The Triumph Tiger 1200 Explorer, now on the prowl

Following up on the internationally admired Tiger 800 series motorcycles, the all-new Tiger 1200 Explorer is here. Almost. Fitted out with an all-new, shaft-driven, three-cylinder engine of 1215cc, it delivers serious class- challenging performance to the adventure touring sector.

Triumph's new 'ride-by-wire' throttle system also debuts with the 1200 Explorer and includes cruise control, switchable ABS and traction control -- all standard.

The chassis, of sturdy steel, is matched with cast alloy wheels, 19" front and 17" rear, the latter fully revealed, thanks to the burly single-sided swingarm.

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A full accessories range has also been developed for the Tiger Explorer's launch. It includes hard and soft luggage, low and high seat options, plus a nice selection of heated and electrical goodies which can all be run simultaneously, thanks to the Tiger Explorer's class-zapping 950w generator.

BMW's designers must be putting in some long nights right now as they struggle not only to keep up with the large chunks of dualsport market the smaller Tiger 800XC has already torn off, but now contend with this latest threat. No less the case for the Japanese.

If the manufacturers know what's good for them, all this should just mean more features and improvements to the entire dualsport range across all brands in coming model years.

Triumph's Tiger 1200 Explorer has been out since summer 2011. And, it is indeed a feast for the eyes. More svelt than the BMW R1200GS and leagues apart from from Suzuki's V-Strom 1200, Honda's XRV750 and Kawasaki's KLR650.

Naturally, ESR's Alex ordered the first one in Canada -- the only decision now is black, colbalt blue or grey graphite. I plan on being the second person to ride the first one sold.

Jeremy from GP Bikes in Whitby, walks us through the Triumph Tiger 1200 Explorer's good bits.

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