Alongside its new Tiger 800 range, Triumph also uncaged its R1200GS baiting Tiger 1200 at this week’s Milan motorcycle show.
Essentially an updated version of the Tiger Explorer (although the ‘Explorer’ tag has now been dropped), the British company says that around 100 changes have been made to the new models, which weigh in at 10kg less than the outgoing versions.
As with the Explorer version, there are a bewildering six models in the Tiger 1200 range. All models feature the same 1215cc three-cylinder engine, putting out 140bhp. The XR models feature road biased cast wheels, while the XC versions run off-road styled spoked wheels, albeit still in the same sized 19” hoops at the front and 17” at the rear.
The base model is the XR, which comes with a decent enough spec sheet that includes switchable ABS, traction control and three riding modes, an electric screen and cruise control as standard. The XRx adds semi-active suspension, TFT display instruments, LED lighting, four riding modes, keyless ignition and higher spec cornering ABS and traction control. A separate model, listed as the Tiger 1200 XRx Low Ride Height, has a bespoke suspension and seat set-up to reduce the height by 20mm. For those who like the kitchen sink, Triumph will also sell you an XRT model, with adaptive cornering lighting, shift assistance, five riding modes, titanium exhaust, electric seats, hill hold control and an electrically adjustable screen. Two versions of the XC, the XCX and the XCA, are available. The XCX runs a spec similar to the XRx, albeit with some additional gadgets like off-road style engine bars and radiator protector, and an off-road optimized riding mode. The XCA features the tech of the XRT, plus the off-road riding modes.
The new Tiger 1200s have also had a subtle restyle, with more premium finishes and new graphics. Despite being lighter and more manageable, the 1200s remain hefty beasts with the adjustable seat height being 835mm on its low setting, or 855mm on the higher of the two settings (low seat version is 20mm less). The base XR weighs in at 242kg without fuel, going up to 248kg for the XC models.
No prices have been released, but expect these to be available by the time Motorcycle Live starts at the Birmingham NEC, on 18 November, where Triumph will be displaying the new models.
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