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Old 01-31-2013, 06:17 AM   #1
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Triumph Explorer 1200 vs. BMW R1200GS

Can't make up my mind. Both water cooled. Both have heated grips, ABS, TPS, Shaft drive. Explorer has cruise control, throttle by wire, more horsepower. Any input is appreciated.
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Old 01-31-2013, 06:21 AM   #2
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Both water cooled.

Any input is appreciated.

R1200GS water cooled??????

Not unless you're talking about the as yet to be released water head.



Sorry, man, just busting your chops.
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Old 01-31-2013, 06:25 AM   #3
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[QUOTE=Kawidad;20616762]R1200GS water cooled??????

Not unless you're talking about the as yet to be released water head.



Yes, considering the water head GS...no hurry, just getting my ducks in a row.
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Old 01-31-2013, 07:15 AM   #4
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Depends.

Street guys will like the Triumph and dirt guys will prefer the GS by miles. If you are just doing street there are 100s of choices. The GS does everything well. The new one is going to be awesome. I looked it over carefully at out last Bike Show and was very impressed coming off an 08 GS12. The new one is a totally new bike from the ground up. The Triumph is, well a top heavy pretender adventure bike. Good street bike though with good power and reliable. I prefer my Super Tenere but at least the new GS tempts me.
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Old 01-31-2013, 07:23 AM   #5
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R1200GS water cooled??????

Not unless you're talking about the as yet to be released water head.



Yes, considering the water head GS...no hurry, just getting my ducks in a row.
The new gs is ride by wire too.
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Old 01-31-2013, 07:32 AM   #6
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They're both awesome bikes.

The triumph has got optional heated seats.

The GS has electronic suspension.

It's pretty cool to have that kind of choice! And we don't even mention KTM, Aprilia, Ducati, Guzzi...for my money, the japs don't get a look in (maybe the tenere).

I will be in the market soon, and I'm dreading it at the same time as I'm looking forward to it!!
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Old 01-31-2013, 07:49 AM   #7
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Can't make up my mind. Both water cooled. Both have heated grips, ABS, TPS, Shaft drive. Explorer has cruise control, throttle by wire, more horsepower. Any input is appreciated.
What are you going to use the bike for? If it's for pavement only, both bikes will be great. If it's important to you how it works off pavment, get the GS. The Triumph wasn't designed for getting dirty.
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Old 01-31-2013, 11:17 AM   #8
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Can't make up my mind. Both water cooled. Both have heated grips, ABS, TPS, Shaft drive. Explorer has cruise control, throttle by wire, more horsepower. Any input is appreciated.
If you are really talking about the new GS, it has ride by wire, cruise control, more horsepower than the old one, might be close enough, electronic suspension, and weighs about 60lbs less ...

What it doesn't have is a triple engine.
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Old 01-31-2013, 12:40 PM   #9
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You should test ride them both, and combined with the purpose you will see right away which one to get.
That is how I got my Explorer.

P.S. Due to the new GS engine - If I had to make decision again I would ride both of them again.
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Old 01-31-2013, 01:02 PM   #10
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I would also add that Triumph is introducing a more dirt oriented version this year. I would wait for both the new GS and the new Explorer XC to be released and ride both. If the Explorer XC is decent in the dirt then it's gonna be hard to beat the reliability and triple engine of the Triumph.
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Old 01-31-2013, 02:08 PM   #11
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I would also add that Triumph is introducing a more dirt oriented version this year.
A quick note on that: the only thing more dirt oriented on that bike is spoked wheels. The rest are already available accessories. Nothing else.
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Old 01-31-2013, 06:10 PM   #12
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So as a very newly minted Explorer owner I can assure you it is the best thing ever, after all I bought one!
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A quick note on that: the only thing more dirt oriented on that bike is spoked wheels. The rest are already available accessories. Nothing else.
Incorrect. The suspension is also more suitable for dirt. And even if the rest was accessories that are available, by putting them on the XC edition would indeed improve it, no? Kinda like a 800 roadie with all of the XC stuff.
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Incorrect. The suspension is also more suitable for dirt.
Where did you get that from? Triumph lists EXACTLY the same suspension for both models. If there was a difference, they'd put it on their website ...
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And even if the rest was accessories that are available, by putting them on the XC edition would indeed improve it, no? Kinda like a 800 roadie with all of the XC stuff.
Oh, and about that part: it depends on your perspective whether something is an improvement or not.
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