Ending a long-standing period of anticipation, Triumph has finally lifted off the covers from the latest iteration of its flagship adventure tourer, the Tiger 1200. Claiming to be more agile and lighter-in-weight than the model it has replaced, the new Triumph Tiger 1200 has received several changes to its overall design, equipment levels and engine.
Just like the smaller Tiger 900, the new Triumph Tiger 1200 has been launched in two different models – the GT range and the Rally range. The GT range is more road-biased with alloy wheels and softer compound tyres and is offered in three different variants – GT, GT Pro and GT Explorer. The Rally Edition is the one for those who want more hardcore riding experience off the road and is offered in two variants – Rally Pro and Rally Explorer.
Design and Features
The new Triumph Tiger 1200 is designed on the lines of the Tiger 900, which makes it look more athletic and taller than the previous model. The handlebar and windscreen of the motorcycle are mounted higher than before, while the former is also 20mm wider than the previous generation version. The motorcycle has an all-new front fascia with an all-LED headlamp with a horizontally stretched daytime running LED and an adjustable windscreen. The other improvements in the motorcycle include LED tail lamp and turn indicators and bigger and more comfortable seats.
The new Triumph Tiger 1200 is packed with features that make it the most technologically advanced adventure motorcycle from Triumph released to date.
The base GT variant is loaded with all-LED headlamps, keyless ignition, 7-inch full TFT instrument console compatible with MyTriumph for audio, Bluetooth and GoPro connectivity, three riding modes (rain, road and sport), cornering ABS and traction control. In addition to these, the other four variants also get lean-sensitive cornering lights, three additional riding modes, up-and-down quick-shifter, cruise control, hill hold assist, centre stand and heated grips.
The range-topping GT Explorer and Rally Explorer variants feel more premium than the others with features like tyre-pressure monitoring system, heated rider and pillion seats, a bigger 30-litre fuel tank (compared to the 20-litre fuel tank on the others) and a radar-controlled blind spot monitoring system and lane change warning system.
Triumph has partnered with Givi for luggage options, which are a part of the 50 odd accessories available for the Tiger 1200.
Engine and Transmission
For the new Tiger 1200, Triumph has developed an all-new engine which is entirely different from the one which used to power the previously available Tiger 1200. The new inline-three, liquid-cooled, 1160cc engine uses a new T-Plane firing order, which is similar to that of the new Speed Triple, but different in the construction. Coupled with a 6-speed gearbox, this engine puts up 150 bhp of maximum power and 130 Nm of maximum torque. Also new for the engine is a new cooling system with twin side-mounted radiators and a new warranty period of 3-years and unlimited km warranty with 16,000 km service interval.
Triumph has revised the skeleton of the Tiger 1200 under the skin, with a new chassis that is lighter than the older frame by 5.5 kilos. Unlike the previous iteration which had a single-sided swingarm, the new motorcycle comes with a ‘tri-link’ swingarm, while it continues to have a shaft drive system. A majority of the components, including the fuel tank, are made of aluminium. An electronically-controlled Showa semi-active suspension has been brought in as standard for the motorcycle, which includes nine levels of damping adjustment between Comfort and Sport.
The GT variants come with softer Metzeler Tourance tyres over the 19-inch front wheel and 18-inch rear wheel, suspension travel of 200mm at both the ends and a seat height of 850-870mm. On the other hand, the Rally variants are bestowed with Metzeler Karoo Street tyres on the 21-inch front and 18-inch rear spoked wheels, suspension travel of 220mm at both the ends and a seat height of 875-895mm. For braking, the standard setup introduced in the motorcycle includes Brembo Stylema callipers for the front and rear discs and a Magura radial master cylinder for the front brake.
Expected price in India
Triumph has already launched the Tiger 1200 in the UK in the price range of £14,600-19,100, which makes it on par with its other rivals like BMW R 1250 GS and Ducati Multistrada V4. In India too, the Triumph Tiger 1200 will take on these two flagship adventure tourers in the price range of Rs 19-22 lakh (ex-showroom, India).