2024 Triumph Tiger 1200 GT Explorer and Rally Explorer – First Look

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung

Pro models are unchanged for the US for 2024

Triumph announced updates to its Tiger 1200 line, introducing minor updates that further refine the brand’s largest adventure models. The 2024 Tiger 1200 line will again be offered in four variants: the GT Pro, GT Explorer, Rally Pro, and Rally Explorer, with them all getting the same updates in most of the world.

Unfortunately, that’s not true for North America. Bear with me as this may get a bit confusing:

For the U.S., the Tiger 1200 GT Explorer and Rally Explorer are getting the updates, but the 2024 GT Pro and Rally Pro are returning unchanged from 2023. For Canada, the opposite is true, with the Pro models getting updates and the Explorer variants unchanged. Why? We aren’t quite sure, but Triumph tells us it is looking into getting the updated Rally Pro and GT Pro in the U.S. for the 2025 model year.

The Explorer models come with a few added accessories over the Pro models and a larger 7.9-gallon fuel tank (the Pro models make due with a 5.3-gallon tank). The GT Explorer is more street-focused, with cast wheels (including an 19-inch front wheel) and 7.8 inches of suspension travel and an aluminum skid plate, while the Rally Explorer is the more off-road savvy version, with wire-spoked wheels (including a 21-incher up front), 8.7 inches of suspension travel, and a beefier aluminum sump guard. The GT models also have a higher footpeg position to provide a bit more cornering ground clearance.

The engine is still a 1,160cc Triple, but the updated models receive a new crankshaft, alternator rotor, and balancer to increase engine inertia. The goal for these changes was to produce a smoother-running engine with more precise torque delivery at lower revs. Triumph says the increased smoothness is most noticeable when accelerating or decelerating, and especially at low speeds. Triumph claims an output of 148 hp at 9,000 rpm and 93 lb-ft. at 7,000 rpm. The clutch has also been updated to provide a smoother engagement when switching into first gear. Triumph also added a longer clutch lever, giving riders more finger space and improving comfort on longer trips.

Improving rider comfort was also the goal for the new seat design, which has a flatter profile to give the rider more space. For the updated GT models, the seat is adjustable between 33.4 and 34.2 inches while the Rally models are taller, with a range of 34.4 to 35.2 inches. If those seat heights seem daunting, you’ll be glad to know the Tiger models will come standard with Active Preload Reduction which lowers the seat height by 0.78 inches at the press of a button when coming to a stop. An accessory lower seat provides a further 0.78 inch reduction in height.

The electronic systems return unchanged from 2023, with a semi-active Showa suspension, six-axis IMU, cruise control, cornering ABS, cornering traction control, and blind spot detection provided by a rear-facing radar unit. The GT Explorer comes with five ride modes, while the Rally Explorer offers six. Heated grips and a tire pressure monitoring system also come standard on the Explorer models.

The 2024 Triumph Tiger 1200 GT Explorer is priced at $23,795 in Sardonia White, $23,995 for Sapphire Black, and $24,120 for Carnival Red. The 2024 Tiger 1200 Rally Explorer starts at $24,895 for Jet Black, with the Matte Khaki Green and Matt Sandstorm colors priced at $25,220. Expect them to arrive in dealerships in April.

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Dennis Chung
Dennis Chung

Dennis has been a part of the Motorcycle.com team since 2008, and through his tenure, has developed a firm grasp of industry trends, and a solid sense of what's to come. A bloodhound when it comes to tracking information on new motorcycles, if there's a new model on the horizon, you'll probably hear about it from him first.

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  • Marty Marty on Feb 15, 2024

    Best adventure bike of all currently?

  • Mad4TheCrest Mad4TheCrest on Feb 15, 2024

    Ah, c'mon Triumph. Don't mess around with your fans by disenfranchising certain markets from upgrades the rest of the works gets. That's Honda behavior, not you.

    • Dennis Chung Dennis Chung on Feb 16, 2024

      I spoke with a Canadian representative of Triumph North America today and he tells me the decision came down to the demand for either Pro or Explorer versions, and current supply levels in dealerships. Americans had stronger demand for the Explorer and its larger fuel tank, which is why those variants were prioritized. In Canada, it was the opposite, with the less expensive Pros having more demand.