Triumph has overhauled its Tiger 1200 series for 2022, once again differentiating between dirt-oriented models (the Rally series) and street-oriented models (the GT series). In total, there’s the GT, the GT Pro, the Rally Pro, the Rally Explorer, and the GT Explorer.
All bikes in the series have an updated three-cylinder engine with T-plane crank layout, which is supposed to deliver more torque down low in the rev range, and more horsepower up high. The 1160 cc powerplant (down from the previous 1215 cc version) has 147 hp at 9,000 rpm and 95 lb-ft of torque at 7,000 rpm. That’s a gain of 8 hp and 5 lb-ft of torque. Triumph also says the 180-270-270 firing order increases rideability. There’s also a new shaft drive, which is supposed to be lighter while offering low-maintenance ownership.
All models get a lightened aluminum frame and subframe, and revised electronics (leaning ABS, traction control, etc.) for 2022. The changes mean the bikes drop about 25 kg from previous Tiger 1200 models, making them not just lighter than their predecessors, but also lighter than some of the competition in the flagship ADV market (ranging from 240 kg to 261 kg, depending which model you buy). That’s a big change for Triumph, which has often been seen as the “heavy kid” of this market segment.
Tiger 1200 GT series
These bikes come with a 19-inch front wheel and 18-inch rear. These cast wheels are aimed at street use, and paired with Showa semi-active suspension, with 200 mm travel. Pay more, and you can upgrade to the GT Pro model, or get the GT Explorer with extended-range 30-liter fuel tank, and blind spot detection system.
Tiger 1200 Rally series
This series starts with the Tiger 1200 Rally Pro, with 21-inch front wheel and 19-inch rear. The rims are tubeless and spoked, for easy tire changes and tough offroad usability. The semi-active Showa suspension has 220 mm travel in this model, as well as the Rally Explorer, which gets the same extended-range fuel tank and blind spot detection system as the GT Explorer.
Coming to Canada?
You can find more details on all the new bikes at Triumph’s Canadian website; we’d expect the machines here in time for next spring. Pricing starts at $22,300 for the base GT model, and runs as high as $28,700 for the Rally Explorer.