2012 Triumph Tiger Explorer Out Of Its Den–Beware BMW R1200GS

Dual sport motorcycles are one of a kind and so are their lovers. Not many people buy such bikes but who do, definitely enjoy cruising over them. One of the most popular bike of this segment is the BMW R1200GS but recently Triumph has launched the 2012 iteration of another popular contender, the Tiger Explorer.

Talking about the bike the company says, ” It sports a high specification that will see it set a new benchmark in the adventure touring class.” High specification has been used to describe the bike because it sports an all new 1215 CC three cylinder engine that is claimed to produce 135 BHP of max power and 89 ft. lbs. of peak torque.


Flaunting the 2012 Tiger Explorer Triumph says, “The strong tubular steel trellis frame bears a strong visual resemblance to other models in the Triumph family, while the single-sided rear swingarm showcases the 17″ 10-spoke rear wheel. Adjustable 46mm front forks allow the rider to tailor the Tiger Explorer to their individual needs and riding conditions, with the long-travel suspension and 19″ front wheel giving the Tiger Explorer the capability to cope with unpaved roads.”

Obviously one cannot step out without top notch safety features considering how powerful the bike is, so Triumph offers cruise control, switchable traction control system, and switchable ABS. The comfort features do no end here as the Tiger Explorer comes with adjustable screen and handlebars and a height adjustable seat(from 33.7 to 31.6 inches). Instrumentation features include ambient air temperature with ice warning, optional tire pressure monitoring system etc.

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List of accessories on the motorcycle include a two box pannier system which has a capacity of 60 litres and a top-box having 35 litres of capacity which is enough to keep a full face helmet. The electronic accessories are class leading and therefore Tiger Explorer comes with a 950 W generator. The same is used for heating rider and pillion seats, heating grips, fog lights etc.

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2012 Triumph Tiger Explorer Technical Specifications


  • Type: Liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, in-line 3-cylinder
  • Capacity: 1215cc
  • Bore/Stroke: 85 x 71.4mm
  • Fuel System: Ride by wire, fuel injection
  • Exhaust: Stainless steel 3 into 1, side mounted stainless steel silencer
  • Final Drive: Shaft
  • Clutch: Wet, multi-plate
  • Gearbox: 6-speed
  • Oil Capacity: 4.0 litres (1.1 US gals)


  • Frame: Tubular steel trellis frame
  • Swingarm: Single-sided, cast aluminium alloy with shaft drive


  • Front: Cast aluminum alloy 10-spoke 19 x 2.5in / 110/80 R19
  • Rear: Cast aluminum alloy 10-spoke 17 x 4.0in / 150/70 R15


  • Front: Kayaba 46mm upside down forks, 190mm travel
  • Rear: Kayaba monoshock with remote oil reservoir, hydraulically adjustable preload, rebound damping adjustment, 194mm rear wheel travel


  • Twin 305mm floating discs, Nissin 4-piston calipers, Switchable ABS
  • Rear: Single 282mm disc, Nissin 2-piston sliding caliper, Switchable ABS
  • Front Brake Master Cylinder: Nissin master cylinder, 16mm diameter


  • LCD multi-functional instrument pack with digital speedometer
  • Analogue tachometer
  • Gear position indicator
  • Fuel gauge
  • Range to empty indication
  • Service indicator
  • Clock
  • Ambient air temperature indication
  • Frost warning
  • Hazard warning lights
  • Trip computer
  • Scroll button on handlebars
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system indication


  • Length: 2110mm (83.0in)
  • Width: 840mm (33.0in)
  • Height without mirrors: 1320mm (51.9in)
  • Seat Height: 835mm (32.8in)
  • Wheelbase: 1510mm (59.4in)
  • Rake/Trail: 23.2°/87.7mm
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 20 liters (5.3 US gals)
  • Wet Weight (ready to ride): 245kg (539lbs)

2012 Triumph Tiger Explorer Performance:

  • Maximum Power: 135bhp @ 9300rpm
  • Maximum Torque: 89ft.lbs @ 7850rpm

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Color Options

  • Sapphire Blue
  • Graphite
  • Phantom Black

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2012 Triumph Tiger Explorer Price

The bike has been priced at US $15,699. Sign up for our free email newsletter for latest updates.

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