Mine does NOT tick (whatever the revs).
My dealer's does tick (and he's worried about it and his mechs are of no help).
There IS a problem here. As usual (can you say 'craked pistons on a 1050'? ;-), Triumph denies any problem.
I have the so-called satin finish and I never washed it. 3,000 km and two months. No problem whatsoever.
AFAIK, the only caution is to never wash it when hot.
My Xplorer has less vibes than my ex-1050, whatever the revs.
Did yours have crashbars (frequent vibe generator)?
Triumph is adamant at everything that could cost them money or accept any responsibility. Read this forum for it's full of interesting stories (same applies to the 'other' forum ;-).
As time passes and reports accumulate, I'm more and more convinced that the Xplorer will be my last Triumph. It's a shame cos' I love to ride a 'different' bike (well, they are less different each year...) and I love the triple engine, but their way of treating loyal customers is simply not acceptable.