Triumph Debuts Six New Tiger Explorer Models

11/18/2015 @ 9:24 pm, by Jensen Beeler13 COMMENTS


For 2016, Triumph is revamping its Tiger Explorer offering, and like with the Tiger 800, the big adventure-touring machine gets a bevy of different variations to cater to a wider variety of riders.

The lineup is a bit of an alphabet soup, so we’ll try and break it down for you. First up, there are two basic models: the Tiger Explorer XR & Tiger Explorer XC. The XR is Triumph’s on-road ADV bike, while the XC is geared to go off-road.

Within the Triumph Tiger XR on-road line, the base XR model is the cheapest and most basic model, and the line has two higher-spec machines: the XRx & XRt. Similarly, the the Triumph Tiger XC off-road line and the XC is base model. The higher-spec off-road models are the XCx and XCa.

We asked Triumph to clarify the differences between the four higher spec models, and the six models in general, but it seems that the OEM doesn’t have that answer at their fingertips. I have no words to respond to that with.

There’s no information on the company’s website, we’ll tell you just about everything that is in the company’s press release in this article, and it seems even other publications don’t seem to have an answer – this is a first for me, in my seven years of running Asphalt & Rubber.

Working with what we do know, all six models share the same 1,215cc three-cylinder engine, have a torque-assist clutch, and have a shaft-drive final drive.

All the bikes have WP Suspension, with the base models featuring standard fully adjustable suspension, while the four top models have WP’s semi-active suspension. Additionally, all the bikes have switchable ABS and traction control.

Where things start to differ is in the higher-spec components. As such, the XCx, XCa, XRx, and XRt have an inertia measurement unit (IMU) and feature the Bosch MSC stability control system, sometimes referred to as cornering ABS.

Lastly, we know that the Triumph Tiger XCx & Triumph Tiger XRx have low-seat height options.

We wish we had better information for you at this time, but unfortunately Triumph’s launch of the Tiger Explorer at EICMA, and earlier with the Triumph Speed Triple S & Speed Triple R came with surprisingly few hard technical details.

Hopefully Hinckley can sort themselves out, and get us the differences between the Tiger Explorer models and the technical sheet for the Speed Triple line. In the meantime, sit and look at the pretty pictures.

Photos of the Triumph Tiger XC Line:

















Photos of the Triumph Tiger XR Line:










Source: Triumph

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  • john

    Hahaha, alphabet soup indeed. Thanks for the laugh.

  • There aren’t much salient differences between the Tiger 800 XR / XRx and XC / XCx.

  • VForce

    If industry professionals are confused, can you imagine how the general consumer buying public will feel when they walk into a Triumph dealer showroom?

    You can see the customers confused look on their faces as they say “I will just take a brochure thanks” and walk back out.

  • Yup, and imagine being a dealer and having to stock all of these bikes. Looks like too many choices.

  • JustPlainBill0 .

    What’s the difference between BMW offering “packages” and Triumph offering “sub-models”? Walk into any auto dealership and you’ll be given similar choices in engine, drivetrain, trim, etc. And maybe you will have to special order what they don’t stock.

  • thumper702

    After having owned over two dozen motorcycles in my lifetime, my 2013 Explorer is the best “do everything” motorcycle I’ve owned. I’m looking forward to seeing the updates to these. The dashboard is obviously updated.

  • Nick

    The more X’s the better, right?

  • Justin

    With new models tumbling out of Ducati and BMW Triumph have got to be seen to be doing something, trying to fool folk that they have six new machines rather than half a dozen variants of the same thing appears to be about the total sum of their efforts. They need a little less marketing and a bit more engineering to get themselves back on track.

  • coreyvwc

    Turning just a few New models into many many “new models”.

    Seems that Triumph is taking a page right out of Harley’s playbook…

  • VForce

    Exactly. And don’t worry, because they won’t stock them. Everyone will be frustrated all around.

  • subzero24

    yeah, six new model they said

    bloody triumph

  • Singletrack

    Wait, I’m confused. (tongue in cheek, but serious at the same time). Does Triumph offer a Tiger that’s NOT an Explorer? Or, are all Tigers also Explorers? Or is Explorer a trim level, such as Ford’s Explorer Limited?

  • The 800cc models are just Tigers.