New Triumph Tiger Models Unveiled at EICMA

The new Tiger makes all the right moves to remain a modern, competitive adventure bike.

byEric Brandt| UPDATED Nov 7, 2017 4:18 PM
New Triumph Tiger Models Unveiled at EICMA

Triumph is shaking up its line of Tiger adventure bikes with the new Tiger 800 and Tiger 1200 that debuted at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan on Tuesday. Along with a revised look, the new bikes come with a technological overhaul and mechanical upgrades that make the Tiger better on-road and off.

The Tiger 800 line continues in the form of the 800 XC and 800 XR lineup while the bigger Tiger Explorer is being replaced by the Tiger 1200 XC and 1200 XR. As with the current generation, the XR range is more for touring comfort while the XC bikes are better suited for off-road adventures.

The new Tiger has a more premium look to it than the outgoing model. It looks more like the direct competitor to the BMW GS series that it is thanks to premium bodywork, high-quality badges and detailing, and what Triumph calls a “more contemporary and dynamic stance.” Triumph did a great job striking a balance between aggressive off-roader and classy touring bike with the aesthetic of the new Tiger.

The Tiger 800 is getting more than 200 upgrades to the chassis and engine. The result it a more responsive three-cylinder engine and a transmission with a shorter ratio first gear which helps with low-speed maneuvering and off-road traction. A freer-flowing exhaust system promises a better sound and less weight. The new Tiger also comes with an “Off Road Pro” riding mode and an adjustable windscreen with five positions. The Tiger 1200 is getting similar mechanical upgrades to its bigger engine along with weight savings of up to 22 pounds.

The technology suite for both new Tigers includes an adjustable, full-color TFT screen that replaces the old half analog, half digital display. They get signature LED lighting, an illuminated, ergonomically designed switchgear, and updated cruise control. Standard on the new Tiger 1200 will be adaptive cornering lighting, Triumph Shift Assist for clutchless gear changes both up and down, and keyless ignition.

The new Triumph Tigers might not be a complete reinvention of the adventure bike, but the improvements are more than enough to keep these motorcycles modern, competitive, and attractive to riders who demand all road, all day comfort with strong performance and the latest technology.