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2022 Triumph Tiger range on display

Triumph is attacking 2022 with all-new machinery and a renewed focus on offroad capability.

Offering a Tiger 1200 that’s fresh from the ground up, the model that has promised a lot but seemed to always languish on the fringes, looks to be ramming itself back into contention in the prestigious big-bore market.

Multiple 1200 model variations have been announced based on the road-focused GT to the offroad ready Rally range.

2022 Triumph Tiger 1200 GT

Triumph claims to have cut a whopping 25 kilos from the 1200 platform for 2022, coupled with an increase in power courtesy of the new 1160cc T-plane triple engine that produces 148Hp (up by nine of the previous model) and 130Nm of torque, which should help make the Tiger a more nimble and exciting ride.

The Tiger 1200 GT and GT Pro will present a 19/18-inch cast wheelset, 20-litre fuel tank and Showa semi-active suspension with 200mm of travel. Triumph claims the GT boasts a 17-kilo weight advantage over the shaft-driven competition.

The Tiger 1200 Rally Pro will offer 21/18-inch tubeless spoked wheels and a 20-litre tank as well as Showa semi-active suspension and 220mm of travel.

Both the GT and the Rally will be available as Explorer models which receive 30-litre fuel tanks and the new Triumph Blind Spot Radar.

2022 Triumph Tiger 1200 Rally Explorer with the 30-litre tank

The Tiger also received a slimmer, lighter frame with an aluminium bolt-on sub-frame (a first for Triumph) as well as a new aluminium fuel tank and a lower centre of gravity and improved ergonimics, something the great Ricky Carmichael commented on in the launch.

The Showa semi-active suspension automatically adjusts preload and continuously adapts the damping needs in real-time. The rider can also set the feel to suit their needs.

Brembo Stylema brakes do what they do so well front and rear, with cornering ABS and traction control of course present.

Triumph blind spot radar
Triumph Blind Spot Radar


The rear-facing Triumph Blind Spot Radar will let the rider know if there’s another vehicle in the blind spot and will also alert the rider should you look to change lanes while there’s a vehicle approaching.

The 7-inch TFT screen is Bluetooth compatible and backed up by the decent Triumph app. The ignition is keyless as is the fuel cap and steering lock. The Rally enjoys integrated cornering lights, cruise control, hill hold and heated grips, while the Explorer models receive independent heated rider and pillion seats and a tyre pressure monitoring system.

The range offers up to six riding modes from Rain to, Road, Sport, Off-Road and the personalised Rider mode. Off-Road Pro mode will be available on the Rally Pro and Rally Explorer.

An increase in horsepower and weight reduction should make riding like this more fun

Triumph will be offering a load of optional add-ons like Givi-built luggage but the engine protection bars will be standard on the Rally Pro and Explorer while tank protection bars will be standard on the Explorer. Seat heights will be adjustable with a lower seat option available.

While there is no pricing available for the range in Australia as yet, the new Tigers will be sold with 16,000 kilometres service intervals and the first three-year, unlimited mileage warranty offered by Triumph.

Semi-active Showa suspension is a nice touch

We always found the previous 1200 had a fair bit to offer but didn’t quite hit the mark in certain areas, weight being one of the big sticking points. It looks as though Triumph has reinvented the Tiger to a degree we haven’t seen often from any manufacturer across a single model and it’s entirely refreshing to see.

This is undoubtedly one of the models at the top of our list to sample in what will be a very exciting 2022 in the adventure bike universe. Triumph looks like it’s got its eyes on BMW market share and while many have tried and failed to usurp the GS, it’s under fire from more quality options and marketing pushes than ever before. Now let’s get these new Tigers into the country and see how they fair in Aussie conditions!