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Old 01-27-2013, 10:45 AM   #3616
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Congrats on the TEX! I've been on the big graphite cat since mid June. It's a hoot. Check out the Tiger Explorer Forum for all things TEX related - like the current hoopla over the cam bucket service bulletin. Maybe check to see if your VIN is within the range of the affected machines. Mine's smack dab in the middle. My dealer ordered the parts earlier this week, and will do the upgrade as soon as they arrive.
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Old 01-27-2013, 04:48 PM   #3617
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They're definately NOT Mefo StoneMasters. I have them on my KLR and the tread is almost twice as deep as the ones on Super TEX...


I'm just making a SWAG, since the picture indicates a German-sounding photographer name, that the tires are German-sourced--not necessarily the ones available in the USA and presumably DOT-approved.
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Old 01-27-2013, 09:16 PM   #3618
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800 vs 1200

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Congrats on the nice new Tiger! I'd be curious to know why you chose the 1200 over the 800 tiger. I was just at the triumph dealership today and found them both fairly comfy, but the 800 seemed to be more "managable" for a lack of a better word. The 1200 seemed just sooo BIG...
I know exactly what you mean by this. When I traded in my 800XC, I found the bigger bike less nimble, which it obviously is -- as though the bike had more control than I did. That feeling persisted for 200 or 300 miles, but then disappeared. No question the 800 is more agile, but after you adjust to the size and power of the Explorer, you find it's a very responsive ride.
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:58 AM   #3619
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Congrats on the nice new Tiger! I'd be curious to know why you chose the 1200 over the 800 tiger. I was just at the triumph dealership today and found them both fairly comfy, but the 800 seemed to be more "managable" for a lack of a better word. The 1200 seemed just sooo BIG...
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I know exactly what you mean by this. When I traded in my 800XC, I found the bigger bike less nimble, which it obviously is -- as though the bike had more control than I did. That feeling persisted for 200 or 300 miles, but then disappeared. No question the 800 is more agile, but after you adjust to the size and power of the Explorer, you find it's a very responsive ride.
Two words: shaft drive.

I have had my fill of chain maintenance on street bikes. I also like the side benefit of the single-sided swing arm.
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Old 01-31-2013, 08:13 AM   #3620
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Triumph 1200XC - Stateswide, anyone?

I was hoping to get mine early this year (got plans for the rascal), but dealer is now telling me April. That's a little too far out to help me, but I was wondering if anyone has gotten or seen the 1200XC model in the U.S. yet.
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Old 01-31-2013, 11:45 AM   #3621
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I know there was one a week or two ago at The Motorcycle Shop, Anchorage, AK. Just saying.
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Old 02-02-2013, 08:46 AM   #3622
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Adding electronic gadgets

I've been thinking on how to power the electronic gadgets I would like to run on the front on my TEX. I will be using a GPS unit and a radar detector, and I would like to add a USB charger as well. I see 3 possible ways to set this up.
  1. I could get a Powerlet spliter and plug this into the socket that is by the ignition. Simple to do but would remove that outlet for other uses. Doesn't provide a solution for the USB charger.
  2. I could run a fuse block and power each item individually but this would require removing the tank and running lines up front. This is probably the smartest/most correct/cleanest approach.
  3. Or I could tap into the line feeding the Powerlet socket by the ignition and run two additional circuits in parallel. Has anyone taped into this power source? Seems simpler/cleaner than running additional lines. Both the radar detector and GPS are low current draw compared to heated gear. Does anyone know what the fuse in line to this socket is rated at?
I was also going to run a USB charger into the top box on the back of the bike but I think I will use the passenger power port for that since my wife took one ride on the back with me, decided just sitting there was too boring, and then went out and bought her own 800XC.



In a related question, can anyone describe the process of removing the tank? I need to by the shop manual but have not done this yet.
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Old 02-02-2013, 09:09 AM   #3623
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Don't need to remove tank to run cable from battery to upfront. I hard wired the GPS and ran the cable through left side and stock the cable together with the bunch going back - you can fish out from left/behind - just remove small plastic covering...


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Old 02-02-2013, 09:09 AM   #3624
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I've been thinking on how to power the electronic gadgets I would like to run on the front on my TEX. I will be using a GPS unit and a radar detector, and I would like to add a USB charger as well. I see 3 possible ways to set this up.
  1. I could run a fuse block and power each item individually but this would require removing the tank and running lines up front. This is probably the smartest/most correct/cleanest approach.
Fuse block is the best idea, but I don't think you need to remove the tank to do it. Seems to me people have found it easy enough to feed wires through to the back of the bike by removing only side and front panels.

Run a search at www.tiger-explorer.com

ALternatively, if the radar detector and GPS can both be powered by USB, then a Powerlet-to-double-USB will take care of it. You could then install the pre-wired OEM Powerlet plug at the back of the bike to take care of other things. This will be my approach and will leave my SAE line from the battery for heated clothing, etc. I would go with the fuse block if I were more capable/less lazy.
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Old 02-02-2013, 06:20 PM   #3625
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ALternatively, if the radar detector and GPS can both be powered by USB, then a Powerlet-to-double-USB will take care of it. ...
Turns out the radar detector power cable has this nifty mute button on it where it plugs into the cigarette lighter. I would like to keep that functionality because there is nothing more annoying than an alarm that just keeps going and going and going and.... There is a mute button the the detector but it is small and probably would be tough to operate with gloved hands on a bike. So, looks like will also at a good old cigarette lighter outlet as well.

I think the fuse block option is best as well. I am going to see if there's enough room to mount it up front so that I only need a single wire running up from the battery.

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Old 02-02-2013, 06:27 PM   #3626
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I'll suggest you mount it in the back under the sea and out of harms way. And out of the water. And, if anything ever "messes up" = at midnight it's easy to get to. Running the wires on most Triumphs up to the front is way easy. Almost nothing needs to come of amd there are plenty of spots to tie wrap to along the way.
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Old 02-03-2013, 10:43 AM   #3627
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Had the dealer mount the gps this time he wired it under the tank somewhere while installing the fogs that were part of the deal, on the Tiger 800 I wired it into the headlight power, took 10 minutes.

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I've been thinking on how to power the electronic gadgets I would like to run on the front on my TEX. I will be using a GPS unit and a radar detector, and I would like to add a USB charger as well. I see 3 possible ways to set this up.
  1. I could get a Powerlet spliter and plug this into the socket that is by the ignition. Simple to do but would remove that outlet for other uses. Doesn't provide a solution for the USB charger.
  2. I could run a fuse block and power each item individually but this would require removing the tank and running lines up front. This is probably the smartest/most correct/cleanest approach.
  3. Or I could tap into the line feeding the Powerlet socket by the ignition and run two additional circuits in parallel. Has anyone taped into this power source? Seems simpler/cleaner than running additional lines. Both the radar detector and GPS are low current draw compared to heated gear. Does anyone know what the fuse in line to this socket is rated at?
I was also going to run a USB charger into the top box on the back of the bike but I think I will use the passenger power port for that since my wife took one ride on the back with me, decided just sitting there was too boring, and then went out and bought her own 800XC.



In a related question, can anyone describe the process of removing the tank? I need to by the shop manual but have not done this yet.
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Old 02-03-2013, 06:45 PM   #3628
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WIthout further adue

Without further ado..



Picked her up a couple of weeks ago and have added around 1000 miles in a couple of weekends despite it being the middle of winter. I scored the bike from my local (crack) dealer (http://www.pjsmotorcycles.com/) with about 8000 miles on it. He gave me a great deal on my trade-in of a 2008 Sprint ST and with the discounted price of this slightly used machine I have been able to go nuts with the farkles.

Since acquiring this awe inspiring rig I have added the Jesse luggage, a Madstad engineering windscreen, Twisted Throttle headlight protector, the Triumph skid plate and fog lights (crash bars and heated grips were already on it), a Touratech radiator guard, and the K60 Scout tires. I also had a few items from Palmer Products shipped across the pond. Those items are the rear fender extender, the center stand plate/guard, the mud flap for the back wheel, and the bar end weights. The Palmer products are nicely made parts and worth it in my opinion. I am currently working the electrical gadget farkles and expect to have those completed in another week or so.

I've had a few minor hicups with Jesse Luggage with regards to fitment issues of the rear rack parts but they are sorting things out and I expect to see the third round of parts tomorrow night. Shipping's real quick being only one state away. The folks at Jesse are gracious and great to deal with. Can't say enough good things about their stuff. I really like the boxes. These Odysey boxes (the larger ones) are narrower than the relatively small Zega's or Caribou top loaders Pelican Cases.

This bike is an absolute joy to ride. For anyone still on the fence - get off it and get on one of these. Super fun.

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Old 02-03-2013, 07:05 PM   #3629
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Congrats, great looking ride
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Old 02-03-2013, 08:08 PM   #3630
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Without further ado..



Picked her up a couple of weeks ago and have added around 1000 miles in a couple of weekends despite it being the middle of winter. I scored the bike from my local (crack) dealer (http://www.pjsmotorcycles.com/) with about 8000 miles on it. He gave me a great deal on my trade-in of a 2008 Sprint ST and with the discounted price of this slightly used machine I have been able to go nuts with the farkles.

Since acquiring this awe inspiring rig I have added the Jesse luggage, a Madstad engineering windscreen, Twisted Throttle headlight protector, the Triumph skid plate and fog lights (crash bars and heated grips were already on it), a Touratech radiator guard, and the K60 Scout tires. I also had a few items from Palmer Products shipped across the pond. Those items are the rear fender extender, the center stand plate/guard, the mud flap for the back wheel, and the bar end weights. The Palmer products are nicely made parts and worth it in my opinion. I am currently working the electrical gadget farkles and expect to have those completed in another week or so.

I've had a few minor hicups with Jesse Luggage with regards to fitment issues of the rear rack parts but they are sorting things out and I expect to see the third round of parts tomorrow night. Shipping's real quick being only one state away. The folks at Jesse are gracious and great to deal with. Can't say enough good things about their stuff. I really like the boxes. These Odysey boxes (the larger ones) are narrower than the relatively small Zega's or Caribou top loaders Pelican Cases.

This bike is an absolute joy to ride. For anyone still on the fence - get off it and get on one of these. Super fun.
I just got my madstad as well, light tint and in the first day or two it already looks like it has scratches and scuffs on it does anyone have the problem?
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