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Offline NH750Kitch

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2015 Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200
« on: September 10, 2016, 05:13:33 PM »
Well folks it was time yesterday to say good bye to my big cruiser Mrs. Kensington...



And say hello to Miss Shagwell...



I was truly sorry to let the Thunderbird go on trade but it was time.  Once I discovered the joy of adventure style ergos and road feel of my NC700X on big trips like our recent New England Rally, it was only matter of time before I'd find a larger Adventure touring style bike more suitable for long hauls.

The T-Bird was both a gorgeous and powerful motorcycle but after years of struggling with rear belt adjustment (a known problem on these bikes), difficulties jacking for general maintenance and cleaning and finally never fully adapting to the cruiser feel, it was time to make the change.

The Tiger has many of the qualities I like about NC700 but in a larger package.  Since this 2015 Explorer is the last of 1st gen models the price was right and I also get a promotional $1,500 Voucher from Triumph for accessories.  So far so good!
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Re: 2015 Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2016, 07:50:34 PM »
Congrats!  That's a heck of a change.  Sounds like it's for the better though.  Might have to do a leaf-peeping ride in October perhaps?
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Re: 2015 Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2016, 05:43:31 PM »
Congrats!  That's a heck of a change.  Sounds like it's for the better though.  Might have to do a leaf-peeping ride in October perhaps?

Thank you my friend and yes for October to get the gang together!
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Re: 2015 Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2016, 06:37:44 AM »

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Re: 2015 Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2016, 06:42:20 AM »
Hope you don't mind, but I fixed the first post to show the pictures.


Maybe because I'm just a simple minded sport-tourer, but why would you keep the NC700 and this bike?

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Re: 2015 Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200
« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2016, 07:51:07 AM »
Hope you don't mind, but I fixed the first post to show the pictures.


Maybe because I'm just a simple minded sport-tourer, but why would you keep the NC700 and this bike?

Thanks Tim I appreciate the fix!

A very good question my friend.  I suppose the fact that they are garaged at different location is part of it.  The NC700 is in a storage cube only two miles away and its best for easy access to day rides.  The Tiger is garaged about an hour up the road at my stepbro's garage in NJ and is the better location to operate out of for bigger trips.

The other factor is that I just love the NC.  She is fun and easy to ride, just the right size and simply most practical motorcycle I've ever owned.
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Re: 2015 Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200
« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2016, 08:06:19 AM »
Hope you don't mind, but I fixed the first post to show the pictures.


Maybe because I'm just a simple minded sport-tourer, but why would you keep the NC700 and this bike?

Thanks Tim I appreciate the fix!

A very good question my friend.  I suppose the fact that they are garaged at different location is part of it.  The NC700 is in a storage cube only two miles away and its best for easy access to day rides.  The Tiger is garaged about an hour up the road at my stepbro's garage in NJ and is the better location to operate out of for bigger trips.

The other factor is that I just love the NC.  She is fun and easy to ride, just the right size and simply most practical motorcycle I've ever owned.


If you ever decide to unload one or other of them, please holler my way...
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Re: 2015 Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200
« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2016, 10:04:02 AM »

If you ever decide to unload one or other of them, please holler my way...
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I will!
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Re: 2015 Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200
« Reply #8 on: September 13, 2016, 07:33:03 PM »
Congrats Kitch, hope you enjoy the new ride!

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Re: 2015 Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200
« Reply #9 on: September 14, 2016, 03:40:42 PM »
Congrats Kitch, hope you enjoy the new ride!

Thanks Nick!  Riding with you guys helped get me to this point  ridn2
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Re: 2015 Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200
« Reply #10 on: September 14, 2016, 07:17:09 PM »
Congrats - that's a great looking bike - enjoy!
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Re: 2015 Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200
« Reply #11 on: May 02, 2017, 07:12:27 PM »
I know this is an old post but I missed it.  Nice looking bike Kitch!  Hope you've got some miles on it since last year.

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Re: 2015 Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200
« Reply #12 on: May 06, 2017, 08:27:12 AM »
I know this is an old post but I missed it.  Nice looking bike Kitch!  Hope you've got some miles on it since last year.

Thanks Dan!  Yes I'm getting out with her as much as possible.  She's an awesome ride and embodies everything I need in a do it all motorcycle.   ridn2
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Re: 2015 Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200
« Reply #13 on: May 22, 2017, 11:57:04 AM »



I missed that post as well. Nice bike. I heard a lot of compliments on the Tiger. Are you going to take that one to upcoming Ramapo 500?

 

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