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    Default Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200



    Tiger Explorer. All-new bike. All-new excitement.

    The ultimate choice for the long haul adventurer. Class-leading handling. The journey doesn’t have to end when the Tarmac does. Brand new, 1215cc engine, with shaft drive of course. A Triumph to take on the world.

    Tiger Explorer 1200

    Tiger Explorer 1200 e-Brochure

    Tiger Explorer 1200 Specifications

    Triumph Price List

    Anyone who had placed an order/s, is in here as well?
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    Are you 1 of them?


    What's an ADVENTURE??
    EVERYTHING!!

     

     
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    No dough! haha.

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    No one riding?

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    only 4 registered so far according to Mah..

    fine piece of art.. the cuttings and linings of the bike are very sleek and modern..
    photos dun do justice, you gonna go down to showroom to feel this beast..

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    Felt twice and am still undecided due to the small tank and non-spoke rims.

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    Any comparisons? How does it felt?

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    Quote Originally Posted by goready View Post
    Any comparisons? How does it felt?
    Felt as in touch. Didnt ignite it.

    Shorter than the GSA.

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    Okie..looked at the bike at mah..quite impressed

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    Got it last Fri... can't resist...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikelover28 View Post
    Got it last Fri... can't resist...
    Which colour? Launch model?

     

     
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikelover28 View Post
    Got it last Fri... can't resist...
    FR

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    Hi all! I'm currently riding a V-Strom 650 now and was at Mah the other day. Falling in love with the Tiger 800 and 1200. Was hoping to get some feedback from you guys before I make any buying decision. Hoping you can give me some input on the following.

    1. How much does it cost to maintain regularly? Regular servicing costs? Labour? Parts? My concern is that if the technology is too specialised, maintenance and repair are going to be a nightmare. I keep hearing very conflicting responses. Some say the in-line 3 is Japanese technology and is stable. Others say the Tigers are giving problems after going on the road for a while.

    2. How would the Tigers compare to the V-Strom and BMW GS 800? In terms of performance, fuel consumption and cost of running.

    Right now I'm still trying to decide whether to upgrade my bike or keep my Wee and if it's worth it to get a Tiger 800/1200 or a BMW 800 GS. The 1200 GS is too high and too expensive for me.

    Looking forward to your view. Thanks!

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    Got the grey one... launch model.bike3.jpg

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    Have never ridden a continental bike before but this bike is shiok!!!!

    Every gear is powerful, it's creamy smooth even when switching gears on such a new bike.
    Bike looks heavy but when riding it feels light even on small roads like carparks. Don't feel the weight. Cruise control is easy to use and heavenly! Have not figured out traction control yet.
    Though big, I did not find it difficult to manoeuvre in between cars. Bike has adjustable height so not too high... in fact it is shorter than the Versys I ride... The only complain I have now is that the bike feels hot and when I took out my two side boxes, there are obtrusive brackets / stopper that needs to be unscrewed to be removed...

    But have ridden only less than 200km so hard to tell you more.

    Heard form the salesman, servicing is charged about $100+ / $200. He said Triumph's been around 20 years and has no major problem from riders + no problems with parts. Also according to the mechanic, servicing for Explorer is about 10 000km instead of the 16 000km posted on the net due to the weather condition here.

    Went to Bike Production to see the Cross Tourer and was okay with it, then went to Mah to take a look at the Explorer and it was love at first sight.

    Bike price on the road with insurance and all accessories - $40k.
    $2k for three boxes.

    Was considering BMW GS, cost difference a few k only but am very put off by the reviews on BMW's servicing ($70/hr not including parts) ... cannot sustain the high maintenance cost.

    So now am a happy man with my Triumph Explorer!

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    Congrats and happy for you on your new bike.. Enjoy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikelover28 View Post
    Have never ridden a continental bike before but this bike is shiok!!!!

    Every gear is powerful, it's creamy smooth even when switching gears on such a new bike.
    Bike looks heavy but when riding it feels light even on small roads like carparks. Don't feel the weight. Cruise control is easy to use and heavenly! Have not figured out traction control yet.
    Though big, I did not find it difficult to manoeuvre in between cars. Bike has adjustable height so not too high... in fact it is shorter than the Versys I ride... The only complain I have now is that the bike feels hot and when I took out my two side boxes, there are obtrusive brackets / stopper that needs to be unscrewed to be removed...

    But have ridden only less than 200km so hard to tell you more.

    Heard form the salesman, servicing is charged about $100+ / $200. He said Triumph's been around 20 years and has no major problem from riders + no problems with parts. Also according to the mechanic, servicing for Explorer is about 10 000km instead of the 16 000km posted on the net due to the weather condition here.

    Went to Bike Production to see the Cross Tourer and was okay with it, then went to Mah to take a look at the Explorer and it was love at first sight.

    Bike price on the road with insurance and all accessories - $40k.
    $2k for three boxes.

    Was considering BMW GS, cost difference a few k only but am very put off by the reviews on BMW's servicing ($70/hr not including parts) ... cannot sustain the high maintenance cost.

    So now am a happy man with my Triumph Explorer!
    Hi bro

    Thanks for the response. Certainly very positive. Backside itchy now lah. Still hearing mixed thing about the Tiger. I sat on the 800 and 1200 and both feel very comfortable. Right now just wish I could test-ride these 2 and see how they feel. If I had my way, I'd for the 1200. That's a serious touring machine right there. My Wee-Strom is doing fine and is very reliable. Done about 12000 km and no problems so far - just that the FC is not as good as I had hoped (only about 19-20 km/l for normal riding and 22 km/l when touring).

    BTW, I also heard that the latch that connects the boxes to the bike are not as solid as H&B and that the Triumph boxes are also not as robust. How're your boxes working out?

    Any feedback from other bros here? Any mechanical or electrical problems? $40k is a serious commitment and I want to make sure my next bike doesn't spend most of the time in the workshop.

    Thanks and ride safe!

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    Hi bro,

    True the box is not as hard as the H & B ones but they looked good. Actually my H&B Junior series are not as good, my two side boxes flood every time it rains... brought them to the dealer twice already... still floods a bit. Have not rode Ex long enough and can't quote comment on hardiness of boxes...only worry that if I drop the bike, the box might crash cause it's not hard enough.

    With a full tank 20 litre, the fuel warning light lit up after traveling 260km... from the display shown I have 80km of fuel left... don't know how that measures to your Wee Storm but I think main diff is the feel of the bike... Ex is very powerful and a really comfortable bike. Hope this helps.

    Take care.

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    Hi,

    I owned the launch model for slightly more than a month and had clocked almost 3000km. Allow me to give a short review/comparison on it since i did own a GSA for 2yrs and 4mths (49+K km), to be fair.

    Suspension:-
    It certainly loses to the GSA. Nothing beats having the para- and tele-lever types of suspension. They certainly make a lousy rider (read: me) looks like a seasoned rider. Whilst going up Fraser/Cameron, the "dive" during hard-braking can be felt on the TE, while on the GSA, the bike barely dived.

    Fuel consumption:- Clocking ard 16km/L during local riding with its 20L tank. Tank is rather small, so can't really pump song song gao jurong when filling up in Msia. Same FC as the GSA. Reaching Ayer Keroh as a first stop isnt much of an issue.

    Power:-
    The figures dont lie. The 135hp can certainly be felt. Of course, its more powerful than the other 110hp beast. Top-end power is very much available with the TE, where it lacked in the GSA. But to be fair, this is characteristic of all in-line engine bikes (top-end power delivery) and not boxers.

    Weight:- The CG of the GSA is certainly felt at a lower position than the TE when making a turn/cornering.

    Features:-
    Cruise-control, traction control (switchable), tire-pressure monitoring system, ABS (switchable) came with the bike.

    Comfort:- Plush seat but the standard is a bit lower than the GSA. I am only 180cm in height, hence i ordered the "high" seat but it has yet to arrive.

    The launch model came with certain features/accessories that are termed as extras. I got the touring screen, engine crash bars, aluminium sump guard, fog-lights, handle-bar protectors and the tire-pressure monitoring system. I dont tink i missed anything out from here.

    I got the headlight protector for free.

    My 3 boxes which i ordered from Chiap Lee have yet to arrive. I didnt go with the OEM boxes, but instead decided on the alu Trax (SW-Motech).

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    Quote Originally Posted by papabread79 View Post
    Hi,

    I owned the launch model for slightly more than a month and had clocked almost 3000km. Allow me to give a short review/comparison on it since i did own a GSA for 2yrs and 4mths (49+K km), to be fair.

    Suspension:-
    It certainly loses to the GSA. Nothing beats having the para- and tele-lever types of suspension. They certainly make a lousy rider (read: me) looks like a seasoned rider. Whilst going up Fraser/Cameron, the "dive" during hard-braking can be felt on the TE, while on the GSA, the bike barely dived.

    Fuel consumption:- Clocking ard 16km/L during local riding with its 20L tank. Tank is rather small, so can't really pump song song gao jurong when filling up in Msia. Same FC as the GSA. Reaching Ayer Keroh as a first stop isnt much of an issue.

    Power:-
    The figures dont lie. The 135hp can certainly be felt. Of course, its more powerful than the other 110hp beast. Top-end power is very much available with the TE, where it lacked in the GSA. But to be fair, this is characteristic of all in-line engine bikes (top-end power delivery) and not boxers.

    Weight:- The CG of the GSA is certainly felt at a lower position than the TE when making a turn/cornering.

    Features:-
    Cruise-control, traction control (switchable), tire-pressure monitoring system, ABS (switchable) came with the bike.

    Comfort:- Plush seat but the standard is a bit lower than the GSA. I am only 180cm in height, hence i ordered the "high" seat but it has yet to arrive.

    The launch model came with certain features/accessories that are termed as extras. I got the touring screen, engine crash bars, aluminium sump guard, fog-lights, handle-bar protectors and the tire-pressure monitoring system. I dont tink i missed anything out from here.

    I got the headlight protector for free.

    My 3 boxes which i ordered from Chiap Lee have yet to arrive. I didnt go with the OEM boxes, but instead decided on the alu Trax (SW-Motech).
    Brilliant comparison.I share e same experience too.e handling of a TE can never be matched with a horizontally opposed twin engine confirguration thanks to e low CG and inteliigent suspension system of e GS.
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    Smoother than a twin and more characterful than a four and not forgetting that lovely whistly fruity soundtrack

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    Quote Originally Posted by papabread79 View Post
    Hi,

    I owned the launch model for slightly more than a month and had clocked almost 3000km. Allow me to give a short review/comparison on it since i did own a GSA for 2yrs and 4mths (49+K km), to be fair.
    Be it 135hp or 110hp, you still in front lah..


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    Quote Originally Posted by Kazky View Post
    Be it 135hp or 110hp, you still in front lah..
    Don't ever fall for their words (yem_paul and his gang)... For they reek of the untruth.

    Lets ride together one day, even if its to Bedok.

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    It's finally a reality! Explorer with tubeless rims.Awesome...!
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    Current TE is also tubeless fyi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by papabread79 View Post
    Current TE is also tubeless fyi.
    But it's running on sports rim instead of tubeless spokes.Even e spokes rim on e XC requires a tube.
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    Okla, maybe the way you phrased it earlier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by papabread79 View Post
    Hi,

    I owned the launch model for slightly more than a month and had clocked almost 3000km. Allow me to give a short review/comparison on it since i did own a GSA for 2yrs and 4mths (49+K km), to be fair.

    Suspension:-
    It certainly loses to the GSA. Nothing beats having the para- and tele-lever types of suspension. They certainly make a lousy rider (read: me) looks like a seasoned rider. Whilst going up Fraser/Cameron, the "dive" during hard-braking can be felt on the TE, while on the GSA, the bike barely dived.

    Fuel consumption:- Clocking ard 16km/L during local riding with its 20L tank. Tank is rather small, so can't really pump song song gao jurong when filling up in Msia. Same FC as the GSA. Reaching Ayer Keroh as a first stop isnt much of an issue.

    Power:-
    The figures dont lie. The 135hp can certainly be felt. Of course, its more powerful than the other 110hp beast. Top-end power is very much available with the TE, where it lacked in the GSA. But to be fair, this is characteristic of all in-line engine bikes (top-end power delivery) and not boxers.

    Weight:- The CG of the GSA is certainly felt at a lower position than the TE when making a turn/cornering.

    Features:-
    Cruise-control, traction control (switchable), tire-pressure monitoring system, ABS (switchable) came with the bike.

    Comfort:- Plush seat but the standard is a bit lower than the GSA. I am only 180cm in height, hence i ordered the "high" seat but it has yet to arrive.

    The launch model came with certain features/accessories that are termed as extras. I got the touring screen, engine crash bars, aluminium sump guard, fog-lights, handle-bar protectors and the tire-pressure monitoring system. I dont tink i missed anything out from here.

    I got the headlight protector for free.

    My 3 boxes which i ordered from Chiap Lee have yet to arrive. I didnt go with the OEM boxes, but instead decided on the alu Trax (SW-Motech).
    Bro so ur overall verdict is the explorer better than the GSA?
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    Quote Originally Posted by xecutioners View Post
    Bro so ur overall verdict is the explorer better than the GSA?
    sorry bro, as much as I would like to, I can't give an overall preference to these 2 beasts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by papabread79 View Post
    sorry bro, as much as I would like to, I can't give an overall preference to these 2 beasts.
    No worries..cos i dunno what to get.there's a lot of hype saying that the explorer is a GS killer..so the best ppl to review are those who have owned both..
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    Quote Originally Posted by xecutioners View Post
    No worries..cos i dunno what to get.there's a lot of hype saying that the explorer is a GS killer..so the best ppl to review are those who have owned both..
    if ur a sucker for good suspension... then the GSA cd be to your liking... else things like higher hp, longer service interval (16000km) might appeal to you...

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    you forgot pricing .. cheaper to get explorer =)
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    Quote Originally Posted by papabread79 View Post
    if ur a sucker for good suspension... then the GSA cd be to your liking... else things like higher hp, longer service interval (16000km) might appeal to you...
    Appreciate the inputs..thanks bro
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    Hi guys,

    I'm thinking of getting a Triumph Explorer 1200 after missing from bike scene for 8 years. I heard there is a 2013 model.
    1. May I know roughly how much it cost?
    2. How about the maintenance? Is it expensive and do we really have to go back to Mah Motor?
    3. My intend is to ride in Singapore and occasionally to NS highway in Malaysia. Is it 'overpower' to ride in Singapore?
    4. How about squeezing between traffic with or without side boxes?

    Sorry about these stupid questions. Thanks!

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    Its abt $40k otr if i'm not mistaken
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    hi tiger riders,

    im changing to a adventure tourer and is looking at tiger 800. would like to seek advice from u guys on the maintenance of the bike. are the parts readily available? do i have to go back to MAH motor all the time for the parts for is there other bike shop selling triumph parts??
    and for the same parts, does it cost alot more than any japanese adventure tourer like the vstrom?

    i like the triumph, but the cost of maintenance is a major concern since its a conti bike.

    Pls help!! thanks in advance.

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    cant decide which to get... 800XC or Explorer 1200
    1. Suzuki TS200 - yellow - yr 1994
    2. Honda XR400 -white/red - yr1996
    3. Honda CB750 - sliver/blue - yr1973
    4. BMW R1200CL - Silver - 2003
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    Quote Originally Posted by kk88 View Post
    cant decide which to get... 800XC or Explorer 1200
    I have the same dilemma as you. I cant decide which to choose. I test rode the tiger 800 today. I'm very comfortable with the ride. I have yet to test ride the 1200 coz my aim is the 800 tiger intially.

    My concern is that i will use the bike for work everyday and maybe occasionally up North. As SG road is always jam, I'm concern if I can squeeze between the cars with the 1200cc. Cost is another issue. One is 26k+ and the other 40K+. My other friends told me that I'll sure upgrade to a higher cc bike once I'm bored with the 800cc. This is my another concern whether I would change to a bigger bike next time. If what they say so is correct, I might as well get the 1200cc and ride for the next 10 years.

    Dilemma...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiabloXIII View Post
    I have the same dilemma as you. I cant decide which to choose. I test rode the tiger 800 today. I'm very comfortable with the ride. I have yet to test ride the 1200 coz my aim is the 800 tiger intially.

    My concern is that i will use the bike for work everyday and maybe occasionally up North. As SG road is always jam, I'm concern if I can squeeze between the cars with the 1200cc. Cost is another issue. One is 26k+ and the other 40K+. My other friends told me that I'll sure upgrade to a higher cc bike once I'm bored with the 800cc. This is my another concern whether I would change to a bigger bike next time. If what they say so is correct, I might as well get the 1200cc and ride for the next 10 years.

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    Hi bro ,

    E cost is always a factor in choosing a bike . If ur pockets are slightly deeper . . . . I suggest e 1200cc !! Morning traffic in spore wif e big side boxes gonna be a nightmare in e beginning but after awhile . . . . u get used to it . Some of them will remove e side boxes n just used e top box . Shd be sufficient oredi .

    U sure u wanna ride it for 10 yrs ?? Maybe after 3 yrs ur backside will get itchy oredi . . . . hàhaha !!

    Just my humble thoughts . . . . Happy New yr !!

     

     
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    Quote Originally Posted by MAC77 View Post
    Hi bro ,

    E cost is always a factor in choosing a bike . If ur pockets are slightly deeper . . . . I suggest e 1200cc !! Morning traffic in spore wif e big side boxes gonna be a nightmare in e beginning but after awhile . . . . u get used to it . Some of them will remove e side boxes n just used e top box . Shd be sufficient oredi .

    U sure u wanna ride it for 10 yrs ?? Maybe after 3 yrs ur backside will get itchy oredi . . . . hàhaha !!

    Just my humble thoughts . . . . Happy New yr !!
    Hi Mac77.
    Thank you for your inputs. I guess you own a 1200cc TE. Can you tell me how easy or difficult to squeeze in between cars with or without side boxes? I tried the BMW GS1200, I should say it was pretty hard for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiabloXIII View Post
    I have the same dilemma as you. I cant decide which to choose. I test rode the tiger 800 today. I'm very comfortable with the ride. I have yet to test ride the 1200 coz my aim is the 800 tiger intially.

    My concern is that i will use the bike for work everyday and maybe occasionally up North. As SG road is always jam, I'm concern if I can squeeze between the cars with the 1200cc. Cost is another issue. One is 26k+ and the other 40K+. My other friends told me that I'll sure upgrade to a higher cc bike once I'm bored with the 800cc. This is my another concern whether I would change to a bigger bike next time. If what they say so is correct, I might as well get the 1200cc and ride for the next 10 years.

    Dilemma...
    Hi, Same situation like you. I scare if i buy 800xc will itchy backside and upgrade to a bigger CC bike. But, cost wise i think the 800xc should be just nice for me. GS is out of the league as its too expensive.
    1. Suzuki TS200 - yellow - yr 1994
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    3. Honda CB750 - sliver/blue - yr1973
    4. BMW R1200CL - Silver - 2003
    5. ???

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    Quote Originally Posted by kk88 View Post
    Hi, Same situation like you. I scare if i buy 800xc will itchy backside and upgrade to a bigger CC bike. But, cost wise i think the 800xc should be just nice for me. GS is out of the league as its too expensive.
    My wife asked me to take the TE1200 since I'm gonna stick this bike for the next 10 years (I am still considering). I tried to sit on the 800XC and I have to tip toe (I'm 1.78m) so the XC is not for me. It's either TE 1200 or 800.

    I tried the BMW GS, the vibration when stationary turns me off. However, the engine was smooth when I moved off. The maintenance cost also turns me off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiabloXIII View Post
    My wife asked me to take the TE1200 since I'm gonna stick this bike for the next 10 years (I am still considering). I tried to sit on the 800XC and I have to tip toe (I'm 1.78m) so the XC is not for me. It's either TE 1200 or 800.

    I tried the BMW GS, the vibration when stationary turns me off. However, the engine was smooth when I moved off. The maintenance cost also turns me off.
    If you are not those type of itchy backside person then go for the 1200, for me i am those IBS person....very change within few years and always likes to upgrade....hehehe
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    The GSA with the adventure boxes is narrower than the TE with SW-Motech 45L panniers. I feel that its easier to squeeze with the GSA than the TE.

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    And if u intend to really do off-road trails, get the 800XC. For miles-crunching trip/touring on tarmac most of the time , get the TE1200.

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    Quote Originally Posted by papabread79 View Post
    And if u intend to really do off-road trails, get the 800XC. For miles-crunching trip/touring on tarmac most of the time , get the TE1200.
    most likely is tarmac/touring to the north.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by kk88 View Post
    most likely is tarmac/touring to the north.....
    Then u shd get the TE12. The Cruise Control is such a pleasure to use on long highways!

    Or can consider mine. Should be selling mine real soon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by papabread79 View Post
    Then u shd get the TE12. The Cruise Control is such a pleasure to use on long highways!

    Or can consider mine. Should be selling mine real soon!
    will consider second hand of course
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