2022 Triumph Tiger Sport 660 First Look
Claims class-leading power and maintenance costs
After giving us a glimpse of a pre-production prototype in August, Triumph officially revealed its new Tiger Sport 660. Sharing the same platform as the Trident 660 roadster, the 2022 Triumph Tiger Sport 660 is a middleweight “adventure sports” model, claiming class-leading power and low cost of ownership.
By “adventure sports”, of course, we’re talking about sport-touring models that are styled after true ADVs rather than sportbikes. Like the Trident does for its roadster line, Triumph also sees the Tiger Sport 660 as an entry point for the larger and more adventure-ready Tiger models in its lineup. Triumph is thus positioning the Tiger Sport 660 against the likes of the Kawasaki Versys 650 and, in Europe, the Yamaha Tracer 7. Cross shoppers might also be considering the Suzuki V-Strom 650, which may be a bit more capable off-road, but the Tiger probably won’t compete as well in the dirt against the Yamaha Ténéré 700 or theupcoming Aprilia Tuareg 660.
The Tiger Sport 660 is powered by the same liquid-cooled DOHC Inline-Triple as the Trident, with the same claimed performance numbers of 80 hp at 10,250 rpm and 47 lb-ft. at 6,250 rpm and with Triumph claiming 90% of its peak torque available from 3,600 rpm to 9,750 rpm. The Tiger Sport 660 also shares the same underslung silencer as the Trident, as well as a slip-and-assist clutch. An up-and-down quickshifter is available as an accessory.
The engine is packaged in a tubular steel perimeter frame similar to the Trident’s, but the Tiger Sport has a longer subframe to support luggage and a higher two-level seat (the 32.8 inch seat height is 1.1 inches taller than the Trident, but the pillion seat is significantly higher than on the roadster). Luggage is sold separately, but the Tiger Sport 660 is set up with integrated pannier mounts that fit neatly with the shape of the tail.
The suspension is also similar to the Trident, with a 41mm separate function fork and rear shock with remote hydraulic preload adjustment, although with a longer 5.9-inches of wheel travel for both wheels. The Tiger Sport also has a rake of 23.1°and 3.8 inches of trail compared to the Trident’s 24.6° and 4.2 inches.
Nissin provides the dual two-piston front brake calipers and single-piston rear caliper. ABS is standard, as is a switchable traction control system. The electronics package also includes two selectable ride modes with a small color TFT screen integrated in a white-on-black LCD display which is also designed to work with the My Triumph accessory to provide turn-by-turn navigation, phone connectivity and GoPro control.
The Tiger Sport 660 offers a relaxed, upright riding position with a tall height-adjustable windscreen. The controls are positioned for comfort for both urban and highway riding. The brake lever is span-adjustable for rider comfort while passengers will benefit from the ergonomically-shaped grab handles.
The blue model in the photographs is outfitted with a number of accessories including 57l panniers with color-matched lids and a 47l top case (an aluminum luggage rack is sold separately).
Standard features include a 4.5-gallon fuel tank, Michelin Road 5 tires, and twin LED headlights. In markets where they are allowed, the LED turn signals are self-cancelling, and they can be upgraded to scrolling LED indicators.
The 2022 Triumph Tiger Sport 660 arrives in U.S. dealerships in February 2022 with an MSRP of $9,295 for the Sapphire Black color, with an additional $125 for the Korosi Red and Luceren Blue colors. At that price, it’s more expensive than some of its competitors like the $8,399 Versys 650, but Triumph says the Tiger Sport 660 makes up for it with a category-leading low cost of ownership. Service intervals are every 10,000 miles or 12 months. Triumph also claims the service time over the first three years of ownership add up to 8.3 hours of labor compared to a range of 11 to 15.9 hours for its competitors. Triumph asserts this results in a 17% lower maintenance costs over that time span.
2022 Triumph Tiger Sport 660 Specifications
|Type||Liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, inline 3-cylinder, 240° firing order|
|Bore x Stroke||74.04 mm x 51.1 mm|
|Horsepower||80 hp at 10,250 rpm (claimed)|
|Torque||47 lb-ft. at 6,250 rpm (claimed)|
|Fuel System||Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection with electronic throttle control|
|Exhaust||Stainless steel 3 into 1 header system with low single sided stainless steel silencer|
|Final Drive||X-ring chain|
|Clutch||Wet, multi-plate, slip & assist|
|Frame||Tubular steel perimeter frame|
|Swingarm||Twin-sided, fabricated steel|
|Front Wheel||Cast aluminum, 17 x 3.5 in|
|Rear Wheel||Cast aluminum, 17 x 5.5 in|
|Front Tire||120/70 ZR 17 (58W)|
|Rear Tire||180/55 ZR 17 (73W)|
|Front Suspension||Showa 41mm upside down separate function cartridge forks, 5.9 inches of wheel travel|
|Rear Suspension||Showa monoshock RSU, with remote hydraulic preload adjustment, 5.9 inches of wheel travel|
|Front Brakes||Nissin two-piston sliding calipers, twin 310mm discs, ABS|
|Rear Brakes||Nissin single-piston sliding caliper, single 255mm disc, ABS|
|Instruments||Multi-function instruments with color TFT screen|
|Width (Handlebars)||32.8 inches|
|Height||55 inches / 51.7 inches (high / low screen position), without mirrors|
|Seat Height||32.8 inches|
|Rake / Trail||23.1° / 3.8 inches|
|Wet weight||454 pounds (claimed)|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||4.5 gallons|
|Service interval||10,000 miles / 12 months|
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