When Triumph released the brand-new Tiger 1200 range early last year, expectations were high that this new shaft-driven, large-capacity adventure bike could rival the BMW R 1250 GS Adventure in terms of performance and comfort, and dethrone it from the tops of sales charts.
So, a year on, has the Tiger lived up to its promise? It still sits behind the BMW GS and GSA in terms of UK sales, being the third most sold motorcycle above 1000cc last year. But what of its performance?
ABR tested the Rally versions of the Tiger 1200 last year, and we’ve been living with the Tiger 1200 GT Explorer for the last few months.
The GT Explorer is the highest-specced model in the Tiger 1200 GT range, which is more road-focussed than the Rally versions.
Coming equipped with features like a 30l fuel tank, blind spot detection, tyre pressure monitoring system, heated rider and pillion seats, and hill hold control, the GT Explorer has all the bells and whistles of a modern adventure touring machine.
So how does it perform in real-world conditions? Does it live up to almost the heritage of its Tiger namesake? And what’s it like to ride compared with the BMW GS?
Watch as James takes you through all you need to know about riding the Triumph Tiger 1200 GT Explorer below…