Today is a happy day, as Triumph Motorcycles will finally stop teasing the new 2022 Triumph Tiger 1200 lineup.
The British brand has been showing us teasers of its prototype for this bike for a while now, even bringing it to a bevy of trade shows, but now we have the real thing.
In a way, you can see why Triumph has been so needy in its attention for the Tiger 1200, as the three-cylinder adventure-tourer is getting a massive overhaul for the 2022 model year, which includes more power, less weight, and higher tech.
The first big changes is the updated 1,160cc three-cylinder engine, which gets about a 10hp power boost for a quoted 148hp (110 kW) peak power figure, with torque maxing out at 95 lbs•ft (130 Nm) at 7,000 rpm.
The use of a shaft drive continues, but Triumph has used the drivetrain as a more integral part of the swingarm, all in a bid to lose weight. As a result, Triumph says that 50 lbs have been cut from the Tiger 1200 (mostly from the chassis), and as such the lowest quoted weight figure for the five-bike lineup is 529 lbs wet.
Speaking of the five-bike lineup, the three “GT” models come with cast wheels, with a 19″ front hoop, while the two “Rally” bike have tubeless wire-spoked wheels, with a 21″ front wheel (they get more suspension travel as well). All the bikes have an 18″ rear-wheel size.
The “Explorer” trim level, which is available on both the GT and Rally bikes, takes the standard 4.28-gallon tank and bumps it up to a whopping 7.92 gallons.
All five bikes also have Showa semi-active suspension, which is a pretty key feature since the lineup starts at $19,100 MSRP – a noticeably cheaper price point for the electronic suspension, in the premium category. Braking is handled by Brembo Stylema calipers with dual 320mm front discs.
Like BMW, Ducati, and KTM, Triumph is featuring rear radar on its Explorer trim for the Tiger 1200, which brings bling-spot monitoring and lang-change assist. There is no adaptive cruise control, however.
Of course there is the usual electronics kit that includes traction control, ABS, five riding modes, and different suspension settings. Triumph doesn’t explicit call out an IMU or cornering ABS in its materials, which is of note if it is truly absent.
All of this comes with a three-year warranty and 10,000 servicing interval, which should make more than a few riders take notice.
At the end of the day, that is what the 2022 Triumph Tiger 1200 is all about – as the British bike was long the unnoticed offering because of its uncompetitive spec-sheet.
Now that Hinckley has invested some time into the lineup, it once again is on par with the competition.