For those looking to get out of town— and take a dirt road to get there— might want to peek at Triumph’s new and improved Tiger 1200, as announced at the 2017 EICMA motorcycle show in Italy. Available in XC and XR specifications, the Tiger 1200 sheds weight, amplifies power, and includes greater creature comforts.
There’s no getting around big adventure bikes being heavy. However the ’18 Tigger drops up to 22 pounds off its physique (XC).
“The new Tiger 1200 range is so advanced it has taken a full four years to develop,” said Paul Stroud, Chief Commercial Officer for Triumph Motorcycles.
“We’re proud to launch a family of motorcycles that altogether boasts significant class-leading engine characteristics, rider-focused technological innovations and premium styling; all in the name of first-class riding enjoyment. These are by far the most adventure-ready Tigers ever built.”
A 1215cc Triple-cylinder engine powers the Tiger and is claimed to deliver 139 hp at 9350 rpm, and nearly 90 ft-lb torque at 7600 revs. Specifically, the engine sports a lighter crankshaft and fly wheel, and breathes through a lighter muffler. Furthermore an accessory Arrow-branded titanium muffler exhaust is also available.
The engine is hung inside a steel frame with a shaft drive and single sided swingarm putting power to the ground. An electronic quickshifter enable clutch-less up, and downshifts. A manual hydraulically-actuated clutch complements things.
The ergonomics have been tweaked and cruise control is now manipulated through a joystick on the handlebar. Full-LED lightning, with cornering function, and a five-inch color display allow the rider to adjust riding modes and traction control settings. An “Off-Road Pro” setting has also added allowing riders to disable rider aid’s for precise vehicle control when riding over tough stuff.
Semi-active and electronically adjustable suspension from WP is available on the up-spec models. Brakes are sourced from Brembo and Nissin and the Tiger rolls on a set of spoked and tubeless 19-inch front and 17-inch rear wheels. More conveniences come in the form of 12-volt and USB power sockets as well as a center stand.
No word on official pricing but the new Tiger will be landing in America early 2018.