Triumph Motorcycles appears to be testing one prototype after another. Following the Tiger Sport 660’s teaser, the British brand has dropped footage and images of its range-topping adventure bike: the Tiger 1200 in Triumph camo guise.
As seen in a short video on Triumph’s official Youtube page, a test rider gives the new Tiger 1200 a good thrashing somwehere out in the wilderness. Wheelies, slides, and flying rocks abound as the rider throws the big motorcycle around like a dirt bike.
The manufacturer is confident in the updated 1200: “Now significantly lighter than its closest competition, with an astonishing transformation in weight, the new 1200 will combine the triple powered engine advantage with a new dimension in class-leading agility, control and handling.”
Based on the footage, the prototype appears to be what was previously called the ‘XCA’ trim level, which is complete with integrated crash guards, metal skid plate, and spoked wheels. Also spotted on the bike are front and rear Brembo brakes; a tire hugger-style mudguard; beefier suspension; off-road capable knobby tires; and a new double-sided swingarm, instead of the outgoing model’s single-sided unit.
The Triumph logo camo hides finer styling details, but it is apparent that the bodywork has received a makeover. The frame has also been redesigned, while the headlights have been swapped out for sharper lamps to achieve a look that’s more in line with the current Triumph selection.
The engine looks new, and supports Triumph’s claim of a more powerful Tiger. Last year’s 1200 already packs a respectable 139hp, so it’s reasonable to assume that the upcoming model might pump out a power figure in the ballpark of 150hp.
Should the boxer twin-powered adventure bike benchmark be worried? We’ll have to wait for the new Tiger 1200’s official release to find out.
Check out the teaser here:
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