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2012 Triumph Tiger Explorer Comparison Photo Gallery
Triumph has nailed the ADV formula on its first attempt at a heavyweight version.
See how the 2012 Triumph Tiger Explorer stacks up in the premier adventure touring market. Read the full report in our
2012 Triumph Tiger Explorer Comparison
By targeting BMW, Triumph must hold itself to a high standard.
Cast aluminum wheels are standard, though Triumph recently announced an XC version that will use spoked wheels.
The left-side shaft drive is seamless and resists squatting under acceleration.
The shrouds protect the rider's upper legs.
One of our testers described this as the best display he's ever used on any motorcycle.
Cruise control is the way to go. All long-distance touring bikes should have this.
Scrolling through the digital menu is simple and provides a ton of information.
The Tiger Explorer leads the BMW in this comparison.
Adjustable seat height is comfortable for tall riders and short enough to allow for easy reach to the ground.
The burly Explorer is surprisingly manageable in the dirt.
A soft fork is the biggest downfall in an otherwise excellent package.
Getting aggressive on the Triumph is easy thanks to its predictable nature.
A liquid-cooled Inline Triple propels the Triumph to a significant horsepower advantage.
Power delivery is extremely smooth on the Explorer.
The rear shock is good at handling a wide variety of challenges.
This type of single track is acceptable for the Tiger, but we wouldn't take it on hardcore trails in stock form.
Smooth dirt is where the Tiger loves to play Flat Track.
Rider protection is equal or better than the BMW.
Traction control is standard on the Tiger and has Level 1, Level 2 and Off settings. Level 1 and 2 are virtually identical.
The Explorer accelerates from 0-60 in 3.94 seconds.
Our tester slowed from 60-0 mph in 157.5 feet with the ABS engaged.
The rider feels directly connected to the rear tire.
A lack of exposed wires and cables is a nice design feature.
Our testers were comfortable charging whatever lay in front of the Triumph.
The Tiger will live up to its Explorer name, leading riders to new destinations.
Strong brakes help keep the 584-pound Tiger in check.
Swept-back handlebars make standing slightly uncomfortable. We'd like to try alternate bends.
Tipping the Tiger into corners is simple with wide handelebars and neutral weight bias.
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