Triumph has announced the debut of the “XC” version of its big-bore Tiger Explorer adventure tour machine for 2013, with various upgrades intended to appeal to the more adventurous consumer. Based on the styling cues of the company’s successful Tiger 800 XC model, the Explorer XC looks to continue Triumph’s momentum as it seeks to grab a greater market share of this increasingly popular motorcycling sector.
The Tiger Explorer XC features...
The Tiger Explorer XC features spoked wheels (19-inch front, 17-inch rear), fog lights, engine/bellypan guards, and other enhancements aimed at the more adventurous tourer.
Biggest change with the Explorer XC is the fitment of new spoked wheels utilizing steel spokes and an aluminum rim. Maintaining the 19-inch front and 17-inch rear diameters of the stock wheels, the new spoked wheels offer the added benefit of tubeless tire construction. Changing a tubed flat tire requires the proper tools and experienced hands to keep from pinching the new tube, and the tougher construction of tubeless tires provides a much more durable and hassle-free ride on those long-haul adventures where mechanical help may be a good distance away.
Other features intended to increase comfort and confidence during those distant tours include high impact Adventure Hand Guards that offer warmth and protection to hands and controls. High-performance 55w Dual Fog Lights deliver increased visibility for those after-sunset rides, and tough 22mm steel tube engine bars and a heavy-gauge, aluminum belly-pan combine to offer maximum protection for those daring enough to venture beyond the paved path. For those wishing to further customize their XC, a range of 54 additional Genuine Triumph Accessories offers even more options.
Available in khaki green, the Triumph Explorer XC is slated to be available at Triumph dealerships in April 2013.
Powered by an all-new three-cylinder 1215cc engine with a claimed 135 horsepower and 89 ft/lbs of torque all transmitted through maintenance-free shaft drive, the Tiger Explorer features a ride-by-wire throttle, two-level traction control, cruise control, and switchable ABS all standard. Backed up by 10,000-mile service intervals and a standard unlimited mileage/two-year warranty, Triumph is taking aim squarely at the market leader BMW R1200GS. For more information, log onto the Triumph Tiger Explorer website.