Main Motorcycle: 2013 Tiger Explorer
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: West Central Florida
Other Motorcycle: 07 America Black & Chrome
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Both are great bikes. BMW is known to have its problems as well as the Explorer. The fly by wire issues are mostly worked out with a new fuel map so I wouldn't let that steer me from it. I do have an acquaintance who has an Explorer and he has been having issues with it. It likes to just randomly shut off while going down the road. Last I knew Triumph didn't know what the problem was but they were working on it. BMW's are known for rear axle seals leaking and faulty fuel strips that are very pricey to replace if you're stuck paying for it. I'm not sure if they have cured that issue or not, I know my dads 09 R1200RT has had the issues.
As far as the maintenance, It will take a lot of maintenance to surpass the cost savings on the Explorer over the BMW.
If you like the BMW, buy it. They're both great bikes. The GSA in my opinion is a more off road oriented bike than the Explorer and even the new XC Explorer.
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