By adding spoked wheels — which are stronger and more rugged than the cast wheels — Triumph turned the Tiger Explorer into the Tiger Explorer Spoked Wheels (hence the devilishly clever name). With oodles of features such as traction control, cruise control, switchable antilock brakes, a 12V power socket and a beefy 950W alternator, the 2015 Tiger Explorer Spoked Wheels is a right proper tourer and is just as comfortable — and maybe more comfortable — when you venture off the beaten path. With the flick of a switch mounted on the handlebars, you have access to the onboard computer that includes two trip meters, time elapsed, distance covered, average speed, average fuel consumption, real-time fuel consumption and range to empty, plus a load of other monitors that watch mechanical and electrical systems and control creature comforts.

Continue for my review of the 2015 Tiger Explorer Spoked Wheels.

  • 2015 Triumph Tiger Explorer Spoked Wheels
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  • Engine:
  • Displacement:
    1215 cc
  • Top Speed:
    137 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    € 14942


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The rider position on the Tiger Explorer Spoked Wheels is high and dominant so you very much feel like you have a good vantage point to see everything around you. Even with the accessory Low Seat adjusted all the way low, you have the feeling of having a well-elevated perch. The adjustable windscreen reduces buffeting and wind noise whether you’re sitting or standing in the saddle. For your passenger, the pillion is comfortable and large grab handles are well placed for her clutching pleasure.

A 12V power outlet mounted adjacent to the ignition switch accommodates your GPS or electronic device chargers. Add the Bespoke Triumph Dynamic Luggage System for 62 liters of storage and the Adventure Powered Top Box for an additional 35 liters of weatherproof storage. With a payload of 222 kilograms, you’ll have plenty of space for outdoor gear and to stash two full-face helmets.

If foul weather doesn’t deter you from riding, consider adding the accessory heated rider and passenger seats and the heated handgrips. The 12V power outlet can accommodate your heated clothing if you are really hard-core.


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Ready for trips over hill and dale, the Explorer Spoked Wheel has a tubular steel frame constructed in typical Triumph style, but made all the more sturdy for offroad conditions. The 190 mm front and 194 mm rear suspension travel are another clue that this bike was not meant to stay on the pavement. Substantial in size, the 46 mm Kayaba forks give strength and rigidity to the front end and a Kayaba monoshock with a hydraulic remote preload adjuster and adjustable rebound damping handles the rear. Apply the brakes to engage dual 305 mm discs and four-pot front calipers on the front and a single 282 mm disc and dual-pot rear caliper on the rear. All this rides on 32-spoke aluminium wheels — 19-inches in the front and 17 inches in the rear.


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Triumph put its big, 1215 cc ’triple’ into the Explorer. The liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, DOHC engine delivers 137 horsepower and 121 newton-meters of torque for ample power off the line, even on an uphill grade with a passenger. I’m not a fan of ride-by-wire, especially when off-road when the throttle can act a bit hinky over rough terrain, but the Explorer seems to handle it well. Triumph put a six-speed gearbox and tough shaft final drive in the Tiger Explorer. Even though you really have to lift your foot up to knock it into gear, you have a lot of power and amazingly smooth delivery under your control.


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Starting price for the Tiger Explorer Spoked Wheels is £11,899. Your color choices are Crystal White and Graphite. Outside the U.S. and Canada, check your local Triumph dealer for color options. In some markets, you can get the bike in Cranberry Red, which is new for 2015. Triumph gives you a two-year unlimited mileage warranty on your new Triumph and Triumph accessories

He Said

My husband and fellow writer, TJ Hinton, says, "This ride is a true jack-of-all-trades. The suspension travel makes it suitable for trail riding as well as highway touring and everything in between. The handlebars seem a bit wide, but are necessary for the leverage they provide. The hand position and foot controls make for a natural rider triangle, and provide good control while standing when running offroad."

She Said

"I love these adventure bikes; all your options are open. Height-challenged folks like me will likely be riding pillion. The ground clearance raises the seat height on these offroad bikes beyond tippy-toe manageability, but it’s an awesome bike none-the-less. It’s priced on par with Yamaha’s XT1200Z Super Ténéré and just a tad cheaper than the R1200GS Adventure from BMW. If you think you’ll want to pile on the accessories, you might consider looking at the Tiger Explorer XC for an additional few hundred quid. The XC includes the features of the Explorer Spoked Wheel plus the Explorer Pannier System accessories."


Engine type: Liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, in-line 3-cylinder
Capacity: 1215 cc
Bore: 85 mm (3.4 inches)
Stroke: 71.4 mm (2.8 inches)
Compression Ratio: 11-to-1
Max power: 137 horsepower @ 9,300 rpm
Max torque: 121 newton-meters (89 pound-feet) @ 6,400 rpm
Rev Limiter: Electronic, 9,500 rpm
Fuel system: Ride by wire, fuel injection
Exhaust: Stainless steel three-into-one, side-mounted stainless steel silencer
Final drive: Shaft
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate
Gearbox: Six-speed
Final Drive Ratio: 2.557:1
Frame: Tubular steel trellis frame
Swingarm: Single-sided, cast aluminium alloy with shaft drive
Front Wheels: 32-spoke 19 x 2.5 inches, aluminium rim
Rear Wheels: 32-spoke 17 x 4.0 inches, aluminium rim
Front Tyres: 110/80 R 19
Rear Tyres: 150/70 R 17
Front Suspension: Kayaba 46 mm (1.8 inches)upside down forks, adjustable preload, 190 mm (7.5 inches) travel
Rear Suspension: Kayaba monoshock with remote oil reservoir, hydraulically adjustable preload, rebound damping adjustment, 194 mm (7.6 inches)rear wheel travel
Rake: 23.9 degrees
Trail: 105.5 mm (4.2 inches)
Brakes front: Twin 305 mm (12 inches) floating discs, Nissin 4-piston calipers, Switchable ABS
Brakes rear: Single 282 mm (11.1 inches) disc, Nissin 2-piston sliding caliper, Switchable ABS
Length: 2248 mm (88.5 inches)
Width handlebars: 885 mm (34.9 inches)
Height without mirror: 1410 mm (55.5 inches)
Seat height: 837 mm (33 inches)
Wheelbase: 1530 mm (60.2 inches)
Tank capacity: 20 liters (5.3 Gallons)
Fuel Requirements: 91 RON unleaded
Oil capacity: 4.0 liter (1.1 Gallon)
Wet weight: 259 kilograms (571 pounds)
Dry weight: 228 kilograms (502.7 pounds)
Payload: 222 kilograms (489.4 pounds)
Color options: Crystal White, Graphite
Price: £11,899
Allyn Hinton
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If it had moving parts, it had Allyn's interest from a very early age. At age 11 when bicycles were too simple to hold her interest any longer, her father found her taking apart the lawn mower. When he asked why she was doing it, she replied, “I need to see how it works.” That curiosity and mechanical drive served her well over the next 40 years as she pursued careers in both the automotive and motorcycle industries. Having shared her love of motorcycles with her now husband, biker TJ Hinton, Allyn brings that love and knowledge to TopSpeed as writer and associate motorcycle editor.  Read More
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