Author Topic: So, I bought a Triumph TEX. Am I happy? Do I regret my purchase?  (Read 3167 times)

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Offline TexasVet

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Here's the bike..

https://i.imgur.com/4ZoUznd.jpg

TLDR: Yes. Very happy. No regrets.

My last bike was an FJR1300 that had been modded up from the 145 stock HP to 160 HP by using a Power Commander and a 2 Brothers exhaust system. By my standards this was an insanely fast and insanely comfortable bike. My aging body loved every minute on that wonderful bike. So when I decided that this next chapter of my life deserved an adventure touring bike, I wanted more of the same. Comfort with tons of torque and HP.

After literally 3 years of research I had it narrowed down to 4 bikes. BMW 1200 GS adventure, KTM 1290 Super Adventure, Yamaha Super Tenere and obviously, the Triumph Tiger 1200. The BMW has been the most popular choice for a big bore ADV bike for several years now. I felt that it was a little light on HP at the 120ish mark. The Tiger is a little more offroad capable as well so the BMW was out. A much more worthy contender was the KTM coming in at 160 HP. Again the superior offroad capabilities of the Tiger won me over. The Yamaha almost won me over. While it also has 120ish HP, the offroad capabilities and Yamaha's legendary reliability were very persuasive. In the end the 137 HP of the Tiger and its dirt prowess were not enough to beat the Yamaha. It came down to how aesthetically pleasing the Tiger was to me. That's right. In the end I bought it because it was purty.

I had intended on buying one this winter to be able to mod and tinker around with it a bit before the next riding season began. When I saw a 2014 Explorer XC model with only 5600 miles for only $8,800 USD, I knew I had found my steed. So I went ahead and pulled the trigger.

I have had the bike for 3 weeks now. I thought I knew what to expect from the bike, but the feelings I get from riding an humongous English made dirt bike are a rather profound experience. So much so that the bike has this old country boy popping dank whoolies and being an absolute hooligan again. See, I was raised on dirt bikes, so its really bringing out the kid in me again. This makes this fabulous machine worth every penny to me.

So many reviews mentioned that the Tiger felt top heavy in comparison to the other choices, but to me it just feels like a dirt bike is supposed to feel. The current tires are street tires and I have found that I can take my favorite local curves almost as fast as I could on the FJR. I am ok with losing a little street performance for the knowledge that at any moment I can exit the highway and take off across the cow pastures like a bat out of hell.

Being ex military I am very pleased with the matte black and OD green paint scheme. ADV bikes are like the jacked up 4 wheel drive trucks of the motorcycle world. This makes the redneck in me very happy. If you have been thinking of getting an ADV bike, I promise you you will not regret it. This is easily the most fun I have had on 2 wheels since high school.

Ride safe and atgatt.

PS: I bought that helmet because my brother said it looked like a bike Captain America would ride. Also I needed a bluetooth helmet so when I saw it on Amazon I was like "Yep, thats the one."
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There's nothing like loving the machine you are operating. Kudos and thank you for sharing :-)

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 :400: to the forum, glad you’re enjoying the machine.  :031:

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On my 3rd Explorer/Tiger 1200 and finally no longer the urge to change bikes every year. Getting old of age? No, my current 2018 XRx is overall the best of all 26 bikes I have owned and at the moment  I cannot find better options for my type of riding. Which is all year long in all kinds of weather. Average 20000-25000 km each year. No commuting is involved because I am retired since 2006 so all mileage is for fun/pleasure. Some short local trips but most long distance abroad trips. My only complaint is the heat om my right leg during temps above 28C when idle in  traffic. Which can be tackled by wearing leather  :015:

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*Originally Posted by TexasVet [+]
PS: I bought that helmet because my brother said it looked like a bike Captain America would ride. Also I needed a bluetooth helmet so when I saw it on Amazon I was like "Yep, thats the one."

Hmmm, it's a British bike, so I'd go as far to say it's a bike Captain Britain would ride.  :008:

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My 15 Tex took a little getting use to, but in the long run, it does everything pretty damn well!

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Looks like I found my "dealer" on the forum! it was great meeting you and a bigger joy, riding this beauty 350miles of mostly back roads home :)

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 :400: from West Sussex, England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🇬🇧

Great post on your Tiger, very glad you like her!

Stay safe,

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 :400: to the family TexasVet and congrats on the TEX! It's surely the perfect ride for a Texacan!
You've joined up with a fairly large group of Texans and an even much larger group of what I consider the best bike forum anywhere. Anyway, enjoy that new ride & stay safe riding those Texas prairies... :821:
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*Originally Posted by Jon [+]
:400: to the family TexasVet and congrats on the TEX! It's surely the perfect ride for a Texacan!
You've joined up with a fairly large group of Texans and an even much larger group of what I consider the best bike forum anywhere. Anyway, enjoy that new ride & stay safe riding those Texas prairies... :821:

The OP was from 2019 chaps.