Things don’t stay still for very long in the motorcycle world, especially in the booming adventure segment which seems to be as hotly contested as sportsbikes were before the economic downturn due to the GFC. These spy shots courtesy of Oliepeil, show that while the updated Triumph Tiger Explorer isn’t receiving a radical visual makeover, there’s still a fair bit going on.
The biggest change we can see from the photos is that it would appear Triumph is testing the new Tiger Explorer with active rear suspension. Also visible in the photos are new wheels, new front fork and also radially mounted Brembo brakes instead of the current non-radially mounted units from Nissin. It wouldn’t be at all surprising if Triumph were seriously considering Boschs’s cornering ABS system that’s already being used in adventure models by both BMW Motorrad and KTM.
There are some, albeit minor changes to the bodywork of the bike, but given that the release of this bike probably won’t be until next year it’s highly likely that this test mule isn’t a final representation of the upgraded Tiger Explorer from an aesthetics point of view.
Again, from what can be seen from the spy photos, both the engine and exhaust appear unchanged though unlike it’s physical appearance it’s unlikely that Triumph will want (or need) to make many changes to the 1215 cc triple – a unique feature among the competition.