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Hi all, this morning I walked into an independent dealer that also sells Triumph bikes, to have a pesky leaky BMW R100GSPD wheel/tire fitted with an inter tube. While waiting at the shop, I looked over a very nice 2017 Triumph Tiger Explorer XCA, with panniers, top case, tankbag, passenger seat soft luggage. I own 5 BMW's total (most somewhat vintage), and I have to admit I was quite taken by this bike. So, to keep things short, I put a deposit on it, and have 10days to make a decision. My MAIN concern is the somewhat small tank. What kind of mpg's are you guys seeing on this bike, riding at reasonable highway speeds (10 over speed limit). I have never owned a Triumph, any reason why I shouldn't? Any major issues (like BMW's Final Drive failures)? Any warranty issues not being addressed?

Thanks for any comments, would love to add this bike to the stable.

Andy
 

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Hi Andy,

You will find my answer to your earlier question on my post but just wanted to suggest you "go for it." Now I admit I would love to have an old BMW myself and I seriously considered a GS before purchasing the XCA. As I am an old biker with a bunch of old British iron, the old 750/5 in the BMW is what appeals to me; R90s seem to be going for silly money anyway. Both price and dealer distance from me affected my choice and while I have only just under 600 miles on mine, so far I am happy with the purchase (details in my earlier reply). My engine is not really broken in yet and I seem to be in the 50 mpg range right now if that gives you any help on distance to travel on a tank. I think you will find the Triumph will be a "different" ride, not necessarily better or worse, just different from say the BMW GS line with possibly a little better street performance. I have not ridden either off road yet but would have to think the lower center of gravity on the GS would be easier to manage in the dirt. That said, dirt riding for me will only consist of typical dirt roads like you might find in a national forest or farm land. I won't be doing any Paris-Dakar stuff on mine nor will I be trying to emulate Toni Bou. I have been rather pleasantly surprised at how well it handles and the various drive modes it offers including the suspension settings from total comfort to total sport. The night I drove mine home from the dealer it was dark and raining so I put it in rain mode and just went about my business....no troubles at all.
 

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Thank you very much for your reply! I am pretty certain that I will purchase the bike. Heard a few "concerns" about the rear Metzeler tire delaminating quickly, some concerns of the bike feeling very "hot" (i.e cooking thighs). Some final drive shaft failures but non for 2017 models that I can see (of BMW has their fair share of final drive failures). I want this to be my go to bike and need it to be 100% reliable.
 
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