Triumph Motorcycles has launched the brand new 2018 Tiger 1200 XC and XR line-up, here’s the run-down on the models across the new Tiger family range:
• Significantly lighter
o Up to 10kg lighter than the previous generation
o Weight savings achieved across the engine, chassis and exhaust components
o Up to 100 improvements per motorcycle over the previous gerenation.
o Delivering improved manoeuvrability and better off-road agility and handling.
o Significant engine upgrade for more immediate power delivery and feel, enhanced rider
ergonomics and comfort.
o New Adaptive Cornering Lighting
o New Adjustable full colour TFT Instruments
o New All-LED lighting
o New “Off Road Pro” riding mode, with a choice of up to six riding modes
o New Illuminated, ergonomically-designed backlit switchgear
o New Triumph Shift Assist for clutchless gear changes, both up and down the gearbox
o New Keyless ignition
o New Updated cruise control
o New premium bodywork
o New cast and spoked wheels
o New metallised tank badge and side panels
o New contemporary graphics
o New colours.

Paul Stroud, Chief Commercial Officer for Triumph Motorcycles said; “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.”
“The new Tiger 1200 range sees a substantial weight reduction of 10kg compared to the previous generation thanks to a range of developments across the engine, chassis and exhaust.The result is an engine with a high first major service interval of 10,000miles (16,000 km).


Technological advancements

Both XR & XC models include all-new innovative Triumph Adaptive Cornering Lighting for active enhanced visibility when cornering, updated cruise control, new adjustable full-colour TFT display screen, all-new LED lighting, new ergonomically sculpted backlit switchgear 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.

The new Tiger also gets high specification Brembo brakes, adjustable WP suspension controlled by Triumph’s Semi-Active Suspension technology, a two-position seat height (835-855 mm), adjustable by 20mm to suit riding style and terrain, and a Low Ride Height XRx model variant that at 815-835 mm is 20mm lower than the standard seat.


Tiger 1200 technology:
• 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
• 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 134bhp)
• 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).



• Major update to off-road capability and all road, all day comfort
o More than 200 upgrades to the chassis and engine for a 93bhp output
o More responsive, optimised Triple engine
o New shorter Ratio 1st Gear enables enhanced off-road traction, low-speed manoeuvrability
and acceleration
o New lighter, free-flowing silencer with improved exhaust note
o New “Off Road Pro” riding mode, with a choice of up to six riding modes
o New five position adjustable screen
o New adjustable full colour TFT instruments
o New signature LED lighting
o New illuminated, ergonomically designed, backlit switchgear and five-way joystick control
o New updated cruise control
o All of these add to the Tiger 800’s extensive core state of the art Technology
o Major engine update of the Tiger’s engine
o New shorter Ratio 1st Gear
o New lighter, freer flowing exhaust giving better sound
o A2 Licence capability
o New premium bodywork
o New high quality badges, graphics and detailing
o New colours
o More contemporary and dynamic stance

Every new Tiger 800 gets full-colour TFT instruments, up to six riding modes, high-specification Brembo front brakes, optimised suspension configurations, handlebar-mounted switchcubes incorporating backlit buttons, distinctive signature all-LED lighting, updated cruise control,
enhanced chassis, and premium bodywork.

The 800cc Triple engine now gives more immediate power delivery and a peak power output of 93bhp. It has a lighter exhaust system and there’s a new, shorter ratio first gear to enhance off-road traction, all-road low speed responsiveness and more immediate acceleration. In addition, the new Off-Road Pro riding mode on the XC models allows an advanced rider to take complete control off-road.

Triumph has updated the rider ergonomics across the whole Tiger 800 range. This
includes moving the handlebars back by 10mm, higher specification Brembo front brakes, a range of premium WP or Showa suspension components fitted across the range, new five-position adjustable windscreen and aero diffusers plus a new seat compound.


Tiger 800 technology

Specification highlights (varies depending on model)
• 5” adjustable TFT instruments – Full colour, clear instrumentation provides precise rider
information with intuitive operation
• New all-LED lighting – Offering improved visibility and enhanced style, LED signature lighting
• Switchcubes and five-way joystick – New ergonomically designed handlebar switch cubes and
joystick are intuitive and comfortable to operate
• Illuminated backlit buttons – Handlebar mounted switchcube buttons are now illuminated,
allowing for easier night-time use
• “Off-Road Pro” riding mode – Delivering the most focused off-road set up ever, advanced riders
can opt to turn systems off and be in total control
• Brembo front brakes – Twin Brembo front brakes deliver reliable, premium capability in all
• Five-way adjustable wind screen and aero diffusers – Single hand adjustable windscreen,
delivering enhanced wind protection for category leading rider aero comfort
• Updated cruise control – Accessed easily through the left hand switchcube, the simple-to-use,
single button cruise control helps reduce rider fatigue

• Distinctive 800cc three cylinder engine with ride-by-wire electronic throttle control
• Up to six riding modes
• Heated rider and pillion seats
• Sump and radiator guards
• Switchable ABS and traction control
• Tailored ergonomics – adjustable seat height and handlebar position
• Onboard computer
• Immobiliser
• Premium adjustable front and rear suspension
• Centre stand
• Heated grips
• Hand guards
• Engine protection bars
• Power sockets (1 x 12v, 1 x USB)

Tony Carter

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