Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200 sales beat BMW R1200GS

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The new Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200 has beaten its arch rival the BMW R1200GS into second place in the latest sales charts.

Figures just released by the Motorcycle Industry Association show 806 of the new three-cylinder Triumphs have been sold so far this year – 153 more than BMW’s ubiquitous adventure bike.

Mind you, if you add the sales of the standard R1200 GS to those of the GS Adventure, BMW whops Triumph by 379 sales.

As expected, both bikes lag behind several 125cc machines – Honda’s CBF125 was overall biggest selling motorcycle with 1201 sales.

Also riding high was Honda’s Fireblade which was the third biggest-selling bike over 125cc. It beat its nearest sportsbike rival the BMW S1000RR by 213 sales. Those two were the only full-on sportsbikes over 125cc that made the top 20.

The remaining top 20 sellers are an intriguing mix of the commendably unhinged
(Kawasaki’s 196bhp ZZR1400, for example, was only 53 sales behind BMW’s S1000RR), the admirably sensible (Honda’s uber-practical NC700X and CBR600F were both mid-table) and a mixture of the two (Triumph’s brilliant Street Triple and Triple R would have topped the chart if their sales were combined…).

1 Honda CBF125 1201
2 Honda PCX125 998
3 Yamaha YBR125 955
4 Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200 806
5 Yamaha YZF-R125 766
6 Honda NSC110 745
7 BMW R1200GS 653
7 Honda CBR1000RR 653
8 BMW R1200GS Adventure 632
9 Yamaha XC125 515
10 Honda CBR125R 475
11 BMW S1000RR 440
12 Triumph Street Triple R 432
13 Piaggio Vespa GTS300 407
14 Kawasaki ZZR1400 387
15 Honda CBR600F 384
16 BMW R1200RT 383
16 Triumph Street Triple 383
17 Honda NC700X 364
18 Honda PES125 342
19 Triumph Tiger 800 340
20 Kawaski Z1000SX 338