When Triumph released its Tiger 800 and Tiger 800XC adventure tourers last year, it was pretty obvious that the English bike builder had BMW’s F800 models in its sights. The Tigers even borrowed a few styling elements from the Beemers, but not enough to worry any patent attorneys. Since launch, the Tiger models have done well for Triumph, as they seem to blend just the right amount of style and capability.
Enter the new-for-2012 Tiger Explorer, a 1,215cc adventure bike that’s poised to go head-to-head with BMW’s venerable R1200 GS. Essentially a scaled-up version of the Tiger 800, the Tiger Explorer is also a triple, claims to have “class leading” handling and even comes with low-maintenance shaft drive. We’re betting that it will cost less than the Beemer, too, although Triumph has yet to post pricing details or availability dates for the Explorer.