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Re: Exploring the new Explorer- Official launch report
« Reply #40 on: May 17, 2012, 05:46:32 pm »
I must admit, I was quite miff when I was told I am not doing the launch, but perhaps it was a good thing, I now have a full house Explorer for a week, got it yesterday, am really enjoying it. The one I have is full house, heated grips and seats, touring screen.....am going for a fair ride this weekend.
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Re: Exploring the new Explorer- Official launch report
« Reply #41 on: May 17, 2012, 06:10:50 pm »
I must admit, I was quite miff when I was told I am not doing the launch, but perhaps it was a good thing, I now have a full house Explorer for a week, got it yesterday, am really enjoying it. The one I have is full house, heated grips and seats, touring screen.....am going for a fair ride this weekend.

Yeah baby, and we all know the kind of distances you do. They can ma book it in for the first 16000km service for when you return it.

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Re: Exploring the new Explorer- Official launch report
« Reply #42 on: May 17, 2012, 06:11:56 pm »
I must admit, I was quite miff when I was told I am not doing the launch, but perhaps it was a good thing, I now have a full house Explorer for a week, got it yesterday, am really enjoying it. The one I have is full house, heated grips and seats, touring screen.....am going for a fair ride this weekend.

Yeah baby, and we all know the kind of distances you do. They can ma book it in for the first 16000km service for when you return it.

 :laughing4: It only has about 2500km on now..... :biggrin:
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Re: Exploring the new Explorer- Official launch report
« Reply #43 on: May 17, 2012, 06:19:18 pm »
Thanks for the detailed appreciation of the machine.  Report is skimpy on what it is like to ride particularly on gravel, sand and tracks.  You covered that aspect very comprehensively on the Super Tenere but I expect this test was too short to give considered opinion on that aspect of the Triumph.
 

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Re: Exploring the new Explorer- Official launch report
« Reply #44 on: May 17, 2012, 06:44:13 pm »
Some more stats about traffic to the WD's site here:  http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/wilddog.za.net# 

I would have loved to give you an informed opinion on all those, the problem is that I have not ridden alll those with the view to give them a proper review.
I personally was very interested in the Honda for instance. But they did not see fit to invite the Wilddogs to a launch.
Which is sort of stupid if you ask me.



- Wilddogs have over 10 000 members, and that is just the ones bothering to register. It is an open forum that can be accessed by anyone.

- Wilddogs is the single biggest motorcycle forum in Africa.

- Wilddogs have anything in the region of 1.8mil to 2mil page views per month.

- The average Wilddog is already on a Dual Purpose bike, meaning they can afford a DS bike and a computer.

- Every Wilddog is already interested and involved in the DS market. How much more focused a target group can you get?

- Our bike reviews are not published this month and gone the next like a hardcopy magazine. It stays on the forum and will be used for research from now on for months and years to come. Our Super Ten review is still getting hits and I know for a fact that review was viewed worldwide. Google this url http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=50530.0 and see how widely it was read.

- Magazine circulation numbers tell you nothing about how many readers were buying it for your launch article. Our hits are all people directly interested in the Explorer. The people you want to reach.


So, ja. I would have loved to give you an in depth review of the Honda, but we were not invited.
 

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Re: Exploring the new Explorer- Official launch report
« Reply #45 on: May 17, 2012, 08:49:20 pm »
That swing arm looks suspiciously like a GS design, ookay, not exactly but it is close, and the 1200GS watercooled one the swingarm will also be on the left side like this one.


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Re: Exploring the new Explorer- Official launch report
« Reply #46 on: May 17, 2012, 09:31:19 pm »
The chaindrive on the 800GS look suspiciously like a Honda design....... :peepwall:
Good, easy to read report, and I know Metaljockey would choose the Yamaha. :eek7:
 

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Re: Exploring the new Explorer- Official launch report
« Reply #47 on: May 17, 2012, 09:56:57 pm »
Australia. ?........???

WTF  :deal:
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Re: Exploring the new Explorer- Official launch report
« Reply #48 on: May 17, 2012, 10:14:57 pm »
wow...what a detailed report...thank you...we shall see the one adventurer is riding this weekend....cant wait...

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Re: Exploring the new Explorer- Official launch report
« Reply #49 on: May 17, 2012, 11:36:38 pm »
Australia. ?........???

WTF  :deal:

You tell me, Plottie?

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Re: Exploring the new Explorer- Official launch report
« Reply #50 on: May 18, 2012, 04:46:38 pm »
I must admit, I was quite miff when I was told I am not doing the launch, but perhaps it was a good thing, I now have a full house Explorer for a week, got it yesterday, am really enjoying it. The one I have is full house, heated grips and seats, touring screen.....am going for a fair ride this weekend.

The full house model you have costs close to R170K right?
 

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Re: Exploring the new Explorer- Official launch report
« Reply #51 on: May 18, 2012, 05:00:11 pm »
I must admit, I was quite miff when I was told I am not doing the launch, but perhaps it was a good thing, I now have a full house Explorer for a week, got it yesterday, am really enjoying it. The one I have is full house, heated grips and seats, touring screen.....am going for a fair ride this weekend.

The full house model you have costs close to R170K right?
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Re: Exploring the new Explorer- Official launch report
« Reply #52 on: May 18, 2012, 09:44:23 pm »
Wheres the Arrow, Bundu?

Show me another manufacturer where you can do that!!
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Re: Exploring the new Explorer- Official launch report
« Reply #53 on: May 18, 2012, 09:52:08 pm »
Wheres the Arrow, Bundu?

Show me another manufacturer where you can do that!!
the Arrow is another R8k, but I was comparing more to GSA accessories...
 

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Re: Exploring the new Explorer- Official launch report
« Reply #54 on: May 19, 2012, 08:47:38 am »
I must admit, I was quite miff when I was told I am not doing the launch, but perhaps it was a good thing, I now have a full house Explorer for a week, got it yesterday, am really enjoying it. The one I have is full house, heated grips and seats, touring screen.....am going for a fair ride this weekend.

The full house model you have costs close to R170K right?
http://www.triumphmotorcycles.co.za/accessories/create-my-triumph
prices before any discount  :mwink:

Discount, now on a newly launched bike? Was the question I was asked by the dealer. You should be happy to get one.
I did the exercise and because the standard seat height is very low a higher seat is another R2.5k. Now here is the dilemma, new Bmw will probably be launched towards end of year and current adv can be bought for R165k full spec
 

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Re: Exploring the new Explorer- Official launch report
« Reply #55 on: May 19, 2012, 12:19:29 pm »
Discount, now on a newly launched bike? Was the question I was asked by the dealer. You should be happy to get one.
I did the exercise and because the standard seat height is very low a higher seat is another R2.5k. Now here is the dilemma, new Bmw will probably be launched towards end of year and current adv can be bought for R165k full spec

the higher and lower seats are "comfort seats"

It will be interesting to see what the new BMW pricing will be and how many of the old ones will be sold till then
 

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Re: Exploring the new Explorer- Official launch report
« Reply #56 on: May 19, 2012, 02:38:15 pm »
Ok MJ, between the Yamie, Triumph and GS (incl other liter d/s bikes you know well) -which will you take and why?

Your comments about illogic of this class to get heavier and heavier is spot on?

Lets define the question better. Ito the above bikes ( or more) which would you take to do:

1. Fun everyday runner
2. Commuter
3. Long distance adventure riding
4. Two up touring
5. More hardcore riding
6. All of the - above iow a one bike garage
 

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Re: Exploring the new Explorer- Official launch report
« Reply #57 on: May 19, 2012, 03:15:03 pm »
Ok MJ, between the Yamie, Triumph and GS (incl other liter d/s bikes you know well) -which will you take and why?

Your comments about illogic of this class to get heavier and heavier is spot on?

Lets define the question better. Ito the above bikes ( or more) which would you take to do:


Interesting question.
My personal preferences if I include the KTM which I know well enough;

1. Fun everyday runner  -  BM
2. Commuter  -  BM
3. Long distance adventure riding  -  Yami
4. Two up touring  -  Toss-up, but probably the Tiger for the cruise control
5. More hardcore riding  -  KTM
6. All of the - above iow a one bike garage  -  BM


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Re: Exploring the new Explorer- Official launch report
« Reply #58 on: May 19, 2012, 04:07:26 pm »
What is the turning circle on the this bike? The BM's small turning circle makes it a winner in traffic and daily use and technical terrain. The KtM is like an ox wagon. The Yamaha might be to long ago to remember?

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Re: Exploring the new Explorer- Official launch report
« Reply #59 on: May 19, 2012, 05:29:13 pm »
MJ awesome report dude thanks for taking thte time out to share. With writing off my Adventure several Triumph peeps were keen to get me to over to the UJ side. Gotta say I did think about it for a while, but with being a Wunderlich importer I am kinda tied in to the Beemer brand (and happily so!)

I will admit I dying to test ride one as soon as my injuries fix!
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