Triumph Tiger 1200 (2024) - Technical Review

 

Price: From £17,295 | Power: 148bhp | Weight: From 245kg | Overall BikeSocial Rating: TBA

 

Despite the lack of visual changes Triumph’s engineers have been hard at work on the Tiger 1200 range for 2024 – introducing a heavily revised engine and other tweaks to make sure the machine stays relevant in the face of ever-tougher competition including the all-new BMW R1300GS.

Targeting improved comfort, rideability and convenience, the tweaks make the 2024 machines essentially a version 2.0 of the Tiger 1200 lineup that was introduced for the 2022 model year.

 

Pros & Cons

  • Engine mods promise better feel more low-speed controllability
  • Increased cornering clearance on GT Pro and GT Explorer models
  • Redesigned seat promises improved comfort and more space
  • No visual changes to set 2024 bike aside from its predecessor
  • Lower-cost Tiger 1200 GT goes AWOL for 2024
  • New BMW R1300GS eats into Tiger’s performance advantage and has a lower starting price

 

Review – In Detail

Price & PCP
For and against
Engine & Performance
Handling & Suspension (inc. weight & brakes)
Comfort & Economy
Equipment
Rivals
Verdict
Specification

 

2024 Triumph Tiger 1200 Price

For 2024 the Tiger 1200 range starts with the GT Pro model at £17,295. That’s a £200 increase over its direct predecessor but also means that the old entry level version – the non-Pro version of the Tiger 1200 GT, which had a £14,995 RRP – is missing in action.

That’s in line with Triumph’s current way of thinking, though. While other manufacturers, particularly in the adventure bike arena, draw in customers with an attractive starting price but then stack the costs up when you start to pick from the options catalogue, Triumph likes to offer its bikes in well-equipped form as standard.

There’s also the question of reality vs RRP. A quick scan of the ads shows that dealers are offering savings of £3000 or more on the 2023-spec Tiger 1200s, putting the base GT at under £12k, while GT Pro and Rally Pro variants can be had with zero miles for around the £14,000 mark. At the very top of the line, we found a brand new 2023 Rally Explorer (RRP £19,495) for a note under £15k. Are those blow-out deals to clear the way for the 2024 model, or something that we can expect to see replicated when the latest version reaches showrooms? Only time will tell.

The new 2024 models are due in dealers at the end of April 2024.

 

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Tiger 1200 GT Explorer

 

2024 Triumph Tiger 1200 Engine & Performance

This is where the lion’s share of Triumph’s work for the 2024 Tiger 1200 has gone, although looking at the spec sheet alone won’t reveal that.

The bare figures haven’t changed. As before, the engine is an 1160cc three-cylinder, putting out 148hp at 9,000rpm and 95.9 lb-ft at 7,000rpm, driving through a six-speed box via an assist-and-slipper clutch. But inside the engine, Triumph has changed some major part including the crankshaft, balancer shaft and alternator rotor with the aim of increasing their mass and inertia.

Upping that inertia by 9.1% has the effect of making the engine smoother and more tractable, particularly at low speed and off-road, even if it’s at the expense of an imperceptible reduction in against-the-clock acceleration. More mass spinning around inside the engine means it’s less likely to bog down, and the engine management has been reworked to adjust to the change in character.

It's not just extra weight, though, as Triumph has also tweaked the design of the balancer shaft to change its ‘balancing strategy’ and further reduce vibrations, with a knock-on effect in the form of better rider comfort. The changes also alter how the engine’s behaviour impacts the bike’s dynamics, with a 43% reduction in yaw forces, 89% less roll force and 5% less pitching force than the old version.

Other subtle updates include a new clutch design that makes it easier to select first gear.

As on the previous version, there are no fewer than five riding modes on the GT Pro and GT Explorer versions, while the Rally Pro and Rally Explorer models get six. Cornering traction control is standard across the range, facilitated by a six-axis IMU.

 

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Tiger 1200 Rally Pro

 

2024 Triumph Tiger 1200 Handling & Suspension (inc. Weight & Brakes)

In mid-2023 Triumph introduced a revision to the Tiger 1200’s Showa semi-active suspension to add Active Preload Reduction, a system that lets you drop the rear ride height by up to 20mm when coming to a halt by pressing the ‘Home’ button on the righthand bar for a second. If you’re going slowly enough, it winds off the preload to lower the rear end, making it easier to get your feet flat on the floor.

That system is retained for all versions of the Tiger 1200 in 2024, with the rest of the suspension continuing as before. That means there’s 200mm of wheel travel at each end for the road-biased ‘GT’ models and 220mm of movement for the wire-wheeled ‘Rally’ variants, and all have the same semi-active suspension abilities that can automatically adapt to different road surfaces and payloads as well as offering rider-selectable Road and Off-Road modes and ‘Comfort’, ‘Normal’ and ‘Sport’ settings.

Also carried over are the Brembo Stylema brakes from the existing model – after all, they’re already top-of-the-range components – with cornering ABS assisted by the bike’s six-axis IMU.

Despite the unchanged suspension, there are changes to boost the Tiger 1200’s abilities, particularly those of the road-oriented GT Pro and GT Explorer versions. Both have their footpegs raised and narrowed to increase cornering clearance.

Weights are unaltered for 2024, now starting with the GT Pro at 245kg including fuel, rising to 249kg for the Rally Pro, 255kg for the GT Explorer and 261kg for the Rally Explorer.

 

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Tiger 1200 GT Explorer

 

2024 Triumph Tiger 1200 Comfort & Economy

Comfort is another area that’s improved for 2024. The dampened bar risers that were previously used on the GT Explorer and Rally Explorer have been adopted across the whole range, making for fewer vibes in the bars and mirrors of the latest GT Pro and Rally Pro, particularly in harmony with the smoother new engine of the latest model.

The rider’s seat has also been redesigned to be flatter than before, a change that’s intended to give the rider more space to move about. The optional low seat, cutting the height by 20mm, is also reworked to be ‘significantly’ more comfortable, according to Triumph.

A final, subtle tweak for the 2024 bikes is a new, longer clutch lever, adding more leverage and making it easier to get all four fingers on it.

We don’t expect any change to the bike’s economy, rated at 55.4mpg. That gives a theoretical range of 240 miles for the ‘Pro’ variants, with their 20-litre tanks, and around 365 miles for the ‘Explorer’ models with 30 litres of fuel.

 

Tiger 1200 GT Pro and Tiger 1200 Rally Explorer

 

2024 Triumph Tiger 1200 Equipment

As in the past, the range is split in two ways. There are two ‘GT’ models with alloy wheels, 19” at the front and 18” at the rear, and two ‘Rally’ models with wire wheels and a 21” front, 18” rear combo. Each variant can be had in either ‘Pro’ or ‘Explorer’ form, the latter adding a larger, 30-litre fuel tank instead of the Pro’s 20-litre design, as well as standard heated seats.

All the bikes get the Showa semi-active suspension with Active Preload Reduction, plus IMU-assisted cornering ABS and cornering traction control, while on the comfort side there are heated grips across the board. An up/down quickshifter is also standard for all versions of the bike, as well as a centre stand, adaptive cornering lights, LED auxiliary lights, keyless ignition and fuel cap, cruise control and hill-hold control.

On top of that, the Explorer variants gain tyre pressure monitoring as standard as well as heated seats and a rear-facing radar with blind spot detection.

Onboard, you have a 7-inch TFT dash with phone connectivity as standard, as on the previous model.

 

 

2024 Triumph Tiger 1200 Rivals

With their shaft-drive and 148hp engines the Tiger 1200 models are the closest match on the market to the behemoth that looms over all big adventure machines – BMW’s all-new R1300GS. BMW has been in the big adventure game since the dawn of the 1980s and dominated the category for the last 20 years, hitting the top of the sales charts with the 2004 R1200GS and refusing to budge since then. On paper, the machines are closely matched, and the GS looks cheaper, but bear in mind that you need to add BMW’s £1610 ‘Dynamics Package’ to get electronic suspension and a quickshifter, bringing its price above that of a similarly-equipped Tiger. There’s also no Tiger 1200 Rally-rivalling ‘Adventure’ version of the R1300GS (yet – expect it to join the range for 2025).

If you’re prepared to do without a shaft drive, the options expand, with more powerful rivals including the Ducati Multistrada V4 and KTM 1290 Super Adventure hitting the same price bracket as the Tiger 1200 models.

 

BMW R1300GS | Price: £15,990

Power/Torque: 145bhp/110lb-ft | Weight: 228kg

 

Ducati Multistrada V4S | Price: £16,995

Power/Torque: 170bhp/92lb-ft | Weight: 240kg  

 

KTM 1290 Super Adventure S | Price: £17,499

Power/Torque: 158bhp/102lb-ft | Weight: 245kg

 

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Tiger 1200 GT Explorer

 

2024 Triumph Tiger 1200 Verdict

We’ll tell you when we’ve ridden it.

 

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Tiger 1200 Rally Explorer

 

2024 Triumph Tiger 1200 - Technical Specification

New price

From £17,295

Capacity

1160cc

Bore x Stroke

90 x 60.7mm

Engine layout

Inline 3-cylinder

Engine details

Liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC

Power

148bhp (110.4kW) @ 9,000rpm

Torque

95.9lb-ft (130Nm) @ 7,000rpm

Transmission

Six speed, shaft drive, assist/slipper clutch, up/down quickshifter

Average fuel consumption

55.4 mpg claimed

Tank size

20 litres (Pro) 30 litres (Explorer)

Max range to empty

240 miles (Pro) 365 miles (Explorer)

Rider aids

Five riding modes (six for Rally models), semi-active suspension, hill hold control, cruise control, quickshifter, cornering ABS, cornering traction control, rear blind spot radar (Explorer models), Active Preload Reduction.

Frame

Tubular steel with forged aluminium outriggers, bolt on aluminium subframe.

Front suspension

Showa 49mm semi-active damping USD forks

Front suspension adjustment

Electronic

Rear suspension

Showa semi-active damping monoshock

Rear suspension adjustment

Electronic. Automatic preload adjustment, Active preload reduction,

Front brake

Brembo M4.30 Stylema monoblock radial calipers, twin 320mm floating discs.

Rear brake

Brembo single piston caliper, OC-ABS, single 282mm disc

Front wheel / tyre

Metzeler Tourance, 120/70R19 (GT)

Metzeler Karoo Street, 90/90-21 (Rally)

Rear wheel / tyre

Metzeler Tourance, 150/70R18 (GT)

Metzeler Karoo Street, 150/70R18 (Rally)

Wheelbase

1560mm

Seat height

850/870mm (GT), 875/895mm (Rally)

Weight

245kg (GT Pro), 249kg (Rally Pro), 255kg (GT Explorer), 261kg (GT Pro)

Warranty

3 years, unlimited mileage

Servicing

10,000 miles/12 months

MCIA Secured Rating

Not yet rated

Website

www.triumphmotorcycles.co.uk

 

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