The 1200 Tiger Explorer Mega Thread

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

?

Explorer or Explorer/XC

  1. Explorer

  2. Explorer/xc

Multiple votes are allowed.
Results are only viewable after voting.
  1. vicster

    vicster Long timer

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2007
    Oddometer:
    1,144
    After I test ride a 990, if still interested I will shop around for a better price and give the local dealer a chance to match. I want to stay with them if possible since I've already developed a relationship there plus they give free oil changes for life. At this point I don't understand their posturing since as far as I know they've yet to sell a TEX and still have their Launch Edition sitting there.
    It's hard to imagine a deal though where the TEX won't cost roughly 20% more than a Tenere or 990. I understand motorcycles are not a logical purchase and not saying it isn't worth it, just part of my thought process.
  2. ongrade

    ongrade Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2012
    Oddometer:
    140
    Location:
    NorCal
    Don't know where your located but just FYI. I bought my TEX XC for $18500 OTD in SF Bay Area(ridiculous Ca reg and local sales taxes included), that was with a trade in that I got KBB retail for in the deal. Really surprised me that they went that far, 'specially with the trade in. So deals can be had, I bet you could get OTD for $17500 or less if your taxes are lower.

    Joe
  3. TIGERRIDER007

    TIGERRIDER007 Long timer

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2006
    Oddometer:
    1,111
    Location:
    Acworth, GA
    Ongrade, sounds like you got the bike you wanted, congrats sir!!! That is awesome! Have any pics to share?
    But should we factor in your trade-in to the price difference? Does this mean that there is a few thousand dollars difference somewhere in your deal?
    I'm just thinking that most dealers won't budge so much on new models, like the XC, but some might, I'm not a dealer.
    If I could get in that range $17-$18K, with Trax hardbags and an aftermarket exhaust, I'd be smiling I think. :D

    I think the XC will be interesting to see in that Matte Graphite though, also that Orange someone said exists, bring them on, but can you lower the MSRP please! :evil
  4. vicster

    vicster Long timer

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2007
    Oddometer:
    1,144
    Yeah, I think if I get a TEX I'll probably wait a while to see how prices and such shake out. I'm on my third Hinckley (sp?) Triumph, and with all respect they don't command a premium price in MY world, especially for a first year model.
  5. ongrade

    ongrade Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2012
    Oddometer:
    140
    Location:
    NorCal
    My trade was a 2012 Tiger XC, I'm out about 1k from what I paid for it new, but I put about 6k miles on it in 7 months so I consider it a wash. I pulled everything off I put on it and sold it all. Personally after riding a GSA and living with the tiger for a while I believe the TEX is worth the price. But my off road is limited to fire roads and the occasional easy single track. Don't know what an S10 handles like but it feels much more top heavy than the TEX. I wouldn't want to take it off road.
  6. Big Jon

    Big Jon Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2012
    Oddometer:
    379
    Location:
    SW Iowa
    I stopped @ my dealer's shop yesterday to see how they were coming with my new head install & this is what I found. Me thinks she's getting more than just a head job. :eek1

    [​IMG]

    I sure hope Mike can put Humpty back together again...
  7. Voluhzia

    Voluhzia iExplorer

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2009
    Oddometer:
    1,620
    Location:
    Cary, North Carolina
    Your mechanic followed instructions by the book. Mine did to my bike the same thing as it was his first to do. He has done three already and he improved from 4 days to 12 hours and he does not remove the engine now... Removing the engine requires disconnecting FD... That's why you see skeleton.,,


    Facebook
    Nova Scotia on Explorer
  8. TAMPAJIM

    TAMPAJIM Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2009
    Oddometer:
    500
    Location:
    Central Florida
    My shop said it took almost 3 days but they thought that time would be shortened with experience. They also removed the engine from the frame, said just not enough room to work on the head properly without doing so. All put back together, I can't tell they even touched the engine but she sure is quieter.
  9. Brian06

    Brian06 Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2012
    Oddometer:
    117
    Location:
    Vernon, B.C.
    Called my dealer today, confirmed my vin is in the range (5382**). Apparently there is no bulletin, just a note that says possible noisy engine. So I can take it down and if they think the rattle is loud enough they will do the work. Does that sound right?
  10. Big Jon

    Big Jon Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2012
    Oddometer:
    379
    Location:
    SW Iowa
    I mentioned the noise to my dealer the first weekend I had it back in May of last year. When the new head offer came about a couple months back I mentioned it again & the head was ordered the same day.
  11. TIGERRIDER007

    TIGERRIDER007 Long timer

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2006
    Oddometer:
    1,111
    Location:
    Acworth, GA
    Just curious, I can't remember if I asked this before, oops....

    Are any of these head replacements on XC models? Or is this too new of a model to know yet? :ear
  12. Voluhzia

    Voluhzia iExplorer

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2009
    Oddometer:
    1,620
    Location:
    Cary, North Carolina
    ...both models up to VIN 602960


    Facebook
    Nova Scotia on Explorer
  13. NewYorkLuke

    NewYorkLuke Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2010
    Oddometer:
    345
    Location:
    Upstate NY
    last 6 of my vin are 539123 but dealer says my bike doesnt fall in the recall ?
  14. Hank.SD

    Hank.SD Jet Measurer

    Joined:
    May 15, 2007
    Oddometer:
    1,300
    Location:
    Sodak
    Probably already covered somewhere in this monster thread, but I raised my forks 5mm and it substantially reduced that nervous feel the bike had at around 25-30 mph.

    That was one of my few dislikes. The first few times I rode the bike I thought the front tire was low. It had a really vague feel at low speeds, most pronounced just below 30 mph.
  15. MrMac

    MrMac Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2007
    Oddometer:
    744
    Location:
    Dacula, Ga.
    Hope it is OK to post this here, but if anyone is interested, I have a set of SWM side-carriers and Trax adapters for the TEX for sale in the flea market:

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=900621

    In this is a link to an explanation as to why they are for sale..
  16. David Shapiro

    David Shapiro Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2009
    Oddometer:
    378
    Location:
    Northern Illinois
    Due to 2 recent neck surgeries, I'm reduced to riding my keyboard til next spring. Well, the Explorer has certainly caught my eye. along with the Multistrada and posssbly the new KTM 1190. Since I plan little or no dirt riding, the GS won't be an option. With all the reading that I can glean from this and the tiger explorer forum, has anybody heard of any new possible updates to the 2014 model years. In particular, is there a chance of putting the Trophy's electronic suspension on it. I'm also going to test ride the Trophy when the time comes, but it's almost 100 pounds heavier.

    Thanks,
    David
  17. St_rydr

    St_rydr Strider

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2007
    Oddometer:
    5,919
    Location:
    Jnsvl, WI
    The Tiger and the Trophy share the same drive train but honestly they are worlds apart. Pick the right tool for your expectations.
  18. David Shapiro

    David Shapiro Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2009
    Oddometer:
    378
    Location:
    Northern Illinois

    There is no doubt that you are completely right. Only some demo rides, unfortunately not til next spring, will help me decide. They both have very desirable attributes, but given a choice, I would always go lighter.

    David
  19. Big Jon

    Big Jon Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2012
    Oddometer:
    379
    Location:
    SW Iowa
    I brought my beloved TEX back from my dealer yesterday after getting the head replaced. All I can say is WOW...

    If any of you are riding the fence about getting it done, my advice is just do it!

    Both the owner and the Service Mgr. at my dealership were a bit skeptical about just how bad the noise was even after it was agreed to do the work, but told me before they tore the engine down they ran it side by side with a new TEX with the revised head from the factory, and neither one could believe how noisy mine was. After the headwork she purrs like a kitten. An added plus is we get an extra 12 month warranty on the engine.

    Kudos to Triumph for making this right! :clap
  20. cug

    cug --

    Joined:
    May 31, 2009
    Oddometer:
    5,081
    Location:
    Sunny California
    Hey.

    Could one of you Explorer owners do me a favor and take a photo of the handlebars from straight above? Like the one below (which is a Tiger 800 Road Version).

    Many thanks!

    [​IMG]