Triumph Tiger 1200 Unveiled Globally
The new Tiger 1200 has managed to gain power and shed as much as 25kg compared to its predecessor
- Gets a reworked design similar to the Tiger 900.
- The new 1160cc inline-triple motor dishes out 150PS and 130Nm, 9PS and 8Nm more than the previous iteration.
- Triumph offers it in five variants: GT, GT Pro, GT Explorer, Rally Pro and Rally Explorer.
After several teasers, Triumph has finally taken the wraps off the new Tiger 1200. It’s the flagship ADV from the British bike maker, and comes in five variants: GT, GT Pro, GT Explorer, Rally Pro and Rally Explorer.
Similar to its smaller sibling, the Tiger 1200 features a spanking new design as well. The new fascia is similar to that of the Tiger 900, but the brow-style LED DRLs have been replaced by horizontal units. The Tiger 1200 Explorer variants can hold as much as 30 litres of fuel.
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It’s powered by a new 1160cc inline-triple motor that develops 150PS and 130Nm. Compared to the previous-generation bike, the new one makes 9PS and 8Nm more. The uneven firing order has helped improve the low-end grunt while making sure the top-end response remains immaculate. This should make the Tiger 1200 suitable for both off-roading as well as touring. Not to mention, it now uses a lighter and lower-maintenance shaft drive system.
On the features front, the Tiger 1200 GT Explorer and Rally Explorer get heated seats, Blind Spot Radar system (a first for Triumph) and Lane Change assist. With that being said, the entire range features cornering traction control, ABS, six riding modes, a quickshifter, adaptive cornering lights, hill hold control, electronic cruise control and heated grips. The rider can access all these features via the 7-inch TFT that is smartphone compatible and offers navigation as well as GoPro control.
Triumph has used a new 5.4kg lighter frame with a bolt-on subframe for the flagship Tiger.
Overall, the Tiger 1200 has shed a lot of heft and Triumph claims it to be 25kg lighter than its predecessor. It’s suspended on Showa semi-active suspension. The Rally and GT variants, though, get different suspension tunes to suit their purpose. Braking hardware comprises a Brembo system throughout the Tiger 1200 bloodline.
The GT range rolls on 19-inch front and 18-inch rear alloys, whereas the Rally models get 21-inch front and 18-inch rear spoked wheels wrapped in tubeless tyres.
With that being said, Triumph has even equipped the Tiger 1200 GT lineup with two seat height options: 850mm and 870mm. The same goes for the Rally range, with options for both an 875mm and 895mm. The new model tips the weight scale at 240kg for the GT and 265kg for the Rally Explorer.
All in all, the revamped Tiger 1200 now seems like an ace rival to the BMW R 1250 GS. And with the growing popularity of big ADVS in India, the flagship Tiger could be launched some time next year. Expect it to be priced at Rs 20 lakh onwards, once launched.
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