2012 Triumph Tiger Explorer First Look

October 24, 2011
JC Hilderbrand
JC Hilderbrand
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Hilde is holding down the fort at MotoUSA’s Southern Oregon HQ. With world-class dirt bike and ATV trails just minutes away, the hardest part is getting him to focus on the keyboard. Two wheels or four, it doesn’t matter to our Off-Road Editor so long as it goes like hell in the dirt.

2012 Triumph Tiger Explorer
This water-cooled, 1200cc, shaft-driven Triple will power the new 2012 Triumph Tiger Explorer adventure bike.

Triumph will officially release the 2012 Triumph Tiger Explorer on November 8, 2011 at the EICMA show. This new adventure touring motorcycle is a bigger version of the immensely popular and impressive Triumph Tiger 800 XC, which we recently stacked up against the biggest AT bikes in our 2011 Adventure Touring Shootout.

The 1200cc Triple will be a direct competitor with bikes like the BMW R1200GSDucati Multistrada 1200, KTM 990 Adventure, Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 4V, Yamaha Super Tenere and Suzuki V-Strom 1000. Triumph has acknowledged that the new Tiger Explorer will have a three-cylinder engine. This Inline-Triple will power a shaft-drive which puts it in the company of the BMW and Yamaha. The Tiger Explorer delivers power via a ride-by-wire throttle system. Cruise control is another feature which will help set the Tiger apart from its open-class competitors. Triumph employs switchable ABS braking and also uses traction control. These features are standard which is nice, but will also command a higher MSRP.

A steel chassis houses the open-class engine with standard fork and monoshock. The wheels are cast alloy 19-inch front and 17-inch rear. Utilizing a shaft drive means the Triumph Tiger 1200 uses a single-sided swingarm.

Photos reveal dual headlamps and a hydraulic clutch. Exhaust exits the right side and the Tiger has a center stand, though it’s uncertain whether or not this is a standard feature. Triumph has prepared the launch of its new flagship adventure touring motorcycle with a host of accessories. These include hard and soft luggage along with high and low seat options. Heated grips and other electrical options are expected with a 950W generator providing plenty of power. That includes auxiliary lighting.

There is no information regarding weight, fuel capacity or other specifications, nor are the details of distribution, price or warranty available at this time. Stay tuned for more information when the 2012 Triumph Tiger Explorer becomes officially unveiled next month. Check out the 2011 Adventure Touring Shootout to see what this new machine will be up against when it is released to Triumph dealers next year.

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Triumph has a new flagship adventure touring motorcycle with the 2012 Triumph Tiger Explorer. It will have ABS brakes, steel chassis, 1200cc engine and shaft drive to compete against the top big-bore AT bikes on the market.

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