What do you think?  Comments?

Let the competition continue.  Triumph has indeed revealed their new Tiger 1200cc shaft driven bike.  Sounds awesome and looks great too.  Just like the 800 Tiger this new 1200 is aimed at the BMW 1200GS and Super Tenere.  Competition is great and Cheryl and I are excited to see if BMW changes things up in the near future.  Adjustable seats are something that appeals to us as well as convenience with technology.  Have a peak.  Not sure about the price.  Anyone?

Triumph also is revealing a new McQueen bike.  Beautiful.  We want one of every make!  🙂  Very exciting time for ADV bikers and now I know we made the right decision not to buy the Tiger 800XC’s after our trip.  We shall sit back and enjoy what comes out next.  We will be in the market for new bikes within the next year or so!

Info from OneWheelDrive click here

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.

sweet looking.  Looks like a big Tiger 800XC! 🙂

Author: advgrrl

Avid ADV rider! This Blog is all about the adventure in adventure riding. Researching new bikes, routes, accessories, learning about other riders and hopefully a great place for others to comment and explore with me. PLUS, up and down's, wildlife, my dogs, my life!


  1. “Triumph’s new ‘ride-by-wire’ throttle system” is a scary statement from any English made vehicle. Electronics have never been their strong suite. Will give this one a year or 2 to get the bugs out.

    Do not see it as a threat to the BMW as they have pretty well established themselves in that market and I do not see anything in this that makes it a significantly better bike. With the confusion of Yamaha amalgamating the Canadian and American portions of the company and not knowing what models will be showing up in the North American market, it may eat into the Tenere’s share.

    That being said competition can only help the marketplace and hence the consumer. Even if all it does is keep prices in line.

  2. Sort of like the Tiger 800XC, some may be swayed to buy it like us because of the street level comfort. We really like BMW’s but as we get older and still want to DS aspect in a bike, after riding the Tigers this summer we are certain you can have it both ways…good off road and street comfort in one bike. As for the reliability factor…Triumph seems to have worked out the wicked stalling issues we had all trip long and if they have learned anything then this new bike should not have any major issues upon release…one would hope.

  3. First of all, my heartfelt congratulations on this great site. Thank you for taking the time to type, shoot your outstanding pictures and upload all this for our enjoyment. Keep up the good work, but most of all, the riding.

    Back to the thread, I will share my two-bits worth of experience to your speculations regarding the Explorer. I rode the BMW R1200GS and was amazed by the way the gyroscopic effect of the crankshaft and driveshaft spinning on the longitudinal axis of the motorcycle works. In any “normal” engine configuration, the gyroscopic effect of the crankshaft works against you when leaning, while on this boxer-engined, driveshaft-driven motorcycle, makes leaning at absurd angles, changing your lean angle mid-turn and of course, initiating the lean, ridiculously easy. This is a heavy motorcycle, but once it is rolling, it becomes a very nimble machine. On the other hand, when dealing with loose surfaces the weight of the motorcycle returns instantly and with a vengeance if you are doing low-speed manoeuvres in deep gravel or sand. The front end becomes unresponsive and washes-out very easily, and you can imagine how hard is to keep way more than 200 Kg of motorcycle with just one leg on a slippery surface. So, I suppose that when leaning on nice roads, the only real competition from Triumph may be from the Rocket III (same crankshaft and driveshaft setup).

    The seat looks as comfortable as the one on the BMW, but the rider triangle will determine how good it may be for my shortish frame while dealing with traffic, twisty roads and long hours of riding.

    One interesting bit: after decades of using shaft-drive, BMW still has to sort the gear-box operation. The shifter requires a very positive input and is quite “clunky” (there must be a better word to describe this but I do not have it). Let us see how Triumph manages it. The BMW neutralizes very effectively the torque of the drive-shaft with its Paralever rear suspension set-up. We will have to wait to see how the Explorer feels when accelerating or cutting-off throttle mid-turn.

    Anyway, since the days of Kawasaki’s mythical two-stroke triples (yes, I am 54 years old) I have a very special place in my heart for triples, so I wish Triumph the best with this motorcycle (and hopefully, will also help in lowering the price of a low-mileage and well cared for Tiger 1050 I am coveting nowadays).

    1. wow impressive and very appreciated reply. Love input from those who know from experience. That is what I hope in the end this BLOG is all about…trial and error, input from others willing to share, taking risks to give honest opinions and hear from other riders out there. Sooooooooooooooo….thank you for your valuable comment! Hope to read more!

  4. WE hope to read more, if you do not mind my saying so. Especially in my neck of the woods (I should say in my neck of the tropical jungle, perhaps: I live in Guatemala, Central America, confirming also that if you find my way of writing odd, is because I am not a native English speaker) we really enjoy the chance of reading and seeing rides such as yours, letting us enjoy vicariously the ride and the landscape.

    Returning to the original thread, I forgot to comment on the very well sorted fuelling on the BMW. Certainly, Triumph is markedly improving its own, but this is one of the very important things that makes a test ride a must before buying. Some magazine testers are usually pushing the bikes to the limit, so sometimes they do not detect trouble spots in the fuelling maps, failing to report sometimes the “snatchy” fueling spots of even Ducatis, so even if an engine gets glowing reports on the “First Ride” section of motorcycle reviews, beware. This applies also to seat height. I am short (1.72 m or 5′ 7”) and have enjoyed inmensely well balanced motorcycles that barely let me tip-toe upon stoping, while I have riden my share of bikes so top-heavy and unbalanced, that even being able to flat-foot while seated was not enough to make me feel comfortable in stop-and-go traffic. So, do not let the seat height on paper, or even the effort of lifting the motorcycle from its sidestand because of its height make you judge it unfit for you, unless confirmed by a test ride.

    1. we found an issue with the Triumph Tigers we rode to Alaska and not sure if you read the entire blog from our summer adventure but our Tigers stalled almost the entire trip. 10 days after we got back Triumph announced a worldwide recall for a new tune for the engine and was stated that certain VINS get the download asap. I am not afraid of the seat height anymore when it comes to these bikes. I am used to one foot flat when stopped. I think the more experienced one gets the less intimidating any bike gets.

      All about where and how you want to ride. That is how we will choose our next bike…street comfort and decent off road capabilities. So far the Triumph Tiger XC is our favorite but I would like to see Triumph add simple things like on/off ABS button and easier way to toggle through the informatics on the dash.

      BTW…your English is just fine!

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