Seeking feedback from the ride...
Mr Potter, any adverse remarks on my part will be entirely down to my out right jealously of your test ride in Spain, and bear no relation to your professionalism.
Having owned a Tiger 1050 (and currently riding a Rocket III), I have come to know the triple quite well. But there was always something missing for me, which may ultimately see me getting a BMW K1300S.
The Tiger, including it's latest iteration, seems to suffer from soft front suspension, reducing feel on cornering. It's engine had the performance to keep up with most things on the road, but the suspension let it down. BMW have their high tech ESA as a solution... How does the Explorer 1200 feel in this regard?
The triple engine has a very addictive burble under load, and a great balance of torque and power. However, I always felt the engine lacked flexibility in the rev range (along the lines of a diesel car versus a petrol car), where you wanted to hold a gear for longer but you hit the red line too soon. Not ideal for touring, and not great if your looking for something sporty. Does the new 1200 engine deal with this any better?
I'm 6'4" and weight as much as a small house. Having easy access either to electronic adjustment, or a remote preload adjuster is usually very handy for me provided it makes a positive measurable difference. My Tiger 1050 wasn't much cop, and my Rocket III (in combination with British roads) believes your spine should be all the support you need. Does the Explorer offer convenient adjustments for tall fat blokes (or normal blokes with pillions) and still ride well?
Real world mpg...? Triples seemed to like both fuel and oil. Was its a long push back?
Enjoy the test ride. Let EMAP worry about selling publications. Just keep giving us the facts we're looking for.