss riding the hillcountry and west TX more than anything.

    There really is something special about Big Bend...
  2. BlueByU06

    BlueByU06 Ribbon Rider

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    Anybody have pictures HT panniers on thier Tex?
    Tia
  3. shaner1100gs

    shaner1100gs Been here awhile

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    Here you go.

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  4. BlueByU06

    BlueByU06 Ribbon Rider

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    Shane,
    Thank for the pictures. What brackets are U using? Are those the 9" & many liters?

  5. shaner1100gs

    shaner1100gs Been here awhile

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    I'm using tourtech brackets. I think they are 10.5" and 45L.
  6. Ducatiparts.110mb

    Ducatiparts.110mb Adventurer

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  7. BlueByU06

    BlueByU06 Ribbon Rider

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    My TEX that is...HeeHaw:D:D:D
  8. Big Jon

    Big Jon Been here awhile

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    How about some pics?
  9. sleepyOwl

    sleepyOwl Long timer

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    I powdercoated the belly pan, fog light covers and the radiator support struts. A bit like when you add that first bit of carbon, I cant see it ending here. I expect to be working backwards in the very near future!

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  10. lonerockz

    lonerockz Permanent n00b

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    sleepyOwl, very nice! Blacked out for stealth :evil
  11. HelmetHead Cycle

    HelmetHead Cycle Been here awhile

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    Looks good. However, a powder coated skid plate will eventually get sandblasted in the center to silver, from the trail of the tire.
  12. Croak

    Croak Been here awhile

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    That's why God made Duplicolor. :)
  13. sleepyOwl

    sleepyOwl Long timer

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    I know but I dont plan on looking under there :evil

    When it does, I shall call it.........character!
  14. HelmetHead Cycle

    HelmetHead Cycle Been here awhile

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  15. BlueByU06

    BlueByU06 Ribbon Rider

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    Well did my first ride yesterday. First impression WOW. Second impression suspenion way TOO stiff. Stopped and softened things too the max. Still way TOO stiff. Checking out RT and other sites nobody as anything for the Tex yet. Will check check static sag and ride sag to confirm my feeling of being TOO STIFF.. Smooth roads it ROCKS expand joints and rough road it SUCKS......No high speed damping. My Tenere was fully adjustable in the front. Triumph preload only. Anybody know what the spring in the rear shock is? I think maybe 900lb.
  16. Voluhzia

    Voluhzia iExplorer

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  17. Voluhzia

    Voluhzia iExplorer

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  18. BlueByU06

    BlueByU06 Ribbon Rider

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  19. Hank.SD

    Hank.SD Jet Measurer

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    So, in a nutshell, how does the Explorer compare to the S10? Has anyone here already owned both?
  20. ZZ4Blazer

    ZZ4Blazer Been here awhile

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    I kinda thought that that suspension was a little stiff too. But, after a few rough unmaintained forest roads, I noticed how much of the suspension I was cycling. And it was quite a bit. After a bit more riding, seems pretty spot on for my weight and riding style

    Might have had the bike airborn a time or two..or three. Each time has sucked it up like I wouldn't image. Nothing serious, prolly 8-12", but its still a 600 lb bike.

    If I was trying to dual sport this bike, I might wanna soften it up a little for slower rougher stuff. But, its primarily on the road and seeing touring duty. I love the twisties, and wanna work on a little elephant hunting once the roads are cleared up more from the winter.