June 2020

So with the unexpected demise of Fiona, my Kawasaki Versys 1000 I needed a replacement bike, I was very tempted to go and get another Versys 1000 as I was really enjoying owning and riding the big green machine but I had always wanted a Triumph Tiger and was torn between the 800 or 1200 (OK it’s 1215cc, but let’s not go picky) so while I was resting and recovering from my injuries I was browsing the Internet looking for potential candidates until I spotted a very nice looking Explorer 1200 that was the right colour, year, mileage, accessories and price. So a quick phone call and a visit and I ended up being the owner of a Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200 named Dora.

While I’ve not been able to ride the bike much due to my injuries I enjoyed the short ride home and a couple of 20-minute rides around local roads and I’m very happy with the new bike, it feels so much like my BMW R1200GS that I had a year ago, which is no surprise really as this is Triumph’s answer to BMW’s GS but being a 1215cc inline-triple engine it carries its weight much higher than the BMW, but that’s only really noticeable when moving the bike around the garage or car park.

We are currently having some great weather in the UK, which is typical as I’m not recovered enough to really get out on the Triumph, only managing 10-15 minutes riding time before my injuries are too painful to continue but you can guarantee that by the time I’m fully recovered it will probably be snowing…

July 2020

Seeing as I can’t ride Dora, I’ve been spending time and money on the Internet buying things, one of the first things was a set of 20mm bar risers from Moto-CNC. The fitting was very easy and the actual bar risers look very well made, I was just disappointed with the longer bolts provided, they were very cheap, plated ones and for a product of this quality I was expecting stainless steel bolts.

Accessories
Triumph Panniers
Triumph Top Case
Triumph Hand Guards
Triumph Led Fog Lights
Triumph Engine Bars
Triumph Heated Comfort Seat
Triumph Heated Grips
Triumph Headlight Cover
Garmin Zūmo 590LM
Lust Racing Lowering Kit
Grip Puppy Comfort Grips
Rear Wheel Bung
R&G Swingarm Protector
Moto-CNC Bar Risers
Pyramid Plastics Extenda Fenda

Total Miles Covered: 906

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Garmin zūmo 590LM
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Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200
Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200
Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200