Triumph joined the band wagon with their latest adventure bike – the 2012 Triumph Tiger Explorer. Long story short – the’ve “crossed the t’s and dotted the i’s” on this one, making a tough competitor for BMW GS1200 and KTM 990 Adventurer. Going thought the list of features that Tiger Explorer has – we would practically cover all the selling points for this type of motorcycle:
1. Strong and torquey engine – check – Explorer is fitted with three-cylinder engine producing 137hp and 121Nm of torque.
2. Electronics ON/OFF – check – Anti lock brakes that are switchable + ride-by-wire throttle for that steady gas input.
3. Adjustable riding position – check – high and low seat options are available, while both screen and handlebars can be height adjusted.
4. Built tough – check – tubular steel trellis frame is keeping everything together, while the power is transfered from 6-speed transmission to the rear wheel via virtually maintenance free drive shaft system. Single sided swing arm and hydraulically adjustable monoshock is keeping everything simple and planted to the ground.
5. Accessories – check – heated seats for both rider and pillion, heated grips, high power fog lights and power socket (close to ignition) to be used for GPS, heated clothing or any electrical device. Two-box pannier system (60 litres of luggage space) and a top box (35 litres of capacity) – enough for a full-face helmet
6. Low Weight and Long Service intervals – check – 259kg wet weight and 16,000km service intervals
So, as we mentioned, Triumph done it all. It’s a lovable bike, tough looking and it has all the right ingredients. It’s just down to the clients to get Ian McGregor and Charlie Boomer out of their heads…