The 2012 Triumph Tiger 1200 Explorer - Side View

One of our most recent and most exciting projects  has now been released.

We were approached in October 2010 to redesign elements of the Explorer after development tests and reviews had deemed the existing prototype unsatisfactory. This was a very fast turnaround project, going from first sketches to a finished clay model in just 12 weeks.

Xenophya were asked to submit design proposals for the fuel tank body work and seats. Initially the team at Xenophya submitted numerous initial design sketches for the product planning team at Triumph to review. The concept drawings presented a range of different design directions as the designers sought to embody a design
direction that emphasises the characteristics of the package.

Soon, a development theme emerged, within this strong image the team identified a number of design elements that support the design theme. We tried to create a dynamic, aggressive and rugged surface treatment to set the Explorer apart from it’s obvious competitors and clearly relating it to its 800cc sized brother. Crossover, SUV typology, taut surfaces, crisp lines, technically crafted details and distinctive graphic elements hopefully give the Explorer the ‘tough, assertive, commanding and quality’ characteristics Triumph were looking for.

After numerous 3-D sketches were created a direction was chosen and an agreement was reached to proceed with a final clay mock-up model. Full-size clay allowed the design team to appreciate immediately the translation of the design theme into reality. At the same time, it enabled the engineers at Triumph to consolidate their structural and component packaging design by monitoring progress on the full-size clay development both visually and by processing the digitised data generated as the clay model developed.

After approval from the senior management team the finished model was next scanned using a white light scanner. Thousands of data points are taken off the surface of the vehicle and the data fed into a CAD modelling programme. The surfacing engineers at Triumph then worked to join up the measurements and create a surface on screen. Xenophya’s designers worked closely with the surfacers to ensure what is being created on the screen remained true to the original design intent.

The team at Xenophya saw months of hard work come to fruition when we visited EICMA in Milan for the unveiling. Initial road tests and reviews have been very positive, with first customers taking delivery in the near future.

Following the recent press coverage, check out these links for more info:

MCN – How the Triumph Explorer 1200 stacks up against rivals

Ash On Bikes – Triumph Tiger Explorer review

VisorDown – First Ride: Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200 Review



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