Triumph is the premier purveyor of motorcycles from Hinckley, England, and the brand has had quite a year releasing middleweight and heavyweight modes to the market like the Trident 660. Now the brand’s getting more adventurous with the release of its Tiger 1200 GT and the 1200 Rally series. Triumph mentioned that these two models are built from the ground up to compete with some of the best adventure bikes out in the market.
To make the weight and the power class, Triumph had to put out all the stops in order to bring this big adventure bike up to snuff with the rest of its competitors. Under the seat is the brand’s 1,160cc triple that is also shared with the Speed Triple. This is the most powerful engine that Triumph has in its modern lineup, but it’s tuned lower at 148 hp and 130 Nm of torque, still plenty for cross-country rides. Part of the reason why it gets a lower horsepower figure is because of Triumph’s T-Plane crankshaft. The brand claims that it is more responsive at lower RPMs, and the ride is said to be more engaging. It also gives the triple a different exhaust note that is unlike the smooth symphony of the Speed and Street Triples.
On the chassis side of things, Triumph was able to shave off 25 kg from the bike, which is an impressive feat given how strong the chassis needs to be. The weight reduction should help more in the corners and in the dirt where this bike might find itself from time to time. It now sports a bolt-on aluminum subframe which should help with some lightness and part replacement should a rider take a tumble. The bike also features an adjustable seat height that ranges between 850 to 870 mm. Shorter riders may opt for the accessory seat that can further lower the bike’s towering height.
Depending on the variant chosen, Triumph will either supply the Tiger with a 20 or 30-liter gas tank made from aluminum that helps with weight savings. On top of that, the suspension system was changed up and made to be semi-active as standard throughout the range. GT models will sport 200mm of travel, while the Rally models will get an additional 20mm on top of that. For braking, Triumph went with Brembo Stylema monobloc calipers in the front, and there are two of them clamping on 320mm floating rotors. All of this is powered and pumped by a Magura radial master cylinder. The rear brake is also a Brembo unit, but with a 282mm disc and a single-piston caliper.
The front and rear wheels are 19-inches and 18-inches, respectively. The bike’s wheels are wrapped in Metzeler Tourance tires for the GT variant, while the Rally Pro and explorer variations will get 21-inch wheels in the front and 18-inch at the back wrapped in Metzeler Karoo Street tires.
As for tech, the Triumph Tiger will now feature a Blind Spot Radar system for the GT Explorer and Rally Explorer models. This system allows for blind spot assist and lane change assist features to be added to the spec sheet of the Tiger 1200. On top of that, you get rider aids and safety features which include lean-sensitive adaptive cornering lights, Triumph Shift Assist, Hill Hold, heated grips and seats, electronic cruise control, and even tire pressure monitoring for the GT Explorer and Rally Explorer variants. Of course, the top-spec features will only be available over the base model of the Tiger 1200.
Triumph Philippines still has yet to launch this model in the country. That being said, the bike is already quite expensive in foreign markets, costing around the ballpark of P1,000,000 and more given extra features, kit, and accessories.