ImNoSaint's Tiger Explorer 1200XC Build


I come in Peace
I'm sure Mrs Imnosaint was thinking ****** when the headders were in the oven...

They came out great.

I'm hoping to be at noobs in Death Valley in March.

Todd n Natalie

Whenever I get my Tiger back from the Triumph shop. Have a Death Valley trip planned mid-March. How about you?
Nothing planned for trips yet. It takes till April / May for the streetcleaners to be done getting rid of the gravel / salt that is on the roads from winter. Looking at a few day trips. The Iron Horse trail looks interesting. As does Forestry trunk road. Trouble here is I need to ride a couple hours to get to some nice off pavement areas.

Iron horse trail:

Forestry trunk road:


Cylinder Head Replacement
If you’ve ever worked on the top end of an internal combustion engine you know there are certain signs and indications that are cringeworthy, evidence of mechanical malfeasance that warrant holding one’s breath, only to exhale in an explicative or two.

I usually have this same type of wonky mechanical hypervigilance when the machine is working, audio and tactile tell-tale signs of something amiss; a backfire, a sudden loss of power, sounding like a detuned Subaru, chugging, all of which the Tiger Explorer demonstrated throughout last Summer’s rides to the Eastern Sierras and Glacier National Park, five thousand miles of riding powered by, come to find out, only one cylinder.


It gets better. I dropped the Tiger off at Eurosports Utah, my trusted Triumph shop and dealer, for a routine valve adjustment, hoping that might take care of the audio and tactile signs of something wrong, but as the technician dug into the Explorer’s heart, some malpractice was discovered, a crack in one of the head’s breather tube seats with evidence of a slipshod repair attempt with something that looks an awful lot like JB Kwikweld.


I’ve been riding this bike for the last four years and over thirty thousand miles with a cracked cylinder head.

But wait, there’s more. Pandora would’ve loved this. There are three intake boots where the intake manifold mates with the head, all of which compromised, disintegrating over time, miles and, I’m suspecting, Ethanol. These are imperative to keep intake air pressure in spec.


Were this Tiger Explorer a four-wheeled vehicle, I have a feeling that Jeremy, James and Richard would have drowned it in the channel, dropped it from a crane and flung it from a trebuchet only to right the bike, hit the starter and ride it off to the nearest pub.

My great thanks (and life’s savings) to the crew at Eurosports Utah for taking great care of the bike and me.

(Photo credits: Gaven Schlosser)

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