Triumph Introduces Three New Motorcycles for 2012


Fresh from record sales in 2011, Triumph Motorcycles will celebrate its 110th anniversary in 2012 with its strongest ever lineup, boosted by three new models which will be officially unveiled at the EICMA show in Milan on November 8.

Triumph Tiger Explorer

Brand new for 2012 is the Tiger Explorer, a flagship model for Triumph’s Adventure range. Building upon 2011’s successful Tiger 800 models, the Tiger Explorer is powered by an all-new, shaft-driven, three-cylinder engine in excess of 1,200cc, delivering class-leading performance to the adventure touring class.

The Tiger Explorer debuts Triumph’s new ride-by-wire throttle system and includes cruise control, switchable ABS and traction control as standard. The high specification continues in the chassis department with a strong steel chassis and cast alloy wheels, 19-inch front and 17-inch rear, the latter showcased thanks to the stylish single-sided swingarm.

A suite of accessories have also been developed for the Tiger Explorer’s launch with hard and soft luggage, low and high seat options and a wide range of heated and electrical accessories which can be run simultaneously thanks to the Tiger Explorer’s best-in-class 950w generator.

Triumph Speed Triple R

Triumph Speed Triple RFollowing the success of the R models for the Street Triple and Daytona 675, Triumph is introducing a premium version of its iconic Speed Triple, the Speed Triple R. Working in close collaboration with Swedish suspension brand Öhlins, the Speed Triple R sports the latest specification NIX30 43mm forks at the front, with a jewel-like TTX36 unit at the rear. To minimize unsprung weight as much as possible, the lightweight five-spoke forged aluminium wheels from PVM are more than 3.7 lbs. lighter than those on the standard machine to deliver even more precise and agile handling. Stopping the Speed Triple R are top specification four-piston radial monoblock calipers from Brembo, with a switchable version of Triumph’s electronic anti-lock system available as an option. Together, the brakes and wheels offer a 5% increase in braking performance over the standard Speed Triple.

The Speed Triple R’s choice of metallic Phantom Black and Crystal White color options are complemented with red colored subframe and detailing, as well as the iconic gold forks, to create a sportier and more exotic look that confirm its status as Triumph’s premier naked sports model.

Triumph Steve McQueen Edition

Triumph Steve McQueen EditionTriumph has joined forces with the estate of Hollywood icon Steve McQueen to create a limited edition motorcycle that pays tribute to the late actor’s love of the British brand’s products. Based on the classic Bonneville T100, just 1,100 of the Steve McQueen Edition will be sold worldwide. Featuring a host of modified parts, the design is inspired by the Triumph Trophy TR6 that McQueen insisted on riding during the famous stunt scene in The Great Escape, and features a military-style Matt Khaki Green livery, stencil-style Triumph decal on the tank and the actor’s signature on the side covers.

Featuring a solo seat and black luggage rack, the McQueen bike has also been fitted with a rugged skid plate and small black-bodied headlamp. The Triumph Steve McQueen Edition features a host of other blacked-out components, including wheel rims and hubs, handlebars, rear springs, mirrors and front mudguard supports. To confirm the bike’s provenance, each machine is individually numbered with a plaque placed on the handlebar clamp, while owners will also receive a certificate of authenticity with their machine.


  1. It seems that most of the makers of ‘street’ bikes are getting it – that most of the customers of these types of bikes are from the “older crowd.” As an example, Triuph has come out with the “Steve McQueen” model. We, the street riding types, want our bikes old style – not with “forward controlls.” I like sitting up, like in my lazy boy, when I ride. I don’t want to be laying down on the gas tank, or be laying back either. Make more bikes like the Honda 750 Shadow RT – good riding ergonomics. Laying down on the gas tank is OK if you are racing, not when easy riding.


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