The Explorer is not the only
adventure styled bike to take on BMW, as can be seen from the main article in MCN. The Ducati and Super Tenere have both been around for a couple of years, and I have yet to see more than a handful on the roads. In comparative terms, going by 2 year old BMW's I see on the roads, they are still outselling these others by a considerable margin.
That being said, the Tiger 800 did sell well in its first year, and I was one of the buyers, to go alongside my 2009 GS Adventure. Much as I liked the Tiger, I preferred, overall, the GS.
I traded in my GS for another one last month, a 1 year old bike with 2000 miles. I lost £3000 in value on my 3 year old GS, which I consider to be pretty good.
With no real reason to have two adventure bikes, I decided to trade in the Tiger. My own dealer, who sold me the bike, offered me more than £3200 less than I paid for it, an 11 month old bike. Yes, it had all the bells and whistles, an XC model, and I know that you don't recover the costs of the accessories, but Holy Cheapskates Batman, I felt as if I'd been castrated.
So, buyers of Tiger Explorers be warned. The residual values of BMW's remain high, and the residual value of the Triumph Tiger 800XC is just dreadful.
In the end, I took it to my BMW dealer, and traded it for a 2011 K1300R Dynamic. Cost me a bit more, but I was really, really angry about the offer from my Triumph dealer.