Author: Bike Social Reporter Posted: 14 Oct 2015
Massive update and reshuffled range for Triumph’s biggest trailie
Triumph is on the verge of revealing its significantly rejuvenated Tiger Explorer line-up and these spy pictures are the first to show the new XRT variant in completely finished form.
The new Explorer range will be extended and reworked to reflect the Tiger 800 line up. That means the existing models – the road-oriented Explorer and wire-wheeled Explorer XC – will be replaced by around six separate variants.
In the new line-up, the alloy-wheeled versions purely intended for on-road use will all go under the ‘XR’ name, with a final letter added to define additional variants. In the Tiger 800 range, the three road-biased offerings are the base XR, the higher-spec XRx and the top-of-the-line XRT. The bike you see here is the ‘XRT’ version of the next-gen Explorer, suggesting it will be the top-of-the-range offering.
What’s new? The styling, for a start. There’s a new nose design and ‘beak’ plus reshaped side-panels and a new seat. The exhaust is also new, and bucks recent trends by featuring a smaller silencer than the outgoing version. The screen is bigger – perhaps because the XRT is the most touring-oriented model – and will be electrically-adjustable.
Elsewhere, the front mudguard is new, as are the wheels and mirrors, while the brakes get a huge upgrade from wimpy-looking Nissins to massive radial-mount Brembos.
But the styling is just the start, as the new Explorer will also get plenty of extra technology. Most notable on this high-spec model is the WP electronic semi-active suspension, similar to that used by KTM on its 1290 Super Adventure. There will also be multi-mode traction control and ABS, possibly including a stability control system allowing both the brakes and TC to work while the bike is leant over.
The engine is still the familiar 1215cc triple, making around 135bhp, but will gain several riding modes to tweak the power delivery and match the improved traction control.
Given the fact the bike in these pictures is completely finished, right down to the badges and final paintwork, we’re expecting an official announcement and full specifications to be revealed in the very near future.