Tiger 1200 Explorer - Tuning
I have received a number of emails asking if I have modified or tuned my Tiger Explorer in any way. So far my Remus exhaust is the only
modification and I have resisted the temptation of further tuning for a number of reasons.
1. Initially I did not want to invalidate the warranty on my new Explorer. When Triumph returned my bike from the factory recall in March 2014 they offered to
extend the warranty on the engine for a further 12 months, which was generous, but it means I prefer to keep things standard for longer.
2. The Explorer has a 1215cc engine and weighs 260kgs fuelled up so it is plenty quick enough. I can provoke the traction control to intervene and keep the
front wheel down when the roads are dry. Traction control intervenes to stop wheel spin when wet so for the first time ever I own a bike that does not need more
BHP. I am not interested in top speed, bikes like the Hayabusa are not for me. In normal riding I can ride
indecently fast without using full throttle or exceeding 6,000 revs. When I ride with other bikes the Explorer never seems underpowered.
3. My Explorer has perfect fuelling so I do not want to risk upsetting the equilibrium (See charts below)
4. In the UK we have over 12,000 speed cameras and a national speed limit of 70 mph so I'm not sure what I would use a power increase for.
My thoughts on Tuning the Explorer
I am sure the first modification would be to let more air into the airbox. This should improve immediate throttle response and worked well on my 955 and 1050
Having made an adapter for my Remus Exhaust the Explorer definitely has a built in restrictor. The exhaust gases flow out of the catalytic converter through a
relatively small 1.75 inch pipe. Look at a KTM 1190 or a Ducati Multistrada where large 4 inch pipes are used. Triumph probably use the back pressure this
creates to improve low to mid range power. I wonder if Arrow or another brand will make a full replacement system without a catalytic converter and big bore
pipes, I am sure this would increase top end and should improve fuel economy. However most other Adventure bikes have servo operated exhaust flaps to
create back pressure, the Explorer does not. So I keep thinking would the overall effect be better or worse for everyday riding? The Multistrada definitely makes
more power than the Explorer but only when you go over 6,000 revs in real world riding how often do you ride above 6,000 revs on a 1200? (6000 = 113mph in
6th). I have ridden the KTM1190 it has too much power, in "Sport" mode the TC intervenes all the time. Maybe I am getting too old.
From the charts below you can see that the standard Explorer has a near perfect torque curve with no dips or peaks, compare it to the GS1200
and the Guzzi. Different charts (not shown) confirm that the new Ducati Multistrada produces more power however the Explorer produces more
power below 6,000 revs which is where it counts on real roads.
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