Triumph Tiger Explorer review


Kevin Ash

Paul Barshon, Alessio Barbanti, Patrick Gosling (click on images)

HOW do you turn the ABS off on this bike?  Is there a switch or do you have to manually do it?  ANYONE KNOW?

Some reviews are just too wordy and this one is no different.  But if you read it you will get the idea. We still do not like the luggage set up for these bikes…bikes meaning the Tiger 800.  The mount comes off the Sprint ST and moves with the bike.  Luggage mount is plastic as well.  When you buy one of these bikes really have a good look at the mounts for the Triumph luggage.  If you are going to go off road and you know we are all bound to have our bikes lay down to sleep…think to yourself….will this set up, will the mounts survive a dump?

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It’s rare enough for to any manufacturer to admit its new adventure bike is a rival for BMW, even when that’s stating the very obvious. But Triumph has gone a step further, it’s not only said the R1200GS is in its sights, we’ve been told some rather more contentious stuff about the German bike…

You have to applaud Triumph’s directness, first simply for naming the GS as the Tiger Explorer’s benchmark and rival, where others shy away or try to wriggle out of any conflict. Then the oft-reported weakness of the GS’s shaft drive was homed in on by Triumph in descriptions of its own shaft, in language which you don’t have to boil down

very far to end up with: our shaft drive is reliable where the GS’s isn’t.

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2011 Yamaha XT 1200 Z S Super Tenere off & on road video


Not sure why a motorcycle company in this day and age would post a non HD video but Yamaha did on the Tube.  Although not in HD it is a rather good video to advertise their Yamaha XT 1200 Z S Super Tenere.

This makes you want to buy one eh?

2011 Yamaha XT 1200 Z S Super Tenere off & on road video / See more Yamaha videos http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLA2CB185A2626639E / More infos http://www.yamaha-motor.com + http://www.yamaha-motor.co.jp & http://www.yamaha-motor.eu/eu/index.aspx / Many Thanks YAMAHA MOTOR Co. USA, YAMAHA MOTOR EUROPE, YAMAHA MOTOR Co. JAPAN & YAMAHA MOTOR SPAIN, phone +34 937031500 / More videos http://www.youtube.com/user/2012motorcycles

2012 TRIUMPH TIGER EXPLORER SPECS


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.**

Specifications

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
Price
On The Road please contact your nearest dealer
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