Tiger Explorer

My Tiger Explorer 1200 (TEX)

The Explorer 1200 was launched by Triumph in 2012 as a direct competitor to the class leading adventure bike; BMW's R1200 GS. Using this benchmark has elevated the Tiger to a whole new level and sophistication. This model is powered by a new 1215cc inline triple engine with a shaft driven rear wheel providing 135bhp, and is loaded with a host of new equipment including; cruise control, anti-lock braking, traction control, ride-by-wire throttle, 950 watt alternator, hydraulic clutch, self-cancelling indicators, gear indicator, adjustable screen, and adjustable seat height. It's worth noting that service intervals are now extended to every 10,000 miles.

I've added the Triumph optional panniers, spoked wheels, heated grips, hand guards, engine protection bars, along with a Beowolf radiator guard and a Holan Headlamp protector. I prefer the Givi 52L Trekker top box which I think is more useful and better looking than the Triumph box. I've also remounted my existing Zumo550 satnav on Triumph's purpose made bracket. Triumph offer an extensive range of optional extras for riders to customise their bikes including tyre electronic pressure monitors and heated seats.

TEX with 3 box luggage (Triumph panniers and a Givi 52 litre Trekker top box)

I've now owned this bike for a year and completed over 10,000 miles, many of which have been two-up with full luggage. I've toured the Alps, Scotland, and Wales as well as many local ride-outs and can honestly say the TEX is an ideal choice, reliable, and always impressive.

View Triumph's Tiger Explorer specification sheet HERE

Read Kevin Ash's Review of the Explorer HERE

More Tiger Explorer photos HERE

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