Triumph’s still hyping its new flagship ADV bike, with more photos released showing the machine’s lines while the bike is at a standstill.
The new Tiger 1200 is part of what appears to be a re-focus for Triumph, with the teaser footage so far seeming to promise a more dirt-ready bike than previous big-bore Tiger models.
Paired with Triumph’s new enduro and motocross bike lineup, and the new value-oriented Tiger Sports 660. The public wants value-oriented bikes, the public wants dirt bikes, and the public wants more offroad-ready ADV bikes. Triumph seems ready to deliver.
Former motocross legend Ricky Carmichael seems to be a key part of Triumph’s new focus on offroad capability; see his impressions of the Tiger 1200 here. Otherwise, you can get another look at the bike here.
Triumph says the new bike is supposed to weigh less than previous Tiger 1200 models, with more power and better handling as well. The engine comes in the T-plane configuration, with a 1-3-2 firing order and first and third crankpins set 180 degrees apart, and middle crankpin 90 degrees apart from those. This is supposed to take max advantage of the three-cylinder engine design.
However, the real proof will be when the bike is announced and then ridden. At this point, we have not seen the spec sheet, let alone thrown a leg over this beast, and whether riders’ complaints with previous models have been addressed (most notably, a too-high center of gravity). Expect a release around the EICMA show at the end of November, with first test rides sometime in the new year.