THE 2017 VERSION GETS MORE POWER AND FEATURES TO COMPETE AGAINST THE DUCATI MULTISTRADA 1200
The 2017 Triumph Tiger Explorer replaces the older version which was being sold in India since 2014 and was recently discontinued due to BS-IV norms coming into effect.
While the 2017 model comes in 8 variants in the international market which includes both the XC and XR variants, we get just the XCx for now. For 2017, the Tiger Explorer comes in XC and XR variants like its smaller sibling, the Tiger 800. While the XR variants focus on road use, the XC ones are more trail-happy. The instrument cluster is new though it misses out on the colour TFT display which the Multistrada 1200 comes with.
The Tiger Explorer gets cosmetic enhancements in the form of revised tank extensions and front headlight cowl. There is now an option of a lower 785mm seat height as opposed to the standard 857mm.
An all-new exhaust system has power and torque up by 2PS and 2Nm respectively, and the Euro 4-compliant three-cylinder motor now makes 139PS @ 9300rpm and 123Nm of torque @ 6200rpm. Power is transmitted via shaft drive to the rear wheel mounted on a single-sided swingarm. The clutch has a lighter actuation now.
The brakes have been updated to radially mounted Brembos while the Kayaba suspension has been replaced by White Power (WP). The front now has fully adjustable upside down forks with 190mm of wheel travel. The rear has a fully adjustable monoshock with 193mm of wheel travel. Braking includes dual 305mm discs radially clamped by 4-piston Brembo Monobloc callipers upfront while the rear gets a 282mm single disc with a 2-piston calliper. The system comes with switchable ABS.
The biggest update for the higher models sold abroad is to the rider aids. The new 5-axis IMU or Inertial Measurement Unit allows for cornering ABS to be used. It also brings in semi-active WP suspension which response differently in 3 of the 5 new rider modes, which include Road, Rain, Off-road, Sport and Custom. The XCx only gets two riding modes (Road and Rain), traction control and switchable ABS.
The Tiger Explorer is priced at Rs 18.75 (ex-showroom, pan India), Rs 80,000 more expensive than the previous version. The new Tiger Explorer competes against the BMW R1200GS, Honda Africa Twin and Ducati Multistrada series.