One thing we took away from our double-test of the 2012 Triumph Explorer: it’s an outstanding long-distance mount that is strong competition for BMW’s GS series. However, it is more pavement-oriented than the Beemers, which is perhaps why Triumph will be offering a more dirt-worthy XC version alongside the standard Explorer for 2013.
The new Explorer XC has some extra features aimed at improving off-road usability. The cast wheels are now replaced with Triumph-designed steel-spoke tubeless wheels with aluminum rims, which should be a little more damage resistant while still offering the easier flat repair of a tubeless design. Wheel sizes remain 17 inches in back, 19 in front. The rest of the standard package for this new model can be found in the voluminous accessory catalog for the Explorer (over 50 items are available for purchase). The new XC will be delivered with heavy-duty crash bars, an aluminum bash plate, hand guards, and dual 55-watt fog lamps.
The package is wrapped up in a Khaki Green paint scheme that may or may not assist in those Third-World border crossings. All the other specs remain the same (although expect the crash bars and other bits to add to the original bike’s 577-pound claimed curb weight) Overall, you’re getting a package that offers even more macho looks than the standard Explorer, and though Triumph hasn’t released USA pricing, I’d expect it to be a pretty good deal, maybe $500-1000 over the standard model, as Triumph has a tendency to price accessory packages quite reasonably. The bike will be unveiled at the Intermot motorcycle show in Cologne, Germany on October 2, and should be in Triumph dealers in April, 2013.