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Discussion in 'Newbies Hangout' started by Santa -2512, Jul 11, 2018.

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  1. Santa -2512

    Santa -2512 New Member

    Jul 11, 2018
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    Not quite commited yet,

    Currently running an R1200gs which ive fallen out of love with..

    I like the upright riding position and, and ease at which i can chuck it around.

    I dont like it's propensity to throw it's dollys out of the pram, and land me with repair bills

    And it sounds like a bag of spanners at all times lol

    So i'm looking around to replace it

    Ive got several ideas for a replacement .

    The Tiger 1050 (2011) & the Explorer take my fancy ;)

    But i'm what you would refer to as a "Short arse" so on the GS I have backed off rear suspension and a

    Low seat. which means im running at about a 825 seat height (30.5") for the old school people.

    Are any aftermarket or stock items available for the the above models ??

    And more importantly, any recalls or know problems to look out for?

    Been bitten once and not keen to do it again

    :)
     
  2. stevethegoolie

    stevethegoolie First Class Member

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    Hi Santa!
    Best bet for you would be to get to a dealer's and try 'em out for size.
    Essentially that means that I haven't got a clue!!
    Welcome!!
     
  3. littleade

    littleade The only sane one here
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    I'm a shorty GS rider too and personally I found the Explorer just too big and top heavy. If you like the riding position and you're not intending doing 2 up touring try the 800 tiger, which isn't that much slower at legalish speeds and is far more chuckable than the Explorer. They even do a low version ;)
     
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  4. Tigcraft

    Tigcraft Senior Member
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    Welcome in to our madhouse
     
  5. Tiglet

    Tiglet Vintage Member
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    Hello Santa and welcome to the forum :)

    As said a trip to a dealer is the way forward.
     
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  6. dilligaf

    dilligaf Loudest member
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    Hi mate and welcome
     
  7. Wessa

    Wessa Cruising
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    Hi and welcome....
    Wessa
     
  8. mpllineman

    mpllineman Active Member

    Feb 12, 2018
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    Good morning and welcome in. I had this problem with my 06 Scrambler. I wound up replacing the shocks to lower it to fit me. I stand 5'10 inches and don't consider myself short, but the bike not fits nicely! Both feet squarely on the ground at a stop.
     
  9. Tucker 1963

    Tucker 1963 Elite Member

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    Welcome to the Asylum you should fit right in. Try these you should be able to touch the floor. And yes they are BLACK _20180622_154533.jpg Tucker
     
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  10. Santa -2512

    Santa -2512 New Member

    Jul 11, 2018
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    There's always one :) ..

    Actually there my work boots ;) my riding boots would need to be taller
     
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  11. Bikerman

    Bikerman Elite Member
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    y151.gif Santa and welcome.gif to the forum from Lincolnshire.
    Was in Juneau last year, what a great place. Enjoy the forum.
     
  12. stevethegoolie

    stevethegoolie First Class Member

    Oct 16, 2014
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    Well done, Santa. Just arrived and you're already getting to grips with the sense of humour which occupies these hallowed portals. You should do well here!!:grinning:
     
  13. Santa -2512

    Santa -2512 New Member

    Jul 11, 2018
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    Ok today i moseyed over to my local Triumph dealer

    Initially to have a nosey at stock but really to try the 800 for size

    He showed me the 800 xrx low , it was there demonstrator..

    Initial thoughts - Really?? it feels more like a 125 than an 800

    I thought i was back on my Varadero 125 when i got on it,

    No wonder its a potent beast in that skinny frame.

    We were discussing the differences between the 800 & 1200

    Then he dropped the bombshell..

    They do a 1200 Xrx low, and they have one .. would i like to try it

    Height wise it,s still lower than my GS. - Width wise the same

    But i can get my feet near on flat on the floor, and it felt a lot easier to

    move around stationary .. Arghhh :confused:

    So he offered a test ride of both to see which one i liked ..

    i'm going back next week to try them out..

    Only trouble so far...

    His prices are astronomical for the 1200 and i think the 800 will be as bad.

    Even if i got retail for my GS we'd still be a million miles apart

    May have to look used used if one of them works for me ;)
     
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  14. Angus

    Angus Well-Known Member

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    Hi Santa welcome in !
     
  15. mpllineman

    mpllineman Active Member

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    Good morning and welcome. There is absolutely nothing wrong with buying anything used. Just be sure to give your prospect a good lookover, and test ride. It might not hurt to bring a friend along as well, Two sets of eyes are better than one. I have owned many bikes in my life, and very few have been bought new. Just my slant on this. Good luck hunting!
     
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  16. joe mc donald

    joe mc donald Well-Known Member
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    Welcome Santa.
    Yes there are good second hand bike around and deals to be had. I find if I am trading I tell the dealer exactly what I want and if they hum then I walk away. It has worked for me if not monetary wise then with add ons. But good luck and keep us in the know when you decide.
    Ride Safe
    Joe
     
  17. Speed Fr3ak

    Speed Fr3ak Member

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    Have you ever ridden a tiger sport 1050?

    If you have the opportunity I strongly recommend you take one out for a spin. It’s the best of both world (sport and proper touring)

    GS’s are so.............every bloody where!!
     
  18. Rich Bryce

    Rich Bryce Dead Eye Dick
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    Welcome Santa. The engine in the 800 is really sweet and the bike is very agile.
     
  19. Dozers Dad

    Dozers Dad Bushmills Chief Quality Controller
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    Hi Mate,

    A very warm welcome to the best vehicle forum on the net! :)
     
  20. littleade

    littleade The only sane one here
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    Ahhhhh, did he mention the test rides come with a financial health warning......If you like the Tiger 1200 low you'll probably struggle to find a used one as IIRC they've not been out that long.
     

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