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Thinking about getting the Explorer
« on: August 15, 2019, 03:15:40 PM »
Hello to all.  Bought new Tiger 800 XRX in Sept of 2015.  Rode the heck out of it until January of 16.  Then traded it in with 4000 miles on it for 15 TTSE.  I loved the Tiger but I didn't think it was enough bike for a cross country trip, which I ended up doing twice on the TTSE.  It had no major issues until six weeks ago when it was lost due to a careless driver.

Been thinking about riding again (should be fit enough in a few months) and considering the Triumph Tiger 800 or the Explorer.  So I joined this forum to get feedback, suggestions, comments, or direction to help me decide which way to go.  I'd also like to hear from members about any common maintenance issues.  Thanks.

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Re: Thinking about getting the Explorer
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2019, 04:14:29 PM »
Welcome to the forum. I am on my third tiger explorer. first one I rode two years put 41K miles - zero issues; second one I rode two years put 20K miles - zero issues; third one I've been riding since Nov 18 I am at 6K miles. I ride year round, I commute daily on the bike to NY. I personally had zero (0) problems with my TEXs. I take them off road, ride them in ice, rain, hot, whatever - leave them out and never wash or clean them. Maybe that's why.

I would vote for the TEX any day, every day.

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Re: Thinking about getting the Explorer
« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2019, 04:23:38 PM »
Icy

Thanks for the welcome.  On my TTSE, I had to replace the front discs twice by a dealer, and before the crash I could feel the judder starting up again.  Any issues there?

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Re: Thinking about getting the Explorer
« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2019, 04:30:06 PM »
Hard to tell with that much information. But I know a bad dealer / service will ruin anything and everything for you. My dealer is the Triumph of Westchester. In 2015 I moved to Rhode Island and stayed there a few years and during that time - after having to deal with full time bad service people - I developed the habit of riding back to NY to have the regular service done with them and then riding back to RI instead of having to deal with anybody else.

I cannot recommend them highly enough. If you can spare the time, call and make sure that Rafal is there and then simply go there and talk to him about all those issues. Please tell him that Jim (Tiger with the license plate ICY) referred you. Seriously, camp there until you get answers to all your worries and problems, point them on the bike (my second TEX - 2014 XC @20K miles) is probably still sitting upstairs. Use it as a test bed even...
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Re: Thinking about getting the Explorer
« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2019, 05:28:25 PM »
Jim

I had my TTSE serviced at two other northern NJ dealerships b4 finding ToW's good service.  Like you, I trust
them and think Rafal knows his stuff. 

Did you buy all three TEX's from ToW?  I've seen that they have a couple of 14 TEX's in their inventory.  Yours was the green one?  And can you tell me why you traded it in?

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Re: Thinking about getting the Explorer
« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2019, 08:03:49 PM »
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I bought the first one in Jan 2013 from Ducati Triumph of New York, from Marcos (the Spaniard) then traded that in with ToW at 41K. I took the bike in for 40K service in Sept 10, 2015. There was nothing wrong with it mechanically. After putting 40K in two years I wanted a new engine and asked Rafal "can you replace the engine? I want a new engine" as a joke and Les said "take that 2014 XC in the corner. There is a 48 months no interest financing on that bike and I'll give 6K for your old bike and I simply said "sure" so I rode the new bike back to RI.

Then I traded the 2014 XC below - sans the propeller and the cases, of course. It has Cyclops LED headlights (I converted myself) and Denali D2 foglamps (I installed them myself - I used to hang out at Twisted Throttle a lot back in the day  :164: ) I think the bike is still upstairs.



I traded it in last November I believe, it's a little over 20K if I remember right. The reason? Because I didn't have money... seriously... They did the 20K service, and I didn't have money so my wife was paying for it and Rafal was joking about it. Then Les said "why don't you take the 2018? I can finance it for you and you don't have to start paying until April!" - which was 6 months in the future. And I said "sure" and I left the old one there, with the Mitas E07 Dakkars, Denalis, Cyclops, folding brake and clutch levers and the folding shifter on it and I rode the new bike home...

Dead serious. You can ask them  :821: There was nothing wrong with the old bike  :169:
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Re: Thinking about getting the Explorer
« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2019, 09:24:50 PM »
Fab bike - got 38k on mine now - no issues at all really - 600 miles a day no problem. Regular oil changes is something I believe in. Really could n't repalce it with anything else and plan on keeping it a good few years yet !! Well happy :002:

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Re: Thinking about getting the Explorer
« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2019, 11:55:43 PM »
Before I bought my TEx, I looked at the 800.  I liked that it was smaller (lower) and cheaper.
I didn't like the chain, or that it was smaller.  -I ride two up long distance a bit, so needed a bigger bike comfortable for two people and capable of carrying their luggage with a few tools, drop of port etc etc.  My longest trip on that bike two up was 11kkm.
After 3 years I bought a Tiger 1200 to get the extra bells and whistles.  Have now done 25kkm on it.

Both bikes have given me no real trouble, certainly none mechanically.
I've had them serviced regularly, but only at the handbook intervals.

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Re: Thinking about getting the Explorer
« Reply #8 on: August 16, 2019, 07:14:00 AM »
If you want to do long distance and load lugging there are fewer better bikes. I would at least try to get a good test ride if you can as these are top heavy and they just don't suit everyone. I am 6ft but only a 29/30 leg and that top end weight can catch you out at slow speed manoeuvring, especially if you are fully luggaged up. I have the balls of both feet on the ground (which would be fine on most bikes) but have since lowered it 20mm to fully flatten my feet while retaining seat to peg ratio. I would consider the low version if you cannot flat foot on the standard bike if that is an option.

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Re: Thinking about getting the Explorer
« Reply #9 on: August 16, 2019, 09:33:19 AM »
My distinguished colleagues already said it all: if the height and weight doesn't bother you, just go for the 1200. Mr Torque is my everyday best friend ;-)

 


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