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Title: Reluctant parting
Post by: Griff on April 13, 2018, 11:15:01 PM
Well as I mentioned elsewhere on this forum I am finally parting with my much loved Tex after five brilliant years. Over the past year or even 18 months I had begun to struggle with its weight when two up and carrying luggage. At the end of the day that is why we purchased originally, but for me it had also became a solo love affair.

Anyway the crunch came when I came close to letting it fall over at a stop twice on the same weekend with the Wife on the back. That brings one down to earth pretty quickly, and to avoid injury to Her in such a situation I knew the time had come to let the Tex go.  I am now in my 68th year and the various deteriorations that accompany the ageing process together with my small physical stature are mitigating against me on the Tex.

So, after a lot of consideration of various bikes including an 800XRT we finally settled on a Suzuki DL1000 as best suiting our purpose. It is good for the Wife and is considerably lighter than the Tex. It is also much smaller in stature and carries its weight low down. It is a very different motorcycle and I believe we will enjoy ownership, but the Explorer is a hard act to follow.

I may have a couple of bits to sell such as a Touratech rider seat and a standard pillion seat so I will stay on for a while to move those on. 
Title: Re: Reluctant parting
Post by: Icy on April 13, 2018, 11:31:45 PM
 :159: oh brother. you will be sorely missed - but I think you can still hang around your experience still counts and you are a TEX owner at heart.

Once a TEX owner, always a TEX owner!

As long as you are on the road it's all good and hopefully we'll see each other out there someday.

 :821:

onward, and upward!

 :305:

 :019:
Title: Re: Reluctant parting
Post by: CaptainTrips on April 13, 2018, 11:39:46 PM
Griff, I think fondly of my (shared with my wife) ownership of a DL650, which I just sold last summer. I have been looking at the new V-strom from a distance and catch myself thinking about the 650 version again, as fuel and insurance rates soar here. I may yet join you, perhaps in a year or two.

Safe travels, Griff.   :001:
Title: Re: Reluctant parting
Post by: isb on April 14, 2018, 03:03:39 AM
Sorry to see you go, Griff as you’ve made many great contributions to the community. As Icy said, hope you stay around emeritus style.
Title: Re: Reluctant parting
Post by: Youngclan on April 14, 2018, 07:04:42 AM
If all those that had to reluctantly swap/sell/give up there tex and then left this site and take there knowledge with them where would that leave the newbies, stick around and share your knowledge of the tex.
I’m also interested in the Touratech seat and am off to Ballina near Limerick early June on my tex so keep me posted could always collect.

Ride safe...
Title: Re: Reluctant parting
Post by: Jon on April 14, 2018, 02:45:49 PM
Sad to see you go, Griff. It feels like seeing an old friend move away after these past 6 years on the forum together. The Suzuki should treat you very well. They're great bikes. Best of luck to you & the missus! :821:
Title: Re: Reluctant parting
Post by: Fuze on April 14, 2018, 05:18:45 PM
Glad you didn't hurt yourself or your co-pilot when recovering from those close calls.  It is hard to leave a bike initially, once you start putting the miles on it will be a fond memory. 

Keep the smiles on and the miles on. 
Your parting gift is a can of chain lube

Have fun Griff
 :305:
Title: Re: Reluctant parting
Post by: PapaTom on April 14, 2018, 05:48:19 PM
Hi griff.
All the best for the future.
68, got your wife and a bike, what else do you need.
Regards.
Tom

Title: Re: Reluctant parting
Post by: Chippy4467 on April 14, 2018, 06:11:41 PM
Griff,
All the best
I'm lucky enough to have Tex & Vstrom (650) in my stable so may see you on the VStrom forum?
Not rode the 1000 but if its as good as the older 650 then its a very easy bike to live with and always puts a smile on my face - that's most days as I commute on it

Enjoy

Chippy
Title: Re: Reluctant parting
Post by: sirsidneyrd on April 14, 2018, 07:08:58 PM
Thanks for all your input Griff - understand entirely - she's a big old gel fully loaded up - good luck with the DL - they are made of strong stuff and non too sniffy
Title: Re: Reluctant parting
Post by: pcarnut on April 14, 2018, 08:35:17 PM
 Sorry to see you go, all the best with the new wheels, please pop in and keep us updated.   :152: 
Title: Re: Reluctant parting
Post by: Griff on April 15, 2018, 11:10:45 AM
Many thanks for all the kind comments. They are very much appreciated. I probably sound a bit morose with my comments but I am genuinely going to miss the big bike.

The DL is a good bike, no doubting that, but the Tex remains one of the finest motorcycles I have ever owned. The Wife and myself have some great memories of it, not least the test ride and the aftermath when She went into the shop and said to the salesman " we will have a blue one please". What followed was five years of pure motorcycling joy. 
Title: Re: Reluctant parting
Post by: Griff on April 15, 2018, 11:14:28 AM
*Originally Posted by Youngclan [+]
If all those that had to reluctantly swap/sell/give up there tex and then left this site and take there knowledge with them where would that leave the newbies, stick around and share your knowledge of the tex.
I’m also interested in the Touratech seat and am off to Ballina near Limerick early June on my tex so keep me posted could always collect.

Ride safe...

Thanks for that.  The seat is there so let me know when You are to travel and perhaps we can meet up as You say.  I will be seeking half retail for it as it is still in good condition. It is the one with the breathable covering.
Title: Re: Reluctant parting
Post by: Youngclan on April 15, 2018, 12:27:40 PM
Hello griff, I will send you a pm and arrange a meet up. Stuart
Title: Re: Reluctant parting
Post by: Dick63 on April 15, 2018, 04:44:00 PM
Griff

Not at all sad to learn you are selling the Triumph, because your reasons for doing so are sound.

But I, too, would be VERY sad to see you leave the forum.  Stick around, please.

Dick
Title: Re: Reluctant parting
Post by: NiK on April 16, 2018, 09:20:13 AM
Bit late to join the pack, but I'm with everyone: you presence here will be missed.

Since I always have a musical reference at hand, here's mine to you:

Ride safe and keep on enjoying!
Title: Re: Reluctant parting
Post by: Griff on April 17, 2018, 01:01:40 PM
*Originally Posted by Dick63 [+]
  Stick around, please.

Dick

Will do for a while Dick. I suppose I have a bit to offer with regard to the 1st generation models.
Title: Re: Reluctant parting
Post by: Griff on April 17, 2018, 01:03:33 PM
*Originally Posted by NiK [+]
Bit late to join the pack, but I'm with everyone: you presence here will be missed.

Since I always have a musical reference at hand, here's mine to you:

Ride safe and keep on enjoying!

Thanks Nik. Never too late  :002: Thanks for the music too although I would be more of a decrepit Stones fan  :001:

Best of luck with the new 1200. You got it yet ?
Title: Re: Reluctant parting
Post by: NiK on April 18, 2018, 09:06:46 AM
Not yet! Expected in May (the dealer still doesn't know when).
Not that impatient though, since I'll have to remove every mod from my current '14 (and I don't have much time in my hands to work on the bike).
Of course I'll report in much details here to the ones wondering what difference it makes (especially regarding the weight at speed and stationary).

As for the music, it was mostly the title and lyrics that rang a bell when I thought about your (many) contributions here ;-)
Title: Re: Reluctant parting
Post by: Swamprider on April 18, 2018, 07:53:10 PM
Hey Griff, head over to
www.stromtrooper.com  best forum ever for Vstrom's (I should know.... I am still there :))
I also still have a DL650 which is on sale.

Regards,
Patrick
Title: Re: Reluctant parting
Post by: Scoby on April 18, 2018, 09:42:17 PM
Slan Griff, biking is biking as long as your biking, doesn't matter on what!
Title: Re: Reluctant parting
Post by: Griff on April 19, 2018, 11:12:12 AM
*Originally Posted by Swamprider [+]
Hey Griff, head over to
www.stromtrooper.com  best forum ever for Vstrom's (I should know.... I am still there :))
I also still have a DL650 which is on sale.

Regards,
Patrick

There already as Griff2. Yes indeed there is a wealth of information on there indeed. 
Title: Re: Reluctant parting
Post by: Griff on April 19, 2018, 11:13:21 AM
*Originally Posted by Scoby [+]
Slan Griff, biking is biking as long as your biking, doesn't matter on what!

Slan Scoby. No doubt I will bump into You at some point. You are only an hour or so south of me.
Title: Re: Reluctant parting
Post by: Uncleal on April 19, 2018, 06:56:53 PM
Best of luck to you Griff! From one old geezer to another. I'll be looking for something smaller myself before too long. I'll be looking forward to hearing your reports of your VStrom experiences.
Title: Re: Reluctant parting
Post by: onthemayside on April 20, 2018, 08:21:26 PM
A friend of mine has a DL and he loves it and my brother in law has just ordered a new one. Superb bike. I would just hope I'd be able to keep any bike up in my 68th year.  Health to ride and enjoy your new machine.
Title: Re: Reluctant parting
Post by: Griff on April 23, 2018, 11:56:01 AM
*Originally Posted by Uncleal [+]
Best of luck to you Griff! From one old geezer to another. I'll be looking for something smaller myself before too long. I'll be looking forward to hearing your reports of your VStrom experiences.

The demo DL ride revealed a lower and more compact motorcycle which also carries its weight lower than my Tex. I always thought the Tex was a quick steering bike, but the DL is that little bit quicker again. The DL will never have the smooth power pick up that the Tex has, as it is a twin and indeed it will never pull as low revs in a high gear as the Tex, but it has a nice meaty power band way low in the rev range and that is always useful.

There is less pillion accomodation than the Tex but what is there is sufficient. On the up side the Wife is not as open to wind blast at speed as She was on the Tex. After trying several bikes about which I was fairly neutral on choice, the DL was coming out as a clear winner for us both. We had previously tried out a WC BM out of curiosity about two years ago and She really disliked it. By now it would also be in the too tall category for me as a pillion carrier. The DL is a relatively inexpensive motorcycle that appears to have been well thought out for purpose. Hopefully it will work out after I pick it up tomorrow morning.  :002:   
Title: Re: Reluctant parting
Post by: Griff on April 23, 2018, 11:57:40 AM
*Originally Posted by onthemayside [+]
A friend of mine has a DL and he loves it and my brother in law has just ordered a new one. Superb bike. I would just hope I'd be able to keep any bike up in my 68th year.  Health to ride and enjoy your new machine.

If it was just down to riding solo then I most definitely would still have the Tex as I am reasonably ok with it solo. The problems start when two up with luggage.
Title: Re: Reluctant parting
Post by: NiK on April 23, 2018, 02:36:32 PM
BTW Griff, since you're going back to a chain drive, here is my advice (from my long days with my 1050): do use dry teflon sprays.
It just doesn't fling everywhere and it is at least as protective for rollers as traditional gunk. The only "drawback" of sort is that your chain will develop rust faster during rainy trips, but I assure you that this is only superficial and it wears off as soon as the Sun shines again ;-)

(I used to use Profi Dry Lube with great success)
Title: Re: Reluctant parting
Post by: kenw on April 23, 2018, 04:18:42 PM
My advice would be to add an automatic oiler (eg 'Scott' oiler).  At least in a relatively dry country like Oz, they seem to be pretty effective and foolproof.
Title: Re: Reluctant parting
Post by: Griff on April 23, 2018, 09:40:01 PM
Chains, yes I am well used to them. There is more than one bike in the shed and the others have chains.  I have tried the Scottoiler but eventually settled on a Tutoro as providing the best metering without leaving too much mess.  Thanks for the suggestions though.