Triumph India is about two weeks away from launching the 2017 Triumph Tiger Explorer in India. OVERDRIVE had first cast eyes on the Tiger Explorer, new for 2017, at the November 2016 motor shows. Triumph has been selling the Tiger Explorer XC for the last couple of years. The 2017 model uses an updated 1,215cc inline 3-cylinder engine that gets ride-by-wire to meet Euro IV. Along with that comes a little more power and torque - 137PS and 123Nm, to be precise. The ride-by-wire also opens the doors to rider modes (Road, Rain and Off-road), and the Explorer also has traction control and ABS with settings changing as per mode selection.
Mechanically, the Tiger Explorer gains a slip-assist clutch that reduces lever effort. As usual, the sixth gear is set at a higher ratio to allow extended cruises at a calm, elevated speed with good economy. Triumph maintains the heavier off-road focus that is traditional for the Tiger with a 19-inch front wheel on the XC-series models. The Explorer is a shaft drive motorcycle and Triumph now offers semi-active suspension to offer the best possible blend of handling and ride quality under all conditions. The 2017 model also boasts an IMU, a trio of micro-accelerometers that allows the rider aids to sense the motorcycle's state and trajectory to make more accurate interventions.
The new Triumph Tiger Explorer XCx (the top model save for the XCA) is expected to be priced at Rs 21 lakh (ex-showroom) - the company is set to reveal the final prices before this month runs out. The outgoing Tiger Explorer XC is still listed on the Indian Triumph Motorcycles website at Rs 18.75 lakh ex-showroom. The high price - compared to rivals like the Ducati Multistrada or the BMW S 1000 XR or R 1200 GS - is due to the motorcycle being imported so far as a CBU. If Triumph can drop prices by opting to CKD or SKD assemble the Tiger Explorer, the prices should come down quite a bit. Triumph does have lower-specification Tiger Explorers in the international line-up too, but at this end of the spectrum, it may not be possible to sustain a big variant range.