When the Triumph Tiger 800 came out, speculation immediately set forth on when the British brand would build a “full-size” adventure bike. Then the 2012 Triumph Tiger Explorer broke cover ahead of the 2011 EICMA show, and officially added a 1,200cc three-cylinder adventure-tourer to Triumph’s motorcycle line-up. Along with a plethora of other motorcycles, the Triumph Tiger Explorer hopes to take on the BMW R1200GS, the undisputed king of ADV riding.
Since the Tiger 800 gained favorable reviews and traction in the marketplace, the Tiger Explorer was expected to also be a market favorite for 2012…that is of course if Triumph could price the big-displacement Tiger competitively against the Ducatis, BMWs, and KTMs in the US market. Getting a $15,699 MSRP price tag, that element of our question has been answered, and sets the Triumph Tiger Explorer as the cheaper alternative in the premium-adventure market.
With the Ducati Multistrada 1200 priced at $16,995 and the BMW R1200GS starting at $16,150, the Triumph Tiger Explorer is $500-$1,300 cheaper than its biggest two competitors, though it remains $1,600 more expensive than the seemingly unchanging KTM 990 Adventure.
With the Triumph Tiger 800 priced at $10,999, Triumph has setup a nice price-point differentiation between the two models in its house across the pond. So far there is not much to dislike about the Triumph Tiger Explorer, though we’ll refrain from passing too much judgment until we have had a chance to ride one, and see how the adventure bike from Britain differentiates itself in this competitive market segment.