Triumph Tiger 1200 Revealed
Triumph’s new-generation Tiger 1200 has finally been revealed, and there’s a lot to unpack.
The new Tiger 1200 will be available in two model lines: road-biased GT and off-road-focused Rally. Furthermore, both types are available in ‘Explorer’ variants, which have a bigger 30-litre petrol tank as opposed to the conventional 20-litre tank. There are five different models available: GT, GT Pro, GT Explorer, Rally Pro, and Rally Explorer.
The Tiger 1200 has been completely redesigned from the ground up, with the bike now following the principle that was originally seen with the new Tiger 900. A new T-Plane firing order for the 1,160cc three-cylinder engine is included. The bore and stroke statistics on this engine are similar to those of the new Speed Triple, although Triumph claims it is an entirely separate engine. It now has 150hp and 130Nm, which is nine horsepower more than previously. The Triumph produces 14hp more than the BMW, but torque is 13Nm lesser. This engine, like the Tiger 900, has dual side-mounted radiators.
The bike features a completely new chassis that weighs 5.5kg lighter than the previous one. The Triumph Tiger 1200 no longer has a single-sided swingarm, but the redesigned ‘tri-link’ swingarm and shaft drive configuration save 1.5kg. The major goal has been weight reduction, and to that end, even the fuel tanks are now built of aluminium. According to Triumph, this bike is nearly 25kg lighter than its predecessor. Furthermore, the basic GT now weights 240kg, which is 9kg less than the corresponding R 1250 GS.
The entire Triumph Tiger 1200 has been intended to be thinner, which can also be observed in the close-fitting exhaust. The seat height on both models is adjustable, ranging from 850-870mm on the GT to 875-895mm on the Rally. That’s rather tall, but Triumph maintains that the thinner bike makes it simpler for a rider’s leg to reach the ground. A 20mm lower seat is offered as an option.
All versions now come standard with electronically controlled Showa semi-active suspension. This technology provides nine damping adjustment levels between Comfort and Sport, as well as the ability for the rider to electrically regulate the spring preload.
The suspension travel on the GT model range is set at 200mm at both ends, while it climbs to 220mm on the Rally variants. The GT rides on alloy wheels that measure 19 inches in the front and 18 inches in the back, and it is outfitted with Metzeler Tourance tyres. Meanwhile, the Rally rides on 21-inch/18-inch tubeless spoked wheels with Metzeler Karoo Street tyres. Triumph has authorised the Michelin Anakee Wild tyre for use on the Rally for those seeking more aggressive tyres.
Brembo Stylema callipers press down on dual 320mm rotors for braking. The Triumph Tiger 1200’s front brake and clutch are powered by Magura radial master cylinders.
The styling is reminiscent of the Tiger 900s, and the redesigned windshield is changeable with one hand. The handlebar is now 20mm wider than previously, while the handlebars on the Explorer are 16mm taller. Triumph promises improved wind protection than the previous generation, less engine heat, and more roomy seating.
In terms of technology, the Triumph Tiger 1200s are loaded. Continental provides a standard fit radar system for the Explorer models, which includes a blind spot and lane change warning system. The Ducati Multistrada V4 launched with this feature, however, unlike the Triumph, the Ducati also features a forward-facing radar that enables adaptive cruise control.
A new 7-inch TFT display with MyTriumph connection, which includes audio and GoPro control, is available. Full LED illumination is standard, and all versions starting with the GT Pro include lean-sensitive cornering lights. Depending on the version, there are up to six riding modes, with the standard GT receiving three – Rain, Road (which reduces power to 100hp), and Sport.
Cornering ABS and traction control are standard, and all versions up to and including the GT Pro include an up/down quickshifter, hill hold, cruise control, heated grips, and a centre stand. The Explorer versions also receive a tyre-pressure monitoring system as well as heated rider and pillion seats. All versions include a keyless entry mechanism that works on both the steering lock and the fuel tank lid.
There are approximately 50 accessory possibilities, including the baggage options made in collaboration with Givi. Triumph has also formed a new Bluetooth communicator relationship with Sena. Finally, the motorcycles come with a three-year, unlimited mileage guarantee and a 16,000km service interval.
Prices in the United Kingdom start at £14,600 and go up to £19,100. This puts the bike on level with the similar BMW 1250 GS, but a touch cheaper in some variants. We anticipate that the Tiger 1200 will be available in India sometime next year. Pricing may vary depending on whatever models Triumph brings to India, but expect ex-showroom prices to start around Rs 19-20 lakh.