The Tiger Explorer is a new flagship model for Triumph’s Adventure range.
The model is one of three new not-yet-priced 2012 models Triumph officially unveiled earlier this month at EICMA, the other two being the Speed Triple R and the Steve McQueen Edition.
Following last year’s successful Tiger 800 models, the Tiger Explorer is powered by an all-new, shaft-driven, three-cylinder engine 1215cc in size. It produces a claimed 135 hp with 89 ft.-lbs. of torque.
The Tiger Explorer debuts Triumph’s new ride-by-wire throttle system and includes cruise control, switchable ABS and traction control as standard. The bike has a steel chassis and cast alloy wheels, a 19-inch front and a 17-inch rear, the latter showcased thanks to the single-sided swingarm. The long-travel 46 mm front forks are adjustable, as are the rider seat height, handlebar position and screen.
The shaft drive system allows the Tiger Explorer to go 10,000 miles between servicing.
The Tiger Explorer features all-new instrumentation and switchgear. The LCD instrument pack is thumb-operated via switches on the handlebars. In addition to the large digital speed readout and analogue tachometer, the onboard computer displays a host of practical information including gear indicator, fuel consumption and an ambient air temperature indicator with ice warning. The instrumentation also comes pre-configured for Triumph’s tire-pressure-monitoring system, available as an optional accessory.
Other accessories include hard and soft luggage, low and high seat options and a wide range of heated and electrical accessories that can be run simultaneously using the Tiger Explorer’s 950-watt generator. Options include heated rider and pillion seats, heated grips, high-power fog lights and a top box with integrated power supply for charging on the move. The bike also comes fitted with a power socket situated close to the ignition, which can be used to power a GPS unit or heated clothing.
A two-box pannier system provides 60 liters of luggage space, while a top box offers a further 35 liters of capacity, enough for a full-face helmet.
Posted by Arlo Redwine