Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200 XC Review

2013 Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200 XC from United States of America

Model year2013
Year of manufacture2013
First year of ownership2013
Most recent year of ownership2013
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance5000 miles
Previous motorcycleTriumph Thunderbird 1600


Best all around bike ever made


It's been a gem of a bike. Zero problems. It's the best all around bike I have ever ridden. Very few niggles. Some tire road noise that goes away with a full face helmet and ear plugs.

A bit heavy for true off road. If the BMW GS had this engine, I would have bought one. Wait, this is a GS with a triple engine and I did buy one.

Amazing bike. Fast, corners like a sport bike, fast, did I say fast?

Great brakes. Wish the traction control and ABS were easier to turn off, but they work great.

Fab for 2 up driving on the super slap. Will run 2 up with full luggage at 80 mph at over 45 MPG.

It's more an upright sport bike than a Dual Sport or Enduro. It will gladly do dirt roads. I'm 5'10" with 32" inseam and I flat foot it. Feels more top heavy than a cruiser, but then it's got like 8" of travel in the fully adjustable suspension.

I don't usually brag, but was sitting in the Harley dealer and he said the bike I'm sitting on is 120 HP. I told him mine in the parking lot is stock 135.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st December, 2013

Average review marks: 9.0 / 10, based on 1 review