Triumph India has launched the 2017 Tiger Explorer XCx at a price of Rs 18.75 lakh. The Tiger Explorer was earlier available in just one variant - The XC, which was then discontinued to make way for a BS-IV model, which is now here.
The motorcycle is still powered by the same 1215cc three-cylinder engine, but has now been re-tuned for BS-IV compliance. Triumph has equipped the motorcycle with a new exhaust system, which is claimed to make the motorcycle sound better.
The engine now produces a maximum power of 137bhp at 9,300 rpm and peak torque of 123Nm at 6,200 rpm, an increase of 2bhp and 2Nm over the previous model. The engine drives the rear wheel through a 6-speed gearbox.
The Tiger Explorer XCx is the British manufacturer's flagship adventure motorcycle, and as a result features technology making it worthy of being called so.
Ride-by-wire technology combined with three rider modes - Sport, Comfort and Normal - makes riding the huge motorcycle much easier than one would perceive it to be. It also features cornering ABS and multi-channel switchable ABS alongside traction control and slip-assist clutch.
The electronically controllable Triumph Semi-Active Suspension (TSAS) system with nine on-road and off-road suspension presets, and the Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) developed by Triumph in partnership with Continental AG helps increase riding pleasure.
The IMU controls electronic aids including Traction Control, Electronic Suspension and ABS, based on inputs from sensors relaying data about the bike's pitch, roll, and yaw movement along 6-axes.
The Clutch is assisted by hydraulics, which helps reduce riding fatigue through lesser effort on the lever. The big Triumph ADV motorcycle continues to ride on spoked 19-inch and 17-inch wheels at the front and rear respectively.
Helping improve the bike's touring comfort is the first-in-class electronically adjustable windscreen, 12V power sockets, and a 5V underseat USB socket. Furthering the comfort are various accessories including heated seats, panniers, etc.
It was expected that Triumph would price the motorcycles at around Rs 22 lakh, but Triumph has gone aggressive on the pricing and launched it at Rs 18.75 lakh. A flagship motorcycle with top-shelf features at that price is very alluring indeed.
In the Indian Market, the Triumph Tiger Explorer XCx competes with the Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro and the BMW R 1200 GS. Even after pricing it aggressively, the Tiger's price is still higher than its competitors.
Honda's Africa Twin being launched in the Indian market at just Rs 12.90 lakh further makes the Triumph look like a sour deal. However, There are those who swear by Triumph, and they might just drive sales of the new bike.
The Triumph Tiger Explorer XCx is a motorcycle which is packed with features. The bike has also proven itself as a great off-road and touring motorcycle, and now, with a range of accessories and a few other updates, it is back in the Indian market with an aggressive price.