2023 Triumph Tigre 1200 | First Look Review
In recent years, Triumph has expanded its Tiger range to include more models than ever before. From the Tiger Sport 660 to the Tiger 850 Sport via the Tiger 900 range, the extended family is now aimed at off-road enthusiasts as well as frequent travelers. Now it’s the top-of-the-line Tiger’s turn to modernize, and Hinckley is sparing no expense with the 2023 Triumph Tiger 1200 line-up.
In typical Triumph fashion, flagship Tiger defends an inline triple engine, but the updated grinder comes from the bare Speed Triple 1200 RS bike the company advertises. In adventure bike form, the 1160cc liquid-cooled powertrain boasts 147 horsepower at 9,000 rpm and 95 lb-ft of torque at 7,000 rpm. Similar to the Tiger 900 series, the Triple benefits from Triumph’s T-crank, delivering low-end handling without sacrificing the engaging mid-range and high-end.
Triumph wedges the large capacity Triple in an all new frame with a bolted aluminum subframe. A lighter and stronger three-link swingarm stabilizes the ride in the rear, while Showa’s semi-active suspension adapts to the rider and road conditions. On GT models, the semi-active system offers 7.9 inches of travel while both Rally variants benefit from 8.7 inches. The rake also differs between the two camps, with GTs showing 24.1 degrees and rallies at 23.7 degrees. Despite these differences, all Tiger 1200s receive Brembo Stylema calipers mated to twin 320mm front discs and a single-piston Brembo binder with a 282mm rotor at the rear.
The Tiger’s new compact design also results in a weight saving of 55 pounds. The slimmer waistline and revised ergonomics improve rider comfort, and users can adjust the standard seat between 33.5 and 34.25 inches. The revised bodywork also emphasizes the Tiger’s newfound balance and stance while seamlessly integrating the dual radiator system and downsized exhaust silencer.
The 1200 family may share the same basic components, but Triumph divides the model into five variations. The GT, GT Pro and GT Explorer prefer long journeys on the tarmac while the Rally Pro and Rally Explorer prefer life off the beaten track. As a result, the road-focused GT lineup features 19-inch front and 18-inch rear cast aluminum wheels, and the Rally trims go for filth-worthy 21-inch / 18-inch tubeless spoked wheels. Conversely, Explorer trims share a 7.9-gallon gas tank for extra mileage between fill-ups, while all other variants settle for the 5.3-gallon unit.
In addition to the hardware different from the Tiger, Triumph equips each model with specific software for the fittings. The Rally Pro and Rally Explorer have all six riding modes, including Road, Rain, Sport, Off-Road, Off-Road Pro and Custom. Triumph only removes the Off-Road Pro mode from the GT Pro and GT Explorer, but reduces the standard GT to Rain, Road and Sport. While every Tiger 1200 has a 7-inch TFT screen with the My Triumph connectivity system, only Explorer models feature a blind spot radar system, heated grips and seats, and a control system. tire pressure monitoring. Regardless of the trim, every Tiger 1200 comes with dual-channel cornering ABS and cornering traction control.
Of course, Tiger 1200 owners can also turn to Triumph’s extensive catalog of accessories for everything from complete luggage systems and auxiliary lights to complete bike protection. The new full-caliber ADV will be available in four colourways, including Snowdonia White, Sapphire Black, Lucerne Blue and Matte Khaki, and it will arrive at Triumph dealers in spring 2022. The price is as follows:
- 2023 Triumph Tiger 1200 GT: $ 19,100
- 2023 Triumph Tiger 1200 GT Pro: $ 21,400
- 2023 Triumph Tiger 1200 GT Explorer: $ 23,100
- 2023 Triumph Tiger 1200 Rallye Pro: $ 22,500
- Triumph Tiger 1200 2023 Rally Explorer: $ 24,200
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