• EXPLORER

 

Triumph has just announced that SIX new models will appear to make up the 2016 Explorer range, here’s the information and details (a LOT of detail!) direct from what Triumph has just send us about the new bikes to the line-up for this year’s assault on the big Brit Adventure motorcycles – we’ve not edited this information because we wanted to get you ALL the info from the factory, quickly. Here it is, then:

 

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  • More torque, power and performance

o   Powered by a 139PS 1,215cc triple engine

o   Delivering an outstanding 123Nm of torque throughout the rev range

o   The most powerful shaft-driven engine in the adventure segment

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o   5% improvement in fuel economy

 

  • State-of-the-art rider focused technology featuring;

o   The latest generation Optimised-Cornering ABS and Traction Control

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o   Linked ABS with new Hill Hold function

o   Up to five Riding Modes including Rider programmable

 

  • Superior riding experience featuring;

o   Advanced chassis with WP branded Triumph Semi-Active Suspension (TSAS) with auto-levelling rear preload (XCX, XCA, XRX, XRT models)

o   Torque assist clutch

 

  • More purposeful, beautiful and distinctive styling including;

o   Advanced levels of aero protection

o   More contemporary and distinctive styling

o    Higher quality finish and detailing

  • More choice including;

o   Low seat options for the XRx and XCx models

o   More options for riders to really tailor to their needs

o   A Tiger Explorer for every adventure

o   More accessible to all with low seat variants

 

The new Tiger Explorer family features six new models, plus two low seat variants offering even greater accessibility.  It is the ultimate transcontinental adventure motorcycle for riders who are looking for their ultimate adventure – whether it’s on the daily ride to work or that once-in-a-lifetime journey.

 

The range takes every standard in the adventure segment – power, performance, technology and styling – and raises it to a level that allows every rider to choose exactly the right model and set-up for their individual requirements.

 

UNIQUE TRIPLE ENGINE IN ADVENTURE CATEGORY

 

The power comes from a unique engine in this sector: a 12 valve, 1,215cc, in-line three cylinder unit that generates 139PS at 9,300rpm, and delivers 123Nm of torque at 6,200rpm. To make the best use of that power, the new Tiger Explorer makes use of a hydraulic, torque assist clutch reducing lever effort and long-term rider fatigue. All models feature a six speed gearbox in which the top gear is set high to make cruising long distances even easier and more fuel efficient. They all feature the additional benefit of a low-maintenance final shaft drive. The new Tiger Explorer also features a new exhaust system that not only helps with the engine performance and achieving compliance with the Euro 4 emissions standard, but also gives the family a distinctive, refined exhaust note that adds to the rider’s pleasure. Finally, the new engine developments result in an increase of 5% in fuel economy over the previous Explorer model.
DYNAMIC CHASSIS DESIGN

 

The chassis featured in the six models has been designed to add a new dynamic to adventure rides. 48mm WP forks with adjustable rebound and compression damping achieve the highly desirable balance of comfort and control. To maximise high level control under braking, the entire range is equipped with twin 305mm floating discs, Brembo monobloc four-piston radial calipers at the front, and a single 282mm disc, 2-piston sliding brake at the rear.

 

The dynamic characteristics of the chassis are further emphasised by the ground-breaking Triumph Semi Active Suspension (TSAS) fitted to the XRx, XRT, XCx and XCA variants that allows the rider to electronically control the adjustment of the front and rear suspension damping, which automatically adapts the RSU preload settings to reflect the roughness of the ground being covered.

 

TECHNOLOGY TO OPTIMISE CONTROL

 

A key part in the effectiveness of the innovative TSAS is the Tiger Explorer’s Central Control Unit (CCU) and its Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) that, between them, measure and respond to the movement status of the motorcycle

 

Sensors monitor:

·         Pitch rate ·         Vertical acceleration
·         Yaw rate ·         Lateral acceleration
·         Roll rate ·         Longitudinal acceleration

 

Using this information and a complex algorithm, the CCU calculates the optimum lean angle for the bike, ensuring greater stability that optimises the performance of the ABS and traction control, especially when cornering.

 

 

RIDER-FOCUSED TECHNOLOGY WITH AN EMPHASIS ON ACTIVE SAFETY

 

Precise handling and active safety are at the centre of the rider-focused technology that features throughout the Tiger Explorer family.

 

The entry-level Tiger Explorer XR and XC feature multi-channel ABS and Traction Control, while the other models offer Optimised-cornering ABS and Traction Control that, by monitoring the lean angle when cornering, makes sure that the brake force and ABS, if needed, are distributed to their optimum effect. This ensures superb stability and control, even when negotiating the tightest corners.

 

The Tiger Explorer XRT and Tiger Explorer XCA also offer the additional safety of an innovative Hill Hold control, supplied by Continental, that makes starting up hill, even when fully loaded easy – avoiding the risk of unwanted, and worrying, rolling back.
RIDING MODES 

 

The new Tiger Explorer family makes full use of Triumph’s impressive Riding Mode technology to offer a choice of up to five Riding Modes, depending on the model.

 

The choice allows the rider to select a mode with several critical performance parameters adjusted to suit the prevailing road and weather conditions. A selection can be made quickly and simply, even when in motion. Each Riding Mode changes the engine map, the levels of ABS and the Traction Control, and, if fitted, the damping set-up of the TSAS system.

 

FIVE RIDING MODES
ROAD RAIN OFF-ROAD SPORT RIDER CONFIGURABLE
Maximises comfort and riding pleasure, particularly over long distances. The ABS and Traction Control settings ensure great stability and safe braking on paved surfaces. The engine map is set to make the most of the smooth delivery of power over asphalt or similar surfaces. The TSAS (if fitted) will provide the optimal setting for road use, with the RSU instantly reacting to bumps.

 

Specifically conceived for use over wet and slippery surfaces. The engine map reduces power and provides a gradual response to make the bike more manageable in wet conditions. The Traction Control setting minimises rear wheel slip for enhanced control, while the Road setting of the ABS prevents lock-up, avoiding uncontrolled skids. The TSAS (if fitted) features a soft set-up to improve grip. Designed to ensure riding fun on unpaved roads. The linear throttle response, the restrained control intervention of the Traction Control setting and the ABS being disengaged at the rear when the footbrake pedal is operated. The TSAS system has been specifically calibrated for this mode, optimising the damping response for enhanced control in off-road conditions. Exploits the full potential of the Tiger Explorer’s triple engine by providing a more direct throttle response. The setting of the ABS ensures excellent braking performance on paved surfaces, while the dedicated Sport setting of the traction control reduces the rear wheel lift control, compared to the road setting, for more dynamic rides. The TSAS system provides a firm damping to take on even the most twisting roads. The perfect setting for more experienced riders as it can be fully customised and remembers the rider’s preferred settings, even when ABS and traction control, are switched off. For security and safety reasons, the Riding Mode will default to the Road mode when the ignition is next turned on, if Riding Mode was active the last time it was switched off with ABS and/or traction control set to ‘off’ or Off-road mode. The rider simply has to select Riding Mode to immediately access their saved setting before starting their journey.
Available on all Tiger Explorer models Available on all Tiger Explorer models Available on Tiger Explorer XRX/ XCx, XRT/XCA Available on Tiger Explorer XRT/XCA Available on Tiger Explorer XRT/XCA

 

STYLING THAT SERVES A PURPOSE

 

Without losing any of the crisp lines or technically crafted details that have defined the distinctive, tough, assertive styling of the Tiger Explorer since it first appeared in 2011, the new Tiger Explorer family takes that class-defining standard higher by bringing in a heightened level of contemporary beauty and proportioned muscularity.

 

Distinctive cut-out features, new-look tank panels and radiator cowls sharpen the lines. The headlight is neatly surrounded by aesthetically refined cockpit panels that frame the new electrically adjustable screen – a first-in-class feature – on all but the top-of-the-range Tiger Explorer XRT and Tiger Explorer XCA, which have electrically adjustable touring screen as standard equipment.  The cockpit panels also integrate the upper front mudguard into the overall design, helping create a fresh, modern, athletic look to the bikes.

 

The overall look is further enhanced by wet painted engine covers, contrasted by black engine cases.

 

Yet the styling of the new family is far more than cosmetic. It has been conceived to help add to the performance of the bike and the comfort of the rider. For example, the cockpit panels improve the aerodynamic performance, helping with fuel efficiency and making the rider and passenger more comfortable – as does the electrically adjustable screen. The ducting that plays a part in the fuel tank panels and radiator cowls direct hot air away from the rider, again adding to their comfort. And the seating and foot peg positions allow for maximum rider comfort, whether sitting down putting in the miles, or standing up taking off-road in their stride.

 

FEATURES AND ACCESSORIES THAT ADD TO THE ADVENTURE

 

All of the models in the family can be fitted with aluminium rails – standard on the top-of-the-range Tiger Explorer XRT and Tiger Explorer XCA, that take the dedicated Expedition panniers, and everything a rider could want for the adventure ahead.

 

LAUNCH TIMINGS

 

The new Tiger Explorer family will be available in Triumph dealerships from April 2016.

 

SPECIFICATIONS

Tiger Explorer XR Tiger Explorer XRX Tiger Explorer XRT Tiger Explorer XC Tiger Explorer XCX Tiger Explorer XCA
POWER 139PS @ 9,300rpm 139PS @ 9,300rpm 139PS @ 9,300rpm 139PS @ 9,300rpm 139PS @ 9,300rpm 139PS @ 9,300rpm
TORQUE 123Nm @ 6,200rpm 123Nm @ 6,200rpm 123Nm @ 6,200rpm 123Nm @ 6,200rpm 123Nm @ 6,200rpm 123Nm @ 6,200rpm
ENGINE TYPE Liquid-cooled, in-line, 3 cylinder Liquid-cooled, in-line, 3 cylinder Liquid-cooled, in-line, 3 cylinder Liquid-cooled, in-line, 3 cylinder Liquid-cooled, in-line, 3 cylinder Liquid-cooled, in-line, 3 cylinder
ENGINE SIZE 1,215cc 1,215cc 1,215cc 1,215cc 1,215cc 1,215cc
SEAT HEIGHT 837/857mm 837/857mm

(805 – 785 mm low seat version)

837/857mm 837/857mm 837/857mm

(805 – 785 mm low seat version)

837/857mm
FRONT SUSPENSION 48mm, WP USD fork, adjustable rebound and compression damping 48mm, WP USD fork, electrically adjustable in rebound and compression damping 48mm, WP USD fork, electrically adjustable in rebound and compression damping 48mm, WP USD fork, adjustable rebound and compression damping 48mm, WP USD fork, electrically adjustable in rebound and compression damping 48mm, WP USD fork, electrically adjustable in rebound and compression damping
REAR SUSPENSION WP monoshock, adjustable in pre-load and rebound damping. Cast aluminium single sided swingarm Semi-active WP monoshock with automatic preload adjustment.

Cast aluminium single sided swingarm

Semi-active WP monoshock with automatic preload adjustment.

Cast aluminium single sided swingarm

WP monoshock, adjustable in pre-load and rebound damping. Cast aluminium single sided swingarm Semi-active WP monoshock with automatic preload adjustment.

Cast aluminium single sided swingarm

Semi-active WP monoshock with automatic preload adjustment.

Cast aluminium single sided swingarm

FRONT BRAKES Dual 305mm discs, Brembo Monobloc 4-piston radial calipers Dual 305mm discs, Brembo Monobloc 4-piston radial calipers Dual 305mm discs, Brembo Monobloc 4-piston radial calipers Dual 305mm discs, Brembo Monobloc 4-piston radial calipers Dual 305mm discs, Brembo Monobloc 4-piston radial calipers Dual 305mm discs, Brembo Monobloc 4-piston radial calipers
REAR BRAKES Single 282mm disc, Nissin 2-piston sliding caliper Single 282mm disc, Nissin 2-piston sliding caliper Single 282mm disc, Nissin 2-piston sliding caliper Single 282mm disc, Nissin 2-piston sliding caliper Single 282mm disc, Nissin 2-piston sliding caliper Single 282mm disc, Nissin 2-piston sliding caliper
TANK CAPACITY 20L 20L 20L 20L 20L 20L
DRY WEIGHT 244kg 246kg (244kg Low seat version) 254kg 246 kg 253kg (251kg Low seat version) 258kg
COLOURS Jet Black

Crystal White

Phantom Black

Jet Black

Crystal White

Lucerne Blue

Crystal White

Lucerne Blue

Cranberry Red

Jet Black

Crystal White

Phantom Black

Jet Black

Crystal White

Lucerne Blue

Crystal White

Lucerne Blue

Matt Khaki Green

STANDARD EQUIPMENT ·  ABS and Traction Control

·  ‘Road’ and ‘Rain’ Riding Modes

·  Electrically adjustable screen

·  Centre stand

·  Immobiliser

·  12V power socket

·  USB power socket

·  On-board computer

Cast wheels

Additional to the XR:

·     Cornering optimised ABS and Traction Control

·     ‘Off-road’ Riding Mode

·     Cruise Control

·     Inertial Measurement Unit

·     Triumph Semi Active Suspension

·     Self-cancelling LED Indicators

·     Hand guards

·     Additional 12v power socket

·     Heated grips

Advanced on-board computer

Additional to XRX:

·  ‘Sport’ and ‘Rider’ adjustable Riding Modes

·  Hill Hold control

·  Electrically adjustable Touring screen

·  Tyre Pressure Monitoring System

·  Pannier rails for aluminium panniers

·  Heated rider and passenger seat

Engine protection bars

·  ABS and Traction Control

·  ‘Road’ and ‘Rain’ Riding Modes

·  Electrically adjustable screen

·  Centre stand

·  Immobiliser

·  12V power socket

·  USB power socket

·  On-board computer

·  Sump guard

Spoke wheels for tubeless tyres

Additional to the XC:

·     Cornering optimised ABS and Traction Control

·     ‘Off-road’ Riding Modes

·     Cruise Control

·     Inertial Measurement Unit

·     Triumph Semi Active Suspension

·     Self-cancelling LED Indicators

·     Hand guards

·     Additional 12v power socket

·     Heated grips

·     Advanced on-board computer

·     Aluminium sump guard

·     Stainless radiator guard

·     Engine protection bars

Additional to XCX:

·  ‘Sport’ and ‘Rider’ adjustable Riding Modes

·  Hill Hold control

·  Electrically adjustable Touring screen

·  Tyre Pressure Monitoring System

·  Pannier rails for aluminium panniers

·  Heated rider and passenger seat

·  Engine protection bars

·  CNC machined footrests

LED auxiliary fog lights

Low versions of Tiger Explorer XRX and Tiger Explorer XCX do not have the centre stand · · · · ·

 

On The Road pricing for the new Explorer family is as follows:

 

XR           – £11,800*

XC           – £12,200*

XRx        – £13,400* (low seat option available)

XCx        – £14,200* (low seat option available)

XRt         – £15,000

XCa        – £15,800

 

*Colour charge applies for twin colour options.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCOOP: Six new models form new Triumph Tiger Explorer family – specs here first

Tony Carter

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