More info on the Triumph Tiger Explorer and other 2012 models

On October 24, Triumph is set to unveil a host of new 2012 motorcycles, headlined by the 1,200cc+ adventure tourer we showed you yesterday. Now, thanks to one of our European friends, we’ve got more details on it and all the other new bikes. How’s a 137bhp Triumph Tiger Explorer sound, for starters?

The name of this new adventure tourer is going to be “Tiger Explorer,” with no mention of the capacity in the name. That new motor is said to exceed 137bhp and powers a bike that “feels lighter than an R1200GS” despite using a single-sided swingarm/shaft drive arrangement that’s very similar to BMW’s Paralever. Triumph will employ ride-by-wire for the first time on the Tiger Explorer, so expect the ability to switch between different engine maps tailored to specific conditions.

Additionally, we’re told the Tiger Explorer uses ABS and will be available in a nice shade of Yamaha blue. That Yamaha Super Tenere is a nice point of comparison for the new Triumph, it too uses a 1,200cc, liquid-cooled motor and shaft drive, but only makes 108bhp and weighs 261kg/575lbs (wet).

The Triumph Speed Triple R, a high-spec edition based on the popular 1050cc naked three-cylinder, will adopt Ohlins suspension and PVM wheels.

Beating a dead movie star, there will also be a Triumph Bonneville T100 Steve McQueen special edition, painted to look like the bike he rode in The Great Escape and fitted with a smaller headlight. In an attempt to force some collector status upon it, only 1,100 will be made and they’ll be fitted with a numbered plaque.

We’ll bring you more in 10 days or as it leaks.

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