Point the Explorer at a road, any road with pavement, and suddenly all is right with the world. “Triumph is making a habit of building bikes that are instantly familiar. By the time I’d ridden a tenth of a mile, I knew everything I needed to know about the Explorer,” says our small-bike maven, Ari Henning. “It’s big, yet incredibly well-balanced and surprisingly nimble.” He’s right there. Even though the Explorer’s wheelbase spans 60.2 inches (0.9 in. more than the R-GS’s) and has more trail, it has steeper steering geometry than the BMW and an almost ridiculously wide handlebar. The result: Very low steering forces and fairly quick responses for such a large bike. There is a definite limit to how fast the Explorer will change lean angle, but the overall impressions are of a bike willing to take whatever line you choose, and to do so without complaint. Front-end feel is very good, and steering remains neutral right until you start dinging the footpegs; indeed, the bike feels as though it could be ridden a lot harder if it had more cornering clearance.