If last year’s debut of the Triumph Tiger Explorer left you wanting a more off-road capable machine, then the British brand hopes that its now unveiled Triumph Tiger Explorer XC will suit your tastes. Featuring the same 135 hp / 89 lbs•ft 1215cc three cylinder motor as the Tiger Explorer, the Tiger Explorer XC primarily differentiates itself with its tubeless steel spoked wheels (19″ front, 17″ rear), and off-road accessories (hand guards, fog lights, engine crash bars, and an aluminum belly pan).
Like its on-road counterpart, the 2013 Triumph Tiger Explorer XC also features a ride-by-wire throttle, traction control, cruise control, switchable anti-locking brakes (ABS) , and shaft-driven final drive. Expected to be in dealers by April 2013, Triumph has also tacked on a two-year unlimited mileage warranty, while service intervals are said to be every 10,000 miles. You can get the Triumph Explorer XC in any color you want, as long as it’s Khaki Green.
The announcement of the Tiger Explorer XC brings some symmetry to Triumph’s adventure touring line, as it mimics how the Triumph Tiger 800 XC compliments the more street-oriented Triumph Tiger 800. However, what is interesting here with the Tiger Explorer XC is how similar its specs are to the Tiger Explorer.
Hardcore adventure-touring fans will probably be disappointed in the 19″ front wheel choice by Triumph, while the rest of the differences seemingly come from the aftermarket parts bin.
Another issue will be the 10,000 mile service interval, which is even less than the mechanic-friendly Ducati Multistrada 1200, though the two-year unlimited mileage warranty makes up for things to some degree.
We will have to see when Triumph officially debuts the Tiger Explorer XC at INTERMOT what other details emerge about the bike, but we suspect pricing will be the biggest factor.
We’d expect to see the Triumph Tiger Explorer XC list for around $16,000 (the Triumph Tiger Explorer sells for $15,699 MSRP here in the US), which would make it a very tempting offer from the British brand, though time will tell on that one.