Triumph’s new Tiger Sport 660 looks set to be a serious contender in the middleweight adventure segment.
If you’re after a new, road focussed, middleweight adventure bike then it is going to be tough to look past Triumph’s new Tiger Sport 660 when it lands in showrooms next year. Utilising the same 660cc engine from the Trident, the Tiger Sport 660 produces 64Nm torque alongside 80bhp peak power, which will deliver a sporty yet smooth and linear character throughout the rev range – or so Triumph tell us.
To give it some touring chops, Hinckley’s latest creation has been given Showa 41mm USD forks (with a generous 150mm of travel) and a Showa monoshock, which has not just been optimised for general riding, but has been tailored for a pillion too.
Braking power comes from some relatively simple Nissin two-piston sliding calipers at the front, while the Tiger Sport 660 also comes equipped with five-spoke, 17” cast aluminium wheels, which are kitted out with some decent OE rubber, in the form of Michelin Road 5 tyres. The company’s Tiger 850 and 900 models remain in the range, for riders wanting something with a bit more power and off-road ability.
And it’s certainly not just a Trident with long travel suspension. Triumph have fitted the baby Tiger with a 17 litre fuel tank, fairing, adjustable screen and integrated pannier mounts to make it a little more suitable for an adventure, or just as a super practical every day commuter. As far as technology goes, you also get a TFT dash, two riding modes, traction control, ABS, full LED lighting, self-cancelling indicators, and a ride-by-wire throttle, too. New riders will also be able to fit an A2 restriction kit, if required by their licence.
The Tiger Sport 660 certainly has all the makings of another smash hit seller, especially when you consider that it will set you back just £8,450 when it goes on sale from February 2022. To put that into perspective, that’s the same price as BMW’s base F750GS and over a grand less than Yamaha’s Tenere 700 – two models that are more off-road focussed due to their larger front wheels and dual sport rubber. Its closest rival is probably Yamaha’s £8200 Tracer 7, which also shares its all-round road focus.