Officially breaking cover now, the 2012 Triumph Tiger Explorer continues the British company’s revamping of its adventure-tourer line. Featuring a 1200cc three-cylinder motor, the Tiger Explorer is the bigger brother of the popular mid-sized Tiger 800, which debuted last year after much build-up. Sans a few spy photos and some rumormill, Triumph has taken a decidedly different and more low-key approach in getting buyers excited about the new Tiger, though we think Triumph fans will like what they see.
Unsurprisingly Triumph is keeping most of the details on the Tiger Explorer still under wraps, likely wanting to wait until EICMA to release full the technical specifications, but we do know that the 2012 Triumph Tiger Explorer will be shaft-driven, have ride-by-wire throttle control, and come standard with switchable ABS & traction control. The chassis is made of steel, while the wheels are cast aluminum (19″ up front, 17″ in the back).
We really like what Triumph has done with the Tiger Explorer’s styling, keeping the larger adventure-tourer close enough to the Tiger 800’s aesthetic, while keeping them different enough to make each model unique. Of course, it helps that we’re suckers for a nice single-sided swingarm design, which adds to the premium look and feel that you expect from the British brand. No word yet on pricing or availability, so stay tuned as we get closer to EICMA.