Triumph launched its 2018 version of Tiger Explorer in India at a price of Rs.17 lakh (ex-showroom, India). Renamed as Tiger 1200, Indian market receives only the XCX variant of this best-selling motorcycle for which the company has started accepting bookings across all its dealerships.
Though the flagship adventure tourer loses its Explorer tag, it receives many updates this time. However, the design hasn’t changed much and carries the profile of the previous generation model, but with a sleeker body and new fairing. It seems Triumph has loaded the new version with as many as 100 updates to make it look more upmarket compared to its competitors in the segment.
One of the most notable revisions on Tiger 1200 is a completely new LED headlamp with LED daytime running lights. A multi-coloured 5 inch TFT screen for instrument console replaces the old semi-analogue display. Backlit switchgear with five way toggle option has been borrowed from its sibling Tiger 800, which enables easy maneuvering through various functions and riding modes. Of the various riding modes provided, an off-road pro mode has been included that helps the vehicle shift its suspension quickly for off-road rides. Other riding modes are Road, Rain, Off-road and Sport. New Tiger 1200 also gets cruise control, keyless ignition, electronically adjustable windscreen, hill hold function and many more other features.
This 2018 adventure tourer is equipped with the same old 1215cc liquid cooled, triple cylinder engine but fine-tuned to make an increased power of 2bhp, i.e. 141bhp and 122Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed gearbox where in the power is sent to rear wheel though a shaft drive. Revised handlebar provides more upright seating position at a seat height of 855mm which can also be brought down by 20mm making it more comfortable for short riders too.
Suspension duties are handled by Triumph Semi Active Suspension that includes 48mm inverted WP front fork and WP rear monoshock. Braking power comes from 305mm twin disc brakes at the front and single disc at the rear. The bike weighs 5kg lesser than its predecessor.
2018 Triumph Tiger 1200 locks horns with rivals like BMW R1200GS and Ducati Multistrada 1200.