• 2022 Triumph Tiger 1200 Sharpens Its Claws

  • New Triumph Tiger 1200 Lighter, slimmer, yes. Better? We'll have to wait
  • Will It Get the T-Plane Motor? Such a success in the Tiger 900, why would Triumph not put it into the new 1200?

Testing Shots Show The Big Tiger In Its Element

Ever since the Triumph Tiger 900 arrived, speculation has been rife that the Tiger 1200 was about to receive a significant makeover. Triumph has now released a short teaser video and press release confirming that the new Tiger 1200 will have sharper claws.

New Triumph Tiger 1200 On The Way

2022 Triumph Tiger 1200 Sharpens Its Claws
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New Triumph Tiger 1200
Lighter, slimmer, yes. Better? We’ll have to wait

Ever since the Triumph Tiger 900 was released to an appreciative public, speculation has been rife as to when the Tiger 1200 would get the same treatment. The new T-plane crankshaft engine was such a step forward for the 900 that is was unthinkable that the 1200 would not go the same route.

Now, Triumph has confirmed what we all thought - that a new Tiger 1200 was on the way - but specific details are thin on the ground. A short video has been released of the bike testing in some unnamed location and performing as no Tiger 1200 has before.

The press release states, simply:

"The all-new Tiger 1200 has now reached its exciting final stages of testing.

"The word ‘transformation’ simply doesn’t do it justice. Designed to deliver the new ultimate large-capacity adventure ride, the incredible Tiger 1200 will bring every advantage in one all-new motorcycle family. 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."

2022 Triumph Tiger 1200 Sharpens Its Claws
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Will It Get the T-Plane Motor?
Such a success in the Tiger 900, why would Triumph not put it into the new 1200?

The announcement actually causes us to ask more questions than are answered. The T-Plane crankshaft has the three crankpins placed at 0, 90 and 180 degrees. With a firing order of 1, 3, 2, this combines to give the engine a broad spread of power at both low and high revs. Call it the best of both worlds.

If previous Triumph announcements are anything to go by, we should get more news in the next month or so. Start sharpening your claws!

Harry Fisher
Harry Fisher
Motorcycling Contributor
Born and raised in England, he has lived in South Africa with his family since 2002. Harry has owned examples of Triumph, Norton, BSA, MV Agusta, Honda, BMW, Ducati, Harley Davidson, Kawasaki and Moto Morini motorcycles. He regrets selling all of them.  Read full bio
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