The Triumph Tiger Explorer is a capable, dual-purpose motorcycle powered by a 1200cc inline-three engine. Previously, the Explorer had two variants in its lineup; The Explorer XR which is optimized for on-road riding, and the Explorer XC which is more off-road oriented. For 2016, there are 4 new variants that have been announced. The 2016 Triumph Tiger Explorer now gets the XRt, XRx, XCa and XCx variants on top of the basic XR and XC variants. While it is not immediately clear what is the purpose of having different variants (apart from optional/ extra features on different variants), all the bikes have been updated for 2016.
The 2016 variants of the Explorer are powered by the same 1215cc three-cylinder engine. The engine generates a peak power of 139hp @ 9,300rpm and 123Nm of torque @ 6,200rpm. According to Triumph, the Explorer is the most powerful shaft-driven motorcycle in the adventure motorcycle segment. The fuel efficiency has been increased by 5% and there is a new exhaust system setup that makes the Explorer compliant with European emission norms.
The Explorer XRt and XRx are the variants of the on-road oriented Triumph Tiger Explorer. The XRt is the top of the line in the XR lineup. Similarly, the XCa is the top of the off-road oriented Explorer model. The Explorer is loaded with a variety of electronics such as a multi-level traction control, cornering ABS and a hill hold function. There are 5 riding modes (rain, off-road, road, sport) and one of them is rider-programmable. The Explorer XRx and XCx variants also feature a WP semi-active suspension with auto-levelling rear preload and a hydraulic torque-assist clutch. A revised styling and low-seat option are the other features of the XRx and XCx models.
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