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2 Hour Test ride today, Triumph 1200 Explorer & Yamaha XT1200Z and Honda Crosstourer

What a day !!!! at 10am today i managed to have a 2 hour test ride on a 1200 Triumph Explorer, followed by a 2 hour test ride on a Yamaha XT1200Z Super Tenere and finally 2 hours on the Honda Crosstourer, which only had 8 miles on the clock !!!!!

If i was going to choose one bike. It would be the Honda Crosstourer.

To me the Triumph was very good, but i could not get on with the riding position or seat, it was also very "sharp" as regards throttle response, and choppy suspension at the rear from the shaft drive, also you knew it was shaft drive, BUT all in all a very good bike.

I have ridden a Super Tenere before, i really like them, this one was no different. No real complaints better shaft than the Triumph, i also found the riding position to be better.

Finally the Honda, i really cannot fault this bike, the small screen is one of the best i have ever used, Yes you get some windblast but it is very clean, so no buffeting. The engine and shaft drive are frankly in a different league. I love the Honda combined braking, the build quality is really lovely and the riding position is really comfortable. According to the MPG gauge i was getting 10miles per Litre, so 45MPG and that was ordinary riding and in places going for it !!!

That V4 just pulls and pulls and so smooth, a really good fun bike.

So for me 1st Place Honda, 2nd Place Yamaha, 3rd place Triumph
 

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Now how would a person get the chance to ride all three in a day. I went to Daytona this year with the hopes of doing just that. I got to sit on an Explorer, ride the tenure and mister Honda said "cross tourer not for US".
 

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You prefer the Honda to anything else? You must be a motorcyclist.
Honda and BMW build the best bikes. I know people love to piss on the beemers, but they are really nice; hondas are cheaper to own though, and almost as nice.
 

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Yes come and live in the UK, you too can then pay $300,000 for a crappy shoebox house, and have the privilege of paying $9 for a US gallon of petrol. Add in 20% "sales tax" on everything you buy, and the diabolical weather and it is a great laugh. However we do get all the latest adventure bikes, hence all my test rides in one day BUT you will need to buy an adventure bike to survive the dirt tracks that we now call roads over here THEY ARE DISGUSTING. We pay " Road Tax" every year, and the good old Government actually spend 7% of this "Road Tax" actually on the roads !!!!

This country used to be good until Blair and Brown took over now it is rubbish
 

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If it comes to Canada I'll wait 2 or 3 years and buy a 3 year old model 'new' from the dealer at a big discount.

That's whats happened with the VFR1200's here, there are still 2010 models available that you can buy for $12,999 rather then the $18,999 2010 price.

I suspect the same for the CrossTourer, especially at a probable price of $21,999 or thereabouts for the SE model.

My Vee may not be the same class machine, but I can live with it given the price differential.
 

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I like the Cross Tourer a lot. It would make a great Tourer on our NZ roads (it may even be a contender for that long way off Connie replacement for me) although I would not like to take one too far off the beaten track - the Tenere would be the bike for that.
 
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