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2012 Triumph Tiger Explorer Unveiled at EICMA
Powered by an all-new 1215cc three-cylinder engine producing a class-leading 135bhp with 89lb-ft. of torque, the Tiger Explorer sports a high specification that Triumph thinks will set a new benchmark in the adventure touring class.
The thoroughly modern powerplant utilizes a new ride-by-wire electronic throttle system, allowing for a number of high-tech rider aids for added rider safety and comfort. Cruise control, switchable traction control and switchable ABS are all standard fitment on the Tiger Explorer. A shaft drives the rear wheel for more rugged off-road capabilities and allowing virtually maintenance-free touring. So much so that the latest Triumph has been designed to go 10,000 miles between servicing – ideal for long distance adventures.
Comfort for both rider and pillion comfort are paramount when it comes to the Tiger Explorer. The rider position is highly adjustable, with a tall and commanding 33.7″ seat height to a low 31.6″ (with low accessory seat fitted), with both the screen and handlebars adjustable to suit the individual rider preferences. The passenger hasn’t been forgotten about either, with a wide and comfortable seat equipped with large grab handles for comfort and security.
The strong tubular steel trellis frame looks awfully familiar to other models in the Triumph family, while the single-sided rear swingarm showcases the 17″ 10-spoke rear wheel. Adjustable 46mm front forks allow the rider to tailor the Tiger Explorer to their individual needs and riding conditions, with the long-travel suspension and 19″ front wheel giving the Tiger Explorer the capability to cope with unpaved roads. Together, the Tiger Explorer is sure to offer the kind of composed handling we’re used to from Triumph.
All-new instrumentation and switchgear includes a LCD instrument pack that is thumb operated via switches on the handlebars. Among the many displays of the comprehensive onboard computer include 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.
A comprehensive range of accessories is headlined by a high quality luggage range. The two-box pannier system provides 60 liters of luggage space, while the top box offers a further 35 liters of capacity, enough for a full-face helmet.
A best-in-class 950w generator has been fitted to the Tiger Explorer to facilitate the use of multiple electrical accessories. Among the official accessories available are 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 items of heated clothing.
Three colour options are available for the 2012 Tiger Explorer: Sapphire Blue, Graphite and Phantom Black.
Win A Tour Of A Lifetime On The New Triumph Tiger Explorer
To celebrate its new Tiger Explorer model, Triumph has launched an exclusive competition, “Seeking Explorers,” that will see one lucky United States winner embark on a 12-day trip of a lifetime before the bike even goes on sale.
Organized in collaboration with renowned motorcycle travel company Edelweiss, who run the Triumph Adventure Tours program, the exclusive tour starts in southern Spain on March 9, before crossing the Mediterranean to Morocco for a ride that encompasses everything from the Atlas Mountains in the north to the edges of the Sahara in the south. Total value for this tour is over $6,000.
Winners will have use of the brand new Tiger Explorer for the event and will be fully suited out in the latest riding gear from Triumph’s clothing range on the all expenses paid trip.
Entry to the competition, as well as full terms and conditions, is through Triumph’s new Tiger Explorer microsite – www.triumphadventure.com – where full details, photographs and video of the new bike can be found.
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