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Tiger 1200 Explorer - General Discussion / Handlebars and Backache…..
« Last post by Phil on Today at 09:59:21 AM »
Hi All

Here’s an odd one to share, which may seem counter-intuitive to those members who have fitted handlebar risers.

I’m 61 6’3” and 90Kg.  Although I work, walk, ski, play tennis and generally have a fairly active life, I am prone to lower backache when standing still.

In the last year or so I’ve noticed the aches whilst riding (2015 Explorer, 55,000m). I’ve dealt with them by a) standing up periodically and b) taking Ibuprofen.

Anyway, 7 years after reading the owners manual, I remembered reading about rotating the handlebar clamps to alter the geometry.
So assisted by a friend, I did just that.   It’s only 4 bolts after all. 

On completion of the job I couldn’t visually see any difference but although the ’bars are the same height, they are now about 15mm forward.  On the road, the first thing I had to do was adjust the mirrors!   

After that it just felt a bit odd for the first hour or so, and standing up does not come as naturally, but then I now no longer feel the need because after about 8 hours riding in the last few weeks, I’ve had no recurrence of any backache whatsoever.

I realise that it’s all down to personal geometry, but if like me you’ve had backache and you want to avoid painkillers, then it might be worth giving this adjustment a try.  After all - if you don’t like it, it’s only 4 bolts to return to normal !

Hope this helps.

Phil  :152:
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Tyres and Wheels / Re: Triumph-specific Metzler Tourance Next
« Last post by Coops!! on Today at 08:45:29 AM »
*Originally Posted by Gwilym [+]
I was on Avon Trail Riders for years and very happy. I have now put Trekriders on my 900 and happy so far

That’s good to hear. I almost went with the Trail’s but thought I’d give the more aggressive Trek a go.
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Tyres and Wheels / Re: Triumph-specific Metzler Tourance Next
« Last post by Gwilym on Today at 08:35:59 AM »
*Originally Posted by Coops!! [+]
Well I’ve ended up with the Avon Trekriders as my local tyre guy couldn’t get the Michelin Adv’s. Looking forward to trying them out on my next wild camping trip, so I’ll report back…  :028:

I was on Avon Trail Riders for years and very happy. I have now put Trekriders on my 900 and happy so far
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*Originally Posted by Ninja [+]
I hope the North American models maintain the dual brake/indicator type indicators that they introduced with the 900's
As far as I know, unless its different in North America models, the indicators do not combine as brake lights on the 900. They certainly dont on my GT Pro
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*Originally Posted by NiK [+]
Really?! They reduced the size of the tail light in favor of a gimmicky radar?!
Marketing is decidedly the worst enemy of safety...
I really like the design of the new 1200 with the possible exception of this rear light and mirrors,,. I think, this is another example of where they designed the RP Explorer first and then compromised on the other models. They shoe nailed this ugly lane departure radar box into the tail section and blew the budget on the mirror re-design only to make neither available on the majority of there models. I hope the North American models maintain the dual brake/indicator type indicators that they introduced with the 900's as they could probable use it to bolster this scooter style tail light,,. 
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Electrical and Lighting / Re: Live switched pick up points
« Last post by Gustavo xca on Yesterday at 07:28:37 PM »
Thanks Chippy, got the bike now so will open her up over the weekend. Cheers.
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Tyres and Wheels / Re: Triumph-specific Metzler Tourance Next
« Last post by Coops!! on Yesterday at 07:04:54 PM »
Well I’ve ended up with the Avon Trekriders as my local tyre guy couldn’t get the Michelin Adv’s. Looking forward to trying them out on my next wild camping trip, so I’ll report back…  :028:
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Electrical and Lighting / Re: Live switched pick up points
« Last post by Chippy4467 on Yesterday at 05:34:19 PM »
Thoughts below are my notes from fitting power supplies to Gen1 which I transferred it to my Gen2 - not sure if Gen3 is same. As mjab said you need to remove grab rail and rear cowl

At rear 2 pin socket with blanking plug, adjacent to the relay connection is the power supply activated by the relay - for the top box supply.  Suggest if not using t/box then this is used rather than the relay supply (Relay is only £9 from triumph - part No T25060940 [CHECK GEN3 is same part].  Plugs for the power feed are available from Eastern Beaver (careful you get stung by customs/royal mail - I did - think they are also available elsewhere now) or by buying the Triumph top box power lead for £22 & chopping it.  (If making up your own with Eastern Beaver plugs the REAR connector pin is the positive).  Also tapped into the Rear Aux Socket supply by using "piggy back" spade connectors to feed both aux socket and power supply for riders heated gloves lead (Gen1 Fuse 4 RH fuse box- 15A)

Also supply covered by 10 AMP Fuse circuit (Gen1 fuse 5 of RH fuse box (see handbook for Gen3 ?).

That way not broken into bikes wiring but still covered by bikes fuse system

Hope that gives some ideas
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Tyres and Wheels / Re: TPMS Low Inflation Pressure Alarm Settings
« Last post by JG_XRT on Yesterday at 10:55:33 AM »
I've never had a warning on the fron tire, but the few times I had a warning on the rear, I think the light came on when the pressure dipped into the low 30s.
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Tyres and Wheels / Re: TPMS Low Inflation Pressure Alarm Settings
« Last post by XCaTel on Yesterday at 10:20:20 AM »
A couple of things to note.

First off Triumph deviated from the very common tyre pressures of 36/42 PSI to 32/39 PSI on the later bikes. There is a wide range of opinions as to what the most suitable pressures are so you are better off experimenting for yourself to see what suits you best on that one. For instance Bridgestone told me to go to 36/42 when I fitted their tyres regardless of what Triumph said.

From Triumph's user manual
The TPMS warning light will only illuminate red when the front or rear tyre pressure is below the recommended pressure, or no signal is received. It will not illuminate if the tyre is over inflated. So given that the recommended is 32/39 you wouldn't expect to see a warning unless you go below that.


And a reminder, again from Triumph's user manual.
The tyre pressures shown on your instruments indicate the actual tyre pressure at the time of selecting the display. This may differ from the inflation pressure set when the tyres are cold because tyres become warmer during riding, causing the air in the tyre to expand and increase the inflation pressure. The cold inflation pressures specified by Triumph take account of this.
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