The Triumph Tiger 800cc range of adventure bikes has never really ignited riders’ imaginations.
It has dropped right out of the top 10 adventure bikes in Australia, even behind the more expensive BMW F 800 GS, despite being more powerful and in most other ways a carbon copy.
All that could change next year when it is expected the British manufacturer will launch as many as four new variants, unveiling them all at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan next month.
There are only three Triumph Tiger 800 models on the market: Tiger 800 ABS ($13,890), Tiger 800XC ABS ($15,990) and Tiger 800XC SE ($16,990). Industry rumours are that Triumph will add four models, with two models added to the standard road-oriented line and two added to the adventure line-up.
The road-touring models will be named XR, XRX and XRT, while the adventure models will be XC, XCX and XCT, with the X and T models possibly having larger being tank sizes, luggage and more technology such as traction control, tyre pressure monitors, ride-by-wire throttle, cruise control and electronic suspension adjustment.
The new Triumph Tiger 800 models would tackle the BMW F 800 GT and Adventure models with similar extras.
It is also tipped that the new suspension for the XC adventure line-up will come from Austrian suspension experts WP who have been suppliers for KTM motorcycles for many years.
Rumours about the new Triumph Tiger 800 models are based on documents filed with the California Air Research Board, an emissions regulatory body in the US.