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2016 Triumph Tiger Explorer Preview | 5 New Models

2016 Triumph Tiger Explorer Preview

Triumph, one of the most established names in the world of British motorcycles, has once again added to its story by reinvigorating its Tiger Explorer adventure-touring line with six new models.

The Tiger Explorer family, which competes with the BMW R1200GS, KTM 1290 and Ducati Multistrada, first surfaced not all that long ago in 2012. Since then, updates have occurred, but the 2016 model year marks a large redevelopment for the series. The new models are as follows: the off-road savvy Tiger Explorer XCx, and Explorer XCa; and the road-going Explorer XR (Base model), Explorer XRx and Explorer XRt.

2016 Triumph Tiger Explorer Preview | 6 New Models
2016 Triumph Tiger Explorer XR and XC

The 2016 Triumph Tiger Explorer range has been divided into two categories – the XR, which appeals to the road fairing adventurer, and the XC, designed to be Triumph’s premier all-terrain option. The XR arrives equipped with cast aluminum wheels while the XC rolls on a more off-road friendly spoke wheel.

2016 Triumph Tiger Explorer Preview | 6 New Models XCa
2016 Triumph XCa

All models – from the entry-level to the top tier – will feature the 12-valve, 1215cc triple engine that utilizes a shaft drive. Although Triumph did not release the details regarding engine output, it has stated that the Triumph Explorer’s engine had produced more power and torque across the entire rev-range than previous models. Triumph has also included a torque-assisted clutch that is claimed to add ease and comfort to riding for those longer or more demanding rides. Aside from that, the 1215cc will be equipped with an enhanced exhaust system across the board.

Suspension arriving on an Adventure is always something to consider, and in this case, Triumph provides several different options. The base model XR Tiger receive adjustable WP suspension, while the XCx, XCa, XRx and XRt will use TSAS (Triumph Semi-active suspension System), which allows the rider to electronically tune the front and rear damping. TSAS will automatically adjust the rear pre-load settings depending on road or trail.

For 2016, the ADV bikes’ electric systems have been overhauled completely. The 2016 Triumph Tiger Explorer is equipped with five Rider Modes, four programmed from the factor and one that a rider can customize. The base XR Triumph Tigers have been loaded with a multi-channel switchable ABS and TCS. In respect to the other models, they will get a cornering-optimized ABS and TCS package that makes use of an Inertial Measurement Unit; the IMU – placed throughout the bike – is designed to monitor the lean angle in an effort to maximize the rider aids. All bikes are equipped with Brembo Monobloc 4-pison radial calipers.

Triumph’s new Hill Hold Control is designed to help when starting on a steep incline. Hill Hold Control was designed to rid that all-too familiar smell of scorched clutch plates when starting on a hill. Ideally the system will have a huge advantage when the bike is fully loaded with equipment and a passenger in those types of situations.

The angular styling of the 2016 Triumph Tiger Explorer series has been tastefully redesigned, but still keeps the overall styling of previous models. All Triumph Explorer motorcycles will be equipped with a fully adjustable windscreen, allowing riders of all shapes and sizes to customize position for optimal airflow. Additionally, the XC models will feature two extra off-road oriented light fixtures near the front cowl, which offer additional visibility in uninhabited areas.

2016 Triumph Tiger Explorer XR Price
2016 Triumph Tiger Explorer XR

Triumph appears to have the rider in mind in terms of customization and comfort. Select models will come equipped with: cruise control, heated grips, heated rider/passenger seats, a 12V power sockets, 5v USB and a myriad of protection options to ensure that you don’t become stranded out in the wilderness. With a revamped range of bikes featuring a robust power-plant the Tiger Explorer aims to tackle the daily grind of commuting or any harsh muddy backwoods trail.

Triumph has yet to release a price, but expect to pay around $16,000 (base) – $18,000.

2016 Triumph Tiger Explorer (varies depending on model):

  • Unique 1215cc triple engine with shaft final drive
  • Contemporary and distinctive Adventure styling
  • Two Low seat variants (available on Tiger Explorer XRX and XCX models)
  • ABS and traction control
  • Cornering-optimized ABS and traction control
  • Up to five selectable Rider Modes, including rider programmable
  • WP adjustable front and rear suspension
  • Triumph Semi Active Suspension
  • Brembo monobloc 4-piston radial calipers
  • On-board computer
  • Advanced on-board computer
  • Inertial measurement unit
  • Hill Hold control
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Electrically adjustable screen
  • Electrically adjustable Touring screen
  • Immobiliser
  • Spoked wheels (XC models)
  • Cast wheels (XR models)
  • 12V Power socket/s
  • 5V under seat USB socket
  • Heated rider/passenger seat
  • Heated grips
  • Cruise control
  • Hand guards
  • Aluminum sump guard
  • Plastic sump guard
  • Radiator guard
  • Engine bars
  • Fog lights
  • TPMS
  • Machined footrests
  • Pannier mounting kit

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Nic de Sena
Twin anything, ride everything. No fuss, no muss. Senior Editor.

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