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Triumph Explorer changes confirmed

Owner survey reveals semi-active suspension for next version

JUST as the details of the latest Tiger 800 changes were first revealed in a survey sent to owners, the tweaks to the 2016 Explorer 1200 appear to have leaked from the same source.

We’ve already seen the revised bike on test in Spain, and now it appears that some of the rumoured changes – particularly the electronic semi-active suspension that’s expected to be an option – have effectively been confirmed as Triumph has started asking owners whether they’d like that sort of thing.

Other new tech mentioned in the survey includes cornering ABS and an electric screen, both pieces of technology that Triumph surely needs in order to keep up with its rivals.

It also includes some off-the-wall ideas like an 'integrated camera to record video while riding'. plus keyless ignition, TFT instruments and cornering headlights.

Here's the survey on full:

'Tiger Explorer Survey (UK)

Before we begin the survey, please can you confirm that you still own your Triumph Tiger Explorer?

    Yes

    No

Have you ever used your Tiger Explorer in off-road?

    Yes

    No

If yes...

On what terrain do you do the majority of your off road riding?

    Unpaved roads

    Light Trails

    Extreme paths (e.g. climbing mountains)

    Other (Please specify)

Expressed as a percentage, for approximately what proportion of your annual mileage do you  ride off-road?

For which reasons do you mainly use your Tiger Explorer? (Max three answers)

    For commuting

    For short journeys

    For leisure during week-ends

    For long trip on holidays

    To have a fast and agile vehicle on urban roads

    For rides with friends

    To escape from routine

    To ride off-road

    For working reasons

    Other (Please specify) Please enter an 'other' value for this selection.

On average how often do you use your Tiger Explorer?

    Almost every day

    2-3 times per week

    4-6 times per month

    2-3 times per month

    Less than once per month

Expressed as a percentage, for approximately what proportion of your time do you carry a pillion?

When you decided to purchase your Tiger Explorer, what were the most important engine parameters that influenced your purchasing decision? Please rank the following engine features from 1 to 6, where 1 represents the most important parameter and 6 the least.

Drag items from the left-hand list into the right-hand list to order them.

    Engine Capacity

    Number of cylinders

    Shaft drive

    Power

    Torque

    Fuel economy

The Tiger Explorer features a power of 137 Hp @ 9,300 rpm. What do you think of this level of power?

    Too low for the kind of motorcycle

    Low but suitable to the kind of motorcycle

    Right for the kind of motorcycle

    High but suitable to the kind of motorcycle

    Too high for the kind of motorcycle

The Tiger Explorer features a torque of 121 Nm @ 6,400 rpm. What do you think of this torque?

    Too low for the kind of motorcycle

    Low but suitable to the kind of motorcycle

    Right for the kind of motorcycle

    High but suitable to the kind of motorcycle

    Too high for the kind of motorcycle

The Tiger Explorer features a 20L fuel tank capacity. What do you think of this volume?

    Too low for the kind of motorcycle

    Low but suitable to the kind of motorcycle

    Right for the kind of motorcycle

    High but suitable to the kind of motorcycle

    Too high for the kind of motorcycle

Which fuel tank capacity would you like to have on an updated Tiger Explorer?

    21-22 L

    23-24 L

    25-26 L

    27-28 L

    29-30 L

    > 30 L

On an updated Tiger Explorer, how much important would be for you having the following features from 0 to 10 (0: absolutely unimportant - 10: extremely important)?

    Semi-active suspension

    Hydraulic clutch

    Cornering ABS and Traction Control

    Cornering lights

    Keyless ignition system

    Electrically adjustable screen

    Full LED headlights  

    TFT instruments  

    Integrated camera to record video while riding

What monetary value would you give to the semi-active suspension?

What monetary value would you give to the hydraulic clutch?

What monetary value would you give to the Cornering ABS and Traction Control?

What monetary value would you give to the Cornering lights?

What monetary value would you give to the Keyless Ignition System?

What monetary value would you give to the electrically adjustable screen?

What monetary value would you give to the full LED headlights?

What monetary value would you give to the TFT instruments?

What monetary value would you give to an integrated camera to record video while riding?

(The above have a sliding bar £0 to £1000)

Which devices in your opinion are the most secure to prevent thefts? (Please select your favourite two)

    Immobiliser

    Keyless ignition system

    GPS tracker module

    Disc lock

    Chain/Lock

Here below there are two images: one is the shaft drive transmission of current Tiger Explorer, the other one is a chain transmission that would allow a 15 kg weight reduction.

Which one for you is more suitable for an Adventure bike?

    Shaft drive

    Chain drive

    Neutral

Which one would you prefer for an updated Tiger Explorer?

    Shaft drive

    Chain drive

    Neutral

Which kind of motorcycle do you think will be your next one?

    Adventure

    Roadster/Naked

    Supersport

    Classic

    Sport touring

    Chopper/Cruiser

    Enduro

    Scooter

    Other (Please specify) Please enter an 'other' value for this selection.

Which engine capacity?

    <500cc

    Up to 700 cc

    Up to 800 cc

    Up to 1000 cc

    Up to 1200 cc

    Over 1200 cc

Do you have already in mind which will be your next bike?

    Yes

    No'

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JUST as the details of the latest Tiger 800 changes were first revealed in a survey sent to owners, the tweaks to the 2016 Explorer 1200 appear to have leaked from the same source.

We’ve already seen the revised bike on test in Spain, and now it appears that some of the rumoured changes – particularly the electronic semi-active suspension that’s expected to be an option – have effectively been confirmed as Triumph has started asking owners whether they’d like that sort of thing.

Other new tech mentioned in the survey includes cornering ABS and an electric screen, both pieces of technology that Triumph surely needs in order to keep up with its rivals.

A picture in the survey shows a chain drive as an alternative to shaft, and asks which customers see as most suitable for an adventure bike. While chain drive may not be in current plans, the suggestion of it  in the survey may hint at possible future variations of the machine.

The survey also includes some off-the-wall ideas like an 'integrated camera to record video while riding', plus keyless ignition, TFT instruments and cornering headlights.

Here's the survey in full:

'Tiger Explorer Survey (UK)

Before we begin the survey, please can you confirm that you still own your Triumph Tiger Explorer?

    Yes

    No

Have you ever used your Tiger Explorer in off-road?

    Yes

    No

If yes...

On what terrain do you do the majority of your off road riding?

    Unpaved roads

    Light Trails

    Extreme paths (e.g. climbing mountains)

    Other (Please specify)

Expressed as a percentage, for approximately what proportion of your annual mileage do you  ride off-road?

For which reasons do you mainly use your Tiger Explorer? (Max three answers)

    For commuting

    For short journeys

    For leisure during week-ends

    For long trip on holidays

    To have a fast and agile vehicle on urban roads

    For rides with friends

    To escape from routine

    To ride off-road

    For working reasons

    Other (Please specify) Please enter an 'other' value for this selection.

On average how often do you use your Tiger Explorer?

    Almost every day

    2-3 times per week

    4-6 times per month

    2-3 times per month

    Less than once per month

Expressed as a percentage, for approximately what proportion of your time do you carry a pillion?

When you decided to purchase your Tiger Explorer, what were the most important engine parameters that influenced your purchasing decision? Please rank the following engine features from 1 to 6, where 1 represents the most important parameter and 6 the least.

Drag items from the left-hand list into the right-hand list to order them.

    Engine Capacity

    Number of cylinders

    Shaft drive

    Power

    Torque

    Fuel economy

The Tiger Explorer features a power of 137 Hp @ 9,300 rpm. What do you think of this level of power?

    Too low for the kind of motorcycle

    Low but suitable to the kind of motorcycle

    Right for the kind of motorcycle

    High but suitable to the kind of motorcycle

    Too high for the kind of motorcycle

The Tiger Explorer features a torque of 121 Nm @ 6,400 rpm. What do you think of this torque?

    Too low for the kind of motorcycle

    Low but suitable to the kind of motorcycle

    Right for the kind of motorcycle

    High but suitable to the kind of motorcycle

    Too high for the kind of motorcycle

The Tiger Explorer features a 20L fuel tank capacity. What do you think of this volume?

    Too low for the kind of motorcycle

    Low but suitable to the kind of motorcycle

    Right for the kind of motorcycle

    High but suitable to the kind of motorcycle

    Too high for the kind of motorcycle

Which fuel tank capacity would you like to have on an updated Tiger Explorer?

    21-22 L

    23-24 L

    25-26 L

    27-28 L

    29-30 L

    > 30 L

On an updated Tiger Explorer, how much important would be for you having the following features from 0 to 10 (0: absolutely unimportant - 10: extremely important)?

    Semi-active suspension

    Hydraulic clutch

    Cornering ABS and Traction Control

    Cornering lights

    Keyless ignition system

    Electrically adjustable screen

    Full LED headlights  

    TFT instruments  

    Integrated camera to record video while riding

What monetary value would you give to the semi-active suspension?

What monetary value would you give to the hydraulic clutch?

What monetary value would you give to the Cornering ABS and Traction Control?

What monetary value would you give to the Cornering lights?

What monetary value would you give to the Keyless Ignition System?

What monetary value would you give to the electrically adjustable screen?

What monetary value would you give to the full LED headlights?

What monetary value would you give to the TFT instruments?

What monetary value would you give to an integrated camera to record video while riding?

(The above have a sliding bar £0 to £1000)

Which devices in your opinion are the most secure to prevent thefts? (Please select your favourite two)

    Immobiliser

    Keyless ignition system

    GPS tracker module

    Disc lock

    Chain/Lock

Here below there are two images: one is the shaft drive transmission of current Tiger Explorer, the other one is a chain transmission that would allow a 15 kg weight reduction.

Which one for you is more suitable for an Adventure bike?

    Shaft drive

    Chain drive

    Neutral

Which one would you prefer for an updated Tiger Explorer?

    Shaft drive

    Chain drive

    Neutral

Which kind of motorcycle do you think will be your next one?

    Adventure

    Roadster/Naked

    Supersport

    Classic

    Sport touring

    Chopper/Cruiser

    Enduro

    Scooter

    Other (Please specify) Please enter an 'other' value for this selection.

Which engine capacity?

    <500cc

    Up to 700 cc

    Up to 800 cc

    Up to 1000 cc

    Up to 1200 cc

    Over 1200 cc

Do you have already in mind which will be your next bike?

    Yes

    No'

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