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Thread: Test Rode the Triumph Explorer today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tanneman View Post
    Interesting comment about the front end. The telelever set-up on the BMW does numb the front end feel. Never ridden the Triumph and don't feel the need to. The 800 looks like a better bike.
    I've never found the GS numb at the front tbh, I've always known what it's doing and it's always done what I've wanted/told it to. With the Trumpet approaching a corner I didn't know whether I was going to have to wrestle it in, or whether it would flop in too much. It was much better at speed on circa 60mph corners, but at circa 40mph corners and slower it just felt horrible and unpredictable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SiRich View Post
    Its fair to say its lively, mine has been de-catted so is at about 160bhp. power wheelies off the throttle , gun it and youre generally doing about 20-30mph more than the gs. Its not a bike to slow you down like the gs does with its smooth power style, and its definately got an edge to it right off the bottom of the rev counter. The only bike i would swap it for would be a gs/gsa, just wish they weren't so damn heavy to wheel about, but i will probably get another one again one day, maybe used as a second bike when everyone chips over to the water cooled one.
    I've just had a wee ride on your old GS Adventure this afternoon while Steve was trying my GS. He's loving the Adventure, maybe you should have kept it.....

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    Good to read a fair assessment of the Triumph. I'm probably going to be in the market for a new bike early next year and I will certainly try the Explorer but many of the things you've said confirm my suspicions, however, it's a personal thing so I'll give it a go. I really like the look of the new GS but don't know whether I will be able to afford it and I'd prefer to see if BMW have addressed some of the reliability issues which have affected the present model before I part with cash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schtum View Post
    I've just had a wee ride on your old GS Adventure this afternoon while Steve was trying my GS. He's loving the Adventure, maybe you should have kept it.....
    Ha maybe so Mike, Steve's got himself a good bike there thats for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mad_Accountant View Post
    Apart from the 2,300 cc jobbie, wouldn't it be nice if Triumph did something original for a change?
    Triumph dont know what original means. John Bloor doesn't ride bikes and the designers only seem to want to follow what everyone else does.

    Back in the late 80's Norman Hossack fitted his front suspension to a Triumph Trident making it a light handling and nimble. But the company engineers wanted it to be heavy and clunky and couldnt see the value of cheaper to make front suspension (compared to teles) that actually handles.

    So BMW waited for the patents to run out and did their own versions. Norman lost out along with the biking industry in general.

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    Everyone in the world who owns any BMW bike should sell it and replace with a far superior product from Triumph.

    (because the clever, impartial and grown up journalists from MCN and Bike Magazine say so)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bendy toy View Post
    Triumph dont know what original means. John Bloor doesn't ride bikes and the designers only seem to want to follow what everyone else does.

    Back in the late 80's Norman Hossack fitted his front suspension to a Triumph Trident making it a light handling and nimble. But the company engineers wanted it to be heavy and clunky and couldnt see the value of cheaper to make front suspension (compared to teles) that actually handles.

    So BMW waited for the patents to run out and did their own versions. Norman lost out along with the biking industry in general.
    A little harsh to say Triumph aren't very original. After all, everyone is veering towards the triple lump and the Speed / Street Triples beat the pants off everyone in their sector. Not original particularly, but they've set the pace here.

    Having said that, I'll not be swapping the GS for a Trumpet any time soon...

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