2012 Triumph Tiger Explorer First Ride (Another Review)


Make sure you watch the video…nice review…I am sure many more to come…I like this one! They mention 10,000 service intervals and 20,000 in between the major ones…same as BMW basically so not so new to the ADV bikes nowadays.  Most new engines are requiring less time being “serviced”.  Change your oil and all is good.  Just kidding there is more to it.  I like the shaft idea…no lubing chains…while in Alaska it was almost impossible to keep lube on our chains…this is a sweet bike no doubt.  How do you turn the ABS on and off on this bike?  Can’t seem to find my answer anywhere unless I am totally over looking it.

JC Hilderbrand

Off-Road Editor

Hilde is holding down the fort at MotoUSA’s Southern Oregon HQ. With world-class dirt bike and ATV trails just minutes away, the hardest part is getting him to focus on the keyboard. Two wheels or four, it doesn’t matter to our Off-Road Editor so long as it goes like hell in the dirt.

Monday, February 27, 2012

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Would we have taken our BMW’s to Alaska!???


Of course we would have taken these BIKES up North! Wouldn't you? 😉 CLICK ME and MAKE ME BIGGER!

 

Just a quick post after receiving many private messages and emails asking if we would have taken our 2010 BMW F650GS bikes on the same trip we did on the Triumph Tiger 800’s last summer.  Our answer is YES…totally.  Our Beemers would have easily made the trip through BC, the Yukon and Alaska.  We would have never have thought twice about riding up there with our own bikes.  I was asked then ‘why didn’t you ride your own bikes?”  Hmmmmmmmmmmm…..the answer is simple…Triumph gave us two new adventure bikes to ride on a very long demo…why would we NOT ride Triumph’s bikes, put the mileage on them and get to test ride another model?  Not sure why I was asked that question but if any other company came to us and said “hey, you want to take our bikes for a ride?”  I would answer yes yet again.

The Triumph Tiger 800XC with the Triumph gel seat no doubt is more comfortable on the street and more comfortable in general riding long distances in the saddle.  Having said that anyone who might be looking to buy either the F650GS, F800GS or the Triumph 800….you will love any of these bikes and they will take you as far as your imagination can go….so enjoy ADV riding…it’s the best way to LIVE!

Triumph Tiger Explorer review


Kevin Ash

Paul Barshon, Alessio Barbanti, Patrick Gosling (click on images)

HOW do you turn the ABS off on this bike?  Is there a switch or do you have to manually do it?  ANYONE KNOW?

Some reviews are just too wordy and this one is no different.  But if you read it you will get the idea. We still do not like the luggage set up for these bikes…bikes meaning the Tiger 800.  The mount comes off the Sprint ST and moves with the bike.  Luggage mount is plastic as well.  When you buy one of these bikes really have a good look at the mounts for the Triumph luggage.  If you are going to go off road and you know we are all bound to have our bikes lay down to sleep…think to yourself….will this set up, will the mounts survive a dump?

Triumph_Explorer_01

It’s rare enough for to any manufacturer to admit its new adventure bike is a rival for BMW, even when that’s stating the very obvious. But Triumph has gone a step further, it’s not only said the R1200GS is in its sights, we’ve been told some rather more contentious stuff about the German bike…

You have to applaud Triumph’s directness, first simply for naming the GS as the Tiger Explorer’s benchmark and rival, where others shy away or try to wriggle out of any conflict. Then the oft-reported weakness of the GS’s shaft drive was homed in on by Triumph in descriptions of its own shaft, in language which you don’t have to boil down

very far to end up with: our shaft drive is reliable where the GS’s isn’t.

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Buyer’s guide for Triumph


I don’t know is it just me but should Triumph just do away with the Tiger 1050????

2012 Bikes

British custom in the American style, with 865cc Twin power.

An 865cc retro-standard Twin, including a special edition named in honor of the late Steve McQueen.

NPA Triumph Thruxton


This is a very sweet looking custom design! Click on pics below for great Hi-resolution versions!
 
 
 
NPA Thruxton
We built this Triumph Thruxton for NPA and NADA Guides. It will be raffled off at the Dealer Expo, which means some lucky guy or gal will be riding this home after the weekend. Here’s what we did to put the RSD twist on classic Thruxton style….

Best Adventure Motorcycle 2011: Triumph Tiger 800 XC


Do you agree??????????

By Motorcycle USA Staff

Friday, December 30, 2011

Triumph manufactured a lot of hype for the Tiger 800, so it was a real treat to discover the British mount lived up to expectations. Not just a shrunken version of its big brother Tiger, the 800 was a purpose-built Adventure bike. Triumph even obliged an off-road oriented version, the XC, which features wire-spoked wheels and is easily the most dirt-capable Trumpet produced by the modern Hinkley company.

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2012 Triumph Scrambler | Preview


Really liking this bike!  Cheryl always loved the retro looks but not me.  Recently though they are growing on me and might have to take one out for a ride! Get rid of the dual seat, add a skid plate and some other Farkles and perhaps a very cool DS bike…..not expensive!
Tom Wera
12/31/2011

OUR 2010 BEEMERS MEGA PIC POST


We have both owned 2010 BMW F650GS aka F798Gsa bikes since 2010. Check back here every so often for new pics!

We have made this street version of the GS family more off-road worthy by adding some crash protection, better tires, added a beak to look more like its big brother the 800GS, have changed our chains to DID, we use Galfer brake pads which we feel last longer and are better than OEM, hand guards, Fastway pegs, Jesse Safari 8 inch luggage, Denali auxiliary lights, better headlamps bulbs than OEM, built-in heat controllers for our Gerbing’s heated gear, headlamp protector, larger Cee Bailey wind shield, we use K&N oil filters, semi synthetic oil, change this at about 15,000 KM, Renazco seat, Wunderlich tank bags, Kaoko lock (not used that much), rad protector and some other protection covers, side stand extender made by MOTOROVERLAND (MOD), ( we used a Touratech side extender for the 2010 trip) and perhaps a few things we have over looked.

Another reason to do this BLOG is for those who are just embarking on ADV riding or wanting to buy this DS bike hopefully you guys and gals might just learn a few things that we have tried and either succeeded or not.  We are not professionals but every day average riders so we hope most can relate.  if there are any questions please post here.  For the guys and gals out there who ride, feel free to read the comments and share your own success stories or secrets.  The more info we can provide here the better the newbies will feel asking questions in public. 

Remember there are NO dumb questions!

Here are some of our pics of the Beemers….

Also, here are 2 maps of the States and Provinces we have been to….we have so much riding to do in north America!

BC Interior 2010

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2012 TRIUMPH TIGER EXPLORER SPECS


Comes in Sapphire Blue, Graphite (Like the Beemer) and Black…now what is the MSRP and will there be a XC version?

Small Tank for a bike this size.  Maybe they are hoping that the weight might be a selling point but if this bike gets the gas mileage that the Tiger 800XC gets when you ride the bike the way it wants to be ridden, then as far as range….this 1200 will not be able to keep up with the BMW R1200GS.  I predict a bike with this much HP will not get more than 320 KM per tank at best.  At 20 liters this is only 1 liter more than the Tiger 800XC.  Interesting Triumph made this tank so “small”.  Just our opinion once again. BMW 2012 R1200GSA has a 33 liter tank just to compare the two but the GS does indeed have a 20 L tank too.

**Love that Triumph has added a the handlebar instrumentation pack.  This was a HUGE bone of contention for me on our summer trip that the Tiger 800XC does not have handlebar controls and a ridiculous set up to turn the ABS off.  Let’s hope Triumph adds this to the 2013 Tiger 800XC and man would I would be sold.  Notice also on the 1200 they have ambient temperature gauge now too.  Another pet peeve I  had about the Tiger 800XC.**

Specifications

Engine and Transmission
Type Liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, in-line three-cylinder
Capacity 1215cc
Bore/Stroke 85 x 71.4mm
Fuel System Drive by wire, fuel injection
Exhaust Stainless steel 3 into 1 , side mounted stainless steel silencer
Final Drive Shaft
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Gearbox 6-speed
Oil Capacity 4.0 litres (1.1 US gals)
Chassis, Running Gear and Displays
Frame Tubular steel trellis frame
Swingarm Single-sided, cast aluminium alloy with shaft drive
Wheel Front Cast aluminium alloy 10-spoke 19 x 2.5in
Rear Cast aluminium alloy 10-spoke 17 x 4.0in
Tyre Front 110/80 R 19
Rear 150/70 R 17
Suspension Front Kayaba 46mm upside down forks, 190mm travel
Rear Kayaba monoshock with remote oil reservoir, hydraulically adjustable preload, rebound damping adjustment, 194mm rear wheel travel
Brakes Front “Twin 305mm floating discs, Nissin 4-piston calipers, Switchable ABS
Rear Single 282mm disc, Nissin 2-piston sliding caliper, Switchable ABS
Instrument Display/Functions LCD instrument pack with digital speedometer, analogue tachometer, gear position indicator, fuel gauge, range to empty, service indicator, clock, air temperature, frost warning, hazard warning lights, trip computer, Tyre pressure monitoring system
Dimensions and Capacities
Length 2248mm/88.4in
Width (handlebars) 962mm
Height without mirrors 1410mm/55.5in
Seat Height 837mm/32.9in – 857mm/33.7in
Wheelbase 1530mm/60.2in
Rake/Trail 23.9 degree/105.5mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 20 litres/5.3 US gals
Wet Weight (ready to ride) 259kg/570lbs
Performance (measured at crankshaft to 95/1/EC)
Maximum Power 137PS/135bhp/101kW @ 9300rpm
Maximum Torque 121Nm/89 ft.lbs @ 6400rpm
Fuel Efficiency
Price
On The Road please contact your nearest dealer

Ducati, Moto Guzzi and KTM – Other ADV bikes in the line up


Yesterday I posted a poll asking what bike you would buy.  It was quickly brought to my attention I over looked 3 other contenders, maybe 4.  I mean there are more models out there than Triumph, BMW, Yamaha and Honda in the ADV market right?  I feel a bit embarrassed that I did not include the Ducati Multistrada, Moto Guzzi Stelvio, and at least one of the KTM ADV bikes so I am including the 990R.

DUCATI MULTISTRADA PIKES PEAK
MOTO GUZZI STELVIO
KTM 990R

I have seen all these bikes but never really thought about buying one.  Not sure why but one thing that stands out at least for the KTM bikes is the seat height.  I think my legs would be flopping in the wind the seat seems so high.  As for the other two models, not really sure why I have not looked into them more.  I like the looks of the Stelvio but not so much the Multistrada.  Is it all about looks or how reliable and functional a bike is?

What do you think?

In this market as someone commented probably the most reliable, bullet proof and most bang for your buck is the Suzuki 650 V Strom with ABS.  What makes us buy the bike we do when some of the “experts” say something like the V Strom has it all for the money? 

I think it is human nature to want to explore and find things out for ourselves.  Researching is good but in the end it is about how a bike makes us feel regardless of what others might say.

I do like how they have redesigned the V Strom.  Looks less bulky and more streamlined.

SUZUKI 650 V STROM

So, here are 4 more ADV contenders to spice things up.  Some of us all ready have an allegiance towards one make, brand or model while others are researching their hearts out trying to figure out what to buy.  None of these bikes are cheap, well, maybe the Suzuki could be considered affordable.  So, buying a new bike is an investment and most likely will not  be taken lightly.  I doubt the average rider is rich and for those who are “rich” I bet it still isn’t an easy decision unless you are Jay Leno and can afford a museum of bikes.  🙂

Happy bike hunting and whatever bike you end up on, I bet it will put a smile on your face.

Why this BLOG?  When I talk to my buddies who do not understand ADV riding addiction they get a glazed look on their face when I try to explain the overall feeling I get when we ride.  Even other riders out there who own cruisers or sport bikes don’t get why we ride in the pouring rain, camp out, get dirty, don’t wash our bikes and go places where we might run out of gas.  This blog allows me to just not have to explain….I think most of the readers get it.  Just that simple, ADV riding is all about freedom, the unknown, trials and tribulations, challenges and of course spectacular views, people we meet and getting to places as far off the beaten path as possible.

Need I say more?

What Bike would you buy?


HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Even though I ask if $$ was no issue, is weight? Height an issue? Vote for the most realistic bike if you had the money…. 🙂 

**Should have added the KTM 990 so if you choose that bike or the Multistrada and Moto Guzzi vote other and if you can leave a comment which other bike.

2012 BMW F650GS Sun Yellow
2012 BMW F800GS
2012 Triumph Tiger 800XC
2012 Triumph Tiger Explorer
2012 BMW R1200GS
2012 Yamaha Super Tenere
2012 Honda Crosstourer

Feel free to answer and comment as to why you would buy the bike you picked.  If you choose other also feel free to reveal the other bike you would buy and why.  I am curious to see how this poll turns out.  Comments will help all of us understand decisions being made and maybe add what you ride now.

A BIG thank you to our Readers! Our BLOG turned 50,000 last night!


Cheryl & I want to thank all the supporters of this BLOG!  We hit 50,000 views last night!  Since we have been back from our summer trip on August 11th we have more hits to the BLOG then when we were on our trip.  Thanks for getting word out, I am seeing more and more referral sites than ever, more forums getting wind of the BLOG and even other ADV riders and web sites.

We have many folks from all ages both men and women alike coming along as we develop the BLOG.  As always we are open to suggestions, comments as to how we can make this a better site.  So, feel free to share what you want to see and share your thoughts.

Once again we both want to send out a HUGE thanks to everyone and sure hope this continues.  🙂

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