Author: Bike Social Reporter Posted: 14 Oct 2015
We've seen the next-gen Triumph Tiger Explorer in spy pictures before but this is the first glimpse we’ve had of the wire-wheeled XC model that’s intended to have more serious off-road ability.
Just as the Tiger 800 range was recently revamped to include six separate machines, the existing Tiger Explorer and Tiger Explorer XC will be replaced next year by a range of models, with road-biased versions using the ‘XR’ tag while the more adventurous models take on the ‘XC’ branding.
Although the badge on this bike is covered, it’s possible to see that it reads ‘Explorer XC’ followed by another, small letter. That means it’s either the mid-range XCx model or the range-topping XC Adventure. While the base XC is expected to retain conventional suspension, the one you see here has WP’s semi-active system – one of the big technical updates for the new bike.
There’s also a set of radial-mount Brembo brakes, and this high-end model gets auxiliary lights, an alloy sump guard, crash bars and aluminium luggage.
As with all next year’s Explorers, the styling is new, with a sharper design around the front and a new electrically-adjustable screen. The exhaust is also new, as is the height-adjustable seat. There will also be a serious upgrade in terms of electronics, with multiple riding modes linked to improved ABS and traction control systems.
The bikes launch is believed to be imminent, probably within weeks. We’ll bring you the final specifications and specific details of all the updates as soon as we have them.