Triumph Tiger Explorer

Stray Cat

By Tim Carrithers, Photography by Patrick Gosling

Evolution
Though some of the Explorer’s visual and mechanical DNA comes from the Tiger 800, the 1215cc triple and most of its supporting cast is new.

Rivals
BMW R1200GS, Ducati Multistrada 1200, KTM 990 Adventure, Yamaha Super Ténéré

Tech Spec

Price $15,699
Engine type l-c triple
Valve train DOHC, 12v
Displacement 1215cc
Bore x stroke 85.0 x 71.4 mm
Compression ratio 11.0:1
Fuel system EFI
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Final drive Shaft
Transmission 6-speed
Claimed horsepower 135.1 bhp @ 9000 rpm
Claimed torque 89.2 lb.-ft. @ 6400 rpm
Frame Tubular-steel trellis with single-sided aluminum swingarm
Front suspension Kayaba 46mm fork with adjustable spring preload
Rear suspension Kayaba shock with remote adjustable spring preload and rebound damping
Front brake Dual Nissin four-piston calipers, 305mm discs with ABS
Rear brake Nissin two-piston caliper, 282mm disc with ABS
Front tire 110/80R-19 Metzeler Tourance EXP
Rear tire 150/70R-17 Metzeler Tourance EXP
Rake/trail 23.9°/4.1 in.
Seat height 33.0 in.
Wheelbase 60.2 in.
Fuel capacity 5.3 gal.
Claimed curb weight 571 lbs.
Colors Black, Blue, Graphite
Available Now
Warranty 2 yrs., unlimited mi.
Contact Triumph Motorcycles of America, Ltd.385 Walt Sanders Memorial Dr. #100Newnan, GA 30265678.854.2010 www.triumphmotorcycles.com

Verdict: 3.5 out of 5 stars.
A bigger, stronger, more civilized British cat.

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