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2022 Triumph Tiger 1200 First Look Preview

2022 Tiger 1200 Family: A Tiger 1200 for every occasion

2022 Tiger 1200 Family: A Tiger 1200 for every occasion (Triumph/)

Triumph Motorcycles introduces sweeping revisions to its family of Tiger 1200 adventure-touring motorcycles. These updates include a new engine, chassis, wheels, improved electronics, and numerous other changes to shave weight and improve performance. There will be five Tiger 1200 models on the roster in 2022, with the GT, GT Pro, and GT Explorer designed for road-focused adventure-touring and the Rally Pro and Rally Explorer made for riders who want a little more off-road prowess.

The Triumph Tiger GT Explorer is dialed for road-focused adventure.

The Triumph Tiger GT Explorer is dialed for road-focused adventure. (Triumph/)

One thing all five models share is the new 1,160cc T-plane triple engine, which puts out 147 hp at 9,000 rpm and 96 pound-feet of torque at 7,000 rpm, both notable improvements on the output of the previous mill. Engineers revised nearly every aspect of the engine to shave weight and improve acceleration and low-end performance. New components include an updated crank, cylinder head, gearbox, clutch, shaft drive, bevel box, new bore and stroke, and a new muffler. The engine updates make for a more compact unit overall, as well.

Triumph improved the passenger hangers on all Tiger 1200 models

Triumph improved the passenger hangers on all Tiger 1200 models (Triumph/)

Triumph focused a lot of attention on improving mass distribution and handling. The new engine contributes to that end, but the major steps forward are found in the chassis. A lighter steel tube frame features a new bolt-on aluminum subframe and pillion hangers. The tri-link aluminum swingarm is new also, and each bike is equipped with a fresh aluminum fuel tank. All told, the new generation of Tiger 1200s are 55 pounds lighter than the previous generation.

The 2022 Triumph Tiger GT Explorer in Lucerne Blue starts at $23,100.

The 2022 Triumph Tiger GT Explorer in Lucerne Blue starts at $23,100. (Triumph/)

The road-focused trio and the off-road pair each come with Showa semi-active suspension, though the Rally Pro and Rally Explorer feature longer-travel setups to better handle their all-terrain duties. The Rally Pro and Rally Explorer are also equipped with 21-inch front and 18-inch rear tubeless, wire-spoke wheels whereas the GT, GT Pro, and GT Explorer have 19-inch front and 18-inch rear cast wheels. These road-going models will roll on Metzeler Tourance tires while the off-road models come equipped with Metzeler Karoo Street tires.

The 2022 Triumph Tiger GT Pro will start at $21,400.

The 2022 Triumph Tiger GT Pro will start at $21,400. (Triumph/)

All versions of the new Tiger 1200 features Brembo Stylema braking kit and adjustable Magura HC-1 levers.

Comfort in the cockpit is improved thanks to wider handlebars across the lineup. The GT Explorer and Rally Explorer bars are set higher than before as well. The windscreen is adjustable and the footpeg positions are optimized for comfort and control. Seat height is adjustable too, with the GT, GT Pro, and GT Explorer offering 33.4-inch and 34.2-inch options, and the Rally Pro and Rally Explorer offering 34.4-inch and 35.2-inch options. A low seat option is available as an optional upgrade.

The 2022 Triumph Tiger GT Pro in Sapphire Black colorway.

The 2022 Triumph Tiger GT Pro in Sapphire Black colorway. (Triumph/)

Other standard equipment includes hand guards (all models), an aluminum skid plate (GT Pro and GT Explorer), and an aluminum sump guard (Rally Pro and Rally Explorer). The GT Explorer and Rally variants also come with crashbars around the engine; the Rally Explorer adds fuel tank crashbars.

Another notable difference between models concerns fuel capacity. The GT Explorer and Rally Explorer each pack a 7.9-gallon tank while the GT, GT Pro, and Rally Pro are equipped with a 5.3-gallon tank.

The 2022 Triumph Tiger GT will price at $19,100.

The 2022 Triumph Tiger GT will price at $19,100. (Triumph/)

This crop of Tiger 1200s also packs a bevy of electronic updates, including a new 7-inch TFT instrument panel, five-way joystick control, backlit switches, a USB charger, cornering ABS, and cornering traction control. All models except the standard GT come with Shift Assist, Hill Hold, heated grips, and cruise control. The GT Explorer and Rally Explorer feature a tire pressure monitoring system, heated rider and passenger seats, Blind Spot Radar detection which allows for Blind Spot Assist and Lane Change Assist systems. The GT gets Rain, Road, and Sport ride modes. The GT Pro and GT Explorer get Road, Rain, Sport, Rider-configurable, and Off-Road. The Rally Pro and Rally Explorer get Road, Rain, Sport, Rider configurable, Off-Road, and Off-Road Pro.

For maximum off-road prowess, the Tiger 1200 Rally Explorer is the way to go.

For maximum off-road prowess, the Tiger 1200 Rally Explorer is the way to go. (triumph/)

Each model gets the latest LED lighting and daytime running lights. All models except the GT also feature adaptive cornering lights.

And finally, the looks are improved with a more upright stance, minimal bodywork, and a lighter-looking front end. The GT will come in Snowdonia White; the GT Pro and GT Explorer will come in Snowdonia White, Sapphire Black, or Lucerne Blue; the Rally Pro and Rally Explorer will come in Snowdonia White, Sapphire Black, or Matte Khaki.

With longer-travel suspension and a host of off-road upgrades, the Rally Explorer is Triumph’s most capable Tiger 1200 yet in the dirt.

With longer-travel suspension and a host of off-road upgrades, the Rally Explorer is Triumph’s most capable Tiger 1200 yet in the dirt. (Triumph/)

Pricing for each model is as follows:

Tiger 1200 GT: $19,100

Tiger 1200 GT Pro: $ 21,400

Tiger 1200 GT Explorer: $23,100

Tiger 1200 Rally Pro: $22,500

Tiger 1200 Rally Explorer: $24,200

Models will hit dealerships starting spring 2022.

The 2022 Triumph Tiger 1200 Rally Explorer will start at $24,200.

The 2022 Triumph Tiger 1200 Rally Explorer will start at $24,200. (Triumph/)

2022 Triumph Tiger 1200 Technical Specifications and Price

Price: $19,100–$24,200
Engine: 1,160cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled inline-triple; 12 valves
Bore x Stroke: 90.0 x 60.7mm
Compression Ratio: 13.2:1
Fuel Delivery: EFI w/ ride-by-wire
Clutch: Wet, multi-disc, w/ slip and assist (Shift Assist quickshifter on GT Pro, GT Explorer, Rally Pro, Rally Explorer)
Transmission/Final Drive: 6-speed/shaft
Frame: Steel tube frame, bolt-on aluminum subframe
Front Suspension: 49mm USD semi-active Showa fork; 7.9 in. travel (GT, GT Pro, GT Explorer) / 8.7 in. travel (Rally Pro, Rally Explorer)
Rear Suspension: Showa semi-active monoshock; 7.9 in. travel (GT, GT Pro, GT Explorer) / 8.7 in. travel (Rally Pro, Rally Explorer)
Front Brake: Brembo M4.30 Stylema calipers, 320mm floating discs w/ ABS
Rear Brake: Brembo 1-piston caliper, 282mm disc w/ ABS
Wheels, Front/Rear: Cast aluminum; 19 x 3.0 / 18 x 4.25 (GT, GT Pro, GT Explorer) / spoked tubeless; 21 x 2.15 / 18 x 4.25 (Rally Pro, Rally Explorer)
Tires, Front/Rear: Metzeler Tourance, 120/70-19 / 150/70-18 (GT, GT Pro, GT Explorer) / Metzeler Karoo Street; 90/90-21 / 150/70-18 (Rally Pro, Rally Explorer)
Rake/Trail: 24.1°/4.7 in. (GT, GT Pro, GT Explorer) / 23.7°/4.4 in. (Rally Pro, Rally Explorer)
Wheelbase: 61.4 in.
Seat Height: 33.5/34.5 in. (GT, GT Pro, GT Explorer) / 34.5/35.2 in. (Rally Pro, Rally Explorer)
Fuel Capacity: 5.3 gal. (GT, GT Pro, Rally Pro) / 7.9 gal. (GT Explorer, Rally Explorer)
Claimed Curb Weight: 529 lb. (GT) / 540 lb. (GT Pro) / 562 lb. (GT Explorer) / 549 lb. (Rally Pro) / 575 lb. (Rally Explorer)
Available: Spring 2022
Contact: triumphmotorcycles.com

2022 Triumph Tiger 1200 Rally Explorer in Matte Khaki colorway.

2022 Triumph Tiger 1200 Rally Explorer in Matte Khaki colorway. (triumph/)

The 2022 Triumph Tiger 1200 Rally Pro shares many of the off-road build features as the Explorer.

The 2022 Triumph Tiger 1200 Rally Pro shares many of the off-road build features as the Explorer. (Triumph/)

The 2022 Triumph Tiger 1200 Rally Pro will start at $22,500.

The 2022 Triumph Tiger 1200 Rally Pro will start at $22,500. (triumph/)

2022 Triumph Tiger 1200 Rally Pro in Snowdonia White colorway.

2022 Triumph Tiger 1200 Rally Pro in Snowdonia White colorway. (triumph/)

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