2022 Triumph Tiger 1200 - First Look
Less weight, more power, and more versatility
Triumph has finally spilled the beans on its thoroughly redesigned Tiger 1200. A substantial reduction in weight and an emphasis on power and handling is the name of the game for 2022. Bringing its big ADV into line with the 900s, the Tiger 1200 will be offered in five trims: GT, GT Pro, GT Explorer, Rally Pro, and Rally Explorer which follow the same naming scheme with the GT trims being more road-focused while the Rally versions offer off-road accoutrement such as larger wheels and more suspension travel. The Explorer models also hold 7.9 gallons of petrol with the other trims utilizing a 5.2 gallon tank.
The T-plane crank has made its way to the 1160 cc Triple with Triumph claiming 147.9 horsepower and 95.8 lb-ft of torque from the big Tiger. Showa semi-active suspension is equipped with the rear shaft drive using what Triumph is calling its “tri-link” suspension set up. Electronics are now thoroughly modern with the 1200s now equipped with much of what we saw on the 900s with the addition of blind-spot monitoring on the Explorer trims.
For a thorough overview of the new models, we’ve included Triumph’s press release below. To say we’re excited to test the Tiger 1200 line would be an understatement. If our time on the Tiger 900s is telling at all of the improvements to the new 1200s, the big adventure bike segment is showing no signs of cooling down any time soon. We’re told Spring 2022 for arrival in dealers, but we hope to get our grubby mitts on one as soon as possibly to bring a thorough ride review to MO’s digital pages.
Begin Press Release:
THE NEW TIGER 1200: THE BEST OF ALL WORLDS
Significantly lighter and much more powerful, with class leading handling and specification, plus all of Triumph’s new T-plane triple performance advantage, the all-new Tiger 1200 has been designed to be the world’s most capable, agile and manoeuvrable large capacity adventure motorcycle.
Delivering a transformation in capability and performance on the tarmac, and the most dynamic and exciting experience off road, the new generation brings the best of all worlds with a whole new Tiger line-up, including for the first time two all-new 30 litre tank Tiger Explorer options.
All-new Tiger 1200 Family
- Tiger 1200 GT family; tailor made for the perfect road-focused adventure ride,
with 19” front and 18” rear cast aluminium wheels
- Tiger 1200 Rally Pro (20 litre tank)
- Tiger 1200 Rally Explorer (30 litre tank)
Transformation in weight, capability and specification
- Significantly lighter
(based on a comparable specification of motorcycle)
- 21” front / 18” rear tubeless spoked set-up for off-road supremacy
(Rally Pro & Rally Explorer)
- 19” front / 18” rear cast aluminium set-up for dynamic road riding capability
(GT, GT Pro & GT Explorer)
- 20 litre (GT, GT Pro & Rally Pro)
- 30 litre (GT Explorer & Rally Explorer)
New lightweight frame with bolt-on rear aluminium subframe and pillion hangers
- New lighter and stronger ‘tri-link’ swingarm
- New category-leading Brembo Stylema® monobloc brakes
plus optimised cornering ABS with IMU
- Advanced Showa semi-active suspension set-up tuned for maximum road and off-road capability
All-new T-plane triple engine advantage
- New 1160cc triple engine, designed to set a new benchmark for engine character
- More power with 150PS at 9,000rpm and more torque with 130Nm at 7,000rpm.
9PS more than the previous generation, and 14PS more than the closest shaft drive competition
- Unique T-plane triple crank with uneven firing order
All-new comprehensive technology package
- All-new Triumph Blind Spot Radar System, developed in partnership with Continental
(GT Explorer and Rally Explorer only)
- All-new Showa semi-active suspension set-up for dynamic rider control
- All-new 7” TFT instruments with integrated My Triumph Connectivity System
- Optimised Cornering Traction Control with IMU
- Up to six riding modes
- All-new keyless system, including ignition, steering lock and fuel cap
- All-new LED lighting with DRL, plus Adaptive Cornering Lights (not available on GT)
- Triumph Shift Assist (standard on all except GT)
- Heated grips and seats (heated seats standard on GT Explorer & Rally Explorer only)
- Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (standard on GT Explorer & Rally Explorer only)
- Hill Hold (not available on GT)
New distinctive and purposeful style, poise and attitude
- More dominant adventure focused stance and poise with new bodywork,
new twin radiator design and minimal new silencer
- New rider ergonomics with tailored bar and peg positions
- All-new bodywork
- Premium detailing and finish
- New colour schemes and graphics for each family
Dedicated Tiger 1200 accessory range
- 50+ Genuine Triumph Accessories for capability, comfort, style, technology and protection
- Full luggage systems – all hard luggage developed in partnership with Givi
- Comprehensive protective range
- Precision engineered tubular stainless-steel engine and tank protection
- Heated seating options
- Rider, pillion, standard height and low seat options
- New Triumph Sena Bluetooth communication system
- Dedicated new partnership with the leading motorcycle communication brand, Triumph Sena headset featuring a new Harman Kardon sound system
Price, service and availability
- Three years unlimited mileage warranty, with the option to extend
- High service intervals: 10,000 miles (16,000 km) / 12 months
- Competitively priced, starting at £14,600 for the Tiger 1200 GT
- Available in dealers from Spring 2022
THE BEST OF ALL WORLDS
The result of one of the most ambitious projects in Triumph’s history, the all-new Tiger 1200 line-up represents a transformation in weight, performance and capability, all focused on delivering every advantage a rider is looking for in their adventure motorcycle.
Building on the previous generation’s strengths, including its practical shaft drive set-up and its great long-distance comfort, plus the triple engine platform which suits touring so well, the new Tiger line-up introduces a new generation of T-plane triple engine, lightweight chassis and advanced technology – all focused on delivering the most agile and capable large capacity adventure motorcycle you can buy.
ALL-NEW TIGER 1200 FAMILY
With all-new names to reflect the new capability, each Tiger 1200 model is now more tailored and focused to suit the adventures that different riders want.
The new road-focused GT and higher spec GT Pro come with cast wheels, 19” on the front and 18” on the rear, plus all-new Showa semi-active suspension, tuned to deliver the ultimate road-focused adventure ride.
With the new Rally Pro, this brings for the first time a dedicated 21” front and 18” rear tubeless wire-spoked wheel set-up, plus the new Showa semi-active suspension with even longer travel, tuned to deliver the ultimate in all-terrain riding, off-road and on.
Completing the new 5 bike line-up, for the first time Triumph introduces two new 30 litre tank Tigers, with the new Rally Explorer and the GT Explorer – the only cast wheel, 30 litre tank, adventure bike in the class. Both featuring the new Triumph Blind Spot Radar system, these bikes are built to travel the world in comfort and style, with the highest level of specification and capability ever.
ALL-NEW T-PLANE TRIPLE ENGINE
Designed to deliver all the advantages that have made the Triumph Tiger 900 so successful in the middleweight category, the new the T-plane triple crank brings the best of both worlds, with the low down tractability of a twin at the bottom end, making it great off road, combined with the performance benefits of a triple at the top end, which makes the Tiger even better on the road where riders spend most of their time. Technically, the T-plane crank gives the new Tiger 1200 engine firing pulses at 180, 270 and 270 degrees, resulting in one short gap and two long gaps between the firing, delivering improved character and tractability at low rpm.
The new 1160cc engine brings a major step up in performance with 150PS peak power at 9,000rpm, 9PS up on the previous generation, making it the most powerful shaft drive motorcycle in the class. The torque is also significantly higher than the previous generation, with 130Nm of peak torque at 7,000rpm, 8Nm up on the previous engine.
In addition to the step-up in power and torque, the new engine, tune and T-plane triple crank also bring improved acceleration and a much more responsive and exciting character, where the uneven firing interval gives excellent feel and tractability at the bottom end, combined with the really strong triple power and torque delivery all the way through the rev range. Completing the transformation, every Tiger features the new lightweight low-maintenance shaft drive, a key practical advantage valued by adventure touring riders.
Compared to the previous generation engine, absolutely everything is new, including new bore and stroke, crank, cylinder head, gearbox and clutch, and a completely new shaft drive and bevel box. Overall, every single component has been designed to be significantly lighter and more compact, which has allowed the new engine to have a much tighter overall package, transforming the riding dynamics.
Add to that the new minimal lightweight silencer, and the result is a significantly enhanced soundtrack, with a new distinctive triple tone and bark.
THE NEW BENCHMARK FOR HANDLING
The Tiger 1200 has been designed to set the new benchmark for road and off-road adventure handling, courtesy of a major reduction in weight, an all-new lightweight chassis, a class-leading specification of equipment and all-new rider ergonomics.
Following an extensive mass optimisation programme across the whole bike, encompassing every component, the new generation is now more than 25kg lighter than the previous Tiger, and up to 17kg lighter than the closest shaft drive competition, based on a comparable specification of motorcycle.
For this new generation, each Tiger 1200 family now comes equipped with dedicated wheel dimensions, tailored to suit the adventures that different riders want. On the Rally Pro and Rally Explorer, there is a 21”/18” tubeless spoked set-up for incredible all-road ability, and on the GT, GT Pro and GT Explorer there is 19”/18” cast aluminium arrangement for more dynamic road riding ability.
Ensuring outstanding grip and stability, Metzeler Tourance™ tyres are fitted to all of the GT models, while the Rally models feature Metzeler Karoo Street™ tyres for true all-terrain riding. For advanced off-road riding, the Michelin Anakee Wild is the handbook approved option.
Class-leading Brembo Stylema® brakes are fitted to all Tiger 1200 models for powerful and progressive performance. These have been selected to meet the demands of long distance road riding and the advanced off-road adventure capability of the Rally models.
The incredible stopping power provided by the Brembo calipers is managed by the advanced Optimised Cornering ABS system fitted to all of the new models, which is supported by a sophisticated IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit), which continuously measures the motorcycle’s movement (pitch rate, yaw rate, roll rate, vertical acceleration, lateral acceleration, longitudinal acceleration) to calculate the lean angle of the bike and deliver the optimum level of ABS intervention. Magura HC-1 levers, adjustable for reach, deliver a progressive feel and further enhance rider comfort and control.
Making a significant contribution to the transformation in weight and handling capability, the Tiger’s new frame, which is 5.4kg lighter than the previous design, features a bolt-on aluminium rear sub-frame and bolt-on pillion hangers, enhancements developed from customer feedback.
Additional weight savings comes from the new aluminium fuel tank and all-new tri-link swingarm, which is 1.5kg lighter and stronger than the previous single-sided set-up, and incorporates a smaller and lighter shaft drive and bevel box.
Bringing the rider enhanced confidence at low speeds and during non-riding manoeuvres, as well as enhanced comfort and control, all of the new 1200s come with new seat and tank ergonomics, where the seat has been slimmed down at the front, where it meets the tank. To further enable each rider to find their comfort zone, all models feature a built-in easily adjustable two-position seat mechanism which enables the rider to change the seat height by 20mm to their preferred set-up.
For the GT, GT Pro and GT Explorer there are two seat height settings – 850mm and 870mm, while for the Rally Pro and Rally Explorer these are 875mm and 895mm. Through the accessory-fit low seat option, customers will also be able to lower the seat position by an additional 20mm.
A further enhancement to comfort is provided by the new easily adjustable screen, with a simple one-handed adjustment mechanism, plus new aero screen diffusers that deflect the wind off both the rider and pillion.
The handlebar position has been optimised to suit each model in the Tiger 1200 range, contributing to the bike’s improved agility and ensuring great rider comfort. These are 20mm wider than the previous generation for improved off-road control. On the GT Explorer and Rally Explorer, the handlebars are 16mm higher than the other models in the line-up to deliver an even more commanding position. The foot peg positions have also been refined to deliver the optimum rider comfort and control for each model.
All models within the Tiger 1200 line-up have an extensive level of protection for a more secure and comfortable ride: handguards are standard for all models, aluminium skid-guard is fitted as standard on the GT Pro and GT Explorer, while an aluminium sump guard is a standard fit for the Rally Pro and Rally Explorer. Additional protection is provided on the GT Explorer and both Rally variants by the engine protection bars, while the Rally Explorer also comes with fuel tank protection bars. These items can all be added as accessories to the models where they are not standard fit.
COMPREHENSIVE TECHNOLOGY PACKAGE
The new generation sets a new standard for Tiger technology, with the introduction of a host of advanced features designed to enhance the ride and deliver a step up in safety, comfort and control.
The GT Explorer and Rally Explorer exclusively feature the all-new Triumph Blind Spot Radar system, developed in partnership with Continental, which delivers two key safety features. Blind Spot Assist uses a rear facing radar to let the rider know when another vehicle is in their blind spot, and Lane Change Assist, which gives a more prominent warning if the rider indicates to change lane and there is a vehicle approaching.
Optimised Cornering Traction Control comes as standard on all of the new line-up, which is supported by the bike’s advanced IMU to deliver the optimum traction control response for the riding conditions.
All of the key information the rider needs is presented through the new class-leading 7” TFT instruments with an optically bonded display, which features a new graphics package. The My Triumph Connectivity System is also fitted as standard on all models, enabling phone calls, turn-by-turn navigation and GoPro control.
Depending on the model, there are up to 6 riding modes available, which adjust throttle response, ABS, traction control and suspension settings for maximum rider control in all riding conditions. The Off-Road Pro riding mode, exclusive to the Rally Pro and Rally Explorer models, is Triumph’s most extreme off-road set-up for advanced off-road adventure, with ABS and traction control turned off, and an off-road throttle map. Rain mode has been tailored to deliver the most intervention and is limited to 100PS for enhanced safety and control when conditions are compromised.
- Tiger 1200 Rally Pro and Rally Explorer: Road, Rain, Sport, Rider-configurable, Off-Road and Off-Road Pro
- Tiger 1200 GT Pro and GT Explorer: Road, Rain, Sport, Rider-configurable and Off-Road
- Tiger 1200 GT: Rain, Road and Sport
Great visibility in any riding condition is ensured by the new full LED headlight with a distinctive new signature Daytime Running Light (DRL). Additional visibility and illumination whilst cornering is provided by the lean-sensitive new Adaptive Cornering Lights, which come as standard on all models except the Tiger 1200 GT.
Triumph Shift Assist comes as a standard fit feature on all models, except the Tiger 1200 GT where it is available as an accessory upgrade. Triumph Shift Assist enables easy up and down gear-shifting without needing to action the clutch. Hill Hold is standard on all models except the Tiger 1200 GT. Hill Hold prevents the bike from rolling backwards when setting off on a steep incline, applying the rear brake until sensing the rider is starting to move off.
For enhanced long distance riding comfort in every weather condition, all models except the Tiger 1200 GT come with heated grips as standard, plus the GT Explorer and Rally Explorer also come with heated rider and pillion seats, and also a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System to ensure the highest possible level of rider safety. For all other models, heated seats and TPMS can be added as an accessory option.
Completing the new Tiger’s comprehensive technology package, all of the new models come with a host of additional features designed to enhance the ride, including intuitive and easily accessible switch cubes with unique-in-segment 5-way joystick control, plus illuminated switches and under seat storage with USB charger. Adjustable electronic cruise control and a centre stand also come as standard on all models except the Tiger GT.
DISTINCTIVE NEW TIGER STYLE
Following a brief for styling that was just as ambitious as the handling and performance updates, the new Tiger 1200 line-up delivers a distinctive new look with a more upright, commanding stance enhanced by the new redesigned minimal bodywork, clean contemporary lines and a visually lighter front end.
Each model family has been designed with a more focused look, with the GT family delivering even more road biased style, whilst the Rally family brings even more off-road attitude and stance, courtesy of the new 21’’ front wheel set-up.
The new generation also features a much slimmer waist and more compact design with narrower stand over, which not only makes it easier to get your feet on the floor, but also makes it easier to move around on while riding.
Tiger 1200 Rally Pro and Rally Explorer: Snowdonia White, Sapphire Black, Matt Khaki
Tiger 1200 GT Pro and GT Explorer: Snowdonia White, Sapphire Black, Lucerne Blue
Tiger 1200 GT: Snowdonia White
DEDICATED ACCESSORY RANGE
A tailor-made line-up of the very best options needed to enhance any rider’s adventure is available for the new Tiger 1200, with more than 50 Genuine Triumph Accessories to choose from to enhance the bike’s capability, comfort, style and protection.
Key accessory options include:
- Two full luggage systems, with new Trekker moulded panniers and 52 litre twin helmet top box with passenger backrest, and new aluminium top-opening Expedition panniers, with matching 42 litre top box and backrest, available in both brushed aluminium or matt black finish, all developed by Triumph in partnership with Givi.
- Comprehensive protection range, with engine bars, tank protection bars and aluminium sump guard.
- Heated rider and pillion seats, plus low height heated seat.
- Adjustable screen aero deflector
- Triumph Shift Assist
- LED fog lights
- Scrolling LED indicators
- Centre stand
- All new Triumph Sena Bluetooth headset, a new partnership, which works with the integrated My Triumph Connectivity System and comes with Sena’s updated sound system by Harman Kardon
- Triumph Track+ tracking system
- Triumph Protect+ alarm system
2022 Triumph Tiger 1200 Specifications
|Engine Type||Liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, inline 3-cylinder|
|Bore x Stroke||90.0 mm x 60.7 mm|
|Horsepower||148 hp at 9,000 rpm (claimed)|
|Torque||96 lb-ft. at 7,000 rpm (claimed)|
|Fuel System||Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection with electronic throttle control|
|Exhaust||Stainless steel 3 into 1 header system with underslung primary silencer and side mounted secondary silencer|
|Final Drive||Shaft drive|
|Clutch||Hydraulic, wet, multi-plate, slip & assist|
|Frame||Tubular steel frame, with forged aluminum outriggers. Fabricated, bolt-on aluminum rear subframe.|
|Swingarm||Twin sided “Tri-Link” aluminum swingarm with twin aluminum torque arms.|
|Front Wheel||Cast aluminum, 19 x 3.0in||Spoked (tubeless), 21 x 2.15in.|
|Rear Wheel||Cast aluminum, 18 x 4.25in||Spoked (tubeless), 18 x 4.25in.|
|Front Tire||Metzeler Tourance 120/70R19 (M/C 60V TL)||Metzeler Karoo Street 90/90-21 (M/C 54V TL)|
|Rear Tire||Metzeler Tourance 150/70R18 (M/C 70V TL)||Metzeler Karoo Street 150/70R18 (M/C 70V TL)|
|Front Suspension||Showa 49mm USD forks with semi-active damping; 7.9 inches of travel.||Showa 49mm USD forks with semi-active damping; 8.7 inches of travel.|
|Rear Suspension||Showa monoshock with semi-active damping and automatic electronic preload adjustment; 7.9 inches of travel.||Showa monoshock with semi-active damping and automatic electronic preload adjustment; 8.7 inches of travel.|
|Front Brakes||Brembo M4.30 Stylema monoblock radial calipers, OC-ABS, twin 320mm floating discs. Magura HC1 span adjustable radial master cylinder with separate reservoir.|
|Rear Brakes||Brembo single piston caliper, OC-ABS, single 282mm disc. Rear master cylinder with remote reservoir.|
|Instruments||Full-colour 7” TFT instrument pack with My Triumph Connectivity System|
|Length||88.4 inches||88.4 inches||88.8 inches||89.4 inches||90.4 inches|
|Width||33.4 inches (handlebars), 38.7 inches (handguards)|
|Height Without Mirrors||56.5 – 58.9 inches (adjustable screen)||58.5 – 60.9 inches (adjustable screen)|
|Seat Height||33.5 – 34.3 inches (adjustable)||34.4 – 35.2 inches (adjustable)|
|Trail||4.7 inches||4.4 inches|
|Wet Weight (Claimed)||529 pounds||540 pounds||562 pounds||549 pounds||575 pounds|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||5.3 gallons||5.3 gallons||7.9 gallons||5.3 gallons||7.9 gallons|
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