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Title: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Verbal on November 23, 2013, 02:21:21 AM
Simple question really -

I know many owners are initially very happy with their TEX.  I was among them.

I'm curious now, with time and miles and the various "issues" out and well known, if people remain happy with their TEX purchase.

Personally, I rode mine recently after a long break, and found that I still like it a lot, more so than my other bikes in fact.

Thanks.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: fflex on November 23, 2013, 02:31:03 AM
-18ºC this weekend, going to be a long winter waiting to get back on my Tex, love, love , love it!!!!!
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: iExplorer on November 23, 2013, 03:04:29 AM
I've rode my bike since May '12 almost every day except time when it spent at dealer and still cannot get enough of it...
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: 1984Rider on November 23, 2013, 04:41:27 AM
I just got mine in August. I only have about 1700 miles on it since I traveled some for work, but I still have that new bike love for it. I just rode 3 hours home from my dealer after the cam bucket bulletin and a 5 hour round trip to visit family and loved every minute. The seat will be going soon, but it is not unbearable, just would like to have more comfort for the long rides I love.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: redmerle on November 23, 2013, 05:04:41 AM
6 months in and still the best bike I've ever owned (in 32 years!)

John.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Anthony1664 on November 23, 2013, 07:09:10 AM
Yep still love it, 14300 miles on the clock and plenty more to add, it's had the head done and since the new TPS and I guess an ECU flash its running lovely and smooth too!
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Kiwibiker on November 23, 2013, 07:22:01 AM
Absolutely still loving it - probably more so than any other bike I have owned in many years!
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: hollandhanzie on November 23, 2013, 08:00:35 AM
still loving it more every day :152: :152: :152:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: nerolab on November 23, 2013, 08:54:43 AM
OH YEEEEES!!!!!!  :046:
Just wish I was retired and wealthy so I could travel the world on it!  :305:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Woodcutter on November 23, 2013, 08:56:42 AM
Still think its fantastic  :169:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Griff on November 23, 2013, 09:28:09 AM
Yes. I still like my Tex, a lot. However after all the issues I am not sure that I trust it on long continental trips. It is currently in the dealers for a new head and some work on the clutch. Obviously I am anxious as to how sorted it will be on its return to me.  :155:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Special one on November 23, 2013, 09:31:24 AM
Yes, after my week in Wales in September I love this bike now, I liked it a lot before but after gelling with it on dry welsh roads with my wife on the back, it's just brilliant and far more capable than I'll ever be.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: DaveB on November 23, 2013, 09:38:01 AM
I think my TEx is a great bike and certainly one of if not the best I've had. I only feel like this though because I got its suspension to work as it should. If I hadn't been able to do this I would have off loaded it a few months back. I only say it's the best because of it's versatility and because this in turn leads to a smile on my face each time I ride it. There are much better built, better handling, higher quality, faster, smoother bikes around of course but none of them seem to roll it all into a single package as well as the TEx.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Freeport on November 23, 2013, 09:52:04 AM
Yes, after 11k miles I still think it's a great bike and a great all rounder. There are other bikes that will do some things better, but IMO few will do everything as well.
I still really enjoy riding it and I can't see that changing.
Off to the NEC show next week to see if anything tickles my fancy, but realistically I can't see me changing the bike soon, and if I do, it will probably be for a new Explorer.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: FellZebra on November 23, 2013, 09:53:37 AM
Yeah its great, 12000miles since sept 2012 and enjoyed every ride out on it.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: DanceswithTiger on November 23, 2013, 11:43:44 AM
A bit over 22,600 miles on mine now, including a trouble-free ~7500 miles out to British Columbia and back in September/October. Just starting on my third set of tires and went with the Tourance Next this time. With only a few miles on them I'm happy with how they feel.

Mine is so far one of the quiet ones engine-wise. My dealer mentioned last weekend that there's a technical bulletin that will allow him to replace the head if it needs it in the future. (Apparently someone with a Trophy has an issue.....)

Came from a KLR650 and a Sprint ST (955). On the Explorer I feel more confident off-road than I did on the KLR and way better on-road than I did on the ST. YMMV, but I'm very pleased.

Dave
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: JonnyBravo on November 23, 2013, 11:45:49 AM
I love mine and it's the best bike I have ever owned in nearly 30 yrs

BUT

I find myself wanting to ride more off road trails these days and maybe because of my age I am just not bothered about top end speed, max acceleration etc etc anymore

The Tex is just too big, heavy and fast

Unfortunately nobody makes a 600-700 cc twin adventure bike I want !

I might buy a 990ktm for a try
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Mr.North on November 23, 2013, 11:55:19 AM
TEX is my eleventh motorcycle and clearly the best so the answer is simple, I love my bike. I can think of buying a new TEX again in a few years, it's that good :001:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Yamaone on November 23, 2013, 11:58:40 AM
What's not to like?
It's the perfect all round do everything motorcycle.
Nothing, NOTHING out there that compares. 
Sure you have bikes in the same class but there all flawed in some way. There too expensive, expensive to maintain, too ugly, only two cylinders or they have there cylinders sticking out like they need to see an orthodontist.
Triumph rocks!
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Rockit on November 23, 2013, 12:10:01 PM
Your question is do you still like your Tex..answer NO


I LOVE my Tex. 1.5 years an 22-k Best bike I've ever owned. Power to weight...handling...comfort, the best bike on the road and I have many. You can't beat the triple engine's torque & HP.

I've ridden every bike in it's class...you if blind fold me as I took the approach the TEX far out shined the others for me in power, handling and just the fun factor.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: NCXC on November 23, 2013, 12:17:21 PM
+1 to all the positive comments above. 

12,770 trouble free miles since April. 
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Jon on November 23, 2013, 01:13:54 PM
You guys have pretty well summed it all up. My TEX is absolutely the best bike I've ever owned.  :001:  I first threw a leg over a little Honda back in 1961, and have loved to ride ever since. No bike has ever put a smile as big as this Triumph! I've only put 6,000 miles on mine since May, 2012 but plan to get more riding in starting next spring. Christmas day is my last official day of work because I'm retiring.  :046: Ask this question again in 12 months!
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Tiger T.O. on November 23, 2013, 03:21:12 PM
Fantastic bike, best one I've owned so far  :152:
17.500 kms and running smoothly, it's going to the dealers in a week or two for the cylinderhead replacement and then in hibernation  :002:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Jok Prayogo on November 23, 2013, 03:39:59 PM
Yes, great bike ...so far so good. The only thing I want is more head lights power...I need more stronger lights.....
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: CBRider on November 23, 2013, 04:33:33 PM
After one year i still love her,   :046: its a bit like love between two people.  :038:  In the beginning you are in love  :187:, once you get to know her it changes to loving her  :156: . From there on every day a bit more  :047:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Upthepalace on November 23, 2013, 04:35:59 PM
Totally still love it.  Had the head work done and the bike is brilliant.  Enjoyed two wonderful trips this year on it to Lakes/Dales/Yorkshire Moors and Scotland.  It's the first bike I've ever owned where I haven't needed to spend a fortune to change or upgrade anything and find every aspect of it perfect for me.  6,500 miles in, new Michelin Anakee IIIs just fitted which feel excellent and planning for next years trips to Scotland and the Picos/Northern Spain/Portugal.  I have to say as well though that what has made owning this bike equally as good is the quality of my dealer, 3X in Dorset.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Verbal on November 23, 2013, 05:39:21 PM
I'm impressed!  It's great to see so much positive feedback so quickly.

Thank you all!
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Troppo on November 23, 2013, 06:19:10 PM
The Tex has a great engine, and handles very well for a bike of its type.


I don't like the high CoG, though.



I will probably replace it with a new FJR1300 early next year.


I want a tourer again, and I have owned a 2006 model FJR previously.


I will also probably replace my Street Triple R with a new KTM Super Duke 1290.  That will be a much harder decision, as I really love the little Triumph...









Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Rough guide on November 23, 2013, 08:17:59 PM
 :030: :030:

Its birthday today
Still in rapture
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Prodded Dog on November 23, 2013, 10:00:14 PM
18 months of ownership. 11,000 miles. Out today at a chilly 5 degrees.
Gripped, stonked, put a smile on my face. Heated grips and seat are a bonus!
It just suits me after 20 years of riding different bikes it is a true allrounder with the X factor!!!
Happy bunny
The Prodded Dog
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Sidi1200 on November 23, 2013, 10:46:47 PM
Its been six ..Yes 6 ..weeks since my bike has been in the shop to replace everything from the seat forward. 
I miss it so much.
I still think its a great bike.
But Triumphs support in other countries other than England is very Poor.  Report Card reads... 'F' for Effort..  Must try Harder.
As soon as I get it back , Ill ride it.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Expo3460 on November 23, 2013, 11:20:43 PM
Do I still love this bike - oh yes - it still make me smile after 13.000 km and 8 month of ownership - a little concerned about the engine noise and the quality of the components - hope Triumph will fix that.

Would I by a new version of the model - YESSSS - I only hope Triumph will lower the totalt weight of the bike.

Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Bluebeard on November 24, 2013, 12:13:28 AM
Just about........let's face it, my Velocette Venom still holds the record for the highest average speed for a 500cc motorcycle over 24 hours and my T140 Bonnie won the Motorcycle News 'Machine of the Year 1979'.

Frankly, the effortless touring, supreme comfort, excellent handling and reliability still leave my Explorer somewhat short of the mark. Triumph really need to improve their game before my Explorer can match my other machines.

Off to the shed now to rebalance the Bonnie's carbs and replace a few nuts and bolts on the Velo. Only the 3rd time this week. :)
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: tonycee on November 24, 2013, 12:43:12 AM
8000 miles, all sorts of weather, only service was at 500 miles.  This engine is sweet, performance is excellent for two up riding and exhilarating solo. Stabile in the twisties.  If I could shed 50 lbs on the bike and drop the center of gravity 12inches the bike would be 100 % spot on; but I can live with 95%.

Best value for my money.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: capt_ted on November 24, 2013, 01:34:13 AM
+23 on best bike I have owned. Really tested a lot of other bikes but did the Tiger for last and I was in lust immediately.

This is the best post I have seen on this forum.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: flaldrider on November 24, 2013, 01:37:14 AM
17 months of ownership and over 41,000 exciting, trouble free miles. Puts a smile on my face every time I ride it!!
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: iExplorer on November 24, 2013, 01:58:16 AM
Didn't ride it today, missed it... Went to garage, made a few pictures
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: KirkfromWork on November 24, 2013, 04:08:16 AM
Loving my TEX!

Nice photos iExplorer!
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: AndrewNZ on November 24, 2013, 05:55:02 AM
Do I still like it? I really cannot remember as I dropped it on 5th September and its now been 11 weeks waiting for parts, it maybe a great bike but the after sales service sucks!  :151:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: John Young on November 24, 2013, 07:58:25 AM
Yes, I still like it but no way would I say it's the best bike I've had.  It's not even the best Hinckley bike that I've had

What it is though, is a superb machine for covering long distances effortlessly

John

Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Special one on November 24, 2013, 09:29:21 AM
*Originally Posted by iExplorer [+]
Didn't ride it today, missed it... Went to garage, made a few pictures

What tyres are those mate?
They look the part :)
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: iExplorer on November 24, 2013, 11:20:19 AM
Heidenau Scouts K60
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Special one on November 24, 2013, 11:30:41 AM
*Originally Posted by iExplorer [+]
Heidenau Scouts K60

Ah, thought I recognised them, what are they like on the road ? Any idea of wear rate yet?

Phil
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: iExplorer on November 24, 2013, 11:45:32 AM
More here https://www.tiger-explorer.com/index.php?topic=6602.msg85589#msg85589

The front a little noisy and resonating at slow speeds... Because of solid center strip on rear, it's life is longer than everybody would think... I expect minimum 10k out of them, had rear on Vee before I sold it...  They look great on Explorer...I don't drag my knee in twisties but I'd think they are not for 100MPH curves... I'm OK with 85MPH...
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Special one on November 24, 2013, 11:52:24 AM
10k, I wouldn't get 10k out of my pr3trails Ive got now, I munch tyres for some reason and I'm not a fast rider, just a ham fisted baboon I guess.
Title: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: iExplorer on November 24, 2013, 12:01:41 PM
I've had different brand dual purpose tires in my 100K motorcycle history and always gotten more than 10K from them (rear, more from front)... except TKC80 - about 3000 and Shinko 704 (not really a tire rubber but big eraser) - replaced with other brand early...
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Martenstoves on November 24, 2013, 12:44:54 PM
Yes, a good all round bike. Very good at everything if not perfect in every sense. I think most people would agree that Triumph saw the success of the BMW GS models and thought they would like a bit of that. The Triumph version is better in almost all ways which is why I bought one rather than the GS.  :028:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Special one on November 24, 2013, 01:11:31 PM
*Originally Posted by iExplorer [+]
I've had different brand dual purpose tires in my 100K motorcycle history and always gotten more than 10K from them (rear, more from front)... except TKC80 - about 3000 and Shinko 704 (not really a tire rubber but big eraser) - replaced with other brand early...

Our roads over here must be more abrasive or something, 10k out of any tyre is bloody good but a knobbly dual purpose is outstanding.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: drstimpy on November 24, 2013, 01:36:24 PM
It is still more than the sum of its parts:)
In the middle of my east coast to Wyoming tour, I was passed by an hp4 as I was sightseeing along. Loved the double take at the end of the canyon road 5 miles later when he saw me still on his wheel. I know it's a comfortable touring bike and competent enough on fire roads...but the on road handling continues to astound me! Inspires confidence and makes an excellent twisty road bike.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: moggi1964 on November 24, 2013, 06:01:45 PM
22f here this morning; took it for a quick run to the store and back.

Like? No.

LOVE IT  :020:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: thetrumpet on November 24, 2013, 06:07:25 PM
after all the issues and thetrumpet going back to hinkley and now another year of warrenty still really happy with it and the service from my dealer and triumph. I can say that when the next gen tex comes along I will be having another cant say more :028:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: GOD on November 24, 2013, 06:39:55 PM
Despite what some others feel or have experienced, my view is that the back up service is second to none. I've already had the head etc. etc. etc. done and  while the engine is fine and smooth the bike still has an annoying vibration (frequency) at the bars. I've tried heavy bar-end weights but no difference. My own view is that it is possibly / probably clutch related. Triumph suggested re-torqueing engine mounts and if that doesn't help they'll replace the clutch, no quibble and no hassle. Would any other manufacturers do that - not likely ? It's just such a pain that the vibration's there in the first place. Do I still like the bike ? Yes. To get a sense of the vibration imagine riding at 75-80 mph in 6th gear and allowing the fingers of your left hand to gently touch the clutch lever and the sensation is similar to touching a tuning fork, that's typical of the vibration through the bars. With the clutch pulled in at that speed the vibration's gone. At 30 mph in 3rd gear everything is perfectly smooth, clutch in or out. Any ideas ?
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Big G on November 24, 2013, 08:41:51 PM
Quite simply - I love mine - wouldn't swap it for anything
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: MrMac on November 24, 2013, 08:47:49 PM
I think this is still one of the finest motorbikes on the market! I've had mine for a bit over 6 months now and put on 8500 miles. New Anakee 3's about ready to install and will probably have the head done sometime this winter. If I were buying again today, I wouldn't change a thing..!
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: DavidGriff on November 24, 2013, 10:33:11 PM
14,500 miles, 2 continental trips, Italy and Spain 2 up, regular trips from Southampton to Hull, and I ride it to work 2 or 3 times a week, which is a 100 mile round trip.  :038:

It only had 1 real problem,  :013: the commute to work was getting a little chilly, but a Keis heated jacket and gloves sorted that.   :047:  Now I can keep riding through winter  :152:

I agree with so many others here, there are faster bikes, more comfortable bikes, better handling bikes and so on, but not many (if any) that do everything as well   :037:

Griff
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: NEExplorer on November 25, 2013, 08:23:51 PM
Hell yes! My TEX has 11,000 miles on it and it's running great. The gear indicator had to be replaced but that was a minor inconvenience. It's been on lots of long trips including one to another country. I have plenty of confidence I'll be riding it for a long time.  :046: :046:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: jamesford on November 26, 2013, 09:28:04 PM
*Originally Posted by Verbal [+]
Simple question really -

I know many owners are initially very happy with their TEX.  I was among them.

I'm curious now, with time and miles and the various "issues" out and well known, if people remain happy with their TEX purchase.

Personally, I rode mine recently after a long break, and found that I still like it a lot, more so than my other bikes in fact.

Thanks.

The bike is a beauty!  However, I'm beginning to think it is too big and heavy for me - 64 years, 5' 9".  I'm beginning to think about downsizing to a Tiger Sport or similar.

James
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Tiger_SEnior on November 26, 2013, 10:23:17 PM
After the suspension has been upgraded (by a specialist) it's the best bike I've ever had (since 1980...); I cannot imagine any alternative.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Richarbl on November 27, 2013, 08:28:21 AM
Sold my Explorer after six months and 3000 kms. Drooped $3000 on the deal and couldn't wait to get rid of it.
I don't care about the money or my near hatred of the dealer, my only feeling is one of relief that I never have to listen to that
final drive shriek or be horrified at the lack of performance ever again.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Special one on November 27, 2013, 08:50:23 AM
Lol, lack of performance, heard a few criticisms, never that one, best get a GS then  :745:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Richarbl on November 27, 2013, 11:15:31 AM
*Originally Posted by Special one [+]
Lol, lack of performance, heard a few criticisms, never that one, best get a GS then  :745:

Funny you should say that because the water cooled GS I rode recently killed the Explorer for mid range power.

Y'know, mid range power, the stuff you need for passing other vehicles on single lane roads in the shortest amount of time
so you don't crash into oncoming cars. The Tex ain't got it.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: PapaTom on November 27, 2013, 11:28:31 AM
Now now, play nice  :006:

Mine is like a good pair of boots.
The more I ride it, the comfier it gets and the more I like it.  :152:

 :031:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Yamaone on November 27, 2013, 11:41:41 AM
*Originally Posted by Special one [+]
Lol, lack of performance, heard a few criticisms, never that one, best get a GS then  :745:

Right.
Final drive shriek?   What I get out of it is that it's quieter than a chain drive.
Maybe he's hearing the tires?
As for power, you'd have to be really hard to please to complain about a lack of power.
I'm just getting use to the Tex. Only thing that I notice is the extra weight lifting off side stand.
It's not a light bike, but it's an advantage on the hwy.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: 1984Rider on November 27, 2013, 12:25:33 PM
*Originally Posted by Yamaone [+]
Right.
Final drive shriek?   What I get out of it is that it's quieter than a chain drive.
Maybe he's hearing the tires?
As for power, you'd have to be really hard to please to complain about a lack of power.
I'm just getting use to the Tex. Only thing that I notice is the extra weight lifting off side stand.
It's not a light bike, but it's an advantage on the hwy.

Now that's just funny. I came from a 850lb bike (not a Harley) and this thing still feels like a toy in comparison until your right wrist flexes a little. Lack of power, maybe compared to the GS, I don't know, never ridden one. But the TEx is crazy powerful enough for me. Lack of mid range power??? Did you forget your in 6th? I've passed cars two up with my wife screaming in the intercom. Maybe that's the final drive a a a screeching you heard?
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: NEExplorer on November 27, 2013, 01:50:58 PM
*Originally Posted by Richarbl [+]
final drive shriek or be horrified at the lack of performance ever again.


Final drive shriek? Lack of performance? Maybe if someone drained all the oil out of your engine.  :745: One of the things I love about the TEX is loading it up with 2 weeks of camping gear, food, supplies, etc and being able to pass multiple cars without bothering to change gears. If I'm being silly I can drop a gear and really fly past. Shut off traction control and you can wheelie the bike around town.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: JulianinOttawa on November 27, 2013, 02:40:13 PM
Still very pleased with my 2012 at 15,000KM.  The best sport tourer I have owned so far.  Will get the head done next season as it is getting noisier.

On the 'pumper' GS vs TEX performance.  I have ridden the new GS - switched up with a buddy this fall for hour of back road riding.  Following are observations of the roll-on throttle response:

TEX has more torque off idle, will pull smoothly.  The GS needs some revs on it and is actually easy to stall.
I would give the edge to the GS around 4-5K rpm
TEX has more power as it revs out

GS owner agreed with above.

Very different bikes from a handling feel.  The GS has a softer set up but somehow handles wonderfully (telelever FE?). The TEX feels like an upright sportbike (exactly the words used by my buddy)
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Troppo on November 27, 2013, 06:29:56 PM
Performance is a relative term.

Clearly, none of you have ridden a Busa/ZX14...

 :018:

As I said in a previous post, I quite like my Tex - I'm about to do a 5000km cross country on it.  Great engine, handles and brakes well.

However, I'm over riding a big trail bike.  The main thing that annoys me is the high CoG.

The bike can be a handful at very slow speeds/parking, etc.

So, why not buy a Trophy?, I hear you say.

Too big, too heavy, and most importantly, too many teething problems - the TPS is a ticking time bomb (like the Tex). 

I really don't fancy an engine failure at some random time.

I was at the NEC yesterday, and made my decision  I'm going back to a new FJR (I owned a 2006 model). 

Smooth, turbine like power, Yamaha reliability.  Cruise control (on the proper side), adjustable screen, low C of G, etc.

I have come to the Tex from Hyper bikes (ZX14, Busa), and I miss the effortless grunt that only a big I4 can give....

Triumph have done well with the Tex, and it is very easy to see why they are so popular.  Triumph's response to problems has been good...but the disparity between UK based owners and us poor sods in the colonies is obvious and inexcusable.

Enjoy your Explorers.  I certainly have.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Special one on November 27, 2013, 07:08:53 PM
 Im not gonna start any criticising but if anybody thinks the explorer is slow with no mid range, you're either very very heavy or not riding it right, it's effortless, I have never ever found it lacking on an overtake.

Considering the GS is less power and similar weight I find it hard to believe its even noticeable, it can only be geared differently.

I'll stick with mine, I'm more than happy with the power for English roads, I had a sprint st 1050 before and the explorer feels quicker than that, the st was 30 kgs lighter too.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Special one on November 27, 2013, 07:15:18 PM
*Originally Posted by Richarbl [+]
Funny you should say that because the water cooled GS I rode recently killed the Explorer for mid range power.

Y'know, mid range power, the stuff you need for passing other vehicles on single lane roads in the shortest amount of time
so you don't crash into oncoming cars. The Tex ain't got it.

With respect mate I'd suggest your probably not reading the road / conditions correctly if you are finding the lack of power is causing you nearly to crash head on in to oncoming cars, lots of people ride slower bikes and manage overtakes just fine, follow a police biker on a big lardy touring bike and see if they are left wanting more power.

I used to pass cars with ease on a 70hp 600cc which wasn't a patch on the explorer.

Best get that GS ordered  :047:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Explorer 62 on November 27, 2013, 07:58:54 PM
*Originally Posted by Special one [+]
With respect mate I'd suggest your probably not reading the road / conditions correctly if you are finding the lack of power is causing you nearly to crash head on in to oncoming cars, lots of people ride slower bikes and manage overtakes just fine, follow a police biker on a big lardy touring bike and see if they are left wanting more power.

I used to pass cars with ease on a 70hp 600cc which wasn't a patch on the explorer.

Best get that GS ordered  :047:
No mid range  :008:

+1 Special one
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: grievousbee on November 27, 2013, 08:09:22 PM
Re: lack of power on the Tex.

Rode both the Tex and the new Water cooled 1200GS back to back when i was in the market.

IMO the GS does not have more power but feels like it does. Whereas the TEX is almost completely linear in power delivery the GS is much more peaky, it 'feels' sportier.

However as mentioned above it is definately easier to stall  :034:

The demo I rode also had a bloody annoying surge at 30 - 35 mph which made it unbearable for me.

The thing that made me opt for the Tex over the GS was the dealer. When I questioned about the known and documented  FD problems the dealer shrugged and said 'what problem, never heard of one'  :230: They also denied any surge problem and treated 'forums' as a swear word. My Triumph dealer however has mentioned the Triumph RAT (and other) groups on both new purchases.


As to do I still like my Tex well only just got about 500 miles in a month on mine (due to unforseen circumstances) but everytime I ride it I want to be out for longer than I can actually physically do. Looking forward to the summer though and going on holiday on it  :028:  :046:

Chris
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Richarbl on November 28, 2013, 12:48:22 AM
*Originally Posted by Special one [+]
With respect mate I'd suggest your probably not reading the road / conditions correctly if you are finding the lack of power is causing you nearly to crash head on in to oncoming cars.

Yeah, that that might just be the problem, not reading the road properly. Funny thing tho, I never had that problem with
my Tiger 1050.  :018:
 Perhaps your riding conditions are different to mine but I just got sick of changing down to 4th or even third gear
to safely overtake cars. Under the same circumstances my 1050 would do it with ease in sixth gear.
The Tex just felt lethargic and borderline dangerous in my view.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Special one on November 28, 2013, 06:14:58 AM
*Originally Posted by Richarbl [+]
Yeah, that that might just be the problem, not reading the road properly. Funny thing tho, I never had that problem with
my Tiger 1050.  :018:
 Perhaps your riding conditions are different to mine but I just got sick of changing down to 4th or even third gear
to safely overtake cars. Under the same circumstances my 1050 would do it with ease in sixth gear.
The Tex just felt lethargic and borderline dangerous in my view.

You actually felt the tiger 1050 was better for overtakes?
I'm not being a smart ass now but perhaps your explorer wasnt running correctly, I've ridden the tiger 1050 a fair bit and it's like chalk and cheese, the explorer would piss all over one at any speeds in any gear except when getting to 110-120 mph where the gearing on the explorer would start to peak.

Horses for courses I guess...
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Papy on November 28, 2013, 06:44:37 AM
I've not ridden so much since the head cylinder change (plus or minor 10mi) but after approximately 20,000miles, it's still a pleasure.
Even if here we Frenchies are restricted to 106bhp  :004:
And that sound with the stock exhaust  :152:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: gscojo on November 28, 2013, 01:45:35 PM
I love my TEX... as long as I stay away from the forum.
Too much reading on here would make anyone have doubts.
Forum reading = Doubts
Riding = Love
Don't get me wrong. The forum is great for advise. Just have to avoid the negative comments that don't apply to you.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Tiger_SEnior on November 28, 2013, 01:48:58 PM
*Originally Posted by gscojo [+]
I love my TEX... as long as I stay away from the forum.
Too much reading on here would make anyone have doubts.
Forum reading = Doubts
Riding = Love
Don't get me wrong. The forum is great for advise. Just have to avoid the negative comments that don't apply to you.

 :0461:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: nerolab on November 28, 2013, 10:59:31 PM
*Originally Posted by Special one [+]
You actually felt the tiger 1050 was better for overtakes?
I'm not being a smart ass now but perhaps your explorer wasnt running correctly, I've ridden the tiger 1050 a fair bit and it's like chalk and cheese, the explorer would piss all over one at any speeds in any gear except when getting to 110-120 mph where the gearing on the explorer would start to peak.

Horses for courses I guess...

 :0461: That TEx mustve been sick...... lethargic is not a word one would use to describe the torquey 1200 triple....
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: CAPTSLOW on November 28, 2013, 11:26:09 PM
Still like my bike.

 Even after a full bypass procedure with engine out of bike, and back in with new head. Unlike UK owners this was done at the local dealer.  They did a brilliant job.

Now stuck in the snow waiting for spring. Still love my bike. Ride it, and enjoy it. :002:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Richarbl on November 28, 2013, 11:44:51 PM
*Originally Posted by Special one [+]
You actually felt the tiger 1050 was better for overtakes?
I'm not being a smart ass now but perhaps your explorer wasnt running correctly, I've ridden the tiger 1050 a fair bit and it's like chalk and cheese, the explorer would piss all over one at any speeds in any gear except when getting to 110-120 mph where the gearing on the explorer would start to peak.

Horses for courses I guess...

To be fair to the Tex my Tiger 1050 had a few advantages in its favour. At 23, 000 miles the engine was loosened up nicely and in the prime of its life. It had an Arrow can with gave a few extra neddies plus it was perfectly tuned. Basically what I did was go to the Triumph dealer, explained the various issues I was having and they kept loading maps into it and taking it for a test ride every time until we got the tune which was exactly right.
Plus I once rode it at 105 mph for about 55 minutes without slowing down once,. That really seemed to loosen up the engine quite nicely.

On the other hand the Tex was an early build model and still had the stock pipe. It did have the head replaced but it was still slow.
I talked at length with the best people I could find in Triumph and there wasn't really anything else they could do to make it faster besides put an Arrow can on it. I would have done that and waited for better maps to be released but I couldn't ride it any more with the horrible noise coming from the final drive. I just hated riding it, my last trip before I sold it was a 20 mile jaunt and I just couldn't wait to get home and get off it.
In summary I think my Tiger 1050 was a particularly good one and my early build Tex was a lemon flavoured dog.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: wilcon76 on November 29, 2013, 10:31:51 PM
Love the bike! Would not trade it.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: hollandhanzie on November 30, 2013, 07:59:34 AM
Had a 1050 for 40.000miles now love my tex. My mate has a 1050 with tune and remus. We did a race a while ago on the autbahn at 60mph in 6th then full throttle. Yes the 1050 was faster from 60 to 110 the 1050 was ahead about 10 meters :033: then we did it from 25 miles to 80 the Tex was faster then we did the 60-100 in 4 and the tex was faster..

sometimes the 1050 is faster but the differences are very small (the 1050 had 131pk at the rear wheel on the dyno)

And yeah the Tex is great love it  :152:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: wilcon76 on November 30, 2013, 04:05:12 PM
Dropped mine off for heated grips and seats this morning. Can't wait to get it back.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: lostlogik on November 30, 2013, 07:34:17 PM
*Originally Posted by WilCon76 [+]
Dropped mine off for heated grips and seats this morning. Can't wait to get it back.
They are a real bonus during the winter months. Love mine (and my TEx)
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: wilcon76 on November 30, 2013, 08:34:05 PM
On your display does it show whenever the seat is on or only when the riders seat is on high?
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Rene48 on November 30, 2013, 11:07:48 PM
It's my fifth Triumph and the best so far  :047: :047: :046: :046:

Regards René
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: nerolab on December 01, 2013, 11:41:18 AM
*Originally Posted by WilCon76 [+]
On your display does it show whenever the seat is on or only when the riders seat is on high?
It shows when both seats are on but wont show differing settings for both seats.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: NEExplorer on December 01, 2013, 12:36:49 PM
*Originally Posted by hollandhanzie [+]
Had a 1050 for 40.000miles now love my tex. My mate has a 1050 with tune and remus. We did a race a while ago on the autbahn at 60mph in 6th then full throttle. Yes the 1050 was faster from 60 to 110 the 1050 was ahead about 10 meters :033: then we did it from 25 miles to 80 the Tex was faster then we did the 60-100 in 4 and the tex was faster..

sometimes the 1050 is faster but the differences are very small (the 1050 had 131pk at the rear wheel on the dyno)

And yeah the Tex is great love it  :152:

The TEX is tuned for low end torque. The 1050 for top end speed. That's like racing a pickup truck against a sport car. I love low end torque. The power range is so wide on the TEX that you always have power when needed. Not having to constantly change gears makes day long rides more enjoyable.  :305:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: PMD6 on December 01, 2013, 12:54:57 PM
Yes - still enjoy it very much -  I'm glad I chose it over the S10 and GM -  purely subjective

My  criticisms are largely cosmetic -  I think the choice of colours are limited and if I'm honest target the older rider. I also think the 2 tone frame by which I mean the silver coloured foot rest assemblies, the pannier racks a luggage rack date the bike as well

It does lack on electric goodies but the engine largely covers this for now...
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: lostlogik on December 02, 2013, 01:30:34 PM
*Originally Posted by nerolab [+]
It shows when both seats are on but wont show differing settings for both seats.
Having only the one heated seat, my display shows me whether the heat level is on low or high
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Jonnybiscuit on December 02, 2013, 02:25:32 PM
*Originally Posted by nerolab [+]
It shows when both seats are on but wont show differing settings for both seats.

Thank God for that then  :028:  At least you are unlikely to get part way through a ride, only to find you've forgotten to re-fit the seats  :164:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: PMD6 on December 02, 2013, 04:30:08 PM
This forum might be a slightly baised group of people to ask

I dont buy new as I like to change bikes regularly - as such i scan the classifieds regularly - while doing so I noticed that there were far more nearly new low mileage Explorers for sale than there were GS/GSAs, KTMs, S10s - obviously to make a true comparision one would have to know the original selling figures (my guess is that the bmws would selling the greatest number followed someway behind by Tri, Yam and KTM with fairly even numbers) - but as for a casual observation there seems to be a disproportionate number of nearly new low milers about
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Jonnybiscuit on December 02, 2013, 05:37:06 PM
*Originally Posted by PMD6 [+]
This forum might be a slightly baised group of people to ask

Nah....can't believe that   :138:  Anyway......I'm not  :007:

*Originally Posted by PMD6 [+]
............I noticed that there were far more nearly new low mileage Explorers for sale than there were GS/GSAs, ...........
It's even more perplexing when you consider that there's new models of both the BMs, so you'd expect there to be a rise in the number of people selling off their "old(er) models"    :027:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Batman1 on December 02, 2013, 10:26:30 PM
Had BMW not launched the new water cooled GS all would have been fine, but unfortunately they did.  :084:

The launch of the Tex pulled a lot of GS riders over to enjoy the great British bike, now a lot of those guys are returning back to the superb new German machine.  :164:

Perhaps the 2nd generation Tex will redress the imbalance???  :187:

Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: nerolab on December 02, 2013, 11:30:25 PM
No doubt the GS is a good bike, a more expewnsive bike, yes. A better bike? Not so sure....  I still hear comments about it being agricultural and easy to stall with twitchy throttle - one guy who rents them out said the dealer advised using rain setting to start with to avoid excessive jerkiness. He loved the TEx's engine by comparison.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Special one on December 02, 2013, 11:32:50 PM
I sat in the water called GSA at the nec, can't see what all the fuss is about and it's £15k, £15 fecking thousand !!!

There still hasn't been a conclusion to this high speed wobble it was suspected to have which may or may not had a role in Kevin ash's death in south Africa, the fact that nothing has been said suggests a cover up but thats another story for another thread.

I guess it comes down to lambretta or Vespa, Honda or Yamaha, BMW or triumph etc, you're either in one camp or the other, I know something I wouldn't spend £15k on a Beemer.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: nerolab on December 02, 2013, 11:36:38 PM
*Originally Posted by Special one [+]


There still hasn't been a conclusion to this high speed wobble it was suspected to have which may or may not had a role in Kevin ash's death in south Africa, the fact that nothing has been said suggests a cover up but thats another story for another thread.

I neglected to say the same thing.... they have gotten away with hiding that one deep under the shag pile! How? Making a nice payment to his widow and daughters? There should be an inquest and as you say the very fact that it has fallen silent suggests that there is something to hide.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Wearyeyed on December 03, 2013, 12:54:03 AM
In the short - but notable - time I've actually had mine in my possession and ridden it, I love it so much, if I could afford to, I'd buy another just to have one on back-up whilst the other is in for warranty work...   :P
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Sidi1200 on December 03, 2013, 01:32:50 AM
Hey Wearyeyed, That sounds like a what a Jaguar Owner would  :038:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Special one on December 03, 2013, 09:06:39 AM
If I buy another explorer, I'd get the new metallic white, seen it at the nec and thought it looked amazing.

I know it sounds a bit snobbish but it was quite cool seeing people sitting on the explorers and dreaming of owning one and im standing there with one outside (we went on the bike), was also good the salesman asking me if I liked the bike and saying I've already got one :)
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: PMD6 on December 03, 2013, 09:24:07 AM
Ditto the white - best colour in the range
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Jonnybiscuit on December 03, 2013, 09:46:41 AM
*Originally Posted by Sidi1200 [+]
Hey Wearyeyed, That sounds like a what a Jaguar Owner would  :038:

Does that mean there's a connection here ? The message being.....vehicles named after a big cat are unreliable  :164:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: PMD6 on December 03, 2013, 12:44:00 PM
*Originally Posted by Special one [+]
I sat in the water called GSA at the nec, can't see what all the fuss is about and it's £15k, £15 fecking thousand !!!

There still hasn't been a conclusion to this high speed wobble it was suspected to have which may or may not had a role in Kevin ash's death in south Africa, the fact that nothing has been said suggests a cover up but thats another story for another thread.

I guess it comes down to lambretta or Vespa, Honda or Yamaha, BMW or triumph etc, you're either in one camp or the other, I know something I wouldn't spend £15k on a Beemer.


 Based on spec' and price of 2014 models  I wouldnt say the explorer is competing against the GS/GSA, S10, Multisrada, KTM any longer - imo the competition in now the revised v-strom, honda crosstourer moto guzzi and aprilia

Back on topic im still very happy from the context of buying a bike that was less than a year old with low miles for just over £8k as I think I got very good value for money - would I feel the same if I brought it new bike at rrp - hard to say but probably not.

Is there anying i particularly dislike about the bike - no. Do I like it enough to keep it more than 6-9 months - no

Wonder what the MKII will be like - hopefully some funky colours  and some electronic wizardry!
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: PMD6 on December 03, 2013, 12:55:37 PM
I hope someone at Triumph reads this and takes notes - its a good thread and largely favourable
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Wearyeyed on December 03, 2013, 01:42:48 PM
*Originally Posted by Jonnybiscuit [+]
Does that mean there's a connection here ? The message being.....vehicles named after a big cat are unreliable  :164:

"Reliability" is relative.

I certainly have no question what to expect from the early part of my ownership...

 :745:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: PMD6 on December 03, 2013, 01:48:44 PM
*Originally Posted by Wearyeyed [+]
"Reliability" is relative.


 Relative to what?
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Jonnybiscuit on December 03, 2013, 02:03:43 PM
*Originally Posted by PMD6 [+]
Relative to what?

I guess Relative to how many times it needs remedial attention  :027:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: off_again on December 03, 2013, 03:11:44 PM
Sorry for the late response from me on this - been far too busy with work!

Do I still like my Explorer? Damn right I am. Bloody brilliant do-it-all bike. Love it.

Looks like I am relocating to the USA soon and the complexity and issues of taking my bike are too high. So I might have to let it go. BUT, I would rather keep it, store it securely and come back in a few years than let it go. That's sad isnt it? And what is sadder, is that I have already worked out where the local Triumph dealer is in the USA and I am working out my finances to get another one!!! How mad is that?

I might actually end up with two.... bonkers I know! But mine is great and is something special. Really dont want to part with it.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: PMD6 on December 03, 2013, 05:07:55 PM
Engine work booking just confirmed for 9 April - thats the earliest!

I like it a little less now - its a shame that Triumph dont allocate the required resources to fix this problem in a timely manner 'taking advantage of the bad weather '
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Wearyeyed on December 03, 2013, 09:37:01 PM
*Originally Posted by Jonnybiscuit [+]
I guess Relative to how many times it needs remedial attention  :027:

Awww...come-on guys, flex that creativity...

My bike has spent more days in for warranty than the number of days it has not, and that is something I can count on!

Consistent, predictable...the fact I'd say she's more reliable than not is clearly not relative to the time she spends running down the road....
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Jonnybiscuit on December 03, 2013, 10:19:56 PM
*Originally Posted by Wearyeyed [+]
Awww...come-on guys, flex that creativity...

My bike has spent more days in for warranty than the number of days it has not, and that is something I can count on!

Consistent, predictable...the fact I'd say she's more reliable than not is clearly not relative to the time she spends running down the road....

Awwww ..... come on yerself. So you think a machine that's unavailable (i.e broken or not able to do what it was purchased to do) more than available, is STILL reliable  :087: 
Jayzus......glad you don't work for me in factory maintenance  :138: 
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Wearyeyed on December 03, 2013, 10:38:41 PM
*Originally Posted by Jonnybiscuit [+]
Awwww ..... come on yerself. So you think a machine that's unavailable (i.e broken or not able to do what it was purchased to do) more than available, is STILL reliable  :087: 
Jayzus......glad you don't work for me in factory maintenance  :138:

From England?

Come on, half a dozen English comedy troupes could write a whole skit about the "reliability" of something based on the fact it can be counted-on to be found in a shop....

:P
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Martenstoves on December 03, 2013, 10:45:33 PM
It's really odd for me reading all of the comments on here about bikes that have needed to go back in for remedial work and stuff that needs fixing. I bought mine new in April and all I've done since is ride it, clean it and screw after market goodies on it. I'm really sorry for you owners who have had trouble, I really am. Love mine. :034:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Wearyeyed on December 03, 2013, 11:06:24 PM
*Originally Posted by Martenstoves [+]
It's really odd for me reading all of the comments on here about bikes that have needed to go back in for remedial work and stuff that needs fixing. I bought mine new in April and all I've done since is ride it, clean it and screw after market goodies on it. I'm really sorry for you owners who have had trouble, I really am. Love mine. :034:

Make no mistake, I love mine.

Just wish I got to use it more often...
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Special one on December 03, 2013, 11:58:36 PM
*Originally Posted by Martenstoves [+]
It's really odd for me reading all of the comments on here about bikes that have needed to go back in for remedial work and stuff that needs fixing. I bought mine new in April and all I've done since is ride it, clean it and screw after market goodies on it. I'm really sorry for you owners who have had trouble, I really am. Love mine. :034:

Yep, bought mine in March, done around 4k on it and apart from a few cut outs when blipping on down changes it's been trouble free (touch wood).

That said, I do want the engine work done as I think it will affect future value if it's not done, I'll get them to look at the cutting out too.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: 1984Rider on December 04, 2013, 12:27:33 AM
*Originally Posted by off_again [+]
Sorry for the late response from me on this - been far too busy with work!

Do I still like my Explorer? Damn right I am. Bloody brilliant do-it-all bike. Love it.

Looks like I am relocating to the USA soon and the complexity and issues of taking my bike are too high. So I might have to let it go. BUT, I would rather keep it, store it securely and come back in a few years than let it go. That's sad isnt it? And what is sadder, is that I have already worked out where the local Triumph dealer is in the USA and I am working out my finances to get another one!!! How mad is that?

I might actually end up with two.... bonkers I know! But mine is great and is something special. Really dont want to part with it.

If it helps you can store the bike in my garage. I'd be glad to flex her muscles until you move state-side.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: wilcon76 on December 04, 2013, 12:42:17 AM
Mine spent 53 days in the shop and I still love it every time I thumb the starter. Triumph had some hiccups with it, but I trust they will get it right, the bike is that good.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: PMD6 on December 04, 2013, 08:01:55 AM
*Originally Posted by off_again [+]

Looks like I am relocating to the USA soon and the complexity and issues of taking my bike are too high. So I might have to let it go. BUT, I would rather keep it, store it securely and come back in a few years than let it go. That's sad isnt it? And what is sadder, is that I have already worked out where the local Triumph dealer is in the USA and I am working out my finances to get another one!!! How mad is that?


If you are asking the question you know the answer!

Having stored stuff in the past I would not do it again. You will lock up a £8k bike and open thr container in 2 or 3 years to a £3k bike you no longer want as the novelty of ownership has worn off

Would it not be more sensible to sell it - if you want one in the states get another and then bring that back with you in a few years??

Bring stuff from the states is very simple and does cost much. Take advantage of the fact bikes are cheaper in the states and upgrade

Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Jonnybiscuit on December 04, 2013, 09:43:34 AM
*Originally Posted by Wearyeyed [+]
From England?

Come on, half a dozen English comedy troupes could write a whole skit about the "reliability" of something based on the fact it can be counted-on to be found in a shop....

You sound like just the man to buy my dead parrot  :084:

Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: off_again on December 05, 2013, 10:55:21 PM
*Originally Posted by PMD6 [+]
If you are asking the question you know the answer!

Having stored stuff in the past I would not do it again. You will lock up a £8k bike and open thr container in 2 or 3 years to a £3k bike you no longer want as the novelty of ownership has worn off

Would it not be more sensible to sell it - if you want one in the states get another and then bring that back with you in a few years??

Bring stuff from the states is very simple and does cost much. Take advantage of the fact bikes are cheaper in the states and upgrade

Yeah, most likely the best option. Storing it and letting it lose money doesnt make too much sense. Seems that I have someone who wants it though, so its good news and looks like I will be buying another one stateside!
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Batman1 on December 06, 2013, 10:52:22 PM
*Originally Posted by Special one [+]
I sat in the water called GSA at the nec, can't see what all the fuss is about and it's £15k, £15 fecking thousand !!!

There still hasn't been a conclusion to this high speed wobble it was suspected to have which may or may not had a role in Kevin ash's death in south Africa, the fact that nothing has been said suggests a cover up but thats another story for another thread.

I guess it comes down to lambretta or Vespa, Honda or Yamaha, BMW or triumph etc, you're either in one camp or the other, I know something I wouldn't spend £15k on a Beemer.

I really liked my Tex, but I really love my GS-LC. I paid £13810.00 for the GS which was the list price for the TE model with all the bells and whistles, of which there are many, I think that my Launch model Tex was around £12000.00 with all the goodies. Both prices without luggage.

I did x3 European tours and x1 Scotland tour on my Tex which I traded in against the new GS after 10,000 trouble free miles.
 
I bought the GS for it's lightness, it's handling, and it's huge grin factor. The boxer twin is not nearly as smooth as the triple, but my Tex motor was nowhere near as smooth as the sublime inline four of my previous CBF1000 Mk2 :164:

The GS-LC feels like a small bike compared to the Tex, this not just because it is a lighter bike, but the weight being slung so low down makes the bike extremely flick-able through fast twisty's, it's also much easier to manage when making slow tight turns, such as country road u-turns and gravel surfaced bumpy car parks. :152:

I have no allegiance to any make or marque, so my camp is variable, I've grafted for my lolly so I spend on the bike that does it for me regardless of it's badge. The GS is a dearer bike, but GS's do have a reputation of holding onto their value when the time comes to move 'em on. I'm not sure how the second hand value is holding up on the Tex? :084:

If you like the Tex ride a Tex, if you like the GS ride a GS that's what I say. Both superb bikes, but for me the GS-LC is more fun! :305:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: danmccabe on December 07, 2013, 04:02:17 AM
I still love the performance of the bike, the acceleration, the handling, the comfort,  the sound - all that is awesome.

I don't like the intermittent TPS issue I have been having, nor do I like the engine noise that came on at 6000 miles.  My local dealer is reluctantly dealing with both issues, so I am hoping that once thesem are  fixed I will be back in a good place with TEX.

Dan
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Special one on December 08, 2013, 08:46:11 AM
The new GS water cooled is lighter? You sure?
Wet weight of the explorer is supposed to be 259kgs, I read the GS is around 239 empty, so there can't be much in it, might feel lighter.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Batman1 on December 08, 2013, 01:05:58 PM
Hi Special,

Dunno about the technicalities but it sure feels a lot lighter, the Tex always felt just a tad top heavy, more so with full luggage and pillion, the GS-LC feels considerably lighter and easier to chuck about and change direction, and maybe that what counts, I'm not knocking the Tex, it is a great bike, but the Beema is more fun for me, it's exciting to ride and it's very quick!

Please don't mix the Air-Cooled GS with the GS-LC. They are different bikes, I tried the Air-cooled GS at the same time as I road tested the Explorer, and I bought the Explorer. The water cooled twin however is a completely different bike!
 
The Tex and the GS-LC are both great bikes, and you have to count yourself very lucky if you are riding ether of them!  :169:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Catsbum on December 08, 2013, 02:01:00 PM
Mines in tomorrow for the work. Took her out to use up some fuel as Triumph drain the tank and you get her back empty..

Not ridden her since my return from Marbella in October. I forgot about the worn tyres. Roads were damp and I was like a Dog on Roller Skates!


Do I still like my Tex, Too Bloody right I do

Cats
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Perkins on December 08, 2013, 07:09:54 PM
Hi.

I have had 2 Explorers from new and put approx 18k miles on them combined,my feeling are this, in general its a very good all round bike and it depends on what people are looking for and their budget.If you want a smooth touring 2 up bike fully weighted down I truly believe its the best adventurer out there for that,the engine is smooth and the power is so linear, and in general it does everything on the can.
However because a fancied a changed I decided to test ride all the new adventure bikes out there and had an average 3 to 4 hr test ride on them (BMW 1200GS LC ,Ducati Multi and Ktm 1190 which turned out to be a interesting few afternoons.What I can say is that bikes you might not even consider make sure you ride them all as you are paying the money.If you are looking at something for touring but still want fun than the ducati and the ktm are the bikes to go for. I really wanted to be blown away by the BMW but I was not and the Mrs hated it .Although I have to say that engine is not ktm/duc quick but it delivers the boot a lot quicker than the explorer which was a big surprise.The disappointing thing for me was shaft noise,vibration,and the gearbox( Tractor like),which was a shame because I thought that was the bike for me.
So it was down to duc and ktm the duc is the best looking by a mile but the price is too high, so opted for Ktm this was a bike I would never considered,but it truly so far ticks the boxes for me it Tours,light weight,flicks around bends,the power is off the scale and the braking is outstanding.

So would a buy a 3rd Explorer ,recommend one to someone?? YES with out a doubt, for the money it is a cracking bike,it has  issues that Triumph seem to be sorting out but if you want to munch miles and on a budget its the best out there.
But for me I very happy to adjust/clean my chain on ktm because the fun factor more than make up for it.


Ride safely and enjoy whatever bike you ride!!!
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Batman1 on December 08, 2013, 07:27:59 PM
That there KTM is a very tempting piece of kit, but I've kinda got used to not having a chain to bother about!  :002:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Special one on December 08, 2013, 08:28:26 PM
You might wanna watch this and question your dealer about the issue if you're going for the 1190 ktm...


KTM 1190 Adventure problems, start , dust (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QjMx5De-QA#ws)
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: iExplorer on December 08, 2013, 08:40:19 PM
Damn, I don't read that fast, even in English, and distracted by funeral song 
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Special one on December 08, 2013, 08:46:59 PM
*Originally Posted by iExplorer [+]
Damn, I don't read that fast, even in English, and distracted by funeral song

I had to pause it to read, the YouTube description for this clip has most of the text I think.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: iExplorer on December 08, 2013, 09:07:00 PM
I got the idea, any vehicle, made by any manufacturer of any country, especially the ones on two wheels, have problems. Now, it's all comes to how the owner reacts to it.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Special one on December 08, 2013, 09:20:48 PM
There is a difference IMO in parts failing and bad design, the ktm seems to have a badly designed air box.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: iExplorer on December 08, 2013, 09:24:47 PM
Maybe, I had a V-Strom 1000 where many complain about air box gasket being hard to keep in place while reinstalling the cover...
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Perkins on December 08, 2013, 10:28:21 PM
Thanks special one!

I did know about this problem on Ktm from dealer and forum but I dont think it will affect me as I will never ride off road,but its not good, but no bike is perfect.What I have heard is this mainly happening in OZ and SA where these riders take off roading seriously  but it is still no excuse. Will be speaking to dealer about problem before I go to Greece in May maybe a bit more dust out there!!Anyway thanks for the info but dont let it put you off, I thought that you had tarmac in Birmingham?? :084:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Special one on December 08, 2013, 10:33:07 PM
Yeah a bit of Tarmac around lol, I don't do much off road on my explorer so not a problem for me, I've got a drz for that stuff.

I considered the ktm tbh, just want to spread the word about any issues on any bike if it requires it, it might encourage manufacturers to admit to faults and fix them rather than deny any issues and try to sweep it under the carpet (sometimes)
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Perkins on December 08, 2013, 11:00:40 PM
I could not agree more that was the main reason I changed from Triumph after 3 bikes in a row,I got feed up with the lies about the issues I had with both Explorers not so much Triumph HQ but from dealer workshop. So far KTM have been brilliant but hey! time will tell.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: capt_ted on December 08, 2013, 11:36:56 PM
Go to the BMWMOA or ADVrider GS-LC forums, this forum or the KTM forum and read them and weep. It seems  ALL bike brands have issues and the forums are the place to vent. Oh, check the Multistrada forums as well. The problem is the internet promotes and enables the rapid spread of knowledge, facts, rumors, made up facts, baldface lies and perhaps somewhere the truth.
I just had a real problem with my bike when I got home and found a spoke hanging loose. Front and rear wheels were really bad. I made a call to Triumph USA and was told to bring wheels to dealer. Later that day I got a call from Triumph very concerned and told me they were going to send me a new rear wheel right away and would send the front if it could not be trued. I am indeed impressed.
I just found that the next down down the line Ocala is opening a Indian/Triumph dealership so the brand here in Florida is growing.
That KTM youtube video is depressing. I can see by UK Triumph engine upgrade that Hinkley it admitting mistakes and taking corrective actions. I still love my TEX but got it mainly for street use and for that it's shines brightly for me.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: 1984Rider on December 09, 2013, 03:12:44 AM
I said it before and I'll say it again, there are a lot of great bike manufacturers out there today. However each has it's growing pains. In my short to date 39 years I've experienced or had parents (mother and father both rode) who experienced Harley Davidson Electra Glide ignition shutting off due to failure of the ignition module with heat, same brand Sportster oil tank rupturing dumping its contents on the rear tire at highway speed, Honda VTX1300C stalling on deceleration, Kawasaki Nomad steering shake at speed with anything less than standard hold of the bars (forget one hand riding) and a BMW K1200GT steering dump in low speed sharp corner. All of these were brand new bikes.

I've owned a Triumph Thunderbird Sport and Sprint ST and had ZERO problems with either. My parents owned the Thunderbird, Bonneville America, Legend and Trophy and had ZERO problems with them as well. I went back to Triumph after a few years of other brands. I did so with the history of experience with the brand and even with the head issue have not looked back with anything but satisfaction. Regardless of the brand you choose you will have varying levels of satisfaction dotted with periods of complete disgust, hence the reason why I or my parents will never own a Harley again. All this being said, the dealer also has the ability to turn a bad situation into a good experience and vice versa. I ride 150 miles to my dealer, passing two other Triumph dealers, because of how I am treated and how my bike is returned to me. I love Triumph, their bikes, their support and my dealer.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: jamesford on December 09, 2013, 04:11:41 AM
I am selling mine.  Too big.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Yamaone on December 11, 2013, 05:51:51 PM
*Originally Posted by jamesford [+]
I am selling mine.  Too big.

Didn't notice that on your test ride?
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Jonnybiscuit on December 11, 2013, 06:13:34 PM
*Originally Posted by Yamaone [+]
Didn't notice that on your test ride?

Ah..now if we all noticed all the faults and problems on a test ride....none of us would be married  :164:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Sidi1200 on December 12, 2013, 09:10:45 AM
 :152: :460: :745:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Desert_Storm on December 12, 2013, 10:27:57 AM
 :431: but I lost that loving feeling for the TEX. Too many problems (cam bucket, TPMS, TPS) and lousy customer service from the dealer in Dubai. I am selling the bike in case anyone around is interested. I have put many extras (GIVI crash bars, several Touratech items, soft and hard cover for the garage, tank protector from motografix, etc), Barkbusters hand protectors, less than 2000 kilometers on the odometer. Triumph anyone?
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Yamaone on December 17, 2013, 11:45:32 AM
*Originally Posted by Desert_Storm [+]
:431: but I lost that loving feeling for the TEX. Too many problems (cam bucket, TPMS, TPS) and lousy customer service from the dealer in Dubai. I am selling the bike in case anyone around is interested. I have put many extras (GIVI crash bars, several Touratech items, soft and hard cover for the garage, tank protector from motografix, etc), Barkbusters hand protectors, less than 2000 kilometers on the odometer. Triumph anyone?

Shipping from there should be expensive.   Too bad you are leaving based on issues you read about. Assuming all that you listed didn't all happen to you.
Goodbye.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: iExplorer on December 17, 2013, 01:00:16 PM
Just played local Tag-O-Rama, grabbed two Tags within 24 hrs and placed two tags

Love it more and more...

33000 miles and counting...
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Yamaone on December 18, 2013, 11:47:39 AM
*Originally Posted by iExplorer [+]
Just played local Tag-O-Rama, grabbed two Tags within 24 hrs and placed two tags

Love it more and more...

33000 miles and counting...

Nice photos with great bike included. :)
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: kantager on December 18, 2013, 06:05:58 PM
Hi, Love the bike best bike I have owned brings a smile to my face every time I am out on her there are not many in turkey so when we are out she always draws a crowd love the Tex.
Regards
Kantager :152:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Malicezn on December 18, 2013, 06:28:52 PM
Only 1500km now.... but I can honestly say, I don't like my TEX. I LOVE IT!

Can't wait for the next ride! Going to be a long distance 2-up tour with panniers and all.

 :305: :305:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: pistolpete on December 20, 2013, 08:02:39 PM
most expensive and most unreliable bike i have ever owned, cant wait to get rid of it, nearly killed on it again today after it cut out again as i entered a busy motorway roundabout and this is after the TPS being replaced, absolute nightmare, wish i had have kept my trusty reliable GS.

I know hundreds have been fantastic, reliable etc but mine hasn't :110:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: wilcon76 on December 20, 2013, 08:41:57 PM
That sucks. I am glad mine has only had the one issue and seems to be okay now.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: pistolpete on December 20, 2013, 10:39:03 PM
*Originally Posted by WilCon76 [+]
That sucks. I am glad mine has only had the one issue and seems to be okay now.

Believe me you are one of the lucky ones and i hope it stays good for you
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Explorer 62 on December 20, 2013, 10:53:37 PM
*Originally Posted by pistolpete [+]
most expensive and most unreliable bike i have ever owned, cant wait to get rid of it, nearly killed on it again today after it cut out again as i entered a busy motorway roundabout and this is after the TPS being replaced, absolute nightmare, wish i had have kept my trusty reliable GS.

I know hundreds have been fantastic, reliable etc but mine hasn't :110:

The way I feel at the moment Pete im going to say  :0461:

 :230:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: hollandhanzie on December 21, 2013, 08:39:52 AM
Me and my mate done about 20k on our bikes love it no problems what so ever best bike i owned. :152:

Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: redmerle on December 21, 2013, 10:08:50 AM
Still chuffed to bits with mine  :001:  Of the 3 Triumphs that I'm lucky enough to own, this would definitely be the last one to ever part with!

After 7 months, not a single reason to go back to the dealership, with build quality that's even the equal of my original Sprint 900 and way, way ahead of anything that I ever saw on the Suzukis, the Yamaha or the Hondas that I owned prior to the Sprint arriving in 1995!




Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Pixouf on December 21, 2013, 11:11:56 AM
I have another question :
Do (still) you TRUST your TEX?

If I love it, I don't realy trust it.
I have a disturbing noise in the fork after only 3500 km. This is my 20th bike and I've never felt that. It's even worse when the dealer says it's normal ... :084:
Otherwise, I love it as much as my previous GS (3 x 95000 km without any problem), Africa Twin and other great bikes.

"The :061: is in the details".
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Explorer 62 on December 21, 2013, 01:13:09 PM
*Originally Posted by Pixouf [+]
I have another question :
Do (still) you TRUST your TEX?

If I love it, I don't realy trust it.
I have a disturbing noise in the fork after only 3500 km. This is my 20th bike and I've never felt that. It's even worse when the dealer says it's normal ... :084:
Otherwise, I love it as much as my previous GS (3 x 95000 km without any problem), Africa Twin and other great bikes.

"The :061: is in the details".

Spot on Pixouf, some organisations don't pay enough attention to detail
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: redmerle on December 21, 2013, 01:56:55 PM
*Originally Posted by Pixouf [+]
I have another question :
Do (still) you TRUST your TEX?

If I love it, I don't realy trust it.
I have a disturbing noise in the fork after only 3500 km. This is my 20th bike and I've never felt that. It's even worse when the dealer says it's normal ... :084:
Otherwise, I love it as much as my previous GS (3 x 95000 km without any problem), Africa Twin and other great bikes.

"The :061: is in the details".

Fairs fair, if my Explorer were to start making the kind of noises that are considered "normal" on a GS, I'd be straight back to the shop with it!   :007: :008:   
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Jonnybiscuit on December 21, 2013, 05:12:17 PM
Fair's fair.....compare apples with apples  :027:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: redmerle on December 21, 2013, 05:48:49 PM
I was only having a bit of fun!  :001:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Big G on December 21, 2013, 09:05:50 PM
The weather around here was so good today - with stories of rain and storms from lots of other places - I just had to pull the cover off, unplug the optimate and head out for a spin.  120 miles, a full english and 2 coffee stops later I put her back to bed - after a clean water wash down and a session with the dog drier of course - and tucked her back up until the next nice day.  She is still the most exciting bike to ride - amongst my top 3 of all time and I have had some bikes in my 40 plus years of riding.  Cant wait to load her up and get out there for some lovely long road trips.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Yappei on December 23, 2013, 12:17:20 PM
Good question. 

I just came back from a quick 600 km ride this past weekend going through mountains and plains, asphalt, sand, and gravel with a passenger and all the Jessie Luggage fully loaded for a scuba diving trip.  When I needed power to pass holiday traffic going to the beach and trucks making there last runs from the port heading up to Nicaragua and parts unknown I simplly made a little twist of the throttle and had all the power I needed.  That is sweet.  When I needed to push into some twisties through the mountain passes I had the stability necessary to feel comfortable pushing.  Sure, would it be better if the bike were a little lighter - probably, but I am have no issues with the weight.  Could it be a little better if the bike had a slightly lower center of gravity - probably, but I have no issues.  When I had to put in some night driving the lighting and the auxilliary lights gave me all the right lights when I needed it to feel safe.  The instrument panel has always been a pleasure to read and scrolling through the various screens is easier (easier than the GS).  The seating for me is good but could probably be better.  This is one area where the GS may have the upper hand.  I'm not complaining, I'm just saying.  The only issue I have is the rumbling noise in the rear area.  At 78 to about 90 k/hr the noise is a bit of an irritation and is accentuated when the Luggage is attached and wearing a full face helmet.  It sounds like a truck rolling around somewhere in the back.  I'm waiting to change tires to determine if there is a real issue but otherwise I love this bike.  There are only three in my country and there is no doubt it turns heads.  In fact, I looked at the KtM, Duccati, and the BMW and I'm convinced I made the right choice at this time. 

I am pleased enough that I will probably consider trading this bike in for the next newest model when I'm ready.  Not ready yet.

So, to answer your question - I enjoy every minute of this bike.  I turn on the bluetooth Sena headphones, listen to my music, maybe take a phone call from time to time and love the ride to anywhere.


Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: 13ExplorerXC on December 24, 2013, 12:05:19 AM
I have about 3200 miles on mine and I love it. I had the engine recall sorted out this summer and I couldn't ask for a better bike. It's fast, sexy and comfortable. My passengers say it's comfortable too. I'm a happy 2013 TEX XC owner.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Carlxjr on January 01, 2014, 10:14:28 AM
I'm so glad I've read this post  I tested quite a few bikes last year and decided on the Explorer . I know there have been one or two little teething problems with the bike so I was having second thoughts on the triumph , but after reading this thread I'm still going for it  :001:
 Thanks Carl
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: MIKE R on January 01, 2014, 11:57:26 AM
Having read this post, I'm still looking forward to getting mine in March. :001:

Forums always highlight any problems and you can easily get a distorted view.

If you want an interesting read, check out the problems experienced by riders of the  much maligned Super Tenere  on their forum.  THERE ARE NO PROBLEMS! :164:

Check this out!

http://youtu.be/tCHWsSRWMkc (http://youtu.be/tCHWsSRWMkc)

Mike   :044:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: DarthDude on January 01, 2014, 06:48:58 PM
Spent the New Year riding mine 400+ miles today.

Yeah.... it's been 15 months now... and a little over 15,000 miles..... I still like it!

 :821:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: redmerle on January 01, 2014, 07:28:07 PM
*Originally Posted by MIKE R [+]
Having read this post, I'm still looking forward to getting mine in March. :001:

Forums always highlight any problems and you can easily get a distorted view.

If you want an interesting read, check out the problems experienced by riders of the  much maligned Super Tenere  on their forum.  THERE ARE NO PROBLEMS! :164:

Check this out!

http://youtu.be/tCHWsSRWMkc (http://youtu.be/tCHWsSRWMkc)

Mike   :044:

Interesting. I initially thought that Yamaha must have changed a lot since my last experiences of one.

I'm not sure if the glowing review has very much to do with it being filmed in the workshops of a large Yamaha dealership. A complete coincidence - surely....
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Griff on January 01, 2014, 07:43:02 PM
I once had a Yamaha 600 Fazer. Great little bike and never a problem with it in 25000 miles.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: PMD6 on January 01, 2014, 07:57:14 PM
Yamaha makes great bikes - as the YouTube clip says quality is now very impressive.  The S10 has many impressive reviews from what I consider the more objective / unbiased US media

Admittedly it hasn't been the sales success Yamaha hoped - world wide it's sales figures are similar to that of the Tex, approx 1/5th of the combined gs/GSA sales

I think it's a great bike - especially if you get one in the US where it sells for less than £8500 new

Having digs at other bikes does not make ours any better

It's a very nice bike to ride as well
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: PMD6 on January 01, 2014, 08:11:02 PM
Oh I had an MT01 when they were uncool - amazing quality and stupidly low prices a few years back

One mag' I saw  in late 08 earlier 09 had and article on bike depreciation. The MT01 topped the the list - that was the first I heard of it but I picked one up off eBay unseen shortly afterwards.  Unfortunately due to work commitments that year I didn't get back to the UK enough to use it so unfortunately it got moved on at the instruction of the long haired general

Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Explorer 62 on January 01, 2014, 09:20:40 PM
*Originally Posted by MIKE R [+]
Having read this post, I'm still looking forward to getting mine in March. :001:

Forums always highlight any problems and you can easily get a distorted view.

If you want an interesting read, check out the problems experienced by riders of the  much maligned Super Tenere  on their forum.  THERE ARE NO PROBLEMS! :164:

Check this out!

http://youtu.be/tCHWsSRWMkc (http://youtu.be/tCHWsSRWMkc)


Mike   :044:
I spoke to one of the guys at Alf Englands a couple of weeks before Christmas, the very same bike has now covered about 80, 000 miles without any component failure. What wasn't mentioned in the video was the fact that Nick had a bungee cord come off in south America that got caught in the rear wheel. Whilst it wrapped itself around the hub it pulled an oil seal out of the FD, the bike continued for several thousand miles with no oil in the Final drive until a repair could be effected. It was then topped up with engine oil as this was all that was available. When it was stripped down in the UK there was no damage to the final drive, just a couple of marks. The FD was then re assembled & is still going strong. Quite impressive.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: epl on January 07, 2014, 06:26:24 PM
 :0461:

6,100 miles in and still love it. Power. Comfort. Ease. The cruise control on long rides is a must.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: bogman on January 07, 2014, 06:47:24 PM
Like............... You mean love surely


Montenegro
(https://images.weserv.nl/?url=ssl:scontent-b-mxp.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/546940_10200986139710412_887411856_n.jpg)

46,000km

A comfortable, quick and capable milemuncher even though I rarely ride over 60mph


Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: DonVulpes on January 10, 2014, 08:27:19 AM
Definitely. Always happy to throw a leg over and take it out, for whatever reason.

3200 mile tour of Central Europe covered with ease and already slated for a 6000 mile trip round Scandinavia and Russia, this summer.

Can't see me ever changing it, apart from to buy a 2015 model Tex  :082:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: 13ExplorerXC on January 12, 2014, 01:40:58 PM
*Originally Posted by MIKE R [+]
Having read this post, I'm still looking forward to getting mine in March. :001:

Forums always highlight any problems and you can easily get a distorted view.

If you want an interesting read, check out the problems experienced by riders of the  much maligned Super Tenere  on their forum.  THERE ARE NO PROBLEMS! :164:

Check this out!

http://youtu.be/tCHWsSRWMkc (http://youtu.be/tCHWsSRWMkc)

Mike   :044:

You're right that forums usually are a platform for complaints. However we're all human and we're not perfect; how can we expect our machines to be? If someone wants a "perfect" motorcycle they should build one frame and all to exactly what they want. Even then they'll b*tch about it... The TEX is a great machine. Comfortable, smooth, powerful and stylish. Handles like a dream. I'm looking forward to changing tires when they're due because they make that typical "womp, womp, womp" everyone complains about. But that's minor.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Explorer 62 on January 12, 2014, 08:47:05 PM
*Originally Posted by 13ExplorerXC [+]
You're right that forums usually are a platform for complaints. However we're all human and we're not perfect; how can we expect our machines to be? If someone wants a "perfect" motorcycle they should build one frame and all to exactly what they want. Even then they'll b*tch about it... The TEX is a great machine. Comfortable, smooth, powerful and stylish. Handles like a dream. I'm looking forward to changing tires when they're due because they make that typical "womp, womp, womp" everyone complains about. But that's minor.

Maybe total perfection is a tall order in a bike, but when im told the bike has been in development for 6 years i don't expect it to need a new design cylinder head to be retro fitted a couple of months or so after buying it.
When the bike goes back to the factory I also expect to be treated with care & the work to be carried out with a level of professionalism.  I do not expect my bike to be returned to me with an oil leak, a coolant leak, bolt missing, bolts not tightened up & just vibrating, large upper engine mounting bolts with the corner ripped off by either excessive torque being applied or the tool not being fitted correctly before the torque is applied. The road tax holder was also broke but was turned inboard & bolted back on the bike so it was out of site. Then to top it all the TPS failed while an HGV was sat on my tail end.

Yes I did love my Tex, until the Factory got its hands on it, following that its now proved to be unsafe when the TPS causes a power loss without warning, I can assure you its quite unnerving with an HGV a few feet behind you in traffic when that happens.

Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Big G on January 12, 2014, 08:57:03 PM
Don - where is your trip taking you this summer and when?
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Troppo on January 13, 2014, 04:56:16 AM
The TPS is a disaster just waiting to happen.  Not good enough, Mr. Bloor.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Explorer 62 on January 13, 2014, 08:08:17 PM
*Originally Posted by Troppo [+]
The TPS is a disaster just waiting to happen.  Not good enough, Mr. Bloor.

 :0461:......How long before someone gets seriously injured or worse. I reported the failure of my TPS to Simon Elliot Triumphs dealer development manager whilst discussing other issues I had been having with my bike. When I told him there had been a total loss of power causing me to have a very near miss from a truck following me he just laughed at me! I had to remind him that this is a serious safety issue, obviously he didn't seem to think it was.  Is this how you treat your supposedly valued customers Triumph / Mr Bloor???

 :230: :230:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: redmerle on January 14, 2014, 06:33:15 AM
7 Months in and still delighted with mine  :152:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: nerolab on January 15, 2014, 01:30:47 PM
I don't need to remind you Brits about how wet its been! However in spite of that, as I rode through the spray on the M60, i thought what a great mile mucnhing confidence inspiring machine it is (PR3's help in the wet!)
Only gripe is left heated grip failed this week and front brake swicth playing up but saturday sees its first service so should get resolved then at Youles Manchester.
Cue Jingle "I'm loving it!"  :152:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: nerolab on January 23, 2014, 07:35:07 PM
I'm still lovin' it!!!!!
Just collected it from Youles - they have been fantastic and I cannot commend them enough.
It has had the following done altogether, very coincidentally and fortuitous for me;



As I originally booked it in for the day, I took their demo Street Triple which was fine however I couldn't wait to give it back due to the lack of weather protection, twitchy handling (i had a tank slapper at 80 on the motorway this morning in the rain  :005:) and unsuitable tyres for the journey from work in the light snow fall this evening in Manchester ( again  :005:) What makes is so great also makes it so awful with every slight imperfection being picked up and affecting the attitude of the bike including overbanding, cats eyes etc. and the rear would step out in 3rd and 4th gear. Of course with a dry road, you just think your way into corners and away it goes........ oh and motorists disrespect you as you appear too small to be of any concern to them, so many more tin can somnambulists pulling in front with no regard whatsoever!

I got back onto my palatial Tex with heated seats and grips, Batzen screen, fog lights and elevated seat, the difference in grip was palpable, confidence inspiring and we cruised off not quite into the sunset, but more like Moses parting the red sea through the snarling commuter traffic back home.
The bike feels amazing, with instant throttle response, perfectly crisp fuelling and so much more agile in traffic than the head down Street; I am confident that in the wet or on a bumpy moorland road typical of the Pennine routes up here, this bike is as quick as any other bike.

So MCN and Co., go and test the GS1200 against the Explorer and see how great it is now!
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: frenchy on January 23, 2014, 09:49:30 PM
I was feeling a little jaded with my 'xplorer so decided to get a test ride on a crosstourer.
Nice enough bike had boxes included an heated grips an aux lights. Capable, handles, manoevrable in traffic tractable
not quite the performance of a tiger 1215 and slightly easier on the backside.
Just NO VROOM an No road presence an no excitement!? I was really having a nice ride out on the test bike; But was REALLY happy when riding my explorer home.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: moggi1964 on January 24, 2014, 01:33:18 AM
Went out to the garage this morning to put the Tex on charge as the temps are -18c and I'm simply not going to be able ride her.

Got a big grin on my face as soon as the garage door went up  :028:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Wantajustride on January 24, 2014, 02:28:39 AM
*Originally Posted by MIKE R [+]
Having read this post, I'm still looking forward to getting mine in March. :001:

Forums always highlight any problems and you can easily get a distorted view.

If you want an interesting read, check out the problems experienced by riders of the  much maligned Super Tenere  on their forum.  THERE ARE NO PROBLEMS! :164:

Check this out!

http://youtu.be/tCHWsSRWMkc (http://youtu.be/tCHWsSRWMkc)

 


Mike   :044:

 :028:
Don't shoot the messenger,,,,, But the Super Tenere is a very good bike. At least mine was. In 2 years and 14,000 miles of commuting/Dual Sport riding, the only issue I had was 1 front fork seal failure. That's it. I really liked that bike. The big parallel twin was powerful with ample torque. Ergonomics were acceptable, and the suspension had a lot of adjustability.

Then I test rode two Triumphs, Bike #1 2013 Trophy. Great bike, but it just didn't fit my personality. I really wanted to love that bike. But it just didn't put a smile on my face. Bike #2, 2014 Explorer. I was impressed. More fun and more versatile than the Trophy. The XC seemed just a bit more refined than the Yammi. The engine and transmission are in a league of it's own. The combination is fantastic. Pin the throttle, wring it out a bit and the bike comes to life.
 I am hoping that after owning the Triumph for a couple years I can say, It was a better motorcycling experience than the Super Ten. Today I'll say I like the Triumph better than the Super Tenere.
 Time will tell. I'm anxiously awaiting warmer weather so as to get a proper adventure ride on my new Explorer.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: DonVulpes on January 24, 2014, 08:29:55 AM
*Originally Posted by Big G [+]
Don - where is your trip taking you this summer and when?

Sorry fella, missed this first time round..

Hopefully leaving mid-July ( work depending ) and Chunnel to France, then up through the Low Countries to Denamrk...across to Sweden, then west to Bergen....up the west coast of Norway, before crossing back to Sweden to get up to the Arctic Circle.....back down through Finland and then a ferry back across to Sweden and then the revrse route home.

Initially I was planning on inlcuding St Petersburg and the Baltic Sates, but I can't get long enough off work and I don't want to rush ;)  :305:

Should get back to UK by mid-August
Title: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: nerolab on January 24, 2014, 09:13:25 AM
Forgot to mention that I was concerned that I wouldn't like the TEx after the Street Triple thinking it may feel soft and bloated, sluggish even...... How wrong!! The TEx with newly fettled ECU is so crisp, the handling quick and confidence inspiring plus the exalted view of the road ahead made me fall in love all over again!
The street would trounce the TEx on the track for sure....... but I don't ride on a track. Welcome back  :100: :306:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: capt_ted on January 24, 2014, 03:26:45 PM
I've had another 1000 miles since I said I liked my Explorer XC. Now I have to say that I actually love it. I fitted a Madstad Screen plus cockpit winglets  and a Triumph low rider seat. This has done a few very good things to the bike.
• totally cut the wind buffetting and the ride is very smooth and quiet. The winglets seem to accomplish a lot for such small pieces of plastic. 80 mph feels like 5 mph with no screen. It's a beautiful thing to achieve wind protection Nirvana.
• lower seat has the effect of raising the handle bars 30cm as well as allowing my flat-footed-ness to be a bit better. My shins are able to now exist outside of the footpegs so I'm not gouging my shins anymore. The balls of my feet are perfectly aligned to the foot pegs and is 4 hour comfortable. I'm cornering better and more comfortable.
• the noises from the tires and engine are much better and quieter than from new. I'm hearing a delightful purr from the stock exhaust for the first time. Could be due to the Madstad or just the motor breaking in. It still sounds like a marine diesel at idle but I actually like the way it sounds and am very used to diesels and not hearing the sound is reason for concern. I think the stock shield as well as the Cee Bailey amplify the whomp whom wahhhhhhh wahhhhh (that's me whining) from the big treads on the EXP Metzlers. Also I'm running lower pressures now 38 rear and 34 front that seems to give a better ride and I'm hoping to wear them out faster so I can switch to Michelines sooner.
So for me this is the best motorcycle I have ever owned and it's exceeding my expectations with just some time and a few mods.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: pistolpete on January 24, 2014, 07:38:17 PM
My Explorer was just about to be traded due to all the problems i was having and to be honest it was the worst/most unrelaible  bike i had ever owned, however my dealer phoned today after having the bike for 2 weeks to let me know it was all sorted and running perfect, the ECU was changed as per the recall today, and to be fair all the problems i was having pointed to the ECU not working correctly. I hope this is the end of the woe's and i can now start to enjoy the bike again and if not its  :159: British and hello Jap
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: CT,tiger usa on January 24, 2014, 11:20:40 PM
I have never been happier! After the new head and scorpion exhaust my bike is perfect ! The new head made my bike !
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: DarthDude on March 25, 2014, 03:10:58 AM
Yeah.... I still do.

Sorry about the blur pic..... I'd just gotten off the bike after a 674 mile ride so I was a little tired.

=)

Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Cuchulainn on March 25, 2014, 04:27:39 AM

*Originally Posted by DarthDude [+]
Yeah.... I still do.

Sorry about the blur pic..... I'd just gotten off the bike after a 674 mile ride so I was a little tired.

=)

Tired? Can't imagine why ;).  Nice run :)
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Jon on March 25, 2014, 01:25:42 PM
*Originally Posted by capt_ted [+]
I've had another 1000 miles since I said I liked my Explorer XC. Now I have to say that I actually love it. I fitted a Madstad Screen plus cockpit winglets  and a Triumph low rider seat. This has done a few very good things to the bike.
• totally cut the wind buffetting and the ride is very smooth and quiet. The winglets seem to accomplish a lot for such small pieces of plastic. 80 mph feels like 5 mph with no screen. It's a beautiful thing to achieve wind protection Nirvana.

Hey Ted. What's the chance of getting a couple of pics of your Madstad winglets? I've been thinking about ordering a pair for mine. Mark emailed me some pics of the winglets themselves, but I'd like to actually see what they look like on the bike. I've seen pics of the Palmers mounted, but not the Madstads. Many thanks in advance.  :821:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: MJake on March 25, 2014, 06:59:33 PM
*Originally Posted by DarthDude [+]
Yeah.... I still do.

Sorry about the blur pic..... I'd just gotten off the bike after a 674 mile ride so I was a little tired.

=)

Looks like your tool is showing  :034: ...time for a service call.
Glad to see some miles on a TEX.  :152:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: DarthDude on March 26, 2014, 02:49:58 AM
LOLOLOLOLOL!!!! My tool is showing!

I'm going to use that.......

The bike's been brilliant- barking at 20000 miles after 18 months and apart from the global recall ECU swap thing, it hasn't missed a beat and after 20000 miles it's still rattle free and everything is as solidly bolted on as on day #1.

Gives me the confidence to take it places like this solo knowing that whatever else may happen, the bike breaking and letting me down is very unlikely indeed!

(https://images.weserv.nl/?url=ssl:fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc3/t1.0-9/1459200_10152747302759852_2096034371_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: MJake on March 26, 2014, 02:44:11 PM
*Originally Posted by DarthDude [+]
LOLOLOLOLOL!!!! My tool is showing!

I'm going to use that.......

The bike's been brilliant- barking at 20000 miles after 18 months and apart from the global recall ECU swap thing, it hasn't missed a beat and after 20000 miles it's still rattle free and everything is as solidly bolted on as on day #1.

Gives me the confidence to take it places like this solo knowing that whatever else may happen, the bike breaking and letting me down is very unlikely indeed!

(https://images.weserv.nl/?url=ssl:fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc3/t1.0-9/1459200_10152747302759852_2096034371_n.jpg)

20k, good show.  :152:  I hope mine can be there by years end.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: paulhull on March 27, 2014, 05:35:14 PM
I've done about 1200 miles on my new Explorer XC. Overall I like it very much and am pleased I got it. Comments as follows - and comparisons are really with my previous bike a BMW 1200GS which I had had for 5 years after a series of BMs and other bikes. Wanted to change as it's my 60th birthday this year and I deserve it!
Roadholding; superb and gives me more confidence than on the GS. That's on Tourance NEXTs (or is it EXPs?)
Comfort: suspension is choppier but OK and absolutely fine on decent roads. I have not made any adjustments yet and probably won't. I had the electronically adjustable suspension on the GS but once I had found a good setting I barely touched it.
I do not notice any significant dive from the front suspension compared with the BMW front end but that probably says something about my gentle riding style.
The ergonomics are not quite as good; I get a bit of back ache which I never got on the GS (and I've done 500 miles in a day on that) but I think I'll get used to it. There seems to be a bit of a stretch to the bars and that's with the clamps set to the rearward position. The screen seems to be positioned a long way forward to provide effective protection but I probably need to fiddle with the adjustment a bit more: I put a Givi Airflow screen on as the equivalent was brilliant on the GS.
Performance: excellent. Nothing wrong with my GS but this is much more fun. I test rode a water cooled GS and couldn't wait to get off. Did not enjoy it at all but the Explorer was an instant delight.
Design/build quality: not quite as finished off as the GS but then I remember the original 1200GS which had zip ties holding on cables etc so I would say the Explorer is at the same stage as that. So far so good as far as build quality is concerned.
Equipment: don't see what the fuss is about the Triumph panniers. Love the heated seat. Heated grips are very effective. Mirrors are pin sharp. More information than I can take in from the instruments although I find the clock almost impossible to read. when riding.
As a matter of interest I also test rode before deciding on the Explorer -
Crosstourer: nice bike but not as much fun and less equipment on offer
V Strom 1000: liked it but not in the same class
1200GS: see above. Just not as much fun.
Stelvio: very, very tempted but their dealership was further away and the deal not quite as good.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: nerolab on March 27, 2014, 06:31:53 PM
*Originally Posted by paulhull [+]
I've done about 1200 miles on my new Explorer XC. Overall I like it very much and am pleased I got it. Comments as follows - and comparisons are really with my previous bike a BMW 1200GS which I had had for 5 years after a series of BMs and other bikes. Wanted to change as it's my 60th birthday this year and I deserve it!
Roadholding; superb and gives me more confidence than on the GS. That's on Tourance NEXTs (or is it EXPs?)
Comfort: suspension is choppier but OK and absolutely fine on decent roads. I have not made any adjustments yet and probably won't. I had the electronically adjustable suspension on the GS but once I had found a good setting I barely touched it.
I do not notice any significant dive from the front suspension compared with the BMW front end but that probably says something about my gentle riding style.
The ergonomics are not quite as good; I get a bit of back ache which I never got on the GS (and I've done 500 miles in a day on that) but I think I'll get used to it. There seems to be a bit of a stretch to the bars and that's with the clamps set to the rearward position. The screen seems to be positioned a long way forward to provide effective protection but I probably need to fiddle with the adjustment a bit more: I put a Givi Airflow screen on as the equivalent was brilliant on the GS.
Performance: excellent. Nothing wrong with my GS but this is much more fun. I test rode a water cooled GS and couldn't wait to get off. Did not enjoy it at all but the Explorer was an instant delight.
Design/build quality: not quite as finished off as the GS but then I remember the original 1200GS which had zip ties holding on cables etc so I would say the Explorer is at the same stage as that. So far so good as far as build quality is concerned.
Equipment: don't see what the fuss is about the Triumph panniers. Love the heated seat. Heated grips are very effective. Mirrors are pin sharp. More information than I can take in from the instruments although I find the clock almost impossible to read. when riding.
As a matter of interest I also test rode before deciding on the Explorer -
Crosstourer: nice bike but not as much fun and less equipment on offer
V Strom 1000: liked it but not in the same class
1200GS: see above. Just not as much fun.
Stelvio: very, very tempted but their dealership was further away and the deal not quite as good.
Glad you like it and thanks for sharing your views and experiences.  :002:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Freeport on March 27, 2014, 07:30:11 PM
I’ve had my Tex for nearly two years now and have been delighted with it, but as usual, the 2 year itch is happening, and I am getting tempted to change. So I arranged a number of test rides.
First up was the new 1200GS & 1200GS Adventure  – both bikes had all the bells & whistles fitted.  Comfortable riding position on both bikes, screen adjustable on the move which works well, excellent weather protection on the GSA. Gearbox good & clutch light. The instrument panel is not good, being quite difficult to read with a somewhat confusing layout.  The brakes are excellent, but the mirrors are not brilliant. The GS is more fun to ride due to the lower weight & slightly different engine characteristics and geometry, but here was a nasty vibration from the shaft drive on overrun. The flat twin sound is not as pleasing to me as the Triumph triple, and although it produces plenty of power & torque I can’t help feeling that it still seems somewhat breathless compared to the triple.
Next was the bike I thought I would probably buy, the KTM 1190 Adventure – Ergonomics great & able to flat foot on the ground. The comparative light weight is noticeable immediately, and is even more apparent in the great handling. Good instrument layout, electronic suspension and plenty of modes to play with. Good brakes, and weather protection probably on  a  par with the Tex. Power is immense, possibly too much as it is so easy to find yourself getting into silly numbers. No cruise control and the indicator switch feels very flimsy and is not self-cancelling. I had expected a hearty booming V twin exhaust sound a la Ducati, but no, this bike sounded more like a lawn mower, and would definately need an aftermarket can (more expense!).  And it has a chain - I don’t really want to go back to a chain.
Last was the Aprilia Caponord – I didn’t really like this very much, it went well enough but the ergonomics were not as good for me. One big plus point was that it sounded fantastic, just like a big V twin should, and this was on a standard can.
I thought the 1200GS was probably the front runner, so I went for a follow up ride on a different machine. This time I didn’t like it for some reason. My legs felt a bit cramped even though the seat was in the high position, and overall it did not fill me with confidence, even though on my initial ride I had felt perfectly happy.  It was chilly so I switched on the heated grips – one side didn’t work and the other one cooled off each time I rode into slow moving traffic, almost as if the alternator wasn’t producing enough power at low speeds?
I have to say I am still somewhat bemused by the electronic suspension on these bikes – whilst you can feel the difference when you change settings, I don’t carry a pillion and I think if I had a bike with ESA I would probably find myself leaving it on the same setting most of the time, so I am not at all sure if the extra expense would be worthwhile
So the end result of all this is that I think the Tex is still the best of the bunch for my personal requirements. It hasn’t got all the technology, but I don’t think I miss that, and the suspension is perfectly  good  most of the time. The riding position suits me better than any of the others, and of course you have the price advantage. If I wanted to P/ex my bike for the GS or KTM I would have to find another £7k to do so!
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Vegetator on March 27, 2014, 07:43:29 PM
Mine is two years old today and I still love it. Just got a Corbin seat for it and can hopefully ride for much longer before the pain kicks in.

My mileage is pathetically low due to various reasons,  but should be out on it a lot more this year.  :152:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: nerolab on March 27, 2014, 07:46:46 PM
Great feedback. Maybe invest in some up rated suspension tailored to your weight/ style?
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: MJake on March 27, 2014, 08:19:56 PM
*Originally Posted by paulhull [+]
I've done about 1200 miles on my new Explorer XC. Overall I like it very much and am pleased I got it. Comments as follows - and comparisons are really with my previous bike a BMW 1200GS which I had had for 5 years after a series of BMs and other bikes. Wanted to change as it's my 60th birthday this year and I deserve it!
Roadholding; superb and gives me more confidence than on the GS. That's on Tourance NEXTs (or is it EXPs?)
Comfort: suspension is choppier but OK and absolutely fine on decent roads. I have not made any adjustments yet and probably won't. I had the electronically adjustable suspension on the GS but once I had found a good setting I barely touched it.
I do not notice any significant dive from the front suspension compared with the BMW front end but that probably says something about my gentle riding style.
The ergonomics are not quite as good; I get a bit of back ache which I never got on the GS (and I've done 500 miles in a day on that) but I think I'll get used to it. There seems to be a bit of a stretch to the bars and that's with the clamps set to the rearward position. The screen seems to be positioned a long way forward to provide effective protection but I probably need to fiddle with the adjustment a bit more: I put a Givi Airflow screen on as the equivalent was brilliant on the GS.
Performance: excellent. Nothing wrong with my GS but this is much more fun. I test rode a water cooled GS and couldn't wait to get off. Did not enjoy it at all but the Explorer was an instant delight.
Design/build quality: not quite as finished off as the GS but then I remember the original 1200GS which had zip ties holding on cables etc so I would say the Explorer is at the same stage as that. So far so good as far as build quality is concerned.
Equipment: don't see what the fuss is about the Triumph panniers. Love the heated seat. Heated grips are very effective. Mirrors are pin sharp. More information than I can take in from the instruments although I find the clock almost impossible to read. when riding.
As a matter of interest I also test rode before deciding on the Explorer -
Crosstourer: nice bike but not as much fun and less equipment on offer
V Strom 1000: liked it but not in the same class
1200GS: see above. Just not as much fun.
Stelvio: very, very tempted but their dealership was further away and the deal not quite as good.

 :460:
It sounds like all you need is a set of 1 inch risers to sort out the ergos.  I'm 5'10" and they did the trick.  :028: 
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: BULLIT on March 27, 2014, 08:37:46 PM
If I still like my Tex ?


In fact, I sold it !






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down












down









But I am waiting for au new one, I will get her on next saturday, I leaved my firt Tex this morning, after 32 000 km for two years, it is alway little bit sad to leave a bike after many souvenirs.

Hope the next one will be much better, a white to replace a blue.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Jon on March 27, 2014, 08:57:34 PM
Well, there you go... Best of luck with the new white one!  :821:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: rekrab on March 27, 2014, 10:25:31 PM
*Originally Posted by Vegetator [+]
Mine is two years old today and I still love it. Just got a Corbin seat for it and can hopefully ride for much longer before the pain kicks in.

My mileage is pathetically low due to various reasons,  but should be out on it a lot more this year.  :152:

+1

Like I have said in another thread, I had an engine failure, it went back to Triumph, I wondered if I should chop it in for something else while I waited for it back, ended up missing it like hell! Came back with new engine and gearbox, the only issue was that I had to run it in again, very hard knowing what it was like when fully run in.

Just like to say "Thanks Triumph" but please look at the Corbin seat, makes the bike "Great"!

Probably going to treat its to a Yoshimura RS4 and some new tires again for its 2nd birthday!
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: First Born on March 27, 2014, 11:23:05 PM
I got my White Tex back in July 2013 and I still haven't seen another white one yet! Included free were handguards, panniers and a radiator grille.  I have now clocked up over 10K.

I migrated across from a BMW1150GS after covering 136K in 9 years on it. I was dubious about my decision not to stick with Beemer but I knew the Tex would suit me for commuting as I ride 120 miles everyday of which 2 miles is a muddy bridleway, 70 miles is Motorway, then a smattering of fast A roads and 20 miles of heavy London traffic which is filtering hell with panniers but I have got used to it.

At first I wasn't happy, the biggest disappointment was the brakes, they were squidgy, I had terrible turbulence that went thru my body and this affected high speed stability. The Tourance EXP tyres are awful in the wet and squared off too quickly.

I sorted the turbulence with a Puig screen extender that just does enough to push the air over me and on the rare occasion I feel the need to go triple figure speeds it is stable, even with panniers.

I cleaned the brakes, bled them and they've been much better since (but i do miss linked servos of BMW)

I have just had a £10K service (at the fraction of BMW cost - just £200), new Anakee 3's fitted and the bike is now perfect and IMHO a better package for me than the 1200GS and the Super Tenere, both of which I test rode for a weekend each.

In all other areas its miles better than the competition for my needs, so I am glad I stuck with it, I have no regrets. :002:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Pixouf on March 28, 2014, 07:30:10 PM
BMW missed the chance to produce a K1200GS. Triumph did it ! After 3 GS, I love my TEX more and more every day.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Freeport on April 04, 2014, 11:17:58 AM
Well, contrary to my earlier post, I have decided  to change my bike. I had a second outing on the KTM 1190 Adventure (this time a bike with only 2 miles on the clock) and I felt much happier on it than on my first ride. Just shows how important it is not to rely on first impressions.
The Explorer is a fine bike and I have really enjoyed riding it, and if I had not been swayed by the KTM, I would probably have kept the Tex for another year and then possibly replaced it with another one. Triumph IMO have been excellent in dealing with the head & ECU issues and I can only hope that KTM are as good if any problems arise!
So what caused me to change? Well, due to advancing years I do find the Tex a large lump when manhandling it & especially getting it onto the centre stand (I have had back problems since I was in my 20's), and I know a lot of this is down to technique, but all I can say is that sometimes I get it right & sometimes I don't, and when I don't it tends to get uncomfortable.
So the 35-40Kg weight saving of the KTM was a major issue, and if I change bikes again in the future I am sure the weight of the machine will be much higher up the order of priority as I get older. the suspension (electronic) & brakes were the other favourable factors of the KTM for me, but the chain is something I am going to have to learn live with again unfortunately, but everything is a compromise.
So I will have some aftermarket items to sell in the next few weeks, including SW Motech engine bars, Skidmark c/f hugger & Beowulf rad protector.
I will still hang around here if that's OK, as this is a great forum with lots of interesting stuff going on.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: wilcon76 on April 04, 2014, 11:30:35 AM
I always have new bike syndrome. The TEX is the first bike that I don't feel that. I continuously think of other bikes I might want and nothing measures up. The other ADV bikes are good and if I were bike less and choosing it would be a difficult choice. The TEX just does everything I want and does it well.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: KevB on April 05, 2014, 12:08:59 AM
*Originally Posted by Freeport [+]
I’ve had my Tex for nearly two years now and have been delighted with it, but as usual, the 2 year itch is happening, and I am getting tempted to change. So I arranged a number of test rides.

No MG Stelvio ride?  Might check one out myself (as well as others) if my Tex still isn't right when I get it back.

Cheers
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Cuchulainn on April 05, 2014, 02:01:01 AM

*Originally Posted by KevB [+]
No MG Stelvio ride?  Might check one out myself (as well as others) if my Tex still isn't right when I get it back.

Cheers

I would be interested to hear what you think of the MG Stelvio.  I had a test ride myself, but I won't relay my opinions, until you have had your own ride.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: sirsidneyrd on April 05, 2014, 10:30:15 AM
If you think the TEX is solid the MG is like a tank - way too heavy for me - bit like a Trophy for me
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Freeport on April 05, 2014, 10:46:00 AM
I did try the Stelvio before I bought the Tex. Really wanted to like it, but for me the riding experience was not as good as the Explorer.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: DavidGriff on May 26, 2016, 01:30:08 PM
4 years and 30k miles and still not looking anywhere else.  I did have the 2016 all singing Tex to ride around on whilst mine was being serviced.  Aside from the exhaust note and electric screen, didn't notice any real difference.  Its clever but I'm not sure how often I would use the extra electronics to justify the cost.

Still love it :)
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: cheesecutter on May 26, 2016, 06:54:32 PM
went through a phase recently of wanting to chop it in for a K1300S which was my other choice when I got the Tex - too much wind noise, whining, not really enjoying it unless I was riding like I stole it. Madstad screen with mirror extenders have sorted the wind noise, magical oil change has reduced the whining to a level that it doesn't bother me, a bit of green laning and pootling round the narrow country lanes on my footpegs has given me back my desire to take it to bed and do naughty things again. Oh, and the fact that my life expectancy on the K would be drastically reduced.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: KenW on May 27, 2016, 01:15:32 AM
If I replace mine with anything, it will be an XRT.  But they want too much for the changeover.  Not worth it.  Mine is still in excellent shape.

Maybe when I'm too old and frail for such a tall bike, I'll start looking for a replacement (maybe a gofer).  Till then, I enjoy riding it.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: redmerle on May 29, 2016, 11:43:52 AM
Still loving mine, even after 3 years.

I looked at the new bike while I was getting my first MoT done yesterday, it's a nice bike and a sensible development, but there's absolutely nothing out there that I would consider changing mine for  :028:

As per Ken's comment, when I need something lighter (one day), I quite like new Street Twin  :001:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Dick63 on May 29, 2016, 01:29:40 PM
In another thread, we exchanged commentary about the preponderance of past-model year Explorer sales in the US.   And perhaps, in this way, I am a bit lucky.  Haven't seen 2016 Explorer in stock yet, and I've been told I won't see them until the remaining 14s and 15s are "thinned."    I'm not saying that the 2016s aren't in the US, I don't know about that.  Just that the dealers I talked to aren't ordering any for inventory, only for confirmed sale, until they move what they have.

So I am still completely happy and untempted to boot! 
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Bikerbuk on May 29, 2016, 03:22:25 PM
4 years old with 20k on the clock and still looks like I've just picked it up.    Do I still like it?      Absolutely 100%.    Not looking to change any time soon.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: BarnsleyBob on May 29, 2016, 03:43:59 PM
I seem to be in a perpetual state of 'looking' when it comes to bikes and I suspect I'm probably not alone...

I've only had my TEx since last November (bought 2nd hand) yet I still find myself fancying different bikes and thinking 'what if...' to a degree.

That said, I do love the big TEx and stand by the feelings I had after my initial test ride on one, in that it's as near the most perfect 'do it all' bike I've ever ridden. When it comes down to it, there is just nothing out there to compete with the TEx for what I want from bikes right now, which would also be financially viable in terms of a trade in.

I'll be keeping mine for quite a few years I suspect and it's a prospect I look forward to quite happily. I wouldn't say that about many bikes I've owned.  :018:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Icy on May 29, 2016, 11:14:45 PM
Not just love it, I love it even more. The more I ride it, the more I love it. This is the second Tex, first one 41K miles in two years, this one 10K miles in 7 months. Just listen to that inline triple's music



I literally miss the bike if I am not on it...

 :821:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: AUS1200 on May 30, 2016, 11:43:49 PM
Still like mine on my 3rd Triumph love the cruise control, Shaft drive and the looks when riding it.
People come and talk to me when when I am at the servo only thing is its bit slow but I didn't get it for speed.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: KernowTrumpet on June 01, 2016, 11:56:25 AM
After test riding the Honda Africa Twin, the MT-09 Tracer and the BMW GS 1200 LC - I would say I still love my TEX very much, it's far superior to all of these bikes. 
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Mountain Goat on June 03, 2016, 03:18:19 PM
I do.  My first Explorer had a lot of problems, but liked the ride so much I bought a second one hoping I would not have the problems of the prior Explorer.   With 8K miles on my new bike and so far so good.   I really like this bike...a lot.

Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Jon on June 03, 2016, 03:42:23 PM
 :460: :0461: Me too! :152:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Simmo on June 03, 2016, 04:06:21 PM
Unlike Mountain Goat my first Tex had no problems apart from the ECU and Side Stand Bolt - neither of which appeared to be causing any issues but they were sorted anyway.

Loved it so much that I've now got my new Tex XRX - have only put 1000miles on t so far and am waiting for the after-market producers to start bringing stuff to the table so I can get it just the way I want it!

Simmo
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: CaptainTrips on June 03, 2016, 07:00:47 PM
I'm still happy with my 2013 base model. It is an early production 2013 which had the head replacement done before I bought it from the dealer. I am just coming up on the end of the original OEM warranty, and have purchased a 3 year warranty extension.

I really have not had any issues with the bike. Haven't put huge mileage on it, but it is daily commuter for me and I have made a few longer trips on it (3 or 4 days out). Had the forks reworked to give a more supple ride. Lots of little add-ons and personalizations, but nothing major that I would not have done to any other bike that I bought.

The bike puts a grin on my face every time I ride it. There is nothing on the new models that would make me wish to trade mine.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Jon on June 03, 2016, 09:09:12 PM
Hey Capt. Do you mind telling me what it cost you for the 3 year ext. warranty and is it through Triumph? That might be a good idea. :084:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Mountain Goat on June 03, 2016, 09:22:38 PM
+1 on cost and where of extended warranty.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: CaptainTrips on June 03, 2016, 09:47:13 PM
The plan I bought was through Cornerstone United, and I paid (in CA dollars) about $1400 for three years (your cost will likely be significantly less in the US). You can go up to 5 years. The insurer is a US company. They cover "everything the OEM warranty" did, plus some minor towing and other reimbursements. North America-wide coverage. Any qualified shop. And (important for me) it does not require that you use your dealer exclusively for all regular maintenance (I do my own).
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Jon on June 03, 2016, 10:29:12 PM
Thanks Capt. I may have to check that out. :028:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: 1984Rider on June 05, 2016, 04:18:16 AM
I also opted for an extended warranty at my last shop visit. I recall it was in the neighborhood of $600, but don't recall the term length. I will dig up the paperwork and provide more info if you like.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Jon on June 05, 2016, 04:52:32 AM
 :028: Please do...
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Stuartb on June 06, 2016, 11:04:20 AM
After owning the bike for two years, I've just got back from a 1500 mile trip to Scotland.  Did the bit up to Scotland and back solo over two days each way avoiding motorways as much as possible and the rest two-up with three boxes and my wife on the back. 

A pretty good test.  Overall, we both loved the bike (my wife is a big fan compared to the VFR) and finds her perch very comfortable.

I still have two issues which seriously marr my enjoyment - buffeting/noise at higher speeds and seat comfort (or lack thereof).  I have a much larger Skidmarx screen on a Batzen bracket, but still have to mainly avoid motorways.  If I use them, I feel like I've just been battered around my head.  I know others have managed to crack this, but so far I haven't despite mods making improvements.  Worse than on my VFR with only a tiny screen.  If Triumph had addressed this on the new model, I'd have traded in by now. 

I have the heated seat and find it painful on a long trip (with sheepskin cover).  Slopes forward and has insufficient support (I am 85 kg/ 6ft).  Don't get me started on why bike manufacturers think that a "comfort" seat should be an option.  "Oh, sir only bought the standard uncomfort seat?!"

I can see how I can fix the seat with a custom made one, the screen is a bigger issue because I can't keep throwing money at possible solutions only to find out they don't fix it.  This alone for me means the bike is not a touring bike as I can't imagine doing a long European trip because of it.  I know others' experiences differ.

Aside form that it was a great companion - the engine never gets old.

Stuart
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: littleade on June 06, 2016, 11:28:22 AM
Had this come through from the Missenden Flyer about ear protection which some might find useful if that's an issue for you on your TEX

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuZldx3mAKw (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuZldx3mAKw)

They do several models-pricy but not your everyday ear plugs. There are the ones he tested

http://www.customfitguards.co.uk/# (http://www.customfitguards.co.uk/#)!cf-auto/qa9q9

HTH
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Stuartb on June 06, 2016, 12:08:25 PM
Thanks for replying.  I always do wear plugs (the DIY type custom moulded ones) which reduce noise considerably, but it's still bad. 

Just seems to be intense turbulence which gets extreme above 70.

Only thing I might try is a short ride without mirrors as I've heard people say that the noise could be from them and perhaps some temporary homemade deflectors to see if it's worth spending on the Powerbronze ones.

Thanks
Stuart
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Speedaddictedberk on June 06, 2016, 04:36:49 PM
I did a 900 mile loop of Scotland last week on the Tex, it was my first multi day run on it.
I love the engine, the torque and power are well suited to the roads I ride on. The high rpm noise with the arrow exhaust is lovely.

The suspension was improved by revalveing both ends and is now much better.

I don't love the seat (heated one) as it makes my arse square after about 200 miles! I think a more comfortable one will be sourced at some point.

I've tried various things with the screen, ending up with batten brackets and the triumph tall screen, this worked well but there wasn't enough air coming through my helmet vents.
Now I'm just using the powerbronze short screen and I find that the wind hits me about shoulder height with no buffering (screen in the lowest position).
If you think this might be an option just take off the screen and go for a run, it's slightly more protective than no screen at all!

I also didn't get on with the panniers, the one on the exhaust side is a joke.
I've bought Jesse top loading ones and will fit them in a couple of days.

I'll be shipping it to Norway for a two week camping trip at the weekend so the extra space in the panniers will be needed.

So, yes after a few modifications to suit me I still love the bike.
It's fast, mostly comfortable and capable enough to tour with friends on a hayabusa and Multistrada without ever getting out of its depth.


Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Tiger T.O. on June 06, 2016, 10:20:45 PM
Hi StuartB, maybe a silly question, but did you already put your seat in the "front high - rear low" position?
It could be just the little tweak you needed.  :028:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Stuartb on June 07, 2016, 10:13:21 AM
*Originally Posted by Tiger T.O. [+]
Hi StuartB, maybe a silly question, but did you already put your seat in the "front high - rear low" position?
It could be just the little tweak you needed.  :028:

Yes - tried that and it does definitely help with the sloping issue - definitely better.  Just switched back again as I'm relatively long of leg so even the small decrease in seat height at the back is noticeable and actually makes the lack of support worse and also makes my legs less comfortable on a longer run. 

Thanks for the suggestion though.

I think I'll need to look at reshaping the seat and perhaps some adjustable pegs.  I have my original seat so could have a go with that.

Stuart
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Sprocket on June 08, 2016, 09:45:49 PM
12 months in and 12,000 miles later a huge YES, my favourite ever bike... If I was to nit pick, I would like slightly more compliant suspension and a firmer seat, all things that can be fixed with some time and cash... I will try the new Tex next year but for the moment my 2012 Tex hits the spot, and I love riding her....

Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Austenetic on June 14, 2016, 02:21:17 AM
Still in love. One year old, 10k miles and 20 states.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: gauldie on June 14, 2016, 05:57:35 PM
 I've had mine for over a year now, and I still love the way it goes, and hoe well it handles for such a big bike.  I've just finished a 4 day, 1000 mile tour of the North Of Scotland with it, and it surprised my mates as to just how far you can lean it in the bends.

But, and it's a big one.  I am sick and tired of the buffeting and noise.  I have a Batzen bracket (which is excellent) and normal and touring screens. No matter what I do, it still makes my ears bleed after a run.  I have a couple of days commuting coming up.  This could be the end of me and the Tex if I can't get something done.  With the same helmet on my Trident 900, I can sit in peace and quiet.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Jon on June 14, 2016, 06:07:46 PM
*Originally Posted by gauldie [+]
I've had mine for over a year now, and I still love the way it goes, and hoe well it handles for such a big bike.  I've just finished a 4 day, 1000 mile tour of the North Of Scotland with it, and it surprised my mates as to just how far you can lean it in the bends.

But, and it's a big one.  I am sick and tired of the buffeting and noise.  I have a Batzen bracket (which is excellent) and normal and touring screens. No matter what I do, it still makes my ears bleed after a run.  I have a couple of days commuting coming up.  This could be the end of me and the Tex if I can't get something done.  With the same helmet on my Trident 900, I can sit in peace and quiet.

I think you should try a fairly cheap fix to see if you can get rid of the buffeting & noise. When I put on the winglets from Madstad it made a world of difference. Power Bronze over there makes a set also, I believe. I wish you were closer, I'd let you try mine for a week or so to see how you like them. I'm not sure what they'll cost you over there... The Madstads here are around $30 USD plus freight and I believe the PB brand is somewhere north of $100 plus freight.You may find those prices flip flopped over there because of S&H. It might be worth a shot... :821:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Speedaddictedberk on June 14, 2016, 07:23:51 PM
Try taking off the screen and going for a run. The best thing I've found is the short powerbronze screen
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: cheesecutter on June 14, 2016, 08:22:23 PM
I was ready to get shot of mine recently, the wind noise / buffeting being the main reason. Picked up a good value Madstad screen and now it is back in my good books. No wind, little noise, visor up at 90mph, worth every penny. If I knew what I know now I would have bought one at whatever price they are rather than mess around with a million different combinations of stuff that doesnt work.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Jon on June 14, 2016, 09:03:58 PM
Add those Madstad winglets, cheesecutter & it will increase your grin factor even more... :821:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: mjab on June 14, 2016, 09:19:47 PM
*Originally Posted by Jon [+]
I think you should try a fairly cheap fix to see if you can get rid of the buffeting & noise. When I put on the winglets from Madstad it made a world of difference. Power Bronze over there makes a set also, I believe. I wish you were closer, I'd let you try mine for a week or so to see how you like them. I'm not sure what they'll cost you over there... The Madstads here are around $30 USD plus freight and I believe the PB brand is somewhere north of $100 plus freight.You may find those prices flip flopped over there because of S&H. It might be worth a shot... :821:

Madstad is available in the UK and the deflectors are almost £20 cheaper than Powerbronze. I've orderd a set and going to give them a try
http://www.bikehps.com/cgi-bin/ss000001.pl?SS=madstad+tiger+explorer&page=search&PR=-1&TB=A&ACTION.x=30&ACTION.y=6 (http://www.bikehps.com/cgi-bin/ss000001.pl?SS=madstad+tiger+explorer&page=search&PR=-1&TB=A&ACTION.x=30&ACTION.y=6)
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Jon on June 14, 2016, 10:20:51 PM
Let us know what you think about them. :821:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Alan B on June 15, 2016, 07:47:02 AM
*Originally Posted by mjab [+]
Madstad is available in the UK and the deflectors are almost £20 cheaper than Powerbronze. I've orderd a set and going to give them a try
http://www.bikehps.com/cgi-bin/ss000001.pl?SS=madstad+tiger+explorer&page=search&PR=-1&TB=A&ACTION.x=30&ACTION.y=6 (http://www.bikehps.com/cgi-bin/ss000001.pl?SS=madstad+tiger+explorer&page=search&PR=-1&TB=A&ACTION.x=30&ACTION.y=6)

Will be interested to see your views.  I fitted a Madstad with winglettes to my previous Tiger 800 and it made a massive difference virtually eliminating wind blast, but having fitted just the Madstad screen to my Explorer it hasn't had the same effect, a big improvement on the standard screen, but not as good as the 800.  I'm not sure whether this is due to the lack of winglettes, or whether it has something to do with not being able to change the angle between the base plate and the screen, or the shape of the Explorer.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: mjab on June 15, 2016, 09:26:09 AM
*Originally Posted by Alan B [+]
Will be interested to see your views.  I fitted a Madstad with winglettes to my previous Tiger 800 and it made a massive difference virtually eliminating wind blast, but having fitted just the Madstad screen to my Explorer it hasn't had the same effect, a big improvement on the standard screen, but not as good as the 800.  I'm not sure whether this is due to the lack of winglettes, or whether it has something to do with not being able to change the angle between the base plate and the screen, or the shape of the Explorer.

Its never really bothered me much until I changed my helmet to a Schuberth. Going to try them with the standard screen first.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: KSTriple on June 17, 2016, 01:15:56 AM
When I bought my TEX the plan was to do more two up touring and it was the perfect bike for that. But life has a way of changing your plans and in the last three years we only put 5k miles on our TEX. It was probably the easiest bike to ride that I have ever owned. The only real downside for me was the size and weight and that was a big issue for me at 5'4 and 125lbs.. So this last week I traded it off. I still have a Triumph in the stable but for now my touring days are over.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Kiwibiker on June 17, 2016, 07:57:56 AM
Sad to say but I have lost faith in Triumph - especially here in NZ. I bought my Tex to keep for a long time but after 3.5 years and all,the recalls and having had to fix my gearbox I am seriously thinking of selling and putting my money elsewhere. So, tomorrow I am taking a GSA for a gallop and we'll see how I like that. Will keep you all posted as to how I like it (or not!).
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: njloco on June 19, 2016, 08:58:35 PM
2 years plus 16800 miles, great bike but just too heavy for an old guy of average height like me.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: 13ExplorerXC on June 19, 2016, 11:09:46 PM
Sucks you're selling it. How's the new ride?
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: njloco on June 20, 2016, 02:11:37 AM
The two new rides are great, each one is about 125lbs lighter. 2008 Buell Ulysses, and a soon to come 2012 speed triple. The Uly is so much different than the tiger, not better or worse but very different.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Kiwibiker on June 22, 2016, 09:26:05 PM
I still love the Tex but I have totally fallen out of love with Triumph - particularly in this country. Frankly, I don't know why they bother. I am also totally over Triumph's problems with quality control, etc. I bought my Tex to keep for a long time and whilst I still love riding it immensely I no longer see it as a long term "keeper".

I have therefore just paid a deposit on a New BMW GSA which I won't be picking up until September and my Tex is therefore up for sale. I am sad to be doing this but the GSA is probably a better bike for the type of riding I prefer to do. I guess only time will tell! I will let everyone know in due course.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Icy on June 22, 2016, 09:33:49 PM
*Originally Posted by Kiwibiker [+]
I still love the Tex but I have totally fallen out of love with Triumph - particularly in this country. Frankly, I don't know why they bother. I am also totally over Triumph's problems with quality control, etc. I bought my Tex to keep for a long time and whilst I still love riding it immensely I no longer see it as a long term "keeper".

I have therefore just paid a deposit on a New BMW GSA which I won't be picking up until September and my Tex is therefore up for sale. I am sad to be doing this but the GSA is probably a better bike for the type of riding I prefer to do. I guess only time will tell! I will let everyone know in due course.

Good luck and have fun and be safe.  :031:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: KenW on June 23, 2016, 06:47:43 AM
*Originally Posted by Kiwibiker [+]
I have therefore just paid a deposit on a New BMW GSA which I won't be picking up until September and my Tex is therefore up for sale. I am sad to be doing this but the GSA is probably a better bike for the type of riding I prefer to do. I guess only time will tell! I will let everyone know in due course.
What sort of riding do you think the GSA does better than the TEx?  I can't think of any advantage other than the long range fuel tank.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: AUS1200 on June 24, 2016, 04:19:55 AM
Better than sex and I get to keep my clothes on hope the wife doesnt see this
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: sirsidneyrd on June 25, 2016, 07:49:20 AM
1550 miles fully loaded in a week in Scotlands monsoon - never missed a beat - did what it says on the tin 
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Lopez on June 25, 2016, 08:15:04 AM
*Originally Posted by AUS1200 [+]
Better than sex and I get to keep my clothes on hope the wife doesnt see this

They always see ALL.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: lmyamen on June 29, 2016, 03:02:55 PM
SO I had got the itch for a new bike..... A dealer locally has a 2014 R1200GS (non adventure model). I have always wanted one since getting into the adv bike world.

It was priced nicely to the point I would of considered trading in. After a 20 mile ride my lust for the bmw had diminished. Now I can not speak for the adventure model and I would like to ride one of those someday and see.. I much much prefer the power and power delivery on the Explorer. I actually killed the bmw at a stop light because I was used to the torque delivery on the Triumph and I just didn't get a good feel for the clutch on the bmw.

The brakes felt numb, like to mechanically controlled which left me feeling like I did not have great control. The seating position was not as comfortable to me either. I dunno I think I just over sold the bike in my head and the build up to the bike was greater than my enjoyment of it.

It was NOT a bad bike I would have no issues riding one... That being said I kept the Explorer and walked, rather rode away happy on my Explorer.

(https://images.weserv.nl/?url=ssl:c2.staticflickr.com/8/7255/27331868523_f464f443c2_c.jpg)
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Dimjer on November 18, 2016, 08:50:10 PM
Hi, friends!

Now is off-season for biking and we can discuss little bit about our bikes.
This season I drive only for 1 month, after my bike was at service while repair gearbox. I have lost almost total season.
Another issue is ride on sand, gravel, forest roads. I feel TEX very hard weight. I improved my skills with TEX greatly, especially for road riding. But offroad is still scare. I think about replacing my lovely TEX to R1200GSLC. I want less weight for more cornering in Alps and more feels of control on off-roading. Would you suggest your opinions? Especially whom ride R1200GS after of before TEX. Waiting for minds, friends!
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: tailscookie on November 18, 2016, 08:59:24 PM
mines gone,wasnt that happy with it after 3000 miles when the engine went crunch.
after a rebuild and 6000 miles on it had to go.
i stayed with triumph and got my self a rocket 111.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Jon on November 18, 2016, 10:02:38 PM
Still lovin mine. I just don't get enough seat time. Guess she'll last longer that way... :164:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Speedaddictedberk on November 19, 2016, 12:09:57 AM
I'm still happy with mine.
I've had the suspension re-valved to make it more compliant, and the seats are currently getting re-shaped for my ass so that I can ride for longer in comfort.

Other mods are a shorter screen and Jesse panniers for actual carrying capacity.

I'm not sure what would tempt me away from the Tex, but it would have to be pretty good. I don't ride offroad, I bought this as a good tourer because I'm 6'2" and find other bikes cramped after a day in the seat.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: SteveTalaga on November 19, 2016, 12:31:29 AM
Still loving every minute on mine. Sadly most of the time that's in Manila traffic but it's better in the traffic than my KLR650. Now and then I get to take it on a longer run and this is my favourite of all my bikes in 38 years in the saddle  :152:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Graybush on November 19, 2016, 03:08:04 AM
I don't get to ride mine nearly enough, but I enjoy every second of it.

Check out this guy, who apparently loves riding his TEX, too:
https://www.instagram.com/thebakedgardener/
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Donk on November 19, 2016, 12:49:10 PM
Well there are a lot of people that are about to say I told you so.  I was overly critical of my '13 TEX mostly because all the Triumphs I owned before it(about 10 of them) were flawless.  In all honesty the TEX had a bunch of issues but it never left me stranded.  The day I sold the TEX I realized that I finally had it pretty well sorted and actually tried backing out of the deal but the guy put up a such a stink and I let it go.  So I've gone through a few bikes, many dollars, (who says BMWs hold their value? my ass!) and have been happily riding a '15 Triumph Trophy and a '13RT all summer.  I know the Trophy's an odd solution to complaints about quality issues on the TEX but I figured by '15 Triumph would have it sorted any issues and that does seem to be the case.  The Trophy and the RT are in two different locations so it's been an interesting comparison. I was thinking about chopping the RT for a leftover '15 TEX.  Life and finances were good until I walked into the Triumph dealer and saw the '17 TEX XCX Low.  I was DONE for.  It fits me like a glove and somehow seems more compact.  So next week I will have another TEX.  I must have liked mine more than I realized because after 2 years I'm back and for the first time since the TEX left I'm really excited about a new bike! 
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Dick63 on November 19, 2016, 01:28:12 PM
Is this old thing making the rounds again?   Well, OK, for the second or third time  YES!!!

I am not going to write as extensively as, say, Donk did, but yes.  Circumstances require (for now) that I confine myself to one bike.  The bike must do everything I want a bike to do.  TEx does it.   It is - by far - the largest and heaviest bike I have ever owned, but I can still wrestle it around the garage and when rolling it is fine.

I bought it principally in planning for a single 8000/two week trip, knowing full well that the time had come, and passed, for my 60 year old spine to untuck from a sport bike crouch.  But it still feels enough like a sport bike to keep me happy.  I confine my "off road" use to gravel roads, though. 

Love it.  Keeping it.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Griff on November 19, 2016, 01:32:32 PM
*Originally Posted by Dimjer [+]
Hi, friends!

Now is off-season for biking and we can discuss little bit about our bikes.
This season I drive only for 1 month, after my bike was at service while repair gearbox. I have lost almost total season.
Another issue is ride on sand, gravel, forest roads. I feel TEX very hard weight. I improved my skills with TEX greatly, especially for road riding. But offroad is still scare. I think about replacing my lovely TEX to R1200GSLC. I want less weight for more cornering in Alps and more feels of control on off-roading. Would you suggest your opinions? Especially whom ride R1200GS after of before TEX. Waiting for minds, friends!

I rode a LC GS last year. It was ok. It carried its weight better than the Explorer. My Wife did not like the pillion accommodation at all on the GS. The Explorer has a much better motor. The Explorer is not a good bike for proper offroad. The Gs might be slightly better but it is still a big heavy bike. For offroad I use something much smaller and lighter.

In summary I would not change my Explorer for a GS LC. If you must go offroad on a big bike then the new Africa Twin is much better suited to such use. Prior to that, the KTM 950/990 series was the best large capacity offroader.   
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Jon on November 19, 2016, 01:43:35 PM
*Originally Posted by Donk [+]
Well there are a lot of people that are about to say I told you so.   

So next week I will have another TEX. 

We would never say "I told you so" Donk.  :038:

 :400: back! :821:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: FellZebra on November 20, 2016, 07:21:15 AM
Me, yeah I still like mine too.
Got it in sept '12 and now at 34,000 miles. Mileage would be higher but I'm lucky enough to have another bike too, but it's the Explorer that gets used all year round while the other is waiting for decent weather.
I may change it in 2017, not that there's anything at all wrong with it; it's great. Just because there's so many other bikes out there to choose from, if it does go, it'll be because I've had a test ride on the Africa Twin, KTM, or new Explorer!
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: SpecVStrom on November 20, 2016, 01:56:22 PM
Well, I finally do like my TEX.
I bought a new leftover '14 in Sept '15.
I liked the specs on paper, the look of the bike in the showroom, and the fact that my son's Speed Triple sounded, shifted, and rode so well that I requested the crated '14 be sold to me without a test ride. Got it for $12500 US with 0% financing for 4 years.
After the first week I took it back and complained that it had a terrible grind, howl, and vibration. They ended up replacing the final drive due to a bearing issue. That didn't resolve my complaint though. I've also had the ECU replaced under the recall.
So, I've been riding it a year now, and hating it all along thinking I have a defective bike.
I also have the 3rd to neutral issue, except that more often, it just has a hard stop at neutral when downshifting from second to first. It upshifts through the gears like a dream. Pure butter!

So, now I have 10,500 miles on her and it was time for the first major service. My dealer seemed to think I needed all the 20K work done now. $1250 for that service is an outrage!. $750 in labor just for the valve adjustment. But, they were way out, and it runs so much better now. I swear I questioned the maintenance costs before I bought it and don't remember valve adjusting being such a major ordeal.

But here is the key reason for my post:
The howl, grind, and vibrations have subsided greatly when I replaced the Tourance EXP's with Bridgestone Battlax Sport Touring T30 EVO's. Funny how the front wore down to the markers first.
I don't really do any off-road riding. I like the riding position of the bike, and how it handles bad roads well. We all know it's too damned heavy for any real off-road riding anyways.

So, my advice if you have similar complaints. Get rid of those EXP tires! Holy cow, what an improvement in riding with good touring tires.
I finally really do like riding the TEX now.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Dimrider16 on November 20, 2016, 02:14:50 PM
*Originally Posted by redmerle [+]
6 months in and still the best bike I've ever owned (in 32 years!)

John.

Hello John, from Athens. My name is Dimitris and i am going for a test ride with a TEX.
What is your opinion abouth the heavy weight and high center of gravity?
Do you have fun riding TEX?
Thank you!
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Dimjer on November 20, 2016, 02:25:43 PM
Hello Dimitris, I am not John, but I am Dimitri from Minsk. I am 36 yo and have TEX from 2015. Forget about any serious offroading, Dimitris, except you can ride like God (or Kevin Carmichael). You can ride offroad but without confidence to bike and you will dream about something much lighter later. If you like alpine cornering, TEX is too not best bike. Otherwise TEX is  perfect bike. For straight long roads. Not so long like goldwind like, but, exactly it can be argued that TEX is not the best city slyboots, but otherwise TEX is PERFECT bike ))))))))  And I  like it so much ))))
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Coops!! on November 20, 2016, 08:14:51 PM
Short answer is yes! Took advantage of a dry day today for a spin on the Tex as I hadn't ridden it for a while and within 2 or 3 miles I was thinking this is a great bike...Mine is a 2015 xc I bought new toward end of last year.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Grey tiger on November 20, 2016, 09:52:41 PM
Without fail, after every ride, I can't help saying "that was just AWESOME ! ". The thing is that this bike is making me a better rider. As my confidence improves I find this bike allows as much as you want to push it. With good tyres scraping pegs is a reality. The tex has it all. I love it.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: MrMac on November 21, 2016, 10:10:34 PM
Just turned over 50k miles, and still loving it! Although I did recently add a '15 800XCx to the stable; more to keep the TEX ready and available for touring and road trips than anything! My wife expects to retire next year and we are hoping to hit the road together and tour as much as possible. The 800 is an awesome machine and has become my daily ride, particularly when dirt is involved, so I"ll likely be putting more miles on that over the next year. But I still prefer the 1200 for crunching miles, especially when 2-up!
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: rockitcity on November 21, 2016, 10:32:37 PM
*Originally Posted by Donk [+]
Well there are a lot of people that are about to say I told you so.  I was overly critical of my '13 TEX mostly because all the Triumphs I owned before it(about 10 of them) were flawless.  In all honesty the TEX had a bunch of issues but it never left me stranded.  The day I sold the TEX I realized that I finally had it pretty well sorted and actually tried backing out of the deal but the guy put up a such a stink and I let it go.  So I've gone through a few bikes, many dollars, (who says BMWs hold their value? my ass!) and have been happily riding a '15 Triumph Trophy and a '13RT all summer.  I know the Trophy's an odd solution to complaints about quality issues on the TEX but I figured by '15 Triumph would have it sorted any issues and that does seem to be the case.  The Trophy and the RT are in two different locations so it's been an interesting comparison. I was thinking about chopping the RT for a leftover '15 TEX.  Life and finances were good until I walked into the Triumph dealer and saw the '17 TEX XCX Low.  I was DONE for.  It fits me like a glove and somehow seems more compact.  So next week I will have another TEX.  I must have liked mine more than I realized because after 2 years I'm back and for the first time since the TEX left I'm really excited about a new bike!

Not to hijack the thread, but I'm curious to hear how you liked the Trophy vs the RT, and also vs the TEX.  I was in the shop getting my 10k mile service (no valve check on my '13 TEX per Triumph North America), and someone was buying a '16 Trophy.  I had been looking at one in the past, and really like the looks of the bike, but I know it is heavier than the TEX.  Don't know if it would be a better or worse commuter than mine.  Also, I sometimes see 2006-2009 RT's for sale at fairly attractive prices.  I have ridden the GS and didn't really care for it, but have not ridden an RT. Care to give a brief comparison of the these bikes, Donk?
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: TExBlue on November 22, 2016, 08:36:19 AM
Mine is a 2012 launch model, in sapphire blue ( still the best colour!!) which I have had for two years in January.
It had 3,400 miles when I got it and has now done 25,500 miles.
It is a fantastic bike and makes me smile every single time that I go out on it.
I have toured Spain, Italy, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Holland on it.
This year we used Bikeshuttle.uk and flew to Geneva to pick up the bikes there before touring Europe. Great company and great concept and everything ran very smoothly.
Managed to also get over to Southern Ireland this year and did the Wild Atlantic Way and Ring of Kerry and had a great time, fantastic weather and lovely people.
Hoping to do the Santander ferry next year to do 'Ride' recommended Pyrennes Tour.
Bike is still in great condition and never misses a beat.
Off to to bike show at the NEC tomorrow but can't think of anything that I want to change it for without spending a shed load of money.
Can't wait for some decent weather and the chance to get back out ........  :305:



Enjoy the ride and ride safe.............
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Donk on November 22, 2016, 12:01:28 PM
*Originally Posted by rockitcity [+]
Not to hijack the thread, but I'm curious to hear how you liked the Trophy vs the RT, and also vs the TEX.  I was in the shop getting my 10k mile service (no valve check on my '13 TEX per Triumph North America), and someone was buying a '16 Trophy.  I had been looking at one in the past, and really like the looks of the bike, but I know it is heavier than the TEX.  Don't know if it would be a better or worse commuter than mine.  Also, I sometimes see 2006-2009 RT's for sale at fairly attractive prices.  I have ridden the GS and didn't really care for it, but have not ridden an RT. Care to give a brief comparison of the these bikes, Donk?

Trophy vs TEX  The Trophy offers more weather protection than the TEX, great for big mile days.  There are days you simply don't want or need all that protection and on those days the TEX has more than enough.  The bags are included in the price of the Trophy which is nice and are also included in the listed weight as is the extra 1.3 gallons of gas which is something to keep in mind. The extra gas sure comes in handy too.  Tex is a tad quicker than the Trophy because of the lighter weight and balances a bit better at low speeds.  While the TEX handles really good the Trophy handles GREAT!  That big girl can dance!  I ride somewhat aggressively in the twisties and the Trophy is clearly better.  I have much more confidence in the front end.  I don't do dirt so there is a certain roaad bias here.  Other than that pick your flavor, they're both really good bikes. 

Trophy vs RT  First off there is a big difference in power between the 06-09 and 10-13 RT.  The 10-13 is much better, I would put it as acceptable vs unacceptable.  RT is the easiest of the 3 to move round the garage, its only real advantage in the comparison.  RT is 100lbs lighter but doesn't accelerate as well, is good in the twisties, boring in a straight line.  Boxers are by nature a bit agricultural (see John Deere, IH ect).  Here's the thing, with an RT you need to own a second bike for excitement.  With the TEX or Trophy you don't.  Also RT is a BMW.  I have no patience for the attitudes and prices that come with it.  Really good solid bike but I will be selling it and do not see myself owning another.  Without getting long winded and hijacking the thread I hope that answers your question?  If anyone wants I can start another thread and go into details. 
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: sirsidneyrd on November 22, 2016, 12:34:19 PM
2012 March Launch Blue ( best colour as above - proper badges )  as above nothing else would tempt me at the mo - just put new Avons on - have around 20k since new - did the NC 500 fully loaded two up last summer - it was built for those sorts of trips

i borrowed a Trophy when my head was away being done a few years ago - just found it overweight at low speeds - Tex is no lightweight but the Trophy had me worried at every junction  - it handled well and not short on torque - just not quite a responsive as the TEX - not being able to fit two helmets in the topbox was a big no no ( got Givi on the Tex ) - undershot mirrors also took a bit of getting used too  - not a bad bike but just did'nt suit me - its my opinion - can understand those who like them and even BMWS 
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: rockitcity on November 22, 2016, 03:37:20 PM
Thanks for the comparisons, Donk and sirsid. Keeping this on topic, I have had my '13 TEX XC since January 2016.  Bought it coming from a Suzuki Bandit 1250.  I really liked the Bandit motor, but always felt a bit cramped on it.  I had a Wee-Strom before the Bandit, and liked the ergonomics of it a lot better, so I was looking to get the power delivery of the Bandit with the comfort of the Strom.  I think the TEX fills the bill pretty well. 

My '13 XC is within the VIN range for replacement head work, but the dealer says it doesn't appear to be a problem.  I do find it a bit "ticky," and wonder if I should press for a replacement.  I am not too worried about grenading the motor as I am a conservative rider, but you never know.  At least my bike came with an extended warranty through 2019, so I should be covered regardless.

But like it? Absolutely.  Doesn't stop me from looking around, but keeps me from pulling the trigger on something else I would probably not enjoy any more.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: capt_ted on November 22, 2016, 06:49:17 PM
No I don't like my Tiger, I eff'in love it.

25,000 miles and it's been like owning a Honda as far as reliable.

I hit 3  years of ownership today and it's just been a GTO bike to own. Gas. Tires. Oil.

One always takes a chance on a new model and I guess I got very lucky. No plans to trade in anytime soon
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Jon on November 22, 2016, 07:35:37 PM
*Originally Posted by rockitcity [+]

My '13 XC is within the VIN range for replacement head work, but the dealer says it doesn't appear to be a problem.  I do find it a bit "ticky," and wonder if I should press for a replacement.  I am not too worried about grenading the motor as I am a conservative rider, but you never know.  At least my bike came with an extended warranty through 2019, so I should be covered regardless.

I don't believe being a conservative or a balls to the walls rider really matters, rc. It's more about the sloppy valve guides and a few other items the new head addresses. I would highly recommend pressing the issue & getting the head replaced. One of these days I'm afraid we're going to hear about someone getting hurt when one of these engines grenades & locks up going down the slab... It also gets you an additional 12 months warranty on the engine which is no small thing. :028:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: BlahBlah on November 22, 2016, 07:41:56 PM
*Originally Posted by Jon [+]
I don't believe being a conservative or a balls to the walls rider really matters, rc. It's more about the sloppy valve guides and a few other items the new head addresses. I would highly recommend pressing the issue & getting the head replaced. One of these days I'm afraid we're going to hear about someone getting hurt when one of these engines grenades & locks up going down the slab... It also gets you an additional 12 months warranty on the engine which is no small thing. :028:

You may also struggle to sell it without replacement! Think of it as a top end overhaul/free valve check!
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: flaldrider on November 23, 2016, 12:12:59 AM
Explorer has been good to me!!! I have just shy of 92,000 (148,000km) on my '12 Launch model and so far it has been a wonderful ride.

Rode from Florida to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska without issues. Rode the TransLabrador Highway in Canada and all over the USA.  Never an issue or concern about making these trips.

I have completed the factory recalls and upgrades-head replacement, ECU replacement and so on. I did have the final drive seal leak and it was replaced under warranty but that was 60,000 miles ago.

I have personalized my Explorer with a seat upgrade, crash bars, Rox Riser and so on but the Heart of the Explorer beats strong and and fast.

Enjoy the Ride!!
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Jon on November 23, 2016, 03:16:53 PM
Now that is a great testimony! :028:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: DaMonk45 on November 23, 2016, 07:58:30 PM
in answer the the original question:



yup
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: AUS1200 on December 28, 2016, 03:23:26 AM
To be honest bored with mine now new GSA on the way Ill will probably get bored with that to
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: KernowTrumpet on December 28, 2016, 09:49:18 AM
*Originally Posted by AUS1200 [+]
To be honest bored with mine now new GSA on the way Ill will probably get bored with that to

I'm a bit bored with mine too at present - looking to replace in the next couple of months - something lighter and faster - so not a GSA!
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: AUS1200 on December 28, 2016, 10:58:22 AM
I found the quality build and paint very poor I want touring range with the GSA 30 L tank the Tiger is a ok bike but lacks a lot that I'm looking for in a adventure bike
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: KernowTrumpet on December 28, 2016, 11:20:03 AM
*Originally Posted by AUS1200 [+]
I found the quality build and paint very poor I want touring range with the GSA 30 L tank the Tiger is a ok bike but lacks a lot that I'm looking for in a adventure bike

That's fair enough.  I have been considering the BMW S1000XR but I'm concerned with BMW running costs and reliability.  I'm 90% certain I will keep the TEX for another year.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: AUS1200 on December 28, 2016, 11:35:46 AM
You should start a thread on it get others 2 cents worth
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: KernowTrumpet on December 28, 2016, 01:13:50 PM
*Originally Posted by AUS1200 [+]
You should start a thread on it get others 2 cents worth

Ha Ha....I have:

https://www.tiger-explorer.com/index.php/topic,14805.0.html

Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: KernowTrumpet on December 28, 2016, 01:15:11 PM
I'm almost certainly keeping the TEX now.  Put off by BMW reliability and running costs.  I also like riding a British bike - being British, it does matter a little bit.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: TExBlue on December 28, 2016, 03:42:39 PM
Having been to the bike show at the NEC in November I really liked the look and spec of the new KTM 1290 Super Adventure (Street) 2017.

Don't think it is out till March and price is about £14,250 ( without luggage and other farkles)

I do like my 2012 TEx and the only thing making me consider changing is that it has now done nearly 26,000 miles.
I am in that difficult situation of either changing it or keeping it for a long time as I won't get much trade in as the miles increase.....

Obviously we don't yet know what the new KTM will be like until road tests are done and then how reliable they are. If it is anything like the KTM 1190 Adventure that my mate had then it should be an awesome machine and pretty much tick all the boxes.

Until then I have decided to get a Fuel Diablo Carbon exhaust for the TEx!! Should make the old girl sound a bit more purposeful. Will post pictures and a report when fitted.


Enjoy the ride and ride safe............
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: AUS1200 on December 29, 2016, 01:02:58 AM
My mate has the 2015 GSA 50000 ks on it never touched it he just gets it serviced at correct intervals same as all bikes get them serviced shouldn't really be any major issues
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Batzen on December 29, 2016, 07:06:52 AM
Still like my TEx? :084: I would say yes, still like it. But at it looks like she has to go in spring.
Why? fit´s like a good old shoe and runs nice without any real problems after all the recals been done in 2013.
I´m a little bit tyred of little bit too much of everything.... weight, power. Never had a problem with the weight, never felt on the side and the triple has a great power delivery in every range.
Most of my 10-12K kilometers a year I ride on small B-roads in my area and 2-3 times for 3-5 days in the Alps and Dolomites (just 300-450km south). Since we bought a Ducati Scrambler for my wife this June, and I have ridden nearly all the time since we have it  :008: , TEx was out of garage not very often, just for the Alps because the Autobahn to go there. All the other rides I loved the handling of the Ducati on the small roads, feels like a bicycle compared with the big girl and...... I´m not always at risk loosing my driving licence because the speeds I often have with the TEx  :164: .
So it looks like I will replace my TEx by the new Duc Scrambler Desert Sled (have to wait for first ride as soon it´s available at dealer) and next step, for longer trips on the Autobahn to destination, our family station wagon will be replaced by a van which fits for the both little Ducatis.

So, still like it, but after 5 years it´s time for a change and will see If I can be even happy with downsizing for a few years. If not, there are plenty of big bikes on the market :)
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: KernowTrumpet on December 29, 2016, 09:53:27 AM
Love the look of the Desert Sled - fantastic bike
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Batzen on December 29, 2016, 07:05:28 PM
Oh oh....I´m afraid of my TEx is a little bit scary  :005: .
Yesterday I wrote the posting about possible selling her amd evem thought about on the way home...don´t know how, but she must have been reeding the posting and my mind, gave me the first knock in 4.5 years on the way home from last ride in 2016. Oil on a crossing, now some scratches at the bike and 3 broken rips for me  :021: 

So always remember: never think bad or ungrateful about your bike when you are on a ride! Call her a bith when save in garage ... lesson learned  :084:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: KernowTrumpet on December 29, 2016, 07:55:22 PM
Oh wow, not good.  Hope you recover quickly.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Batzen on December 29, 2016, 08:29:35 PM
Many thanks :) will take a few weeks :(
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: BlahBlah on December 29, 2016, 08:42:36 PM
Always interesting trying to get out of bed in the morning with broken ribs. Hope you & the bike get sorted soon!
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Batzen on December 29, 2016, 09:11:00 PM
Hmm... at moment I try to get in first :p
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: sirsidneyrd on December 30, 2016, 12:31:53 PM
Wolfgang get well soon - take it steady with those ribs - don't blame the TEX - the scrambler would have been taken by the oil   - difficult this time of year !
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Batzen on December 30, 2016, 06:46:43 PM
nah, of course it was not the TEx, would have happened with every other bike, too.
thanks for recovery wishes  :002: ... and yes, getting out of bed is as worse as coming inside, but not as bad as coughing  :012: will take a few weeks to recover, enough time to think about the future of my good old Lady  :038:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: GlennSAUK on December 30, 2016, 09:00:15 PM
Get well soon,

Regards

Glenn
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Jon on December 31, 2016, 01:17:04 AM
What a bummer, Wolfgang! I remember broken ribs. Not any fun at all. Prayers & well wishes for a quick recovery, bro. Stay clear of comedians & go easy on the push-ups for a few days...
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: SteveADV on January 01, 2017, 11:32:55 PM
 
*Originally Posted by Jon [+]
What a bummer, Wolfgang! I remember broken ribs. Not any fun at all. Prayers & well wishes for a quick recovery, bro. Stay clear of comedians & go easy on the push-ups for a few days...

People from Iowa are typically the smartest people in the world. I read it on the internet so it must be true. That said, I'm with Jon. Watch out for those laughing/coughing situations.

Today, the first day of 2017, marks another day when PTW folks sit back and realize that it takes a different breed to really appreciate this hobby of ours. Back to the the OP, is it the freedom we feel? The sense of flying? Being different from the masses? The brotherhood? Hard to explain to those that have not been done our road, right?

I hope 2017 brings successful challenges for everyone.....

For what it's worth, I have ridden a lot of motorcycles over the years and have found NONE that were perfect, but I love my Tex for the kind of road riding I do.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Batzen on January 02, 2017, 05:42:05 AM
Great, we are btt  :152: , didn´t want to hi-jack the thread with my slide :002:    thank´s again all for recovery wishes :031:  , now time for the TEx again: should she stay  :152: or should she go now  :005:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: redmerle on January 02, 2017, 07:10:02 AM
I shall have owned mine for 4 years come May this year and I'm still very happy with it  :028:

I did try a new XRt last summer, but it only reminded me of how much work would need to go into the new bike to sort out the same rough edges that I'd already fixed on my own 2013 bike!

I could see me still owning this bike in another 10 years  :001: (I owned my last Triumph for 19 years, so why not?!)
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Wurz on January 02, 2017, 09:18:10 AM
Hi, What problems did you have to iron out?
Just interested as both me and the wife have had ours for 5 months. mines a 12 hers is a 14.
Gaz.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: redmerle on January 02, 2017, 12:16:18 PM
Matched Explorers, excellent!  :028:

The issues that I had were things I wasn't happy about, rather than full on faults, but the main issues were replacing the screen and frame with something that didn't create loads of turbulence and looked much nicer, replacing the standard luggage and mountings with something that worked, permanently sorting the over sensitive throttle, putting decent hand guards on it, fitting handlebar end weights and getting the whole bike resprayed to get rid of an excess of Matt black plastic and slightly iffy tank badges!

I really wouldn't want to start all that malarkey again!  :008:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: D. on January 02, 2017, 01:03:24 PM
Winter weather gave me a break on Dec 26 so I went out for a ride. And yes, I still do love my Explorer! Ok, ok,only 1200km on the clock so what can I say, but still...

Definitely looking forward to springtime. And then summer, with a planned trip to Greece. I should be able to say a bit more when I come back :-)
D.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: redmerle on January 02, 2017, 02:04:18 PM
*Originally Posted by redmerle [+]
Matched Explorers, excellent!  :028:

The issues that I had were things I wasn't happy about, rather than full on faults, but the main issues were replacing the screen and frame with something that didn't create loads of turbulence and looked much nicer, replacing the standard luggage and mountings with something that worked, permanently sorting the over sensitive throttle, putting decent hand guards on it, fitting handlebar end weights and getting the whole bike resprayed to get rid of an excess of Matt black plastic and slightly iffy tank badges!

I really wouldn't want to start all that malarkey again!  :008:

Just to give you an idea:

(https://images.weserv.nl/?url=imageshack.com/a/img842/3767/q72v.jpg)

(https://images.weserv.nl/?url=imageshack.com/a/img843/4379/xf3wy.jpg)

(https://images.weserv.nl/?url=imageshack.com/a/img842/5910/bc3v.jpg)
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Jon on January 02, 2017, 02:10:09 PM
Oh, come on Red. :015: Show him both sides! :152:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: redmerle on January 02, 2017, 02:13:09 PM
Oh no!

He's only been here for two posts, I don't want to scare him off just yet!  :001:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: redmerle on January 02, 2017, 02:20:05 PM
Well, okay, just a bit...

(https://images.weserv.nl/?url=imageshack.com/a/img202/2039/mnv6.jpg)
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Jon on January 02, 2017, 02:28:07 PM
I'm sure it will take more than that to scare him off. I've always loved the look of your TEX. I'm not sure I could personally do it to mine, but it is a class act for sure! :821:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: redmerle on January 02, 2017, 02:30:48 PM
Thanks Jon!  :821:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: KernowTrumpet on January 02, 2017, 02:31:20 PM
Like the rugged look of the Avon Distanzia tyres, how do you find them on the road?
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: redmerle on January 02, 2017, 02:47:36 PM
They were absolutely brilliant! Yes, they looked the part, but they were far more fun on the road than the OEM tyres (they transformed the bike's handling on the road). Unfortunately, they no longer seem to be listed by Avon, as they've now been replaced. I'm now left with one (brand new) Distanzia, rear which I'm not sure what I'm going to do with!
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: SteveADV on January 02, 2017, 02:57:33 PM
Hey Red,

Side cases are 360s or 460s? Any issues with heat on the right side?

Steve
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: redmerle on January 02, 2017, 03:34:09 PM
Steve,

They are 360's (on either side) and there has never been any issue with heat from the exhaust  :028:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: KernowTrumpet on January 02, 2017, 03:41:34 PM
*Originally Posted by redmerle [+]
They were absolutely brilliant! Yes, they looked the part, but they were far more fun on the road than the OEM tyres (they transformed the bike's handling on the road). Unfortunately, they no longer seem to be listed by Avon, as they've now been replaced. I'm now left with one (brand new) Distanzia, rear which I'm not sure what I'm going to do with!

M&P still have some via their eBay shop....you could grab a front tyre whilst they still have them to match your spare rear, you'll be sorted for the next time round.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Triumph-955i-Tiger-2005-Avon-Distanzia-110-80R19-59V-Front-Tyre-/131437911231?hash=item1e9a4f5cbf:g:vXwAAOSwBLlU6-QS

Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: redmerle on January 02, 2017, 03:49:18 PM
That's a thought. Thanks! I do also have a half worn front that I took off a while ago. I shall check the condition and age and and (if it's not good enough), that'll be the answer!
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Wurz on January 02, 2017, 05:48:40 PM
Hi again, sorry just finished work. Love the colour scheme red. wont scare me off though lol. i like the screen. does it provide good wind cover at motorway speeds?
I will get round to posting some pics of his n hers in a bit.
i managed to get mine with full luggage the givi copies with the monokey locks. also came with the full yoshi exhaust too. the wifes 14 model came with full triumph luggage that seems to rattle a lot and always seems to be not far from falling off. she also got the heated seat grips and fog lights on hers. im looking to fit some heated grips to mines but not triumph ones as i think theyre a little expensive
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: SteveADV on January 02, 2017, 06:52:32 PM
*Originally Posted by redmerle [+]
Steve,

They are 360's (on either side) and there has never been any issue with heat from the exhaust  :028:

Got it. Thanks.

BTW, you mentioned a different wind screen and frame and, I agree, yours looks super. Where did you get it?
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: redmerle on January 02, 2017, 07:12:55 PM
*Originally Posted by gazkitchen [+]
Hi again, sorry just finished work. Love the colour scheme red. wont scare me off though lol. i like the screen. does it provide good wind cover at motorway speeds?
I will get round to posting some pics of his n hers in a bit.
i managed to get mine with full luggage the givi copies with the monokey locks. also came with the full yoshi exhaust too. the wifes 14 model came with full triumph luggage that seems to rattle a lot and always seems to be not far from falling off. she also got the heated seat grips and fog lights on hers. im looking to fit some heated grips to mines but not triumph ones as i think theyre a little expensive

*Originally Posted by SteveADV [+]
BTW, you mentioned a different wind screen and frame and, I agree, yours looks super. Where did you get it?

Thanks for the compliments on the bike :028:

The OEM screen is quite the nosiest and most buffeting thing out there, while this screen (complete with mounting kit) has been absolutely brilliant! I'm 5'10" and tall in the body, but short in the leg. With the screen in the lowest position I can completely open my visor comfortably at 70mph and even at 80mph it's just about okay and there's no turbulence. In a dark tint it even looks a bit like the screen on the 1980's Katana!

Here's the one (it's the tall screen, with the dark tint, in his photo):

http://www.palmerproducts.co.uk (go for the "Accessories" tab and then "Triumph - Tiger 1200 Explorer.

(https://images.weserv.nl/?url=s410372035.initial-website.co.uk/s/cc_images/cache_2430074233.jpg?t=1355045303)

gazkitchen, I run the heated grips, Barkbuster hand guards (http://www.barkbusters.net/what-fits-my/triumph/tiger-1200-explorer/storm/two-point-mount)and a heated seat. I don't know if you have any of those yet but, in order of effectiveness, I'd place the heated grips last, the hand guards second and the heated seat at the top!



Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: KernowTrumpet on January 02, 2017, 07:27:03 PM
I've got the Palmer Products sliding screen bracket on mine and when used in conjunction with the Triumph touring screen, I can get it so high that there is hardly any wind at all (6'3")
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Pops on January 02, 2017, 07:51:10 PM
To answer the original question - yep - in fact did 10 countries on my 2014 Explorer and then bought the new one. The semi-active suspension, adjustable screen and wider rear wheel have sorted all of the old niggles and this is a better bike all round. Couldn't be happier...

Eastern Europe and Scandinavia this year!

Paul
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: tailscookie on August 29, 2017, 06:29:19 PM
just seen the post.
the answer would be  NO .
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: moggi1964 on August 29, 2017, 06:39:46 PM
Over 5 years of ownership and still loving her. Changed the rear shock and had the front forks worked on a bit and swapped out the can for looks and sound otherwise pretty much as when I bought her. She's been to three MotoGP's (two Indianapolis and a Brno) and she'll be doing a few more before I let her go.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: KenW on August 30, 2017, 02:02:16 AM
With my 2015 TEx having just clicked over 50,000 km, my answer is still YES.  And the missus is still happy to do road trips on it, which is a plus.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: bonoeuf on August 31, 2017, 08:08:46 AM
My answer is no. I think the bike is one of the best, if not the best I have ever owned. It is just too heavy for me. If I could grow a few inches and get younger again I would have another without question. I got the next best thing an 800. Not quite the explorer but close.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: SteveADV on September 01, 2017, 01:03:01 AM
 :030:f
*Originally Posted by bonoeuf [+]
My answer is no. I think the bike is one of the best, if not the best I have ever owned. It is just too heavy for me. If I could grow a few inches and get younger again I would have another without question. I got the next best thing an 800. Not quite the explorer but close.

I agree with everything except maybe the first sentence. Also well into my "seniors" and kinda beat up but I do not have any height challenges. I did test a new 800 XCx today with the idea of doing the same thing; a lighter weight Tiger. And that 800 is everything I would need for around town and across country. But...once rolling it still is not an Explorer. That said, if I were a shorter person my age I probably would go the 800 route. In fact, if I had test driven only the 800 a couple years ago my guess is I would still own it today and be very happy with it.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Will Morgan on September 01, 2017, 08:10:00 AM
*Originally Posted by bonoeuf [+]
My answer is no. I think the bike is one of the best, if not the best I have ever owned. It is just too heavy for me. If I could grow a few inches and get younger again I would have another without question. I got the next best thing an 800. Not quite the explorer but close.

*Originally Posted by SteveADV [+]
:030:f
I agree with everything except maybe the first sentence. Also well into my "seniors" and kinda beat up but I do not have any height challenges. I did test a new 800 XCx today with the idea of doing the same thing; a lighter weight Tiger. And that 800 is everything I would need for around town and across country. But...once rolling it still is not an Explorer. That said, if I were a shorter person my age I probably would go the 800 route. In fact, if I had test driven only the 800 a couple years ago my guess is I would still own it today and be very happy with it.

Maybe Triumph did listen to owners feedback  :047: and introduced the XRX low version in response  :046: OK, it's still a heavy lump but the reduced height does make it more manageable   :152:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Jon on September 01, 2017, 06:22:59 PM
Yup.        :100: :129: :100:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: marlboroman on September 02, 2017, 04:44:50 AM
Yep, in fact so much so I sold my ducati due to neglect.  I love working on it, I love the characteristics of the bike and now that I installed a bodis slip on it sounds AWESOME.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Dick63 on September 02, 2017, 11:18:27 AM
So this old thread is making the rounds again?  Well, I guess that is fine with me, gives me my annual chance to reply

YES!!!   :008: 

My mileage has tapered off a bit this year due to a heavy professional travel schedule.  And I also managed to kill off a month of great riding weather with a very ill-timed, on my part, 20K mile service.  This was the first one, and I did it myself, but I am not a highly skilled mechanic and it took quite a bit longer than anticipated.  (Hopefully some of the learning will carry over to the next time.) 

But I still worked in a 3500 mile ride in six days, and I've managed a few 3-400 mile weekend jaunts, even managed to use it for commuting to work a few times.  It still brings a grin every time I fire it up

Wish I could spend more time on it. 

And I have a plan for that ... 
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: jaiyenyen on September 03, 2017, 05:46:10 PM
The best bike I have ever owned, the more I ride the more I like it. I don't feel it is too heavy as well, compared to my Road King it is 250 lbs lighter and very well balanced. At around 600 lbs I find it is well planted on the highway and handles very well. I am over 6 feet tall so I guess that helps but in reality if you want a bigger bike with it's power and amenities it is going to weigh a bit. For fun go ride a Harley full dress touring bike at about a 1000 lbs and see how light your Explorer is.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: pcarnut on September 03, 2017, 05:53:48 PM
Absolutely!  My all-time favorite bike before the Tex was the FJR.  Got my first one in 2005 and fell in love with it's do-everything nature.  My last FJR was a 2014 with the electronic suspension and was very pleased with it until the day I made the "mistake" of test riding the Tex.  It was all over.  Brought the Tex home, a couple of months later realized the FJR was just going to gather dust so it was sold to it's next owner.  I don't ride dirt, if I want to ride off road I'll use a proper dirt bike for that.  The Tex is the best all-around street bike I've ever owned and 6 months and 6500 miles later I still feel that way.  Exceptional bike!
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: tiger885 on September 03, 2017, 10:21:54 PM
Mine's 11 months old Gen2 XRT with 5,000 miles now. I love it. I really can't think of anything more I need or want from a big bike. In fact I took a 2017 KTM 1090 for a test ride yesterday at a rally and it confirmed how much I like my Triumph.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: utahrpm on September 05, 2017, 04:30:26 PM
In 46+ continuous years of street riding, many bikes and 500,000 + miles I have NEVER purchased the same model bike twice. Until now. Rode my Gen 1 32,000 miles in two seasons and was so happy I traded it in this summer for a '17 XRX which is superior in every way except for perceived cockpit heat. I'm hoping to solve that when I quit riding it long enough to figure out what Triumph changed and hopefully "unchange" it. Three friends planned to purchase new BMW GS's this summer but also tested the TEX at the same dealership. All three are Triumph mounted now.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: KenW on September 06, 2017, 01:13:43 AM
*Originally Posted by utahrpm [+]
Three friends planned to purchase new BMW GS's this summer but also tested the TEX at the same dealership. All three are Triumph mounted now.
Just imagine how many less GS's would be sold if Triumph made a better go of marketing and pushing test rides.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Fuze on September 06, 2017, 02:39:44 AM
*Originally Posted by kenw [+]
Just imagine how many less GS's would be sold if Triumph made a better go of marketing and pushing test rides.

The world may be a different place.

Uninformed consumption is a salespersons boon.

Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Britjunkie on September 06, 2017, 03:44:54 PM
I'm one of the three who bought the Triumph vs. the BMW. The BMW is a fine bike for sure but I am spellbound by the TEX. Just came back from a short 1500 mile ride in Colorado and am happier with my choice than ever :002:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: DarthDude on October 21, 2017, 08:21:27 PM
*Originally Posted by DarthDude [+]
Yeah.... I still do.

Sorry about the blur pic..... I'd just gotten off the bike after a 674 mile ride so I was a little tired.

=)

42 months and 20000 miles later and yeah..... I still have it and I still do and no immediate plans to change to anything yet.

Here's my bike in Laos back in January. 40000 miles now (yeah I slowed down a bit) and every inch of it has been fun!
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Richy58 on October 21, 2017, 08:30:08 PM
Think thats pretty unanimous then ^^^ :0461:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: jaiyenyen on October 21, 2017, 10:32:55 PM
*Originally Posted by DarthDude [+]
42 months and 20000 miles later and yeah..... I still have it and I still do and no immediate plans to change to anything yet.

Here's my bike in Laos back in January. 40000 miles now (yeah I slowed down a bit) and every inch of it has been fun!
  I used to live in Thailand, any problems riding into Laos on your bike?
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: jaiyenyen on October 21, 2017, 10:37:46 PM
I have had my 2017 XCA for about 6 months now, only 5000 miles on it but great miles. People keep talking about wanting changes to the bike, makes want to buy another for a spare in case they do. I really enjoy it the way it is. The only thing I have changed is to add the rox risers. It would be nice if they installed 12 volt plugs to fit north american accessories rather than the small european ones the bike comes with.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: unsubtle on October 21, 2017, 11:53:27 PM
The large electrical sockets you refer to are not American, they are just cigarette-lighter sockets. Horrible things. I rode an NC750X around Greece for 2000 miles with the satnav plugged in to one of those. The bike was fine, but I was forever shoving the plug back in to the socket because it doesn't have a holding mechanism. The small sockets (ISO 4165, also known as Powerlet or Hella) were designed as connectors, so they don't have that problem. You can get converters if you really want the hassle, but personally I'd just change the plugs on the accessories (and fit internal convertors on the sockets on any other bikes I had that were inflicted with the big sockets).
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: jaiyenyen on October 22, 2017, 06:07:05 AM
*Originally Posted by unsubtle [+]
The large electrical sockets you refer to are not American, they are just cigarette-lighter sockets. Horrible things. I rode an NC750X around Greece for 2000 miles with the satnav plugged in to one of those. The bike was fine, but I was forever shoving the plug back in to the socket because it doesn't have a holding mechanism. The small sockets (ISO 4165, also known as Powerlet or Hella) were designed as connectors, so they don't have that problem. You can get converters if you really want the hassle, but personally I'd just change the plugs on the accessories (and fit internal convertors on the sockets on any other bikes I had that were inflicted with the big sockets).
  Never had a problem with the larger sockets we have here in Canada. I bought an adaptor which is the same style that works fine, I think the only difference is the size. Anyway too much trouble to change the western accessories to match the bike.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: DarthDude on October 22, 2017, 09:53:32 AM
*Originally Posted by jaiyenyen [+]
  I used to live in Thailand, any problems riding into Laos on your bike?

For the most part it was fine. It's just the unfortunate Lao habit of scraping a good foot out of roads they're resurfacing leaving you with a 12" drop of varying severity when you hit the patch they're working on that is cause for concern. You could ground the bike out very easily if you're not going slowly enough to take evasive action if you suddenly find a cliff-like 90º drop in front of you.

Apart from that it's all good!
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: DarthDude on October 22, 2017, 10:08:16 AM
*Originally Posted by jaiyenyen [+]
I have had my 2017 XCA for about 6 months now, only 5000 miles on it but great miles. People keep talking about wanting changes to the bike, makes want to buy another for a spare in case they do. I really enjoy it the way it is. The only thing I have changed is to add the rox risers. It would be nice if they installed 12 volt plugs to fit north american accessories rather than the small european ones the bike comes with.

I use 12v-5v hardwire adaptors by ultimate addons http://www.ultimateaddons.co.uk/Vehicle_Accessories/Motorcycle_Accessories/Waterproof_Hardwire_Cable (http://www.ultimateaddons.co.uk/Vehicle_Accessories/Motorcycle_Accessories/Waterproof_Hardwire_Cable) with lightning http://www.ultimateaddons.co.uk/Cables_Chargers/Apple_8_Pin_Waterproof_Adapter_Cable (http://www.ultimateaddons.co.uk/Cables_Chargers/Apple_8_Pin_Waterproof_Adapter_Cable) and mini-USB http://www.ultimateaddons.co.uk/Cables_Chargers/Waterproof_Mini_USB_Straight_Adapter_Cable (http://www.ultimateaddons.co.uk/Cables_Chargers/Waterproof_Mini_USB_Straight_Adapter_Cable) ends for my iphone and GoPro.

iPhone sits in a Newtrent Trentium water-resistable (just add some clingfilm over the hole they left for the home button) casing which clips into a RAM-mounted Slipgrip holder made specifically for the Trentium http://www.slipgripcarmounts.com/SlipGrip-RAM-Holder-For-Apple-iPhone-6S-Using-New-Trent-Trentium-6S-Case_p_157852.html (http://www.slipgripcarmounts.com/SlipGrip-RAM-Holder-For-Apple-iPhone-6S-Using-New-Trent-Trentium-6S-Case_p_157852.html) and I've been good for 5 years and a few big rides now.

I still haven't found a need to invest in a dedicated GPS module yet. The iPhone runs the Sygic http://www.sygic.com/gps-navigation#1 (http://www.sygic.com/gps-navigation#1) navigation app, doubles as my ipod and serves as my camera...... all in one, compact, easy-to-lose package.

So far, so good!
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: supernac on October 22, 2017, 02:52:03 PM
*Originally Posted by unsubtle [+]
The large electrical sockets you refer to are not American, they are just cigarette-lighter sockets. Horrible things. I rode an NC750X around Greece for 2000 miles with the satnav plugged in to one of those. The bike was fine, but I was forever shoving the plug back in to the socket because it doesn't have a holding mechanism. The small sockets (ISO 4165, also known as Powerlet or Hella) were designed as connectors, so they don't have that problem. You can get converters if you really want the hassle, but personally I'd just change the plugs on the accessories (and fit internal convertors on the sockets on any other bikes I had that were inflicted with the big sockets).

Powerlet is uncommon in north America, if you needed one on a trip you would never find one. This happened to me when my powerlet charger died, didnt have gps for 1/2 my trip. When I got home I converted mine to a regular cigarette lighter port, works great with a anker quick charger adapter from amazon.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: AlaskaFish on October 23, 2017, 01:57:35 PM
*Originally Posted by supernac [+]
Powerlet is uncommon in north America, if you needed one on a trip you would never find one. This happened to me when my powerlet charger died, didnt have gps for 1/2 my trip. When I got home I converted mine to a regular cigarette lighter port, works great with a anker quick charger adapter from amazon.
Actually, you can find these type plugs and sockets at your local John Deere Dealer in North America.  This was something we discovered years ago when we needed to power up some items on our BMW K1200LTC.

John
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: supernac on October 23, 2017, 11:13:40 PM
*Originally Posted by AlaskaFish [+]
Actually, you can find these type plugs and sockets at your local John Deere Dealer in North America.  This was something we discovered years ago when we needed to power up some items on our BMW K1200LTC.

John

Maybe so but cigarette adapters are available in nearly every gas station in America most of which are open 24x7. Can't say if I have ever seen a John Deere dealer on my trips.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: jaiyenyen on October 24, 2017, 01:11:42 AM
*Originally Posted by AlaskaFish [+]
Actually, you can find these type plugs and sockets at your local John Deere Dealer in North America.  This was something we discovered years ago when we needed to power up some items on our BMW K1200LTC.

John
  That may be so but the point I was making was all my accessories have the large plug, I have never seen 12 volt accessories in Canada with the small plugs and that was why I wished Triumph would send our bikes with the size that would work here.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: unsubtle on October 24, 2017, 02:00:41 AM
There seem no shortage of Powerlet plugs on eBay (https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2380057.m570.l1311.R3.TR10.TRC0.A0.H0.Xpowerlet.TRS0&_nkw=powerlet+plug&_sacat=0) or Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=powerlet+plug) in the USA.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: jaiyenyen on October 24, 2017, 02:24:42 AM
*Originally Posted by unsubtle [+]
There seem no shortage of Powerlet plugs on eBay (https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2380057.m570.l1311.R3.TR10.TRC0.A0.H0.Xpowerlet.TRS0&_nkw=powerlet+plug&_sacat=0) or Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=powerlet+plug) in the USA.
  I am sure you can buy the powerlet plugs but I have never bought a gps, phone, air compressor that uses them.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: supernac on October 24, 2017, 05:18:09 AM
*Originally Posted by unsubtle [+]
There seem no shortage of Powerlet plugs on eBay (https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2380057.m570.l1311.R3.TR10.TRC0.A0.H0.Xpowerlet.TRS0&_nkw=powerlet+plug&_sacat=0) or Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=powerlet+plug) in the USA.

Nothing over here uses powerlet, the tex was the first I've seen on any vehicle. Sure you can get adapters via amazon, but if it dies on a trip good luck finding a replacement on the road.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: cheesecutter on October 24, 2017, 01:01:59 PM
Back to the original topic - do I still like it?
Went to work in France last Dec, so Tex was tucked up in the garage until my return. Unfortunately I got taken ill in April in France and am still in hospital in UK. Was planning on going back out to France this Dec so decided to sell the beast as it would just be sitting around longer. Annnnyway, not gonna be well enough to work in Dec, didn't sell it, so have been seriously considering chopping it in for an 800 as I am very weak and will be for a while until I am able to start pumping iron etc. Now changed my mind again - it's an incentive to get back to full fitness, also cruise control, traction control and ABS as standard whereas not on 800. Also I have a ton of extras - Madstad, touratech panniers etc which make the bike all the better.
So, yes, I still like it but am unable to ride it - for now anyway  :018:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: unsubtle on October 24, 2017, 06:23:23 PM
*Originally Posted by supernac [+]
Nothing over here uses powerlet, the tex was the first I've seen on any vehicle.

BMW, and I think Yamaha use them
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: supernac on October 24, 2017, 10:26:00 PM
*Originally Posted by unsubtle [+]
BMW, and I think Yamaha use them

Maybe so, doesn't change the fact the adapters aren't widely available over here.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Donk on October 24, 2017, 11:55:51 PM
*Originally Posted by supernac [+]
Maybe so, doesn't change the fact the adapters aren't widely available over here.

You want to go from a cigarette lighter type plug to a powerlet or bmw type plug?  May be tough but try Aerostitch or Twisted Throttle they may have it.  You could always wire one up yourself, take just a few minutes.  Now back to the original program.  Trying to decide between a Tex and a Trophy for my next bike so the more good stuff I read the better the odds of me jumping back in the fold.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Will Morgan on October 25, 2017, 11:16:57 AM
*Originally Posted by supernac [+]
Sure you can get adapters via amazon, but if it dies on a trip good luck finding a replacement on the road.

*Originally Posted by supernac [+]
Maybe so, doesn't change the fact the adapters aren't widely available over here.
.

I think you're worrying unnecessarily. About 5 years ago when I first encountered the powerlet / BMW / Hella system I was a similarly concerned. So just in case my off-the-shelf adapter failed as a back-up I made my own simple emergency adapter with a length of 2 core wire, powerlet plug & conventional cigarette socket. But because most of my accessories are hard wired to the bike in 40k miles I've never needed either version. The only things not hard wired are my phone charger (but that doesn't get used anymore as my XRT has a USB socket) and my compressor which came fitted with a dual purpose plug that fits both types of socket.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: supernac on October 25, 2017, 03:38:53 PM
*Originally Posted by Will Morgan [+]
.

I think you're worrying unnecessarily. About 5 years ago when I first encountered the powerlet / BMW / Hella system I was a similarly concerned. So just in case my off-the-shelf adapter failed as a back-up I made my own simple emergency adapter with a length of 2 core wire, powerlet plug & conventional cigarette socket. But because most of my accessories are hard wired to the bike in 40k miles I've never needed either version. The only things not hard wired are my phone charger (but that doesn't get used anymore as my XRT has a USB socket) and my compressor which came fitted with a dual purpose plug that fits both types of socket.

I replaced the powerlet a few years ago after my USB adapter failed in the middle of a trip leaving me without gps. My anker turbocharger hasn’t let me down yet.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: eddster on October 29, 2017, 11:56:19 AM
sure do 33% f. and I just need to ride. later  :190:  :007:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Fuze on October 29, 2017, 10:18:43 PM
My experience:
Initially found the Tiger was the best fit for my wants and needs. Happy.
After 4 seasons of riding, I am more appreciative of the overall machine. 
It just works and delivers smiles.  The pillion has grown fond of the bike too. 

When floating the notion of a new bike (any brand/style) we both go back to the present Tiger.  We are a team now, we want to go the distance together.

Happy. Very.   :305:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: flaldrider on October 30, 2017, 01:51:49 AM
I recently pass the 105,000 mile mark (169,000 km) on my '12 Explorer and still find it an entertaining bike to ride. I have documented my equipment failures on this forum but in the long view, a great bike.

My last fix was getting the battery changed in the TPMS modules. Triumph should make the replacement of the CR 2032 battery easier but if I can do it, it isn't too bad. There are instructions on this forum for the fix.

Enjoy the ride!!
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Coops!! on November 05, 2017, 09:45:40 PM
Yep, it’s still the only bike I don’t think about selling and I’ve had a few! And whilst the 17 version is no doubt a better bike my 14/15 Xc does everything really well so haven’t even been tempted to upgrade for another!
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Kitch on November 06, 2017, 12:42:37 AM
I could not be more pleased with my 2015 TEX.  I traded in a 2011 Triumph Thunderbird for her back in Sep 2016 and it's been an awesome experience ever since.  I already have over 11K trouble free miles on her and she's been the best overall motorcycle I've ever owned.  Extremely capable, versatile and a blast to ride!
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: AndrewNZ on November 06, 2017, 02:18:17 AM
I started a poll in December 2014 on the same theme as this thread as with all the doom and gloom about the Explorer it made me wonder if anyone out there liked the bike as I do and since then I swapped a 2012 for a 2017.

https://www.tiger-explorer.com/index.php/topic,10278.msg127291.html#msg127291
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Icy on November 06, 2017, 01:13:49 PM
*Originally Posted by flaldrider [+]
I recently pass the 105,000 mile mark (169,000 km) on my '12 Explorer and still find it an entertaining bike to ride. I have documented my equipment failures on this forum but in the long view, a great bike.

My last fix was getting the battery changed in the TPMS modules. Triumph should make the replacement of the CR 2032 battery easier but if I can do it, it isn't too bad. There are instructions on this forum for the fix.

Enjoy the ride!!

 :063: :047: :046:

I like re-replying this thread every once in a while.

First TEX: Bought Jan 2013; @41,000 miles traded in for another TEX on Sept 10, 2015
Second TEX: Brought it back to the dealer for its 500 mile service the next day. Been on it ever since - though I can't ride that much anymore. I am @14,000 miles.

This is the most worry-less, work-horse, one tough son-of-a-b#$%h bike. I don't wash it, don't cover it, don't even warm it up. Just turn it on, put the helmet on, hop on and ride on. It has never, ever complained or even let me down. Drop it on the trail? Pick it up and move on. Left in 3 inches of snow for two months? Dust it off, hit start - hop on.

My Q5 is more finicky than this bastard.
 :305:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: The Robster on November 06, 2017, 01:42:13 PM
After 4 and a bit years this bike still makes me scream out loud, smile like a Cheshire Cat and get the heart pumping more than any other bike that I have owned.
Yes I think I still like it.☠️
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Lancstony on November 06, 2017, 04:47:05 PM
I had a bit of a weird moment this weekend, bored at home on Saturday so I decided I would venture down to the local BMW garage as the only bike that could ever tempt me away from the Tex would be a GS Adventure.

Cant afford a new one but they had a few 2015 and 2016 models outside, my Tex is a 2016 XRX with other bits added to it.

Anyway I have to say when I looked at the BMW it looked a bit old and dated, I was really surprised as it had always been one of my "dream" bikes to own but when I went it simply didn't grab me at all.

I returned home and went straight into the garage to apologise to the Tex for even considering changing, boredom does strange things to a man!

So the end of this story is that yes, i still like the Tex and I really cant see me changing it for a good few years, is a cracking bike that does everything I want
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Lopez on November 13, 2017, 11:17:06 AM
Absolutly yes. 70.000km in less tha three years of absolutly happiness
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: smalle10 on August 26, 2018, 12:15:43 PM
Hello TEX owners.

Are there any that is still happy  :152: with the TEX ?

And Tiger 1200 can apply  :047:

Per
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: BigLee on August 26, 2018, 04:15:19 PM
Still loving my '12 Tex, had it 6 years and half of its 24k miles have been done in Europe  :028: got some bargain extras last year of an arrow can, heated seat and GPS mount to add to the experience  :047:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: GTEX on August 26, 2018, 04:24:22 PM
i have had my 2012 tex for 2 years and put 22000 miles on the clock, just done the 20000 service had the change  8 shims (all tight) greased and reset head stock bearing, stripped and greased rear suspension linkage, change brake and clutch fluid, coolant etc etc.  New fork stanchions fitted and uprated spring fitted a couple of months ago. (original stations had pitted,)Replaced the batteries in the TPS (diy) still loving the bike
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: flaldrider on August 27, 2018, 12:00:14 AM
Got back from my ride to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska a couple of weeks ago. Now I have 122,145 miles (196,145 km) on my '12 Gen 1 Explorer and still rides well. The biggest problem on the trip of just over 12,000 miles (19,122 km) was that the low beam  on the headlights failed. I replaced the bulbs and all is ok.

The bike is a definite keeper and I am keeping it!
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: TEXICO on August 27, 2018, 07:15:40 AM
*Originally Posted by flaldrider [+]
Got back from my ride to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska a couple of weeks ago. Now I have 122,145 miles (196,145 km) on my '12 Gen 1 Explorer and still rides well. The biggest problem on the trip of just over 12,000 miles (19,122 km) was that the low beam  on the headlights failed. I replaced the bulbs and all is ok.

The bike is a definite keeper and I am keeping it!

Outstanding !
12, 000 miles in one trip :)
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Lopez on August 27, 2018, 07:26:21 AM
*Originally Posted by smalle10 [+]
Hello TEX owners.

Are there any that is still happy  :152: with the TEX ?

And Tiger 1200 can apply  :047:

Per

After only one year that I said I was happy with my bike, sadly now I have to say a big NO.

Reliability problems during this year have been a real nightmare. Bike has spent more time at service than on the road.

I had to call to assistance during my last two trips, and my holidays have been ruined for two times. Last one was a really big engine failure, a broken valve, so I had to replace engine head, camshaft, valves... A front-end broken, an entire cardan, gearbox sensor, front light melted... Of course I have to say my bike's maintenance has been absolutly perfect, even better than Triumph's service guide... And everything has been fixed under warranty (after a litlle claims...), but I am ordering an Africa Twin, tired of my bike poor reliability. I don't trust in Triumph anymore.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Icy on August 27, 2018, 07:28:01 PM
(https://images.weserv.nl/?url=ssl:farm2.staticflickr.com/1842/43565866304_8043508473_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/29nLseW)

One babe to one side, the other babe to the other side. at 17,500 miles on my second TEX. Would buy another one in a heart-beat!
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: pcarnut on August 27, 2018, 08:16:57 PM
Would buy another in a heart beat also.... oh, wait, I did  :)
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Icy on August 27, 2018, 08:47:16 PM
*Originally Posted by pcarnut [+]
Would buy another in a heart beat also.... oh, wait, I did  :)

 :745: :821:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: TRITIGEX on August 28, 2018, 07:02:17 PM
*Originally Posted by Icy [+]
(https://images.weserv.nl/?url=ssl:farm2.staticflickr.com/1842/43565866304_8043508473_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/29nLseW)

One babe to one side, the other babe to the other side. at 17,500 miles on my second TEX. Would buy another one in a heart-beat!
Duhh... now on my 3rd Tex  :745:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: KenW on August 29, 2018, 06:59:57 AM
*Originally Posted by pcarnut [+]
Would buy another in a heart beat also.... oh, wait, I did  :)
Me too.  Now seriously on the road, so we'll see how it goes.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Stillwobbling on August 29, 2018, 08:00:01 AM
Loved mine that much that I've just sold it, bought a Gen 2 and one for the Missus and she's not even got her full licence yet. But she will have. Planning next year's adventures already
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Jon on September 02, 2018, 09:28:05 PM
*Originally Posted by Icy [+]
(https://images.weserv.nl/?url=ssl:farm2.staticflickr.com/1842/43565866304_8043508473_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/29nLseW)

One babe to one side, the other babe to the other side. at 17,500 miles on my second TEX. Would buy another one in a heart-beat!

She makes you look pretty good, Icy. In fact, they both do... :001:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Icy on September 03, 2018, 03:54:46 AM
*Originally Posted by Jon [+]
She makes you look pretty good, Icy. In fact, they both do... :001:

roger that  :821:
couldn't agree more
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: peejay1977 on September 03, 2018, 11:23:25 AM
9000miles and 2 and a bit years later and I do still love my Gen2 XR, I love the look, the comfort, how it rides, but one thing that would make me not buy a new one next June is the engine heat. I've been riding 14 years, granted not adventure bikes, but I've never encountered heat like it. So much so I spend a proportion of riding it stood up to get wind into my groin!

Hearing that the Gen3's aren't any better hasn't inspired me with alot of confidence sadly :(
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: unsubtle on September 03, 2018, 08:36:19 PM
60k miles, Mk1. In August I did a 2.5k trip up to Shetland, Orkney, and some of the Outer and Inner Hebrides, and got back on two worn-out tyres and 80 miles overdue for a service. I've now done a full service right down to retiming the cams (use the official method - it does give different results), changed both tyres to Road 5 and hand the suspension fettled at MCT, all within a week. The old Heffalump is running so sweetly she feels better than the last new demo bike I tried.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: DavidGriff on September 04, 2018, 10:27:33 AM
I have just completed the 50k miles service on my 2012 Mk 1.  Opted to do it myself because

A) my dealer service experience has been pitiful. Over priced, poor quality, fuel lines not connected properly, internal panel fixings broken, and the last straw, tried to get me to fit a new shaft drive because they couldn't stop an oil leak, turns out, they didn't clean the surface first.   :232:  sorry, got carried away but both Destination Triumph and Bulldog have retuned my bike in a dangerous condition after 4 consecutive services and been caught lying about the work they did and didn't do.

 B), minor service, within my skill set and at 50K I am well out of the warrantee period so why not.

Do I still love it?  Despite the weight, the buffeting and a few other niggles, yes I do.  I have ridden the new Tiger 1200, it's brilliant and yes, better.  I have also ridden the 800.  Love it but in both cases, not enough to justify the upgrade whilst mine still takes me and Mrs Griff on regular 2500mile Euro trips.  There is also something about the great fun I have had with this brute of a bike and it has taken great care of me over the years so until it or I wear out, I'm keeping it.

My real problem come back to the dealers.  None of the services have been carried out correctly and so I will probably never buy another Triumph again.  If I give up on the Tex, there isn't another bike out there that floats my boat.  Also, the money I save I can invest in a middle weight something to take the strain of Tigger  :028:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Upthepalace on September 05, 2018, 08:48:58 AM
I'm on my second Gen 1.  Have strayed a couple of times, downsized etc but go back to a Tex. Absolutely love mine and want to keep it until it's knackered.  have tried both the Gen 2 and 3 but prefer the simplicity of the Gen 1 whilst appreciating why people like all the gubbins of the 2 and 3.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: XCaTel on September 12, 2018, 11:24:42 PM
While my relatively new Gen 3 XCa was in for work at the dealers today I had a small 50km round trip on a loaner Gen 3 XRx Low. Although I am 6ft it was great ergonomically and I would happily recommenced that model to anyone 5'10" or below. I found it quite a different ride to my XCa, much simpler round town at slow speed. I don't have a problem with the XCa, the Low was just easier again. Having ridden them back to back I also noticed that the Arrow can sounds exactly the same as the stock can (to me), I couldn't tell the difference at all! I would encourage anyone finding the T12 a little too top heavy to try the Low version, it's ACE!
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Benchmark on September 13, 2018, 08:02:42 AM
*Originally Posted by XCaTel [+]
While my relatively new Gen 3 XCa was in for work at the dealers today I had a small 50km round trip on a loaner Gen 3 XRx Low. Although I am 6ft it was great ergonomically and I would happily recommenced that model to anyone 5'10" or below. I found it quite a different ride to my XCa, much simpler round town at slow speed. I don't have a problem with the XCa, the Low was just easier again. Having ridden them back to back I also noticed that the Arrow can sounds exactly the same as the stock can (to me), I couldn't tell the difference at all! I would encourage anyone finding the T12 a little too top heavy to try the Low version, it's ACE!

I'm 5'6" and a bit  :016: but discounted the low version as it's not available with everything. Some may say its a not required but I do enjoy the quick shifter for one. Then there's the lack of centre stand, not an issue for most people and wouldn't be for me but it comes into its own turning the bike around on the turntable in the garage (saves a 7 point turn  :008:) I've lowered the bike myself with the kit from Lust and although I can't flat foot it I can live with it and thoroughly enjoy my XRT  :001:
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: XCaTel on September 13, 2018, 01:35:37 PM
*Originally Posted by Benchmark [+]
I'm 5'6" and a bit  :016: but discounted the low version as it's not available with everything. Some may say its a not required but I do enjoy the quick shifter for one. Then there's the lack of centre stand, not an issue for most people and wouldn't be for me but it comes into its own turning the bike around on the turntable in the garage (saves a 7 point turn  :008:) I've lowered the bike myself with the kit from Lust and although I can't flat foot it I can live with it and thoroughly enjoy my XRT  :001:
Yes, I reckon if they are not going to offer an XRt low Triumph should give special dispensation to buy a few common extras such as the quickshifter, hill hold etc.
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Tigraid on September 14, 2018, 09:55:07 AM
I tried a brand new Tiger 800 XRt from the dealership recently as my back isn't getting any better and I thought about maybe something a bit lighter than my Gen 1 TEX XC.

Things I liked a lot about the 800:   plenty of power and more than enough torque for solo riding and touring but not so sure it would be as relaxing or capable 2-up.  Nice and low, at 5'8" I could easily get both feet flat on the floor with the standard seat.  I liked the new TFT screen but the tendency was to fiddle and take my eyes off the road (not a good idea in rush hour traffic!) when I first got on the bike.  It had good comfort and the pegs were low enough not to have my knees bent up too much under me so I reckon it'd be fine all day comfort-wise but only of the seat was a little firmer.

Things I didn't like:  Handling:  It may have been the OEM tyres or suspension settings but first 40mph run into a medium left hand bend had the bike running way too wide until I gave it an armful of opposite lock.  On several other corners up to 60mph it felt the same.  It just didn't want to drop in like the TEX does on it's Michelin Anakee 2's.  It was fine at low speed but needed a little more concentrated effort as the bars are so much narrower than the ones on the TEX.  Wind/weather protection wasn't as good.  It buffeted me even with the high screen setting on the motorway.

Would I change me Gen1 TEX for a brand spanking new Tiger 800 XRT?  Not on your nelly!  I preferred almost everything about the TEX other than slow speed off-bike paddling it about which is only where I ever find the mass a problem. In all other respects, except for filtering through traffic, the TEX was better to my mind, was quite noticeably more grunty, was more comfortable and a better touring proposition.  That's just my biased opinion though and others may feel differently.  The grass may look greener but on closer inspection, it's not quite as nice a green!

Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Sidi1200 on September 21, 2018, 08:52:10 AM
After a Lap Of "The Big Paddock".. Nothing Broke. It was So Comfortable for All Day Riding. 600 to 900 KM days. For 5 weeks.... 1 trip was a SS1600 ( Saddle Sore 1000 mile IBR) Across the Nullarbor..
I did 1 oil change in Perth WA.. I had a new set of Pirelli Scorpion Trail II put on before I left Home.. They were still on the TEX when I got back home.. 18,778KM
When I got home, it went in for its 64K service... They went over it for everything. Valve clearance was getting close to out of spec. Head stock Bearings felt slightly Notchy ?? I couldn't feel it . So I asked to have them redone as piece of mind... Expensive ? you bet... But it was the only expensive service it ever had and ever will in future... "THE ONLY BIKE out of 5 x 1200cc Adventure Tourers that Had Nothing Go Wrong all trip"

(https://cdn.img.tiger-explorer.com/IMAG30481.jpg)
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Icy on September 21, 2018, 12:46:00 PM
*Originally Posted by Sidi1200 [+]
"THE ONLY BIKE out of 5 x 1200cc Adventure Tourers that Had Nothing Go Wrong all trip"

(https://cdn.img.tiger-explorer.com/IMAG30481.jpg)

 :821: :037: :046: :002:

kudos man, sounds like amazing times... where are the rest of the pictures? :-) no movies? :-)
Title: Re: Do (still) you like your TEX?
Post by: Sidi1200 on September 21, 2018, 01:04:42 PM
Icy... Not on This thread... Its for Praising the Tiger Explorer Gen 1  ..  consider it "Praised"
Go to  "bucket List Ticked..

Way too many Photos of the trip.. just a smidge sample