2022 TRIUMPH TIGER 1200 TEASED

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The 2022 Triumph Tiger 1200 looks to carve deep lines against some serious competition

Triumph ain’t messing around with its plans for 2022. Aside from going motocross and enduro racing with new models and high-profile ambassadors (read more here), a new Triumph Tiger 1200 has been partially unveiled and it looks to be gunning for the more dirt rider focussed market.

The 2022 Triumph Tiger 1200 sliding sideways

The first giveaway is the supremely welcome 21-inch front wheel which gifts more front-end stability in the dirt than the 19-inch on the current model. The model shown has spoked wheels just like the XCx and XCa models and there will surely be cast wheel versions as there are now for the less adventurous or cashed-up riders.

Triumph promises the Tiger 1200 will be, “significantly lighter than its closest competition, with an astonishing transformation in weight.” It’s a big call to drop down from the hefty 248kg (dry) claimed weight on the XCa to less than the 249kg (wet), quoted by BMW on the R 1250 GS. It’s not easy to find 20 kilos to toss away, but the claim has been made and we’re assuming the closest competition Triumph is referring to are the guys from Munich.

THE NEXT TRIUMPH TIGER 1200 HAS A JOB AHEAD

There is a lot to love about the current Tiger XCa. If it can maintain much of what makes it impressive, starting with the amazing engine and supreme comfort, then lose a heap of weight and add that 21-inch front wheel and Triumph will be making a big statement. The extremely short teaser video is all about aggressive dirt riding.

There are of course a lot more details yet to trickle through but we will be waiting eagerly in lockdown where we’ve given names to items in the fruit bowl so it felt less weird talking to the bananas.