Could BMW’s R1200GS finally be seeing some serious competition?
First Yamaha brought out the Super Tenere, and now Triumph has introduced their Tiger Explorer – and it’s supposed to have a lot more power than the GS.
Triumph says their new big-bore dual sport, powered by a 1215cc triple, puts out 135 bhp and 89 lb-ft of torque – more than any of its competition. It’s also probably more than enough to go pull stumps in your back 40, if your tractor breaks down.
Thanks to its shaft drive, the new Tiger should be able to go 10,000 miles between servicing, Triumph says, which is good news for round-the-world riders. The bike also has plenty of other features to keep riders happy for the long haul, including cruise control, an adjustable seat, windscreen and handlebars, switchable traction control, and switchable ABS.
If that’s not enough electronic gadgetry for you, the bike also comes with a best-in-class 950-watt generator, so you should be able to plug in just about anything you want to make your ride more comfortable.
The Tiger Explorer comes with a 17-inch rear wheel and 19-inch front wheel and adjustable 46mm front forks. It weighs 570 lbs with a full gas tank. MSRP is supposed to be around 11,000 pounds in the UK.
Type: Liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, in-line 3-cylinder
Bore/Stroke: 85 x 71.4mm
Maximum Power 137PS / 135bhp / 101kW @ 9300rpm
Maximum Torque 121Nm / 89ft.lbs @ 7850rpm
Fuel System: Ride by wire, fuel injection
Exhaust: Stainless steel 3 into 1, side mounted stainless steel silencer
Final Drive: Shaft
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Frame: Tubular steel trellis frame
Swingarm: Single-sided, cast aluminium alloy with shaft drive
Front Tire: 110/80 R19
Rear Tire: 150/70 R17
Front Suspension: Kayaba 46mm upside down forks, 190mm travel
Rear Suspension: Kayaba hydraulically adjustable preload, rebound damping adjustment, 194mm rear wheel travel
Front Brakes: Twin 305mm discs, 4-piston calipers, Switchable ABS
Rear Brake: Single 282mm disc, 2-piston sliding caliper, Switchable ABS
Seat Height 835mm (32.8in)
Wheelbase 1510mm (59.4in)
Fuel Tank Capacity 20 litres (5.3 US gals)
Wet Weight (ready to ride) 245kg (539lbs)