Spy Photo: Triumph Explorer 1200

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This is the clearest spy photo yet of Triumph’s much-rumored big new adventure tourer. Said to be equipped with a 1200cc triple producing around 130bhp, the Triumph Explorer 1200 is shown here with an exposed tubular frame, bodywork and big, comfy seats similar to that of the Triumph Tiger 800. Other than the larger motor, the biggest difference appears to be a single-sided shaft drive arrangement very similar to BMW’s Paralever. Making the rounds of the rumor mill is also talk of a Triumph Speed Triple R. In keeping with R-model configuration, the high-spec 1050 would likely wear upgraded suspension, brakes and wheels.

via Triumphadonf

Photo: MCN

  • ktaisa

    wow another massively “round” test rider.

    looks like a little fat kid

    • muckluck

      he could be layering?

    • 1

      Yeah, poor guy.

      HFL should do a HP v’s body weight comparison. See how much you can gain by a being in shape.

      Remember seeing this $140,000 NCR Hypermotoard on youtube. Sure was a trick bike, couldn’t help but think the guy could have saved himself a lot of money by just getting fit and loosing some of the extra.

      Ok, I’m off to get a gym membership ha ha!

    • Gene

      Perhaps I should fill out a test-rider application, seeing how well I already fill out a Aerostich…

    • http://www.pedalgents.com holdingfast

      it does make you think that they make ‘em wear fatsuits, right? “don’t camo be bike! Camo the rider!”

  • Coreyvwc

    Hey kids, can anyone say luxury market over saturation?

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Seriously, there’s a shit ton of non-dirt capable adventure tourers right now, and a shit ton more to come out next year.

      • Jon B.

        Rad that the Dual Sport Market was the only one to show growth, like… years ago and then BAM everyone drops bikes on the market at the same time.

      • Coreyvwc

        Are ADV-ish bikes really that popular in Europe? Just curious because they’re not really a common occurrence in southern California. Who’s buying them?

        • BMW11GS

          You must be looking in different parts of Cali, here in So-Cal area GS’s, KTM’s are a dime a dozen.

        • NitroPye

          I think the R1200GS was the most popular bike sold in Europe in a past year IIRC.

          • Coreyvwc

            It is a very Amurican idea though, buy a big offroad “looking” SUV and never ever take it off the highway. I guess it makes sense now.

          • BMW11GS

            Also its the most popular bike sold by BMW by a margin of almost 2:1.

          • szu

            Supposedly. I haven’t seen a single one in Poland.

          • Dani Peral

            R1200GS was the most sold bike in Spain last year.

      • muckluck

        Any word on updating the DR650?

      • John

        If that is where the industry is headed, what’s the problem? There is a “shit ton” of most bikes. The Enduro rider could be asking “Does the world really need another sportbike”?
        As long as somebody is selling bikes, it’s good for all of us. Maybe it’s just human nature to show disdain for the bike that’s not in your garage. I think one needs to be careful about the definition of non-dirt also. Are we climbing mountains or are we going down a forest road? A 450 does things different than a 250, if you smell what I’m stepping in….

    • Ola

      Not that there isn’t dick waving and pretend Paris-Dakar bullshit in the marketing, but it’s a very usable thing.

      Upright seating, loads of luggage space, decent fuel economy, plenty of power. It’s not a pretend offroad bike, it’s a very practical, easily customizable, multipurpose motorcycle.

      On my budget, I’d have to go for the 800. And suffer the shame of small penis next to the macho-ccountants at the bike stops.

      • Beale

        I agree. They’re very capable, comfortable tourers that don’t look like and Accord or ’53 Buick.

      • Dani Peral

        SUB – Sports Utility Bike. An X5 with 2 wheels :O

      • Thom

        + 1

        The damn things work . In most any conditions . Period .

        Try saying that with a Sport Bike , Cruiser , Naked etc.

  • Chris

    I’m assuming that the size of the tester is a clear indication that they are planning to sell it in America.

    • Will


    • robotribe

      Big rider needs a big bike, I guess.

    • zato1414

      Are we saying Americans are hopelessly porked-out? Hey, pass me that doughnut!

  • Dumptruckfoxtrot

    A Speed Triple R sounds great!

    The nice thing about an abundance of “adventure” tourers is that they make excellent commuters.

    • http://greatjoballweek.blogspot.com/ Case

      What you said. Sometimes my sportbike commute feels way too adventurous and I (secretly) long for something upright and not so tetchy. The 800GS / Triumph 800 or similar starts to sound pretty rad. I don’t much care if it rips it up offroad or whatever.

  • Charlie

    Amazing how these Triumphs are looking exactly like the targeted BMW’s. Everybody needs a 500lb dirt bike

  • http://www.muthalovin.com the_doctor

    So, Bruce Banner hulks out, and hops on a Triumph. That is the pitch they are going for, right?

  • Brant

    Like I need an excuse to buy another Speed Triple. Damnit.

  • aadmanz
    • Coreyvwc

      Nice, I think it really one up’s the BMW in the styling department.

      • Kevin

        A very nice looking bike. It has it on the Multistrada 1200 I would say, and I own one.

        Honestly? I should have bought a Tiger 800. It would have been plenty enough for me, and accessories are super reasonable on Triumphs.

  • mikedard

    “Triumph on rumors begin to shake the press and the web … The 2012 models are revealed and we feel the excitement of the approaching year-end salons …

    First confirmation of the big road trail that normally respond on behalf of Explorer 1200 Triumph. A delightful three-cylinder in-line more than 130 hp, and cardan shaft drive, ride by wire throttle, ABS disengaged and a range of options that make this trail a machine terminals to eat, rather than desert highway oriented for that matter. Will it be declined in a dedicated TT version? To see …

    And another bomb being prepared, a Speed ​​Triple R … Anyone who has tasted the Street Triple R can only drool over such an announcement … I must say it’s enough if the Speed ​​Triple is seen to provide a gearbox optimized, Öhlins suspension, Brembo radial large, PVM wheels and a carbon coating.”

  • Sam

    Oh snap I might have to hold off on a Sprint ST or Tiger 1050 if this thing drops next year. Not that I want one, I don’t dig the styling of the 800 but if this thing comes out it will help knock the price of a 1050 on the used market down.
    Until I demoed a Tiger 800 I didn’t get why so many people love these bikes in the SF Bay Area but now I do. They make awesome commuters especially with the poorly maintained CA road system and most of them are lighter than the current crop of sport-Tourers.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

      Poorly maintained CA road system? Go ride in New York and you’ll stop your crying, I promise.

      • BMW11GS

        Then NY sounds even more suitable for these long travel bikes! great to know.

      • http://rider49er.blogspot.com Mark D

        Stop, I’m having flashbacks to motorcycle-swallowing sized potholes…

      • http://bloodfalcons.blogspot.com motoguru

        Seriously. NYC might even be worse than the shit we have in Detroit.

  • Kyle

    Whats with the duck bill on all of these now? looks like the front end of the multistrada

  • http://greatjoballweek.blogspot.com/ Case

    More like Speed Triple BoneR, amiright?
    No? Never mind then.

  • Stephen Salton

    Lets be honest, these big 1200cc “adventure” bikes are the contemporary goldwings.
    They aren’t actually meant for adventure riding. They are designed for middle aged day dreamers. Thats the target demographic.
    Gone are the days of real adventure bikes like the Africa twin, tenere and the dr.
    The africa twin and the tenere were never brilliant offroad by any stretch of the imagination but in the right hands they were more than capable. These big fat blobs like the gs1200 and the multistrada are about as useful as a penny farthing when it comes to anything more than gravel.

    • Scott-jay

      Moto SUVs.

    • Coreyvwc

      Thank you.

    • jonoabq

      Yeah, but on shit roads and commutes they are flat out fantastic. They don’t check all the boxes but in the right hands they are quite capable road machines. I dunno if I’d go so far as to ever want a shaft drive anything, but the platform itself works very well for most anything but knee dragging and deep sand…trust me on this one, they suck balls in deep sand.

      • Ste

        It’s not the bikes that annoy. If you judge them for what they are, they are great bikes. They are great multipurpose road bikes (emphasis on road). They are great long distance tourers, especially if you are going into areas with questionable road surfaces.
        What annoys me is the fact they are marketed as adventure bikes.
        It’s like selling a mac book air as a gaming rig. Sure, you can play minesweeper to your hearts content but, you aren’t going to be playing crysis 2 on it.

    • muckluck

      Goldwings have absolutly no offroad potential at all. If you are a highly skilled rider you can do, and I have seen some amazing things done on the GSA or the KTM Adventure. Obviously there are few that can, but it has the potential! Alot of guys including me think that if it has the potential than maybe I do too!

      • Ste

        I wasn’t suggesting goldwings have offroad potenti…..oh forget it.

        I’m sure there are some very skilled riders who can handle a big 1200cc “adventure” bike well offroad. Regardless of that fact it doesn’t make them good offroad bikes.
        I’m sure if you looked long and hard enough you could find people who can handle a cbr600rr well offroad. You can force a square peg into a round hole, if you try hard enough.
        They aren’t adventure bikes, in my opinion. They aren’t deserving of their collective noun.

    • http://vtbmwmov.org Eben

      Eh. For every adventure bike that’s never seen dirt, I’d wager there are three sportbikes that have never seen a twenty degree lean angle. Don’t hate the bike. Motorcyclists are poseurs, sure. At least faux adventure riders are practical poseurs.

      • Gene

        Hear, hear. Or four Harleys that have never seen more than 500 mi/year.

    • Kevin

      I totally don’t get this bitching. The bikes your thinking of are offroad biased, with shitty seats, knobby tires and no road manners. These bikes are for guys that are going to spend 80-90% of their time on blacktop and want to be able to turn down an unpaved road with some degree of confidence. Go tell Neil Peart you can’t ride a 1200GS offroad, he does it all the freaking time.

      • superbikemike

        +1…hell yeah!!! and Neil Peart… ROCKS!!!!

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    • Miles Prower [690 Duke, MTS 1100]

      I just spent four days motorcycling in New Hampshire and Maine, averaging just over 400 miles per day.

      At least on the smoother roads, 95% of the bikers I saw were bandana-wearing Harley riders going 10 MPH below the speed limits or sitting outside roadside cafes.

      The next most popular class of bikers were Canucks riding R1200GS’s and sporting neon-trimmed KLIM suits, who were passing slower bikes and cars without any hesitation. One particular group decided to take a “short cut” into the parking lot of a scenic viewpoint on Kancamagus — bypassing the long line of cars waiting to get in — by very capably negotiating their big-ass SUV bikes down a very steep hill through the grass and rocks, without any chance of braking to a stop before having to finesse their wide, hardbag-laden bikes in-between parked cars and pedestrians where hill turned to parking lot. I was very impressed.

      I myself rode my first-gen Multistrada. Although most of my riding was on asphalt, there were a few gravel roads — as well as many, many miles of frost-heave and pothole stricken backroads that would’ve been difficult for me to navigate without being able to ride standing up comfortably. My riding buddy, who was on a Monster, had a hell of a time keeping up, and I’m sure his back ached more than mine each night.

      Perhaps these “big fat blobs”, as some may call them, aren’t useful beyond gravel, but on gravel, as well as on the poorly-paved (but very interesting to ride) roads that I like to tour on, I’m a fan of this kind of motorcycle, regardless of how they are marketed.

      • Ste

        Well there you have it folks, Genuine adventurers.

        I’ve already stated i don’t have an issue with the bikes. They are great long distance tourers if you will only be riding on roads.
        My issue is with the fact they are marketed as ‘adventure’ bikes.
        The proof is in the pudding. The closest most gs owners will get to adventure is driving down a grassy slope to get into a parking lot.

        • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

          Most superbikes will never see a track. Ever. That doesn’t mean the bikes aren’t good, now does it?

          I took a R1200GS all through Newfoundland, Labrador and North West Quebec. It did just as fine on rutted trails as it did on the shoddy and dangerously slippy logging roads.The only time I dropped it was when I didn’t fully plant the kickstand correctly while stopped on a slope. I’d say it handled a proper adventure pretty damned well.

          How other more “aspirational” GS owners ride is their business. But that’s no slight to the capabilities of the bike.

    • BMW11GS

      I challenge you to take an off road course on one of these bikes like the Rawhyde course and tell me these bikes don’t do off road!

    • Ron

      Harsh! I have an older 1200GS. I have had about 12 motorcycles and have been riding for 37 years. I can only afford 1 bike. To me, there is no other bike that I can buy that would allow me to tote all my camping gear on a 6000 mile ride in comfort, still get 50mpg and let me ride dirt roads and creek crossing along the way. It’s heavy enough to not be blown around on the long 600 mile days on the interstate like the smaller bikes. When I get back from my trips, I can still commute in comfort. It’s not “brilliant” at any one thing but it allows me to do a bit of everything. I can’t afford a sport bike, a dirt bike, a touring bike and a commuter. The 1200GS, the Yamaha Super Tenere and the KTM 990 adventure fill a market that other bikes don’t. Obviously many people feel the same way as so many are sold worldwide. I say ride and let ride! There is a bike for everyone’s needs. Enjoy! :)

  • http://bloodfalcons.blogspot.com motoguru

    Explorer? Really?

  • Ola

    Quote from Ste: “What annoys me is the fact they are marketed as adventure bikes.”

    This is pretty funny. The Africa Twin was never marketed as “adventure”, not the R80 G/S either. Adventure motorycles is a marketing term invented by marketers to market bigger, heavier touring bikes with an enduro image.

  • Tim

    Cool bike. I think I will stick with my KLR, though. You could do more $ in damage dropping one of these in your driveway than my whole bike cost. Now if Kawi ever gets wise and drops a Versys motor in a KLR I am all over that. I will always own a sport bike, too, though.

  • James

    It’s a shame that most so-called adventure bikes are such high-capacity. I was pleased that Triumph pitched theirs at 800cc, but that’s still bigger than I’d like to take to the back of beyond.

    I’m still waiting for KTM’s successor to the 640 Adventure. 690-Adv anyone? I’d buy it. Just a shame KTM still considers it a niche product and it’s not on the cards for the next few years at least.