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Triumph takes the wraps off Triumph Tiger Explorer… and others

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Triumph has taken the wraps off it’s brand new 2012 Tiger Explorer, a flagship model for the British Brand’s Adventure range.

Number’s are scant in the release, but here’s the spiel:
Building upon 2011’s phenomenally successful Tiger 800 models, the Tiger Explorer is powered by an all-new, shaft-driven, three-cylinder engine in excess of 1200cc, delivering class-leading performance to the adventure touring class.

The Tiger Explorer debuts Triumph’s new ‘ride-by-wire’ throttle system and includes cruise control, switchable ABS and traction control as standard. The high specification continues in the chassis department with a strong steel chassis and cast alloy wheels, 19” front and 17” rear, the latter showcased thanks to the stylish single-sided swingarm.

A suite of accessories have also been developed for the Tiger Explorer’s launch with hard and soft luggage, low and high seat options and a wide range of heated and electrical accessories which can be run simultaneously thanks to the Tiger Explorer’s best-in-class 950w generator.

The technology is undoubtable aiming to put the Explorer on the same ground as the BMW R1200GS and Yamaha Super Tenere, what remains to be seen is whether Triumph will beat BMW at it’s own adventure game as with the Tiger 800 models. Let’s just hope there’s an option for wire-spoked rims, which would be a good start.

Triumph Speed Triple R

Following the success of the R models for the Street Triple and Daytona 675, Triumph is introducing a premium version of its iconic Speed Triple, the Speed Triple R.

Working in close collaboration with Swedish suspension brand Öhlins, the Speed Triple R sports the latest specification NIX30 43mm forks at the front, with a jewel-like TTX36 unit at the rear. To minimize unsprung weight as much as possible, the lightweight five-spoke forged aluminum wheels from PVM are more than 3.7 lbs. lighter than those on the standard machine to deliver even more precise and agile handling. Stopping the Speed Triple R are top specification four-piston radial monoblock callipers from Brembo, the leading brand in MotoGP racing, with a switchable version of Triumph’s electronic anti-lock system available as an option. Together, the brakes and wheels offer a 5% increase in braking performance over the standard Speed Triple.

The Speed Triple R’s choice of metallic Phantom Black and Crystal White color options are complemented with red colored subframe and detailing, as well as the iconic gold forks, to create a sportier and more exotic look that confirms its status as Triumph’s premier naked sports model.

Triumph Steve McQueen Edition… Because McQueen is Still Cool

Is Steve McQueen’s cool an eternal and limitless resource? Mining deep into the reservers of Mushmanium, Triumph is daring to find out by attaching the legend’s name to a state of the art, super-standard that would be the modern equivalent of Steve’s vintage ride… Oh, wait, we got that wrong. It’s another rebadged and badly photo-chopped Bonneville T100, sigh.

Triumph has joined forces with the estate of Hollywood icon Steve McQueen to create a limited edition motorcycle that pays tribute to the late actor’s love of the British brand’s products.

Based on the classic Bonneville T100, just 1,100 of the Steve McQueenTM Edition will be sold worldwide. Featuring a host of modified parts, the design is inspired by the Triumph Trophy TR6 that McQueen insisted on riding during the famous stunt scene in The Great Escape, and features a military-style matte khaki green livery, stencil-style Triumph decal on the tank and the actor’s signature on the side covers.

Featuring a solo seat and black luggage rack, the McQueen bike has also been fitted with a rugged skid plate and small black-bodied headlamp. The Triumph Steve McQueenTM Edition features a host of other blacked-out components, including wheel rims and hubs, handlebars, rear springs, mirrors and front mudguard supports. To confirm the bike’s provenance, each machine is individually numbered with a plaque placed on the handlebar clamp, while owners will also receive a certificate of authenticity with their machine.

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  • Leslie Sofarelli said:

    LOVE the new Explorer and the McQueen bike. Prices?

  • Neil Johnston (author) said:

    I believe prices are still pending until after the full unveiling.

  • Leslie Sofarelli said:

    I believe prices are still pending until after the full unveiling.

    when are you taking this one out for a test ride? ;-)

  • Matt Dynes said:

    I love the look of the new Tiger and always thought the 800 was nice but no shaftie…. eeck. But this 1200 should do well. The biggies will be price, will there be a larger “adventure” windscreen, how will the next GS (water cooled) stack up!! Like what I see so far!!

  • Neil Johnston (author) said:

    Speculatively I’d say BMW has their work cut out for them in the power department pitting a liquid cooled horizontal twin against the triple for a start.

  • Leslie Sofarelli said:

    we rode the Tiger 800XC for 44 days this summer and had to give them back to Triumph. The biggest difference right out of the gate between the Tiger and our BMW F650GS other than power was the street comfort for an ADV bike. We loved the Tiger and for the riding we do it is almost that perfect bike. Hate the ABS on and off set up on the Tigers, missed the info button BMW has and can’t seem to find out why Triumph has it set up that you can not see the odometer on the Tiger unless you are parked in neutral or you turn the ignition on and get to see it for about 3 seconds. Other than those pain in the butt things the Tiger is a sweet bike. Now, the Explorer version looks really good too. I wonder if they have added the easy on/off abs idea and what other improvements they have made for convenience. Looking forward to seeing more on the specs. Weight and tank size too. MPG is not that great riding the Tiger over 6000 RPM’s but for the smoothness of the engine and power might be something we are willing live with if we ever bought a Triumph bike.

  • Matt Dynes said:

    Speculatively I’d say BMW has their work cut out for them in the power department pitting a liquid cooled horizontal twin against the triple for a start.

    I think you’re probably right. I have always loved the Oilheads but the narrow design of the new Triumph has advantages……..and the triple has got to stomp the GS, liquid cooled or not, unless Mother Bavaria has something up their sleeve. Can’t wait to see the 1200 Tiger and the New Trophy on the way……

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