Triumph announces new Tiger 1200 Desert Edition, Alpine Edition

Triumph has announced another remix of the Tiger 1200, with the new Desert Edition and Alpine Edition scheduled to hit the market shortly.

The Desert Edition is a re-work of the offroad-oriented Tiger 1200 XCx that’s “inspired by epic adventures taken across the most inhospitable deserts in the world, from the Sahara to the Kalahari and beyond.” It’s got a special-edition Sandstorm paint scheme and unique graphics, with some up-spec’d equipment to go with the new looks. Triumph has outfitted the Desert Edition with a new titanium muffler, courtesy of Arrow, and also equipped the Desert Edition with a quickshifter, for clutchless up/down shifting.

Wait, that photo wasn’t taken in the desert! Either way, this shows Triumph’s intentions with this bike: it’s offroad-oriented.

Otherwise, it seems it’s the same basic package as the standard machine as the XCx, with 1215 cc three-cylinder engine (rated for 139 hp, 90 lb-ft of torque), TFT instruments, cornering ABS, traction control, riding modes, LED lighting, keyless ignition, cruise control, heated grips, adjustable semi-active WP suspension and so on.

As for the Alpine Edition, it’s the same basic idea. It’s got a dedicated Snowdonia White paint scheme and Alpine Edition graphics and trim. It’s based on the mid-spec XRx machine (which is aimed towards street riders), but with a titanium silencer (again, sourced from Arrow) and up/down quickshifter.

The Alpine is more of a street bike than the Desert model.

The engine’s the same as the standard XRx, though, and Triumph says the Alpine Edition “maintains the Tiger’s well known premium equipment standard with  high-specification Brembo brakes, adjustable WP suspension controlled by Triumph’s Semi-Active Suspension technology, and a two-position seat height (32.9 – 33.7 in), adjustable by 0.79 in to suit riding style and terrain.” So there you have it.

No doubt both bikes will be available in Canada sometime this year, but we haven’t seen a Canadian MSRP yet.


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