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Think of the Triumph Tiger Explorer as sort of a halfway house between the R1200GS and Multistrada 1200. It has the ruggedness of the former with the performance of the latter. Its 1,215cc inline-three kicks out 135bhp, 89lb/ft and is controlled by ride-by-wire with switchable riding modes and traction control. With a full tank of fuel it weighs a reasonable 570lbs.

Basically, it's an advanced powertrain stuck in a chassis which has similar utility to the GS, just here with telescopic forks. Drive is through a single-sided swingarm/shaft very similar to BMW's Paralever. Like that bike, there's a big emphasis on long-range ability and comfort. Seat heights adjust from 31.6 to 33.7 inches and there's options like cruise control and ABS.

It also gets a class-leading 950w generator, optional heated grips, seats, fog lights and top box with integrated power supply. There's also a power port near the ignition to run a GPS or heated gear.

Service intervals are set at a lengthy 10,000 miles, meaning you should be able to fit in even the longest of trips without planning a stop at a Triumph dealer along the way.

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