Triumph Tiger First Ride Review

Triumph’s open-class ADV bike, the Tiger 1200 (or Tiger Explorer, depending on the era we’re talking about), had aged a little. The big cat had not received a major overhaul since its launch in 2012 – it has only received gradual upgrades to keep the machine relevant over the past 10 years. The British have given the bike some refreshments and new technologies during this period, But nothing compared to the last iteration where I had the chance to do a good two-day test on the secondary roads and trails of the Iberian Peninsula.

Triumph Tiger 1200 2023

Less weight and more power. The all-new Tiger 1200 follows in the footsteps of its little brother.

+ Hen

  • Excellent adaptable suspension
  • Driving modes that make the difference
  • Weight loss

– Sigh

  • Engine mapping could use the refinement
  • TFT Delays
  • No more electronic windshields… Sigh

Everything in the family

Five models make up the Tiger 1200 range for 2023.we have the GT subset which includes the gt, GT Pro and GT Explorer Standard. These models form the most road-oriented variants of a line that offers a lot of hiking comfort and asphalt performance while being adapted to one adventure or another. The Rally Pro and Rally Explorer models are better equipped for off-road expeditions, among other things, with longer travel and a 21-inch front wheel.

Wheels molded in a 19/18-inch combination are standard on GT models, their reduced size and weight allow you to steer faster compared to the larger spoke wheels of Rally models. Metzeler Tourance tires are standard.

The Showa semi-active suspension is used throughout the model range, with the GT Line offering up to 7.9 inches of travel with 10% stiffer springs. The two-position seats are also equipped for all trim levels, with the GT ranging from 33.5 inches to 34.3 inches in height. The road-oriented models are also a little shorter, with a less steep rake and more trails than the off-road models.

Notable features of the Explorer models include a 7.9 gallon tank, engine guards, heated seats for the driver and front passenger and blind spot detection via the rear-facing Radar.

Rally models are characterized by an additional travel of 0.8 inches, which gives them 8.7 inches. the whole trip to both ends. In addition, the Offroad Pro driving mode is included, which allows users to completely disable traction control and ABS. The Metzeler Karoo road tires are wrapped around tubeless spoke wheels in a suitable off-road combination of 21/18 inches. The seat heights range from 34.4 to 35.2 inches on Rally models.

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