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ADV NewsWatch: 2023 Triumph Tiger 1200 Rally Pro Tested

Watch: 2023 Triumph Tiger 1200 Rally Pro Tested

We've got the scoop on the newest liter-plus Adventure Bike from Hinckley.

Published on 09.15.2022

Some might say it was well overdue but Triumph finally redesigned their Tiger 1200, and this latest round of upgrades were definitely worth the wait. It’s not a revision, it’s not an update, and it certainly isn’t just a set of spoked wheels added to a touring motorcycle. It is an absolute, 100% all-new machine from the ground up. Many of the improvements were designed to give dirt-loving adventure travelers more capability to go further and deeper into the unknown.

The most notable change for the Rally model is the 21”/18” wheelset, compared to the outgoing Tiger 1200 XC’s 19”/17” combo. Additionally, the new 1160cc T-Plain Triple copies the 1-3-2 firing order of the Tiger 900 and pumps out a blistering 147 ponies at the crank at 9,000 rpm and 95 ft-lbs of torque at 7,000 rpm. The big tiger also gets a purpose-built off-road suspension with 220mm of travel front and rear, new dual-sided swingarm, upgraded electronics, and a 55-pound weight reduction! 

2023 Triumph Tiger 1200 Rally Pro Tested

How a bike looks on paper isn’t always a perfect indicator of how it performs on the trail though. After testing the new Tiger 1200 in Portugal, we got a clear understanding of its capabilities on a range of terrain. In this video, we give a rundown of its performance on dirt, asphalt, and more. 


Is Triumph’s new Flagship Adventurer the real deal or just a paper tiger? A serious off-road tool or dressed up street bike? Did they deliver for dirt fans? We have answers to all your burning questions and more on this highly-anticipated new adventure bike from the Hinckley manufacturer.

2023 Triumph Tiger 1200 Rally Pro Review

Thanks for checking out the video and leave us your thoughts and questions in the comments below. For those of you who prefer to read, you can check out our first ride review article of the all-new Triumph Tiger 1200 here.

Author: ADV Pulse Staff

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September 18, 2022 4:46 pm

Wow that was a huge thumbs up from Kamrad!! … like he’s really going to buy one himself? I presume the triple is a VERY sweet engine now (i had the original 1200 Tiger and disliked the front wheel tuck too) and will sound magical with a race pipe compared to all the twins. Very impressed with his video for this heavy weight, esp where he says it defeats the GS. Nice work Steve.

Ryan Wade Vallieu
Ryan Wade Vallieu
October 11, 2022 6:19 am
Reply to  2Meerkats

Just get the Desert X. Problem solved

October 2, 2022 6:24 pm

STEVE- C’mon! I am in such a quandary over a Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE or a Tiger 900 Rally Pro and now you throw in the Tiger 1200. You’re killing me! I’m turning 65 at the end of the month. I have been riding dirt bikes exclusively for 43 years (took an un-authorized fly-by over a car runk of a old man (94 years old) when I was 17, when he pulled out straight in front of me). Now I live in an area with literally hundreds of thousands of miles of trails, gravel roads and paved roads to get there. So a dirt bike that I have to load up to get to the riding spot is not desirable. But, an ADV bike, would be perfect for the arear and my need to not be tempted by the pure dirt bike troubles I could get in. You have sold me on the Triumph- BUT WHICH ONE. “Phew- I’m tired” has become the saying around here. You’re opinion would be much appreciated.


Mock Tender
Mock Tender
October 12, 2022 4:53 pm
Reply to  Mark

Well I solved part of my problem- So I test rode a Scrambler 1200 XE, Tiger 900 GT (No Rally Pro available) and a Tiger 1200 Rally Pro (they are everywhere).

The Scrambler is gutteral, brutish and hits every button that makes me lust for it. Except, at my age I’m looking for comfort. So, unless I want to muck up those gorgeous lines with a wind deflector and add heated seats (front and back), I think I would be forever wishing I had gone another route.

The Tiger 900 GT was awesome. Smooth, powerful (96 mph on the highway with my wife on the back) and no buffeting, except when stuck between several trucks. U-turns, slow riding, speed limit and beyond were linear, precise and fun.

The Tiger 1200 Rally Pro (1,500 miles used) felt clunky. Idle was and unpleasant sound. Power was there in loads and so was balance (went over curbs, tight u-turns and slalom. But, it always felt like I was on the bike and not part of it. I almost dropped the bike at a stop sign while being a little Laissez-faire. Happy to announce that the right leg is still strong.

So for me I would guess that head & comfort over heart would take the day. Now if I rode like Steve- maybe something different.

Ryan Wade Vallieu
Ryan Wade Vallieu
October 11, 2022 6:36 am

Hmm. Ducati V4 Rally comparison needed. The V4S isn’t the comparo any longer.


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