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ADV BikesTriumph Expands 2016 Tiger Explorer Range to Six New Models

Triumph Expands 2016 Tiger Explorer Range to Six New Models

Updated Triumph Tiger Explorer unveiled at EICMA with a host of changes.

Published on 11.17.2015

Triumph improves its largest Adventure Bike, the Tiger Explorer, with several new changes for 2016. Most notable is the segmentation of the Explorer line into six separate models. The new Triumph Tiger Explorer line starts with two base models – the road-biased XR and off-road-biased XC. XR models come with cast 17″ wheels, while XC models utilize 17″ rear and 19″ front wire-spoked wheels.

The base level XR and XC models can be upgraded with additional equipment in the form of the XRx and XCx models. Two additional models, the XRt and XCa, further upgrade the Tiger Explorer with top-of-the-line equipment.

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Road-oriented XR models come equipped with cast wheels, while more off-road focused XC models utilize wire-spoked wheels.

We don’t have all the details yet about what differentiates the XRx and XCx from the top-tier XRt and XCa models, but XRt and XCa models receive a new advanced electronics package that includes semi-active suspension, lean angle sensitive ABS and traction control, additional rider modes and a hill hold control feature. Two low seat height options and semi-active suspension will be available on the XRx and XCx models.

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The 2016 Triumph Tiger Explorer offers more options and more choices for potential buyers to customize their ride.


All six models are powered by the same 1215cc inline Triple with shaft final drive, 6-speed transmission and torque-assisted clutch. Power is said to be improved for 2016 with the aid of a new exhaust system but no performance specs have been released at this time.

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Premium trim XRt and XCa models offer a host of new advanced electronic features.

The Tiger Explorer also gets new body work with sharper lines and a category-first electrically adjustable windscreen. No word yet on North American pricing or availability but we expect to receive more details soon.

For more information about the 2016 Triumph Tiger Explorer, go to Triumph’s website.

Author: Rob Dabney

Rob Dabney started a lifelong obsession with motorcycles at the age of 15 when he purchased his first bike – a 1982 Honda MB5. Through his 20’s and 30’s he competed in off-road desert races, including the Baja 250, 500 and 1000. Eventually, his proclivity for exploration led him to dual sport and adventure riding. Rob’s never-ending quest to discover what’s around the next bend has taken him on Adventures in Mexico, Africa, Europe, and throughout the American West. As a moto journalist, he enjoys inspiring others to seek adventure across horizons both near and far.

Author: Rob Dabney

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December 3, 2015 9:30 pm

i am a firm believer that adventure bikes like dual sport should be barebones or bulletproof,with very little electronics and easy to fix (on the go) capabilities.these bikes will undergo punishment offroad.Imagine being deep in the mountains then baam. electronics go hayware or in the very unlikely but
possible,shaft going my country the nearest repair shops are in major towns.towing this bikes would be a nightmare.if you live in canada or usa you might be africa its a jungle out here.just my opinion. still a nice array of bikes to choose from

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Santa C
December 9, 2015 11:14 am
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damn right, absolutely agree

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