Triumph Prepares Massive Upgrades for the Tiger Explorer

Triumph Tiger Explorer 1 photo
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Triumph is planning a host up serious updates for the Tiger Explorer, but the Brits look like they want to hit the bulls eye this time right from get go. An ample questionnaire was reportedly sent to Explorer 1200 owners, asking them to indicate what new features should the 2016 model year sport.
Honestly, in case Triumph heeds the feedback they receive from the customers, we might be looking at a very cool new big-bore adventure bike arriving next year. Of course, the fully-loaded machine tends to be a bit on the expensive side, in case Triumph prepares a bike loaded with all the bells and whistles.

Triumph contemplates a chain final drive

One of the interesting things about the future of the Explorer is that Triumph is asking the owners what do they think about a chain drive, instead of the current shaft one. The manufacturer also adds that a chain drive would make the bike around 15 kg (33 pounds) lighter. For a strange reason, this almost looks like enticing the respondents to choose chain drive as the preferred one.

At the same time, Triumph reveals a list of features that could make the Tiger Explorer a bike comparable to the leaders of the segment. It's rather hard to believe that the Brits will have all of the things below packed in an uber-Explorer, but some of them will certainly make it into the standard trim:

Semi-active suspension
Hydraulic clutch
Cornering ABS and Traction Control
Cornering lights
Keyless ignition system
Electrically adjustable screen
Full LED headlights
TFT instruments
Integrated camera to record video while riding.

An even more interesting thing about the inquiry (as reported by visordown) is that Triumph is also asking the owners how much they would pay for each of these features. Other features mentioned in the Triumph survey included a GPS locator for easily tracking down a stolen bike, an immobilizer, and keyless ignition.

Triumph is definitely looking forward to upping their game in the big-bore adventure segment and it will be very interesting to see what the Brits will come up with next.
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