Triumph has just updated their Tiger 1200 range for the new year. Perks include a whopping weight drop and a deliciously long-range potential, among other updates – so let’s get into it.
The inline triple of the Triumph 1200 has been updated for increased efficiency, and despite dropping in power from 1215cc to 1160cc, it still spits out a neat 148bhp (from 139bhp) and 95lb-ft of yank (from 90lb-ft). The ‘T-plane’ crank design Triumph used for the Tiger 1200 range purportedly improves drive pulses and character, and a new split radiator gets the whole bundle of muscles further forward in the chassis for better maneuverability and balance.
The bike’s dropped a bit of weight, too.
Pushing the increasingly compact machine into the doc’s office gets us a numeric somewhere between 240kg and 261kg, depending on which variant you’re talking about.
(For those that want a break on the math, that’s roughly 25kg – and we ain’t talking keto.)
“Paired with the new engine is a redesigned shaft drive that’s 1.5kg lighter than the old unit,” comments an article from MCN.
“The big chunks [of weight difference] have come from the swingarm and frame, which total 5.4kg lighter, in part thanks to a bolt-on aluminum subframe, but generally they’ve just trimmed the fat by ditching items that weren’t in huge demand such as the electrically adjusted screen.”
Oh, and we haven’t even introduced the new addition to the range yet – Triumph’s new GT Explorer and Rally Explorer adventure machines, both now featuring a magnificent 30-liter tank capacity (see above).
Many notice that this gen’s spec sheet has officially put the new Tiger 1200 Explorer in direct competition with the other two big ADV boys that show off 30-liter tanks. Ducati’s Multistrada 1260 Enduro and BMW’s R1250GSA have been top-of-the-chart for a hot minute, and though Triumph isn’t saying it in as many words, the R1250GSA is the main beast to beat considering it is the only other shaft-driven bike in the category.