Dora the Explorer does not want to play

I think the Triumph Explorer 1200 is a very fine motorcycle. However, I didn’t think that this morning when for the second time in 4 days she stalled pulling out of my garage, and then took 10 minutes to re start. With the ECU light remaining stubbornly on for my short ride into work. The first time this happened I took it into Palmers Triumph in Hemel Hempstead, as the dealer I bought it from. OnyerTriumph is now sadly no longer trading. The technician there ran it through the diagnostics and said that the throttle butterfly had stuck momentarily but the engine management stops the bike re firing up for a period and then the ECU stays on for at leat 10 start up cycles. He also said “Take it easy if the ECU light is on, because the bike can go into limp home mode and you don’t want that kicking in when you are pushing out of a corner on acceleration” – I didn’t buy a 1200cc bike to ride it like a scooter. Anyway I have written to Triumph to see if they can sort it oit, but if anyone else is having these ECU problems I’d be interested to hear. on Buckinghamshires greasy rural roads, complete with desnse patchy fog, riding gently is something I would be doing anyway but I don’t want to ride like that all the time.

Posted by Andrew Prendergast. Posted on: October 30, 2012 at 12:00 am

Andrew has been riding motorcycles since he was 10 years old and currently rides a GSX1400 as his daily commuter whether it is sunny or snowing. In addition, he is currently restoring an old Honda CB750 K1. Andrew practices across all areas of motorcycle law, with his practice involving both civil claims and motoring defence work.