Near-Production 2022 Triumph Tiger 1200 Seen Testing
Triumph seems to have had a rather busy September, teasing us with two updates for the Tiger line that are set to unveil very soon. Just a few days ago, the British manufacturer teased the arrival of the new Tiger Sport 660, which is set to happen later this week on October 5. A couple of days later, the team at RideApart got their hands on some images of a prototype of the upcoming Tiger 1200, and it looks very nearly ready for production.
The images are of a test mule that isn’t clad in camouflage, giving us a fair idea of what the adventure motorcycle will look like. RideApart also reports that the new Triumph Tiger 1200 will be powered by essentially the same 1,160cc inline-triple on the 2021 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS. However, considering the Tiger’s drastically different nature, it’s likely that it will be tuned to aid its off-road intentions better. On the Speed Triple RS, this engine makes a whopping 178hp – we can all agree that’s more than required for an ADV – and the Tiger is expected to make much less.
The 2022 Triumph Tiger 1200 will also feature the same T-Plane crankshaft from the Tiger 900, translating to better bottom-end performance. We can also see the addition of a redesigned tubular frame and a dual-sided swingarm in place of the single-sided unit that the previous generation featured. Triumph has also emphasized that the Tiger 1200 will weigh notably less than the model it’s replacing, and we’re keen to see how it’s managed this.
As with every Triumph Tiger, we expect to see multiple variants of the Tiger 1200. With the Tiger 900, the manufacturer ditched their somewhat complex naming structure and simplified it to just GT and Rally – one road-biased and the other with more off-road-ready hardware. We could see it do the same with the Tiger 1200, as well.