Triumph Tiger Explorer Gets $15,699 MSRP Price Tag

01/13/2012 @ 5:16 pm, by Jensen Beeler19 COMMENTS

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.

Source: Triumph

  • MikeD

    That’s HOT…and im not talking about the Motorcycle…although i have come to apreciate, even like these “2 Wheeled Hummers”.
    Wake me up when Triumph find the balls to slap that 1215cc Triple on something “Urban/Sport”(is it asking to much too for it to be less than $10K by then ?)…THEN i’ll look into trying to find a way to buy NEW (selling body/body parts most probably).

  • Jake Fox

    Triumph continues to dominate (or is that redundant?)

  • Shawn

    I used to think that the Japanese manufacturers corned the market on origami styling. Turns out I was wrong. Man, is that thing ugly.

    Whatever happened to classic, simple styling? Why does everything nowadays have to look like a clashing jumble of lines and angles? What do I think would be a good looking adventure bike? A Triumph Bonneville Scrambler with 9 inches of quality suspension travel front and rear.

  • Beary

    might be good looking…but try sitting on your Triump Bonneville Scrambler with 9 inches of quality suspension travel all day every day for two weeks, then you’ll trule feel why adventure touring bikes are designed this way.

    If it’s lighter than the 1200 GS with same or better power, then this could definitely make a hole in BMW’s sales.

  • RobG

    The 1215cc urban bike will likely happen.. .give it a year or two.

    I like the Explorer. I saw it at the show in Long Beach. BUT, I’m not spending that kind of money on a bike.. so for me I’ll either go with the Tiger 800XC, or something cheaper still. Besides, my DR650 is still my choice for offroad use.

  • Jake Fox

    My off-road riding experience consists of the occasional gravel patch on a poorly maintained road but it seems to me that for off-roading you would want a light and nimble bike that wouldn’t kill you if you dumped it or give you a hernia trying to pick it back up. What then is the advantage of this bike over lighter bikes that cost less?

  • jackie

    Don’t forget the Yamaha Tenere (spelling?), at 13,900.00.

    It slots in really well with them all.

  • jackie

    Jack Fox, I think the trade-off for the weight, is the distance these heavier bikes can carry you and your gear..and the key here is, in comfort.

    While I’m not of the mindset (yet), the people (that I talk to) that ride these things, dream of Ironbutts, and trips across states, if not continents; rain, snow, mud, whatever. they also seem to know these aren’t dirtbikes per se, they are off-road bikes. For those who think dirt, mud and gravel are an invitation and not an obstruction. For those who want to get away from it all…far away. Or at least dream of doing it.

    RobG, Check out North County Yamaha, online, down near San Diego. They have a KTM 990 Adventure with hardbags for about 13k +…not to mention Tiger 800XCs. I’m not affiliated with them at all, but if your looking, that a pretty good deal. I figured I’d point it out.

    MikeD, It’s sad isn’t it? I think the day of the 10k bike is slowly slipping away. I’d love to have this Triumph, but after taxs+tags+hardbags+etc we’re closing in on 20k.

    Shawn, I hear that. Watch the video Cycleworld did of the Jack Pine Triumph, I bet you’ll dig it.

  • Jared

    Since when is the GS the “undisputed” king of adv riding? That may be a comfortable touring bike but i’d rather have a KTM 990 adventure off road any day… what a joke. Just because they sell a ton of them doesn’t make them a better adventure bike.

    This new triumph is the same touring bike crap with little off road prowess. Again these fools make an “off road” bike with tubless tires…. geez

  • MikeD

    Hey Jared, would u mind telling us whats so great about tubed tires on these bikes ? Cause i for one hate tubes with a passion.

    Im missing something OBVIOUS here ?

  • How can you guys talk about adventure bikes in this size/category and not even mention the Yamaha Super Tenere at $14,500.00??

  • Beary

    well George, it’s cause the Tenere has already been mentioned.

    And yes, the GS1200 *is* the undisputed king of Adventure bikes. Just read any Adventure bike test, and it wins every one – at least every one I have ever read in magazines or online in recent years. It is an extremely well sorted adventure bike. That being said they weigh a ton… and when you get to *really* dodgy terrain they can be a liability cause of their sheer bulk. That’s why this triumph is quite appealing.

    I was a road + trackday rider for many years till I lost interest in the doing the same old blacktop sections and the same old tracks. Adventure riding is really fun, you don’t need a dirt background, and getting away from the traffic/cars/mom+pop touring campers has been for me, a real breath of fresh air on two wheels. I don’t think I could go back to a dedicated road bike again, modern adventure bikes / hybrids give you a lot more options on where you can go and what you can see.

    Seems to me though, that it’s for people ‘of a certain age’ – when simply going fast no longer does it for you, you look for more, and that’s where bikes like this very lovely looking Triumph comes in.

  • MikeD

    Beary says:
    Seems to me though, that it’s for people ‘of a certain age’ – when simply going fast no longer does it for you

    I think more less the same way… I see myself riding one of these not too far from now… going fast (100mph +) was fun but watching the result of speed gone wrong have “changed” me “a bit” … now i care a bit more for myself. LOL.

  • MikeD

    P.S: Not to mention they look comfy like a reclining LazyBoy… if anything besides weight issues more utilitarian than ur garden variety sport/semi or naked street bike.

  • Beary
    I have no problem if you talk about these adventure bikes and don’t mention Yamaha, I just have a problem and I think you doing a disservice to readers when you say:
    “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”

    Premium???? are you saying the Tenere is not in this class? if you say it’s not in this class, okay it’s your opinion but if you say it’s in the class and it’s been mentioned elsewhere (not in this article) then don’t say the Tiger Explorer is the cheaper……..

    I own a Tenere and will probably like the Explorer too, I think they are all in the same class.
    Go read the latest “Cycle World” and see what they say about the Tenere, KTM and GS

  • Jared

    Mike D…. You can patch tubless tires out on the trails but I wouldn’t rely on that ability. I can carry tubes (many if needed) and keep replacing as needed. The bigger issue really is the size of the front tires and the ground clearance afforded by these so called adventure bikes. All of these adventure bikes except one has a less then 21″ front tire. Anyone with real off road riding experience will tell you the larger front makes for a more capable bike.

    To be certain, i’m not like most adventure riders. I prefer to be off road 90%+ of the time and enjoy large obstacles. This is why I drive a KTM 990R.

    As for those ride reports the BMW keep winning… Most of their riding is done on pavement and well graded dirt roads. If that is your idea of adventure, then a BMW or similar bike will be just perfect for you. My KTM is nowhere near as comfortable on the highway, but it manages fairly well. My adventures would rip the cylinder heads off the sides of a bmw… lol

  • mxs

    How do you run tubeless tire and spoke wheel? You don’t, not without some time consuming fiddling around. You do want to be on a spoke wheel when going off-road, right? If you don’t feel free to bent your tubeless fancy rim on the first larger bump ….

  • MikeD


    YAMAHA, BMW and HONDA(BMW’s way knock off) seem to be doing it just fine…WITH SPOKES…tubeless…(^_^)

    And as far as cast wheels…sorry, it’s not made out of wax…they can take a beating too.

    If ur hell bent in off roadin to hell and back one of these Pigs(i like’em but it is what it is) i can see the whole point of 21″ tubed spoked fronts and maybe a 18″-19″ tubed spoked rear…otherwise…is just totally pointless and UN-practical on THE REAL WORLD(everyday riding and weekend getaway on some fire roads).

    Jared seems to have his priorities very clear.

  • Shaitan

    Saw it in person at the International Moto Show and MUCH preferred the look and size of the Tiger 800. BMW still gets better marks for styling of ADV bikes, but the Triumph’s and that kick ass engine call to me.