Triumph Tiger Explorer XC Breaks Cover

09/01/2012 @ 3:02 am, by Jensen Beeler18 COMMENTS

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.

Source: Triumph

  • john

    please, for god’s sake… cover it back up!

  • dream bikes

    See photo compilation…

  • Paul McM

    What’s next… an “Adventure” Softtail Fatboy from Harley. The world really doesn’t need another high COG, 600+ lb “adventure” bike that most owners can’t pick up if they dropped it in their driveway. Why can’t someone simply build something like a DRZ400 with a wide, properly shaped “all-day” seat, a 5.5-gallon gas tank, and dual HIDs. Is that so difficult? These adventure bikes have become the stuff of ridicule. I see them ridden by balding execs compensating for their declining testosterone counts.

  • MikeD

    Meh ? This is basically a more powerfull and more electronics loaded SuperTenere. This should have been the regular version from the begining…and the first one with cast wheels should had come with a 17″ front hoop and no silly stereotypical Beak.
    Can’t wait for something else other than Dual Sports and Sport Bikes…some Roadster with a hot rodded 1215cc Triple would be nice…something along the lines of the old BMW K1200R ?

  • What’s the weight?

  • It would be nice if someone built a hybrid motorcycle for adventure riding, a small V-twin high torque motor, sub 500 cc putting out maybe 70 hp with an electric motor partner with an additional 35 hp, that would give you something equivalent to 100 mpg, and weigh under 350 lbs.

  • Gutterslob

    Motorcycling seriously needs some sort of new catalytic converter/muffler technology. It’s always the stock exhaust that ruins the look (and adds a ton of weight in the process). Can’t recall when it was exactly, but I’m guessing it was sometime between 2004 – 2006 where some new emmission reg made the pipes obese beyond belief.

  • kevin

    It seems manufacturers and for that matter many riders think they need a bike like this (or the BMW’s etc) to ride trails. Most adventure riders are not riding through Patagonia (though that may be the dream) and that’s what these high end, large and heavy adventure bikes are best for.

    For a day or two of riding trails, a nice light enduro will do quite well.

  • Richard Gozinya

    If I understand things, the beak is supposed to resemble a sort of high fender. Yet this thing has a beak, and a fender. At least the MTS’s hideous beak-like thing serves a function. This, this is just stupid. Then again, this whole segment is stupid. The only one that actually looks good is the Stelvio, and that’s due mainly to that purdy Guzzi engine, and the lack of a beak.

  • Richard Gozinya

    @ Gutterslob

    I think it has more to do with European and Asian noise regulations than anything else.

  • Gutterslob

    ^ Yes, It could’ve been noise regs as well. Sorry I left that out. But whatever the regs, we’ll be needing some sort of saviour newfangled tech if we’re to avoid having howitzer sized pipes in a few years. Ether that or electrics with a deck of cards.

  • Damo

    So Triumph finally makes a bike in Proper British Racing Green…..and it’s their adventure bike? Odd.

    Can I get that color on a Street Triple please?

    You guys are right for the most part though. I never see the big displacement adventure actually going off roading, that being said they do make excellent touring bikes and are comfortable/powerful for long trips.

    Anyone serious about real adventure biking should quite bullshitting and just buy a KTM Adventure 690 or a KLX650 and have done with it.

  • MikeD

    I knew that front end reminded me of someone, THIS GUY:

  • Sixty7

    Still to heavy……..can’t triumph make a lighter version……I tested the road version it’s a bloody barge….and handles like one as well……get a grip triumph the last thing u need after a few hours in the seat is a lead weight…..

  • paulus

    as a tourer… it will be awesome. Comfortable and practical.
    You CAN also go offroad if you want or necessary.

    It is a market segment… and Triumph now has an offering for it.

  • Sixty7

    Triumph is going after the GS, KTM ADV,Yamaha Super T and the Triumph is heavier……259kg……..I know where my money isn’t going…..

  • Jonathan

    @ paulus: I know a few “adventure bike” owners. Their bikes never leave the tarmac. To be honest they only rarely leave the garage. I guess that any road with a handful of gravel on it counts as “offroad” to some people.

    It’s a styling exercise to appeal to the same people who buy a mahoosive 4WD to take the kids to school. The Triumph looks better than most IMO (and is the proper colour!), but Sweet Baby Jesus, any modern bike that weighs more than a quarter of a tonne should be sent back to the factory with a note saying “Must try harder.”

  • MikeD

    Jonathan says:

    “Any modern bike that weighs more than a quarter of a tonne should be sent back to the factory with a note saying “Must try harder.”

    ROTFLMAO. Good one, Dude.