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Offline Mr. BR

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Mr. BR on board...
« on: March 24, 2020, 02:49:08 AM »
Hello Tiger-Explorer fans,
Just registered to learn more about these bikes.
I am a former owner of a '98 Triumph Tiger many years ago (aka the "Steamer") but that gave way to some sport touring rides:  Honda St1100 and now a Yamaha FJR1300.
99% of my riding these days is commuting here in the miserable SF Bay traffic and with kids etc, I don't get out on the wkends much.
However, I have been riding for 35+ yrs and do ALL my own wrenching and I still enjoy most of it.
Anyway, for some reason these new Tiger-Explorer bikes have caught my attention so it's time to get familiar with them (and I've had the FJR 5 yrs now, still rock solid).
Regards,
Mr. BR

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Re: Mr. BR on board...
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2020, 01:40:05 PM »
 :400: to the family Mr Br.  :821:

Test ride one and meet the epidemic that's been with us since 2003. It's called TTRS (Triumph Test Ride Syndrome) Has no cure, cannot be immunized against - pretty much everybody in this forum suffers from it. Some of us have been infected many times over. Come, join us
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Re: Mr. BR on board...
« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2020, 02:06:13 PM »
Welcome mate!
I had a Steamer ('97) and never got anything but Tigers ever since (1 1050 and 3 1200).
Actually the 1200 is the closest I found to my good ol' Steamer (stature, ergos, visual presence).

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Re: Mr. BR on board...
« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2020, 02:13:47 PM »
Welcome,
As previous, it's in the riding. It's a tall bike and some find unwieldy to push about but comes alive on the move.
After driving north out of SF last year following Highway 1/101 all the way to Portland I need to do it on a bike!  :305:
I've not ridden the new 900 yet (and doesn't look like that'll be any time soon) but it's also getting good press.

Stay safe  :821:

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« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2020, 01:52:55 AM »
 :400: aboard, Mr. BR. I own one of the first 1200 Tigers sold in the states (ordered in Dec of 2011, & picked up in May of '12) I've owned over 20 motorcycles in the past 50 years & this is by far the finest, most trouble free & addicting ride I've ever owned. The new 1200's are even more refined & exciting. You at least owe yourself a test ride. Check with a few Ca. riders on here to find a great dealer, (probably the only real downside of the bike is some of the dealerships stink) and then take that test ride. Oh BTW, bring your checkbook with. The test ride is insanely addicting... :164:
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Re: Mr. BR on board...
« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2020, 05:57:57 PM »
Thank you for the welcome comments.
If I could edit my original post above I would change it to “these NEWER Tiger-Explorer bikes have caught my attention”.
My specific interest is the ’13 to ’17 Tiger/Explorer 1200s (Gen 2 bikes I believe?).
I don’t think I’ve even seen one in person except for possibly at one of the Int’l MC Shows here in the Bay Area some 5 yrs ago (The West Coast USA shows are now in the Los Angeles area).
There is at least one local Triumph Dealer not far from me so I should roll by sometime to see how I fit on these beasts (they have a ’13 for sale actually).
Regards,
Mr. BR

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Re: Mr. BR on board...
« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2020, 11:02:01 PM »
2013 would be a Gen 1 bike. First Gen 2 bikes are from 2016 at the earliest. 

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Re: Mr. BR on board...
« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2020, 02:35:27 PM »
Greetings
I've had my gen 1 explorer 1200 for less that a month. Dropped it at a gas station second day (just bar end scratch). 
Former BMW 650 gs owner. Getting used to topheaviness. Love the triple.
We have some great canyons in my area. Bike is very surefooted. Don't plan to do much off-road. Learned after purchase about valve guide issues. Oh well it only has 13000 miles on it and runs like a champion.
Thanks for your insights
Mike, Boulder Colorado

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Re: Mr. BR on board...
« Reply #8 on: March 27, 2020, 02:48:26 PM »
*Originally Posted by ColoradoMike [+]
We have some great canyons in my area. Bike is very surefooted. Don't plan to do much off-road. Learned after purchase about valve guide issues. Oh well it only has 13000 miles on it and runs like a champion.
Thanks for your insights
Mike, Boulder Colorado

 :400: Mike,
Rented bikes from House of Motorrad in Boulder a couple of times and know your area well.
You're blessed with some stunning roads around you - hopefully get back out there soon when the current restrictions pass  :031:

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Re: Mr. BR on board...
« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2020, 02:50:16 PM »
That's a 2013 ABS with aluminum rims. I had no trouble banging and ripping and trailing and whatever. That bike is more capable than I am at every level.


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