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Tiger 1200 - Mods & Workshop Workshop and technical talk for the 1200 Tiger Explorer

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Old 08-16-2012, 11:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My TEX just keeps on amazing me

I have a bit over 900 miles on the bike now. I added Triumph hard bags, fog lights, roll bag, soft top bag and a ram mount for my Garmin Zumo 550 GPS.....When I filled it with gas today, I calculated 50.1 mpg to my last tank, pretty good for a 1200 triple. I had the bike off road for about 30 miles for the first time and it handled so much better than I thought such a big bike would in the dirt....The engine seems to be running smoother now that it has had a proper break in. . the shift is silky smooth esp compared to that on my big touring bike. The only problem with the bike I had was when I managed to drop it right after buying it and broke of the end of the brake lever. rather than spend 80 bucks for a new brake lever I just snapped the sacrificial end off of the clutch lever so I have two shorter levers. Looking forward to a 2k trip up into the mountains next month.
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Old 08-25-2012, 11:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i currently have a 955i and am interested in the 1200, but not sure how good it would be on gravel roads ect... sounds like you have a little experience off road with it and have been happy with how it handles?
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Old 08-31-2012, 08:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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i currently have a 955i and am interested in the 1200, but not sure how good it would be on gravel roads ect... sounds like you have a little experience off road with it and have been happy with how it handles?
It depends on what you are looking for in an adventure bike. I needed a bike that I could still do the long ride on the highway yet get off the road for the occasional foray into the wilderness. The Tiger Explorer fits the bill. with the cruise control and larger engine it is happy on the highway and holds all of my touring gear. When I get off of the pavement, it is a good ride on the dirt and gravel. That said, I doubt that I will ever ride it down a single track or creek bed although I have seen some videos of riders doing that.
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Old 09-05-2012, 12:16 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Test road an explorer today and loved it.


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Old 10-05-2012, 10:49 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I'm coming up for my first service and I love my TEx. Obviously there are new sounds to get used to, like the familiar Triple tappet noise, induction noise, and the burble on the over-run, but the TEx has some new ones too. For the first time on a Triumph, I can hear the injectors around 1500 to 2500 rpms. Then there's the nobbly noise that is almost alarming until you get used to it. But there's one I'm not sure about, I get a slight whirring noise around 40 that pulses on and off in harmony with the speed between 35 and 45 before wind noise overpowers it. I figure it is the shaft drive. I thought it was pad noise to start with but now I think it's something else. Any other ideas what this could be?

Then there's the flick-a-bility factor this bike has. I can't believe how easy it is to ride and throw around like an old 450 dirt bike. Coming from a Diavel (covered over 12000 miles on it in 10 months!) onto this, I am still surprised how much easier it is to get into the 'way past the speed limit' zone, and so quickly and effortlessly too.

I gotta hand it to Triumph, this bike is truly a great bike.
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Old 10-07-2012, 12:01 AM   #6 (permalink)
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TwoTriumphs, I think the sound might be the exhaust. If it is the sound I am thinking if you will find it happens between 3K and 4K rpm. I always figured that it was a harmonic because of the balance tube. I think it sounds cool. Almost like a warp drive on a space ship.
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Old 10-08-2012, 10:34 PM   #7 (permalink)
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<< I am still surprised how much easier it is to get into the 'way past the speed limit' zone, and so quickly and effortlessly too.

I gotta hand it to Triumph, this bike is truly a great bike. [/QUOTE]


Yah. at my age, it has been a long time since I have been chasing triple digits on a MC, I am way more of a speed limit sort of rider these days. That said, with the TEx, there have been several times on the highway, passing other vehicles when I glance down to see my GPS registering speeds in the mid 90's and you know there is a whole lot left is needed. It's a rush!
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Old 12-01-2012, 09:30 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I've gone TEx

At first, I was like

Then I was like

Now I'm like

A few days ago, I traded my beloved 2010 Thunderbird 1700 in on a 2012, all-options-included TEx. I'd never owned nor even really ridden an adventure bike. Being ever the "let's give that a try" kind of person, I dove in head first.

Ho. Lee. Sheet.

This bike is friggin' awesome. I don't even have it cycled through the break-in period and I can tell this bike and I are going to be great friends.

It behaves like a dream on pavement. I can tell that it's got a lot in store for me when I can actually hit the throttle.

On gravel roads and dirt trails? Yeah baby! Being able to shut off the TTC and ABS makes this thing dang near a big-a** dirt bike. Leaving them on can make what might otherwise be a scary trail something less intimidating and enjoyable.

I'm in love.
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Old 12-07-2012, 12:27 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Just an amazing motorcycle, just installed a set of Bridgestone trailwings
Like them so far.
Thrills me every time I ride it.
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Old 12-07-2012, 01:51 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Just an amazing motorcycle, just installed a set of Bridgestone trailwings
Like them so far.
Thrills me every time I ride it.


I you want some more good feeling about buying the TEx, read the
review in the Jan 2013 issue of Motorcycling Magazine (USA)
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