An even greater es­cape

Tri­umph steers on to an ad­ven­tur­ous track

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the best-sell­ing ad­ven­ture ma­chine in the world, the BMWR 1200cc, which ac­tors Ewan Mc­gre­gor and Charley Boor­man made fa­mous on their Long Way Down trip through Africa.

The Tri­umph Tiger Ex­plorer is one of three new mod­els for next year. The oth­ers are an R ver­sion of their Speed Triple naked bike and a Steve Mc­queen trib­ute ver­sion of the clas­sic T100 Bon­nveille. They will be of­fi­cially un­veiled at the EICMA show in Mi­lan, on Tues­day. Tri­umph Aus­tralia spokesman Mal Jar­rett says the bikes will be here in May but the pric­ing has not

yet been re­leased.

The Tiger Ex­plorer fol­lows the brand’s first foray into ad­ven­ture bik­ing with the re­lease of the Tiger 800 this year which took on and beat THEBMWF 800 GS in sales.

The Tiger 800 is now the sec­ond-big­gest-sell­ing ad­ven­ture bike in Aus­tralia be­hind the bar­gain-base­ment Kawasaki KLR650.

Tri­umph’s new big ad­ven­ture bike is pow­ered by a shaft-driven, three-cylin­der en­gine ‘‘ in ex­cess of 1200cc’’. Tri­umph isn’t yet re­veal­ing ac­tual ca­pac­ity.

It will fea­ture a ride-by­wire throt­tle sys­tem with cruise con­trol, switch­able ABS and trac­tion con­trol as stan­dard. Like the

BMWR 1200 GS, it comes with cast al­loy 19- and 17-inch wheels and a sin­glesided swingarm-shaft.

Its ‘‘ suite of be­spoke ac­ces­sories’’ will in­clude hard and soft lug­gage, low and high seat op­tions and ‘‘ heated and elec­tri­cal ac­ces­sories’’ which prob­a­bly means heated grips and seat and sat­nav.

The Speed Triple R is yet an­other up­rated ver­sion along the lines of the Street Triple R and Day­tona 675 R with Oh­lins sus­pen­sion and Brembo brakes.

It will ar­rive in March with light­weight five-spoke forged alu­minium wheels and an op­tional elec­tronic anti-lock sys­tem.

Mc­queen made Tri­umph fa­mous with his an­tics on a TR6 in the 1963 war film, The Great Es­cape. Now Tri­umph and the Mc­queen es­tate have cre­ate a lim­ited edi­tion of 1100 T100 Bon­nevilles with a mil­i­tary-style matt khaki green liv­ery, sten­cil­style Tri­umph decal on the tank and the ac­tor’s sig­na­ture on the side cov­ers.

It ar­rives in July with a solo seat, black lug­gage rack, skid plate, small black-bod­ied head­lamp and a host of blacked-out com­po­nents, in­clud­ing wheel rims and hubs, han­dle­bars, rear springs, mir­rors and front mud­guard sup­ports.

Each bike is in­di­vid­u­ally num­bered with a plaque on the han­dle­bar clamp and own­ers will re­ceive a cer­tifi­cate of au­then­tic­ity.

Tri­umph Tiger Ex­plorer: Throws down the of­froad gaunt­let

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