2013 Triumph Tiger Explorer XC | First Ride

Pumping Up the Explorer’s Off-Road Capabilities. Subtly.

By Marc Cook, Photography by Alessio Barbanti


A slight tweak on the existing Triumph Tiger Explorer. Spoke wheels, a few farkles.

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Price   $17,199
Engine type   l-c inline-triple
Valve train     DOHC, 12v
Displacement  1213cc
Bore x stroke   85.0 x 71.4mm
Compression    11.0:1
Fuel system     EFI, ride by wire
Clutch  Wet, multi-plate
Transmission   6-speed
Claimed horsepower   135.0 bhp @ 9300 rpm
Claimed torque         89.0 lb.-ft. @ 6400 rpm
Frame  Aluminum twin-spar
Front suspension         KYB 43mm fork with adjustable spring preload
Rear suspension         KYB with 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     33.1 – 33.9 in.
Wheelbase    60.2 in.
Fuel capacity  5.3 gal.
Claimed curb weight  586 lbs.
Color    Crystal White/Graphite, Graphite, Matt Khaki Green
Warranty:12 mo., unlimited mi.
Contact: www.triumphmotorcycles.com

VERDICT 4 out of 5 stars
The Explorer XC is not a big leap from the base bike, but absolutely looks the part of the “explorer.”

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After Marc's review, I think I'm ready to add the 3rd Triumph to my garage.  My dealer is converting a leftover Explorer (in Saphire Blue) to an XC for me.  It will join my '07 Caspian Blue Tiger 1050 and '11 Speed Triple SE.  I think it was Ari that said you could have a garage full of different Triumphs and have all the bases covered....I'm working on it!
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