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Triumph Unveils All-New Tiger 1200 for 2018

Triumph's new Tiger 1200 loses weight while gaining advanced technology.

Published on 11.08.2017

Triumph has launched the brand new 2018 Tiger 1200 XC and XR line-up, the most advanced Tiger models to date. The all-new range is the latest addition to a legendary Triumph Tiger heritage that began 80 years ago. The new Tiger 1200s have been purpose-built to handle on-road adventures and off-road challenges, with every single new technological innovation, engine enhancement, premium specification, and style update.

Triumph’s brand-new Tiger 1200 range changes result in an even more responsive adventure bike designed to combine maximum enjoyment on the road with complete confidence off-road. The 1200’s silhouette now carries an even more distinctive style with new premium bodywork details and finish. And with multiple model variants in the lineup, there’s a Tiger for every road, rider and adventure.

Triumph Tiger 1200 2018 Adventure Motorcycle


“The new Tiger 1200 range is so advanced it has taken a full four years to develop. These are by far the most adventure-ready Tigers ever built.” – Paul Stroud, Chief Commercial Officer for Triumph Motorcycles.

The new Tiger 1200 range sees a substantial weight reduction of up to 22 pounds (10kg) compared to the previous generation thanks to a range of developments across the engine, chassis and exhaust system. This has improved each model’s responsiveness and dynamic capability even further, while significantly enhancing its agility and maneuverability – both on and off-road. The result is a performance-tuned engine that delivers all the power needed for any terrain, yet with a first major service that’s not due until 10,000 miles (16,000 km).

Improvements To Tiger 1200’s Off-Road Capability

Triumph Tiger 1200 2018 Adventure Motorcycle

• Up to 22 lbs (10kg) lighter than the previous generation.
• Weight savings achieved across the engine, chassis and exhaust components.
• Delivering improved maneuverability and better off-road agility and handling.
• Engine upgraded for more immediate power delivery and feel.
• New “Off Road Pro” riding mode, with a choice of up to six riding modes.
• New Triumph Shift Assist for clutchless gear changes, both up and down.

Technological Advances

Triumph Tiger 1200 2018 Adventure Motorcycle

The new Tiger 1200’s technology is state-of-the-art and now even more fully loaded. Both XR & XC models include all-new innovative Triumph Adaptive Cornering Lighting for active enhanced visibility when cornering, updated cruise control, new adjustable full-color TFT display screen, all-new LED lighting, new ergonomically sculpted backlit handlbebar switches and heated grip function, new Triumph Shift Assist for smooth clutchless changes up and down the gearbox, rider-friendly keyless ignition on higher spec models, and an all-new ‘Off-Road Pro’ riding mode on the XC models.

Next Generation 1215cc Triple

Maintaining its position as the most powerful shaft-driven engine in its class with an impressive 139 HP, a significant new engine update gives the Tiger 1200 a more immediate power delivery lower down the rev range and an even better soundtrack. The new torque-laden 1200cc engine enables a breathtakingly smooth reliable delivery through the torque-assist clutch, helping rider control on all surfaces. Complementing these updates are an Arrow titanium and carbon fiber silencer offering the same thrilling Tiger Triple sound through an even lighter system. This new generation of Tiger is designed to push every adventure further, in first-class comfort.

Triumph Tiger 1200 2018 Adventure Motorcycle

Improved Riding Comfort

A new seat compound, revised handlebar positioning and updated frame geometry enhances rider ergonomics for a more commanding riding position and ultra-long-distance comfort. All improvements including the new off-road tire specifications have been carefully chosen to improve rider enjoyment.

Triumph Tiger 1200 2018 Adventure Motorcycle

Distinctive Styling

New elegant sculpted bodywork and stylish wheel specifications enhance the presence and muscular style of the new model, while new metallic badges, signature LED lighting and contemporary graphics create eye-catching points of interest. The Tiger 1200’s even higher quality finish includes wet-painted engine covers that contrast with the black crinkle-effect crank cases and titanium coloured powder-coated frame.

Tiger 1200 Core Technology

Triumph Tiger 1200 2018 Adventure Motorcycle

On top of the new generation state-of-the-art technology, the new Tiger 1200 range offers a huge choice of ‘core’ features, innovations and benefits to deliver a superior riding experience; fully integrated management systems controlled by an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), integrated braking system (developed with Continental), optimised cornering ABS & traction control, hill hold, ride-by-wire throttle, and up to six riding modes to configure the motorcycle to suit its terrain at the press of a button. An electrically-adjustable windscreen, heated equipment, and power sockets make every journey even more comfortable.

High-Spec Components

The new Tiger also maintains its premium levels of finesse with high specification Brembo brakes, adjustable WP suspension controlled by Triumph’s Semi-Active Suspension technology, a two-position seat height (32.8 – 33.6 in.), adjustable to suit riding style and terrain, and a Low Ride Height XRx model variant that at 32-32.8 in is 0.8 in. (20 mm) lower than the standard seat.

Triumph Tiger 1200 2018 Adventure Motorcycle

Triumph Tiger 1200 2018 Adventure Motorcycle

Triumph Tiger 1200 2018 Adventure Motorcycle

Different Tiger 1200 Models

The new XR line-up is tailor-made to deliver the ultimate on-road/off-road adventure; from the base model XR, to the mid-specification XRx and the highest specification XRT. An XRx Low Ride Height model is also available, making the Tiger 1200 even more accessible to every adventurer. The new XC line-up has been specifically designed to respond to the most challenging of adventures thanks to a range of specialized off-road features offering even more rough terrain capability, from the XCx to the highest specification XCA.

The new Tiger 1200s are expected to start arriving on US showroom floors around mid-February 2018. Prices to be announced.

2018 Triumph Tiger 1200 Specs

Engine Type: Liquid-cooled 12 valve, DOHC, in-line 3-cylinder
Displacement: 1215cc
Bore & Stroke: 85 x 71.4mm
Max. Power Output: 139 HP @ 9,350rpm
Max. Torque: 90 ft-lbs @ 7,600rpm
Compression: 11.0:1
Fuel System: Ride by Wire, fuel injection
Exhaust: Stainless steel 3 into 1 header system, stainless steel silencer
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate hydraulically operated, torque assist
Gearbox: 6 speed
Final Drive: Shaft drive
Frame Type: Tubular steel trellis
Suspension (front): WP 48mm upside down forks, rebouand and compression manual damping adjustment
Suspension Travel (front): XR: 7.48 in.; XRx Low: 6.61 in.; XC: 7.48 in.
Suspension (rear): Cast aluminium swing arm with shaft drive, WP mono-shock, rebound damping and hydraulic preload adjustment
Suspension Travel (rear): XR: 7.59 in.; XRx Low: 6.22 in.; XC: 7.59 in.
Brakes Front: Twin 305mm floating discs radially mounted monoblock Brembo 4-piston calipers, Switchable ABS
Brakes Rear: Single 282mm disc, Nissin 2-piston sliding caliper, Switchable ABS
Tires Front: 120/70-19
Tires Rear: 170/60-17
Wheels Front: XR: Cast aluminum 19 x 3.0 in.; XC: Wire spoke 19 x 3.0 in.
Wheels Rear: XR: Cast aluminum 17 x 4.5 in.; XC: Wire spoke 17 x 4.5 in.
Seat Height (STD/Low): 32.8/33.6 in.
Height (without mirrors): 57.8 in.
Rake: 23.2º
Trail: 3.93 in.
Length: 87.2 in.
Wheelbase: 87.8 in.
Dry Weight: XR: 534 lbs.; XRx: 538 lbs.; XRx Low 538 lbs.; XRT: 536 lbs.; XCx: 547 lbs.; XCA: 547 lbs.
Fuel Capacity: 5.3 US Gallons
Fuel consumption: 40.6 mpg
Color Options: Matt Cobalt Blue, Jet Black, Crystal White, Korosi Red

Author: ADV Pulse Staff

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Tony Mullaney
Tony Mullaney
November 9, 2017 8:51 am

i would love to ride where that was filmed ?


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