Triumph pulled the veil on their brand spankin’ new 2012 models at the EICMA show in Milan, Italy. They revealed the Tiger Explorer, a strong and faithful new addition to the adventure touring range and the 2012 Speed Triple R, ferocious as always. The Limited Edition Steve McQueen was also revealed, with Triumph only planning to build 1,100 models.
2012 Triumph Tiger Explorer
The tough as guts Tiger Explorer is a brand new edition to Triumphs Adventure Touring range, built entirely with reliability in mind which should see you doing 16,000 kilometers between each service. Triumph outfitted the Tiger with a brand-spankin’ new three-cylinder engine which produces 137PS with 121Nm of torque; you may find yourself giving steep hills the middle finger. It has an LCD screen, operated by thumb switches on the handlebars, which can be used to display things like the ambient air temperature – it even comes with an ice warning; just incase you can’t feel the nip. Triumph has a reputation for making bikes that handle well, and the Tiger is no exception, with a smooth, even ride on unpaved roads. It even comes in black!
2012 Triumph Speed Triple-R
Then again, touring isn’t for everyone. The 2012 Speed Triple R has gone under the knife with refurbishments from the biggest and best names in the performance industry, brace yourselves for name drops; Brembo Brakes, Ohlins suspension, Pirelli Supercosa rubber and more. The Speed Triple R is all about performance, with a 3 cylinder 1050cc engine and a redesigned gearbox for more refined shifting. As always, the Speed Triple R’s naked, bare bones look is kept to give this bike a very mean feel, while retaining sleek aerodynamics.
Triumph Steve McQueen Edition
Triumph has gone Hollywood with the release of the Limited Edition Steve McQueen. Based on the classic Bonneville T100, the Steve McQueen is a true homage to “The King of Cool,” inspired by the iconic Triumph Trophy TR6 that was so famously ridden by Steve McQueen in The Great Escape
. This bike just oozes cultural history. Only 1,100 Steve McQueen’s will be made, with each bike produced being individually numbered with a plaque placed on the handlebars and an authenticity certificate given to each buyer for bragging rights.