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EICMA ’17: As well as their Tiger 800s, Triumph also gave their Tiger 1200s a major makeover, with over 100 changes on each variant…

EICMA ’17: Big news at the Milan Show was that the biggest adventure bike on the market has got a little smaller. Triumph have given the Tiger 1200s a major makeover, making up to 100 changes on each variant, but significantly dropping 10kg from their weight. With countless new technical assist packages the latest Tigers are looking sharper and more attractive than ever.

At RUST we’re big fans of the Tiger 1200 having ridden one in extreme conditions in Madagascar – check out our RUST Madagascar special issue (link below). 

Here’s what Triumph have to say about the new one:

Paul Stroud, Chief Commercial Officer for Triumph Motorcycles:

“The new Tiger 1200 range is so advanced it has taken a full four years to develop, and today we’re proud to launch a family of motorcycles that altogether boasts significant class-leading engine characteristics, rider-focused technological innovations and premium styling; all in the name of first-class riding enjoyment. These are by far the most adventure-ready Tigers ever built.”


Significantly lighter

Up to 10kg lighter than the previous generation

Weight savings achieved across the engine, chassis and exhaust components

Up to 100 improvements per motorcycle over the previous generation.

Delivering improved manoeuvrability and better off-road agility and handling.

More capable for every road and serious all-day riding

Significant engine upgrade for more immediate power delivery and feel, enhanced rider ergonomics and comfort.

Even more Tiger style

New premium bodywork

New cast and spoked wheels

New metallised tank badge and side panels

New contemporary graphics

New colours.


Triumph Shift Assist – Providing seamless clutchless up and down gearshifts, this system facilitates silky smooth gear changes and significantly reduces rider fatigue

Adaptive Cornering Lighting – Advanced dynamic system providing enhanced night-time visibility, with increasing lighting intensity dependant on lean angle

Arrow titanium and carbon fibre silencer – High specification, lightweight and stylish Arrow silencer, finished with a titanium wrap and carbon fibre end cap and strap

All-LED lighting – Providing more enhanced visibility and style, Triumph’s LED signature lighting creates clear views ahead and from behind

5-inch adjustable TFT instruments – Full colour and clear instrumentation providing precise rider information with an intuitive operation

Backlit handlebar switch cubes and 5-way joystick control – New ergonomically-designed fully backlit handlebar switch cubes and joystick to make night-time use even easier

“Off-Road Pro” riding mode – Delivering the most focused off-road set up ever, advanced riders can opt to turn off rider aid systems and be in total control with no traction control or ABS intervention

Keyless ignition – Now even easier to live with daily, featuring a premium keyless ignition

Updated cruise control – Accessed easily through the left hand switchcube, the new single button cruise control helps to reduce rider fatigue


Unique 1215cc triple engine with shaft drive (the most powerful shaft driven motorcycle in segment, delivering 141PS)

Triumph Semi-Active Suspension incorporating WP adjustable front and rear suspension

Brembo Monobloc 4-piston radial calipers and integrated braking system

Up to six riding modes

Hill hold control

Electrically adjustable touring screen

Inertial Measurement Unit (six axis)

Optimised cornering ABS

Optimised cornering traction control

Ride-by-wire throttle

Heated grips & heated rider and pillion seats

Advanced on-board computer and immobiliser

Power sockets (2 x 12v, 1 x USB)

To read RUST’s review on the 2015 Triumph Tiger 1200XC (and the whole Touratech ‘United People of Adventure’ adventure in Madagascar) follow the attached links…

Read full article in RUST Madagascar or download as a pdf here

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