2015 EICMA: Triumph Tiger Explorer

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung

Triumph has diversified its 1215cc Tiger Explorer lineup, following the pattern established by its smaller Tiger 800 siblings announced at EICMA last year. Like the 800s, the Tiger Explorer will be available in six trim levels, each offering a different balance between adventure and touring.

The adventure ready Tiger Explorer XC will return and the more street-biased Tiger Explorer gets the XR designation as the line’s two base models. The XC will be joined by the XCx and the top-tier XCa while the XR will be joined by the XRx and the even more premium XRt. All six models are powered by the same 1215cc Triple delivering power through a shaft drive. Also standard across the line are a torque-assisted clutch and a new exhaust design.

The base XC and XR models come standard with switchable ABS and traction control. The four upgraded variants receive cornering ABS and traction control thanks to a new Inertial Measurement Unit that moderates both systems based on speed and lean angle information relayed by sensors.

The upgraded models also receive semi-active suspension from WP, hill hold control and a choice of five power modes (four preset modes and a custom mode).

The 2016 Tiger Explorers all receive a cosmetic tweak for a more muscular look while improving the distribution of heat and air currents. All six models also receive a new electronically-adjustable windscreen.

Oddly, Triumph hasn’t provided much detail on what differentiates the XCx from the XCa or the XRx from the XRt. We expect more specifics at a later date, as well as North American pricing and availability.

Follow the rest of our 2015 EICMA Show coverage for more information on new 2016 motorcycle announcements.

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.

More by Dennis Chung

Join the conversation
 1 comment