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Old 05-04-2013, 10:14 AM   #3916
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Sneak Preview of the Happy-Trail Pannier System for the TEX.
All I have mounted at this time is the Pannier Racks.

The panniers are not available yet and I expect the Skid plate
and Nerf bars will all be ready to install with in a couple weeks.

The Happy Trail R&D Team is working day and night on all the
sport adventure accessories for the GS wet head and the TEX 12.
The quality form and function of the Happy-Trail.com accessories
look great, matching the build quality of the Triumph.

It wont be long before I can post more photos of my fully outfitted
TEX12.









Hey Shank. By the looks of that cheap, plastic, scratched up skid plate, you better stay on the pavement until HT designs you a decent one. Is that pine needles I see by your link pipe? You should have had some one take a pic of that jump!
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Old 05-05-2013, 03:54 AM   #3917
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I didnt notice the scratches until you mentioned it. I have been doing a lot of off road and dirt road riding. Way more than I anticipated when i purchased the bike.
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Old 05-05-2013, 06:45 AM   #3918
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I've seen a few of your vids. Looks like fun.
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Old 05-05-2013, 01:38 PM   #3919
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After owning my XC for a week, and after logging 1500+ miles in that time, my only real complaint - one I intend to take up with my dealer - is what appears to be corrosion building on the spokes; all the spokes.

Unreal.. for this kind of money you'd think they'd put SS spokes on the fookin' bike.

I doubt Triumph will acknowledge the issue, or do anything about it, similar to their ignoring the issue with broken spokes on the left/rear wheel on Hinckley Bonnies.

But.. in the event a spoke goes and I end up assuming room temperature as a result of it, I want those left behind to have some concrete info to back up a claim against Triumph. This is simply ridiculous.

Other than that the bike is spectacular.
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Old 05-05-2013, 02:32 PM   #3920
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Picked the bike up Friday, 1st ride yesterday. 285 miles. What a motor..

Likes: Torque; smooth power transition, seating position, cruise, stock windscreen (amazingly), brakes (awesome stopping power). Goes around corners extremely well. Still putting break-in miles on it, so I haven't really 'whacked' it yet. I'm not much of an off-roader, so I won't be reporting on how it performs there.

Dislikes: Shift lever too short (big feet, high arch). Gotta do something about that, similar to what I did with my 1050 Tiger (Palmer shift lever conversion?). Very touchy throttle. I'll have to read up on this.. I've heard that other Ex owners have discussed the same issue. Not sure if there's a cure. It's heavy.. but I knew that going in.

So far.. helluva motorcycle.

I'll keeping my ears open for anyone who takes this off road...especially with a touchy throttle...
I've been looking through youtube to see if anyone has really done any kind of off road with the new XC and can't find anything....
Anyone out there taken this off road yet? Impressions?
Thanks!
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Old 05-05-2013, 04:38 PM   #3921
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I'll keeping my ears open for anyone who takes this off road...especially with a touchy throttle...
I've been looking through youtube to see if anyone has really done any kind of off road with the new XC and can't find anything....
Anyone out there taken this off road yet? Impressions?
Thanks!
Not technically off road but here's what I did today. My issue was the weight of the bike and OEM tires. The throttle didn't seem to be a problem but traction control was kicking in as you can see on the controls. I'm a complete noob to riding off road so my review may be meaningless. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQmIMRw4I58
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Old 05-05-2013, 04:56 PM   #3922
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After owning my XC for a week, and after logging 1500+ miles in that time, my only real complaint - one I intend to take up with my dealer - is what appears to be corrosion building on the spokes; all the spokes.

Unreal.. for this kind of money you'd think they'd put SS spokes on the fookin' bike.

I doubt Triumph will acknowledge the issue, or do anything about it, similar to their ignoring the issue with broken spokes on the left/rear wheel on Hinckley Bonnies.

But.. in the event a spoke goes and I end up assuming room temperature as a result of it, I want those left behind to have some concrete info to back up a claim against Triumph. This is simply ridiculous.

Other than that the bike is spectacular.


Its hard to imagine they don't have corrosion resistant spokes on an adventure bike... Wow. I'll be watching mine closely!
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Old 05-05-2013, 06:28 PM   #3923
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I'll keeping my ears open for anyone who takes this off road...especially with a touchy throttle...
I've been looking through youtube to see if anyone has really done any kind of off road with the new XC and can't find anything....
Anyone out there taken this off road yet? Impressions?
Thanks!
I had the use of an XC for 5 days last week in California. Spent about 3 hours one afternoon doing fire roads and some single track. The fire roads were rocky, rutted and had some good ups and downs to give it a pretty good test.

As someone who has been dual sporting for 30 years on bikes half the weight and CC's of the XC, I was pleasantly surprised. Even with the stock tires and no mods, the bike did really well. The throttle was a non-issue, but to be fair I have put about 10K on my personal Explorer, so I felt at home with it.

I experimented with the ABS and the Traction Control on and off. Although it was more fun with the TC off, it certainly was capable with it on, and for a newer rider it might even be preferred as it might keep you out of trouble.

The ABS never caused me any major problems either, although I enjoyed a more traditional experience with it turned off.

I did not find it top heavy as others have criticized. and never found myself in a spot where I thought it was too heavy to climb or descend.

The suspension did its job well and the front wheel did not wash out on me, even in what I would refer to as medium sand conditions.

I wish I had my Explorer with me that day so I could have ridden them back to back in the same conditions to see how they compared.

My summary would be that an XC in the hands of an experienced rider should provide tons of fun for all but the roughest conditions. With the right tires and with the suspension dialed in, I think the XC could take you farther off-road than you think. The only challenge I would anticipate would be picking the bike up if you dropped it on a hill.

I thoroughly enjoyed the ride.
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Old 05-05-2013, 07:40 PM   #3924
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I had the use of an XC for 5 days last week in California. Spent about 3 hours one afternoon doing fire roads and some single track. The fire roads were rocky, rutted and had some good ups and downs to give it a pretty good test.

As someone who has been dual sporting for 30 years on bikes half the weight and CC's of the XC, I was pleasantly surprised. Even with the stock tires and no mods, the bike did really well. The throttle was a non-issue, but to be fair I have put about 10K on my personal Explorer, so I felt at home with it.

I experimented with the ABS and the Traction Control on and off. Although it was more fun with the TC off, it certainly was capable with it on, and for a newer rider it might even be preferred as it might keep you out of trouble.

The ABS never caused me any major problems either, although I enjoyed a more traditional experience with it turned off.

I did not find it top heavy as others have criticized. and never found myself in a spot where I thought it was too heavy to climb or descend.

The suspension did its job well and the front wheel did not wash out on me, even in what I would refer to as medium sand conditions.

I wish I had my Explorer with me that day so I could have ridden them back to back in the same conditions to see how they compared.

My summary would be that an XC in the hands of an experienced rider should provide tons of fun for all but the roughest conditions. With the right tires and with the suspension dialed in, I think the XC could take you farther off-road than you think. The only challenge I would anticipate would be picking the bike up if you dropped it on a hill.

I thoroughly enjoyed the ride.
From the sounds of your comments, this XC can hold its own doing some exploring. Sounds promising, thanks for the comments.
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Old 05-06-2013, 07:32 AM   #3925
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I'll keeping my ears open for anyone who takes this off road...especially with a touchy throttle...
I've been looking through youtube to see if anyone has really done any kind of off road with the new XC and can't find anything....
Anyone out there taken this off road yet? Impressions?
Thanks!
Fair amount of forest service road riding on my 10 month old Tex. very little off-road before that, and I bought the Tex with whole idea to do multi-day road trips interspersed with forest service roads. Very happy with the Tex. Not trying severe single track rocky stuff yet, but turn off ABS/TC, deflate OEM tires to 22lbs, adjust handlebars up, and off you go. Putting on K60s this week.

Some have complained about multi-button process to turn off ABS and TC and fact that bike resets all to "on" by default when key turned off. I found that if you stop engine with kill switch (and don't touch key) ABS will stay turned "off". If you stop engine by lowering kickstand while in gear, both ABS and TC stay "off" ... Significant decrease in button hassle at those trail stops for rest and pics.

I've dropped it a few times, discovering the auto-shut-off feature. Depending on the landing position, one person with right technique can get the bike up, but fully loaded it is a bear. Always best to have someone else help.

Twitchy throttle? Got used to throttle in first 200 road miles. At 10k checkup got remap that settles throttle down even more. No throttle sensitivity concerns at all for me.

I don't think of the Tex as a dirt bike. More like a touring bike that's quite comfortable and capable for dirt-based touring.
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:07 AM   #3926
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I use the Purolator version - been using them on all my Triumphs for many years now with no problems at all. Interestingly, my Frontier uses exactly the same filter...
Any chance on sharing that Purolator part number?
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:51 AM   #3927
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Old 05-06-2013, 05:12 PM   #3928
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The new 1200's use the same oil filter as the 1050's. Lot of alternatives, I use a Mobil 1 110.
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Old 05-06-2013, 05:57 PM   #3929
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Fair amount of forest service road riding on my 10 month old Tex. very little off-road before that, and I bought the Tex with whole idea to do multi-day road trips interspersed with forest service roads. Very happy with the Tex. Not trying severe single track rocky stuff yet, but turn off ABS/TC, deflate OEM tires to 22lbs, adjust handlebars up, and off you go. Putting on K60s this week.

Some have complained about multi-button process to turn off ABS and TC and fact that bike resets all to "on" by default when key turned off. I found that if you stop engine with kill switch (and don't touch key) ABS will stay turned "off". If you stop engine by lowering kickstand while in gear, both ABS and TC stay "off" ... Significant decrease in button hassle at those trail stops for rest and pics.

I've dropped it a few times, discovering the auto-shut-off feature. Depending on the landing position, one person with right technique can get the bike up, but fully loaded it is a bear. Always best to have someone else help.

Twitchy throttle? Got used to throttle in first 200 road miles. At 10k checkup got remap that settles throttle down even more. No throttle sensitivity concerns at all for me.

I don't think of the Tex as a dirt bike. More like a touring bike that's quite comfortable and capable for dirt-based touring.
Is there enough room for TKCs under the front fender? Would like to see a picture if you get one taken... I'll have to ride one again, to see if this might be on the short list...I'm liking the XC, with spoked wheels.
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Old 05-06-2013, 06:11 PM   #3930
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Is there enough room for TKCs under the front fender? Would like to see a picture if you get one taken... I'll have to ride one again, to see if this might be on the short list...I'm liking the XC, with spoked wheels.

Touratech has come out with a front fender riser. It raises it about 1/2" & is well worth the money if you're going with any tire more aggressive than OE...

http://www.touratech-usa.com/Store/P...-Explorer-1200
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