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I went and had a sit on on yesterday....very, very nice. The swing arm/shaft is great to see. I think the one "performance issue" that this bike will suffer is the fact that the handling will be affected by a comparatively high centre of gravity with the triple motor sitting up high like it does. The low CoG of the boxer engine has helped BMW "hide" the weight of its bikes in many respects. Still, it looks like a top motorcycle !
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That's not what I read in the reviews. Apparently the beemer's cog is noticeably higher than the Triumph and the Honda Crosstour.

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At a claimed 260kgs wet the Tiger Explorer is no lightweight but it’s 10 kilos lighter than the Crosstourer. But both are big bikes that hide their weight well as the centre of gravity is noticeably lower than BMW’s monster-tall GS.

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wow, who'd have thought...the visual CoG beig so different to the reality...have ridden many kms on an "original" R1100GS, but not the new ones...methinks I will check this out...the 1200 Tiger just looks so top heavy...
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I went and had a sit on on yesterday....very, very nice. The swing arm/shaft is great to see. I think the one "performance issue" that this bike will suffer is the fact that the handling will be affected by a comparatively high centre of gravity with the triple motor sitting up high like it does. The low CoG of the boxer engine has helped BMW "hide" the weight of its bikes in many respects. Still, it looks like a top motorcycle !
Jealous of you peter67. Did you see this in Melbourne? I tried the Adelaide dealer today. Told to call back in late May!
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Jealous of you peter67. Did you see this in Melbourne? I tried the Adelaide dealer today. Told to call back in late May!
Hi rural rat,

yeah it was in Peter Stevens in Melbourne. It was passing through after having done the bike expo in Brissie. It looks great! I've gone the Tiger 1050SE cos nowadays I'm bitumen oriented...but I am really impressed with the range - both in the logical way they have segmented the market and in the quality of the machines.

And for all the aussies out there, I have got to say that Peter Stevens were brilliant in getting me off the Speed Triple (2010 SE model - yeah, I know) and onto the Tiger...great trade-in price, utterly organised with paperwork, etc. They made everything totally easy, kept me informed of delivery progress, etc, etc...

I'm two days in to my Tiger...for the first time in many years, I am really excited by the bike, even though I'm still running it in...the Speed Triple just didn't grab my heart, despite its obvious capabilities...different strokes for different folks....

..now, after my arrow pipe is on, I gotta take her to Philip Island for Superbike School..yeehaa !!
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It is Peter Stevens of course in Adelaide as well. I am most likely heading down the same path as you regards getting off the Speed Triple. Good news that it all went so well for you. I have tried the R1200GS and was mighty impressed with its capabilities. The ESA suspension is a real winner IMO. Sadly the 1200 doesnt have it (yet?). Dont really want to do anything until I have tried the Explorer as well though. Couple more months yet.
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