Comes in Sapphire Blue, Graphite (Like the Beemer) and Black…now what is the MSRP and will there be a XC version?

Small Tank for a bike this size.  Maybe they are hoping that the weight might be a selling point but if this bike gets the gas mileage that the Tiger 800XC gets when you ride the bike the way it wants to be ridden, then as far as range….this 1200 will not be able to keep up with the BMW R1200GS.  I predict a bike with this much HP will not get more than 320 KM per tank at best.  At 20 liters this is only 1 liter more than the Tiger 800XC.  Interesting Triumph made this tank so “small”.  Just our opinion once again. BMW 2012 R1200GSA has a 33 liter tank just to compare the two but the GS does indeed have a 20 L tank too.

**Love that Triumph has added a the handlebar instrumentation pack.  This was a HUGE bone of contention for me on our summer trip that the Tiger 800XC does not have handlebar controls and a ridiculous set up to turn the ABS off.  Let’s hope Triumph adds this to the 2013 Tiger 800XC and man would I would be sold.  Notice also on the 1200 they have ambient temperature gauge now too.  Another pet peeve I  had about the Tiger 800XC.**


Engine and Transmission
Type Liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, in-line three-cylinder
Capacity 1215cc
Bore/Stroke 85 x 71.4mm
Fuel System Drive by wire, fuel injection
Exhaust Stainless steel 3 into 1 , side mounted stainless steel silencer
Final Drive Shaft
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Gearbox 6-speed
Oil Capacity 4.0 litres (1.1 US gals)
Chassis, Running Gear and Displays
Frame Tubular steel trellis frame
Swingarm Single-sided, cast aluminium alloy with shaft drive
Wheel Front Cast aluminium alloy 10-spoke 19 x 2.5in
Rear Cast aluminium alloy 10-spoke 17 x 4.0in
Tyre Front 110/80 R 19
Rear 150/70 R 17
Suspension Front Kayaba 46mm upside down forks, 190mm travel
Rear Kayaba monoshock with remote oil reservoir, hydraulically adjustable preload, rebound damping adjustment, 194mm rear wheel travel
Brakes Front “Twin 305mm floating discs, Nissin 4-piston calipers, Switchable ABS
Rear Single 282mm disc, Nissin 2-piston sliding caliper, Switchable ABS
Instrument Display/Functions LCD instrument pack with digital speedometer, analogue tachometer, gear position indicator, fuel gauge, range to empty, service indicator, clock, air temperature, frost warning, hazard warning lights, trip computer, Tyre pressure monitoring system
Dimensions and Capacities
Length 2248mm/88.4in
Width (handlebars) 962mm
Height without mirrors 1410mm/55.5in
Seat Height 837mm/32.9in – 857mm/33.7in
Wheelbase 1530mm/60.2in
Rake/Trail 23.9 degree/105.5mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 20 litres/5.3 US gals
Wet Weight (ready to ride) 259kg/570lbs
Performance (measured at crankshaft to 95/1/EC)
Maximum Power 137PS/135bhp/101kW @ 9300rpm
Maximum Torque 121Nm/89 ft.lbs @ 6400rpm
Fuel Efficiency
On The Road please contact your nearest dealer

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. If you look at the specifications of the BMW 1200 GS, the fuel tank capacity is the same. Also, if the engine configuration is more efficient, you may consume less fuel, because you get more energy per fuel unit. The torque figures are almost the same and the HP difference is notable, favoring the Triumph, so that may make it less thirsty. Of course, all of this will be clarified on the road, but in the meantime, besides range, how well is the weight managed, how smooth is it delivered, how well is suited 1st gear to really slow riding over challenging sections and how well is the driveline-related torque neutralized are also crucial issues that may make or break the Explorer as a valid adventure motorcycle. Keep us updated on any bit of information that may come your way.

  2. Hans you are correct the GS has a 20 L tank it is the GSA that has 33 liters. Huge difference…of course all other qualities and characteristics in a bike count but for a bike to be a BIG ADV touring machine it needs range. Based on the 19 inch front wheel and cast wheels as well…this version of the Explorer appears to be the street version possibly, which would be the GS comparison.

    Based on the mileage we got from the Tiger 800XC’s on our road trip to Alaska, a 20 liter tank will not get you very far if the RPM’s are over 6000. Mark my words, unless Triumph has done something special with the Explorer’s engine to make it more efficient than I can’t see the Explorer going very far without a fuel stop.

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