Triumph Tiger 800 XC and Tiger Explorer 1200 Review: Cat Video

I love OneWheel Drive reviews…full of sarcasm and of course great info.  I know Neil has found a LOVE for the Tiger 800XC.  He has told me himself.  This is a long review but worth watching as he explains the Tiger 1200 and 800 very well.

Published on 19 Nov 2012

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Triumph Explorer 1200 Project Bike by Twisted Throttle

Posted on October 4, 2012 by

The 2013 Triumph Explorer is a bike that grabs attention with its intimidating stance and aggressive styling. We made it even more capable of handling the roughest terrain by outfitting the ’12 with products that provide greater protection, as well as goodies that increase comfort and expand its carrying capacity. This Explorer can now live up to its name with confidence.

Check out the Explorer 1200 video above. Videographer, Matt Buck, Industrial Designer, Nate Bastian, Master Installer, Shawn Johnson show how versatile the Explorer 1200 can be. 2013 Twisted Throttle Triumph Explorer 1200 Project Bike-Video Link

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Adventure Bike Comparison – Asphalt Adventurers


Full comparison results: Cycle World pits 4 street-oriented ADV bikes against each other. Ducati Multistrada S Touring vs. Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 NTX vs. Triumph Tiger Explorer vs. Yamaha Super Ténéré.

Triumph Explorer & Tire Day

Our day started out early because we had to get down to our dealer PACIFIC MOTOSPORTS

to get our new tires mounted.  We are leaving we hope Monday for just a short 2 weeks trip down to the KLIM Adventure rally and then we are not sure where.

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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?


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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New 2012 Arai TOUR X4 Helmet Announced

Neither one of us have ever used a DS helmet mainly because we are on the highways for work.  We always thought that the beak would catch too much wind and make for an uncomfortable commute and/or ride on pavement for long stretches. 

Any thoughts from those out there that wear this type of helmet?

This helmet is also being called the XD4 but on the Arai web page it is called the Tour X4.  Not sure which is correct.  😉


Arai XD-4 HelmetThe XD-3 has been the benchmark helmet for dual sport riding since its release. The Arai XD4 Helmet moves that benchmark 1 step up with the next evolution adventure helmets. All the details have yet to be released, but there are several upgrades and changes!Arai XD-4 Helmet

  • New comfort headliner, with micro fitting 5mm peel away temple pads.
  • Fully removable/replaceable/washable interior: Comfort head liner, Cheek pads, Chinstrap covers.
  • Dry-Cool technology keeps you dry and cool for greater comfort.
  • Patent pending, New FCS (Facial Contour Support) cheek pad design, also with a 5mm peel away micro fit feature.
  • New shell shape for better aerodynamic stability at higher street speeds.
  • New exhaust ports added to the top diffuser vents.
  • New chin vent with more intake ports.
  • Visor brow vents on the new visor.

We will have a Arai XD4 Helmet review as soon as we can get one in stock!

Arai XD-4 Solid Helmets

Color Schemes:


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

Triumph Tiger Explorer More Pics

Notice the ground clearance, the 950W generator….the more I read the more this really sounds interesting. Now what do folks think the price point will be for a full load or base model?

Oh don’t take offense guys but why is it that companies always use a guy on their bikes as the “models”?  I guess even after we rode Triumph’s for 44 days they still might think grrls don’t ride ADV bikes?  Just would be nice to see something different….and no I am not a raging feminist.  😉

Pics from the Tiger 800 Forum here

High Resolution pics to download:

High Res 1

High Res 2

High Res 3

High Res 4

High Res 5


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! 🙂

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