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 also I had always wanted a Triumph Tiger and this seemed the ideal time to scratch that itch. I’ve always liked all of the Triumph Tiger range, from the 800 to the 1050 and 1200 but managed to narrow it down to the 800 or 1200 (OK it’s 1215cc, but let’s not get picky) so while I recovering from my injuries I was browsing the Internet looking for potential new bikes, even making a very sexy Excel spreadsheet with all the possible replacement candidates until I spotted a very nice looking Explorer 1200 that was the right colour, year, mileage, accessories and price. So after a quick phone call to arrange to view the bike I ended up being the new owner of a Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200 that my children named Dora.

While I’ve not been able to ride the bike much due to my injuries, I did really enjoy the short 30-minute ride home plus 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 driveway.

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 short rides 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.

August 2020

Having removed the Triumph panniers and their mounts as it made the bike too wide for me to comfortably ride my focus was then on the Triumph top box, while it’s a good (not great) looking top box, it has a reverse tardis effect, as being unable to take much kit inside despite its large exterior so I started looking at a replacement top case. Usually, I would have gone straight for a trusty Givi top case as I have done many times in the past, but one of the things that I always hated was that the large top cases always looked, erm, large! then I saw a YouTube video on a top case from a company SHAD and their expandable SH59x/SH58x top case that allows you to expand or collapse the top case into 3 different sizes, so after loads more Internet-based research I ordered a SHAD SH59x from www.bikeluggage.co.uk late on a Sunday evening and it arrived early on Tuesday!

SHAD claim that you don’t need a fitting kit as the top case comes with a mounting plate that fits onto Dora’s luggage rack, so after removing the Triumph top case and mounting plate, after much head-scratching and muttering under my breath I managed to ‘modify’ the SHAD mounting plate so that it fitted, the main issue was that the mounting holes that lined up with those on the Triumph luggage rack placed the mounting plate about 3 inches over the pillion seat, so if it was fitted you would have to remove the mounting plate to be able to take off the pillion seat!. So after muttering some curses and channelling my inner Delboy I modified the plate and got the top case fitted, I must admit that I very nearly threw it all back in the box and sent it back!

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
Triumph Radiator Guard
Garmin Zūmo 590LM
Lust Racing Lowering Kit
Rear Wheel Bung
R&G Swingarm Protector
Moto-CNC Bar Risers
Pyramid Plastics Extenda Fenda
SHAD SH59x Top Case

Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200
Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200
Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200
Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200
Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200
Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200
Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200
Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200
Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200
Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200
Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200
Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200
Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200
Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200
Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200
Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200
Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200
Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200
Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200
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Garmin zūmo 590LM
Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200
Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200
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Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200
Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200
Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200
Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200
Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200
Titterstone Clee Hill Summit
Titterstone Clee Hill Summit
Titterstone Clee Hill Summit
Titterstone Clee Hill Summit
Titterstone Clee Hill Summit
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Titterstone Clee Hill Summit
Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200
Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200
Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200
Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200
Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200
Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200
Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200
Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200
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