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Marc Potter  says:

Triumph Tiger Explorer First Ride

MCN Editor, Marc Potter, is at the world launch of the Triumph Tiger Explorer and here are his first thoughts. "Triumph admits it is aiming the Tiger Explorer squarely at the BMW R1200GS, and claims higher spec for less money, better handling, more luggage carrying capacity and at 135bhp, more power from the three cylinder all-new 1215cc engine. "I’m about it...

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Sep 10

Posts: 26

blackspot says:

wait a second?

explorer weighs 30kgs more???

so you really get MORE for your money, don`t you...

I aint interested in having a motorcycle in this cow category anyway, but still, this weight sounds dissapointing...


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Jun 05

Posts: 12

JEDBANDIT555 says:

Ideal Triumph

My dream Triumph would be this engine and shaft drive in a light weight frame, a short wheelbase, quality suspension and a bikini fairing.  We need to build a naked Bandit type of bike that the Japs hav'nt got the balls to build. An over powered lightweight do it all monster !!        

PS  Where's the spell heck on this site ?







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Feb 06

Posts: 200

Banzai600 says:

Triumph - ant ?

Pardon the pun above :)    

I really think this new 1200 Explorer is going to be brilliant and well received by the public. Yes, its a little heavier than the GS ( 30 kgs is a lot? ). However, the honda crosstourer also weighs 275 kgs ! That aint "light" either is it, but seems to be well able to hustle.

Anyway. the price & extras will make is desirable but the weight i can see is going to be the only factor that may be a real gripe. But weight may not affect sales if its as good as Mr Potter says.

If triumph have pulled it off ( which they may have ) the 30kgs will not make a difference.  If you look at any of the newer hondas ( fireblade, xtourer etc) the weight will be well disguised and wont come into it, will it (?).

Triumph have played it cool with the press releases / teasers (didnt go overboard). I am sure this bike will stand up for itself.

The mainland europeans are gonna love this bike.

Cant wait to ride one !!

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Mar 07

Posts: 3215

Boult says:


until the 'overpowered' bit you were describing BMW R1100S / R1200S - neither of which are made any more :o(

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Jan 06

Posts: 1

Handler33 says:

Triumph Explorer

Boy is that one ugly specimen.......but the bike is a beauty.

Beating the GS is a big ask of any manufacturer.

The explorer  has +30kg +1 extra cylinder + 1 extra injector over the BMW ,these three factors will mean much higher fuel consumption which = less range a big deal on a touring bike.

The extra weight will only really show up when the bike is fully loaded,the extra fuel consumption will be there from the off, these factors will either make or break the bike.But it is a Triumph so it will not be a flop.

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Mar 06

Posts: 253

stu_sp2 says:

Looking good then...

Sounds promising, just waiting for all the Triumph/ Adventure bike haters to chirp in with their expert views on it ???? .........

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Aug 02

Posts: 129

stevecase says:

Are they touring adventure bikes or adventure touring bikes, or just plain touring bikes?

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Feb 09

Posts: 129



I never understood from the off about these latest so called Adventure bikes and the fact they are so heavy.Have the manufactures missed a point,are these really supposed to go oiff-road?.I have no experiance with off-road riding but i gess these will cope with a smooth dirt track and no more.

I do like the Explorer and would buy it as a comfortable Tourer and if the 800 is anything to go by this will be a cracker

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Sep 10

Posts: 1321

SatNavSteve says:

I suppose you have to put these sort of bikes into some sort of category and 'adventure' seems to suit them. But you can have an adventure on any sort of bike really, look at Nick Sanders who used to do his round-the-world trips on an R1 through all sorts of terrain. One thing I'm sure of is that the Triumph will be more reliable and better finished, and I do know lots of people who have had BMWs, so I'm not just trying to be insulting, just honest. I've had my Sprint ST1050 for nearly 5 years and my wife has had a Bonneville for the same amount of time and neither of us has had a single problem in all that time. And yes, we do ride them, they have been on the continent every year. I still prefer the 800 Tiger though and thats my next bike this year.

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Feb 11

Posts: 3

GaryGSF says:

Adventure bikes / Tourers

Looks like a nice bike. Most people who buy this type of bike would never dream of taking them off road, so weight is not such an issue. They like the idea of sitting up, protected from the wind blast on a bike that is not a "boring touring bike". It fits a large section of the market. The Triumph looks as good as most of the others out there. I had a ride on the Kawasaki Versus 1000 and would say it would be hard to beat in this class, if you would only ride on the road. The big plus for the Kawasaki is the price. You'll have around £1,500 in your pocket to fund your first tour if you bought it over the Triumph. It is now a very competitive market and I'm sure if you bought the Triumph you'd not be disappointed.

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