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2020 Triumph Tiger 1200 Desert

2020 Triumph Tiger 1200 Desert

Triumph took its Tiger XCx to the Nth degree

There’s nothing quite like a special-edition to spruce up a model family, and Triumph takes that to the bank with its new top-shelf Tiger 1200 Desert Edition. The “Desert” builds on the mid-grade, off-road-centric Tiger 1200 XCx with titanium and carbon-fiber touches and a model-specific “Sandstorm” paint package with Desert Edition graphics to set it apart visually from the pack. Of course, the factory maintains its premium electronics suite and active suspension system, and it drives it all with its proven 1,215 cc triple.

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2020 Triumph Tiger 1200 Alpine Edition

2020 Triumph Tiger 1200 Alpine Edition

Triumph takes its Tiger 1200 to a whole new level

Triumph Motorcycles has long been on the cutting edge of adventure-bike design with its venerable Tiger line, and the British giant expands it top-displacement, mid-range technology bracket with the addition of the Tiger 1200 Alpine for MY2020. Special paint and graphics set the Alpine apart visually from the rest of the family, and under the “hood”, Triumph’s premium electronics suite works to keep it dirty-side down. The in-line triple delivers well over 100 ponies with almost 100 pounds o’ grunt to drive the Alpine over the hills and dales it was designed to conquer.

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2020 Triumph Tiger 900 Rally / Rally Pro

2020 Triumph Tiger 900 Rally / Rally Pro

More power and more torque in the low range, it’s a whole new generation of Tiger

Triumph’s new Tiger 900 line covers an array of bases throughout its range, but while the base model and GT versions are built for urban touring/commuting, the Rally and Rally Pro are clearly geared toward off-road work. Long-stroke suspension components and laced wheels set the tone with the full spectrum of ride-quality and safety systems, several of which benefit from the IMU to deliver corner-optimized performance both on-road and off. All of this delightfulness rides on an all-new chassis with an also-new, 888 cc powerplant that cranks out 10-percent more grunt than the previous “800” to drive your multi-surface adventures.

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2020 Triumph Tiger 900

2020 Triumph Tiger 900

New from the ground up, it’s a whole new generation of Tiger

Triumph up-sized its outgoing Tiger 800 adventure model ahead of MY2020 to create the all-new Tiger 900. This machine serves as a platform for a number of upscale stablemates, but today I want to focus on the base model. The factory balances capabilities and cost to deliver a bike that can both tour and serve as a daily commuter. The safety electronics covers the basics and come bundled with a handful of ride-quality controls for push-button personality changes to round out the package and give the 900 a bit of versatility.

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2020 Triumph Tiger 900 GT / GT Pro

2020 Triumph Tiger 900 GT / GT Pro

It’s everything we loved about the Tiger 800, but on a whole new level

Triumph’s new-for-2020 900 GT and 900 GT Pro brings an urban bias to its multi-surface, adventure-bike Tiger line making it a good prospect for long-range/touring riders as well as those looking for a solid commuter. Power comes from an all-new, 900 cc plant, but the real star of the show is the electronics suite that delivers safety along with push-button personality changes to give this pair extra flexibility. The question is whether it’s enough to be genuinely worthy of the Gran Turismo moniker.

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2020 Triumph Tiger 900 RALLY / RALLY PRO

2020 Triumph Tiger 900 RALLY / RALLY PRO

A top-spec rendition of the Brits’ mid-weight adventure category

After their Bonneville range, it’s the Tiger models that give the British brand their numbers, predominantly the three-cylinder ones for its practical approach and usability as an adventure motorcycle.

Taking their game to serious new levels, Triumph is giving us an all-new range of Tigers that will replace the 800s’ with a new 900cc engine. It will give out 10% more power, aggressive modern styling, brilliant standard specs, and new state-of-the-art riding enhancements. And it is the lightest Tiger models ever since they came out in 2010, making them the most capable, agile, and dynamic middleweight adventure bikes available. The RALLY and the RALLY PRO are the top-spec versions “Transformed for maximum off-road adventure, and road-focused capability and comfort”

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2018 - 2019 Triumph Tiger 800 XCa

2018 - 2019 Triumph Tiger 800 XCa

This Next Gen Tiger 800 Shows Us It Means Business

Triumph Motorcycles beefed up its Tiger 800 line ahead of MY2018 and carried the improved models — including the Tiger 800 XCa — directly over into the 2019 model year. The Tiger “XC” range represents the more off-road-oriented models within the Tiger family, and the “A” variant brings everything the marque has to offer in a mid-displacement adventure bike. Among the new features are a half-dozen riding modes and TFT-screen setups along with bright LED lighting to make it an all-LED ride, and that’s on top of the top-shelf features the previous models already carried.

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2018 - 2019 Triumph Tiger 800 XRt

2018 - 2019 Triumph Tiger 800 XRt

Triumph Improved What Was Already A Nice Ride

Triumph updated the Tiger 800 lineup ahead of MY2018 and carried it into MY2019 with over 200 individual improvements to boost its already top-tier XRt to new heights. The factory bills this ride as its ultimate on-road adventure bike, and it justifies that position with all the comfort and safety equipment it has to offer along with newly designed bodywork for some fresh visual appeal. Power comes from a next-gen, 800 cc plant, and it has a full electronics suite to help keep it under control and allow you to get the most out of the machine.

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2018 - 2019 Triumph Tiger 1200 XRx

2018 - 2019 Triumph Tiger 1200 XRx

A Significant Engine Update Results In Smooth And Progressive Power Delivery

The Triumph Tiger 1200 XRx builds on the base XR to deliver a mid-range machine with some new top-shelf gear for a welcome dose of lagniappe. Updates to core features include ride-quality electronics to deliver more safety and comfort as you tackle the tarmac or the less-civilized paths alike. This machine carries Triumph’s next-gen engine, which is the larger displacement engine in its adventure bike range.

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2018 - 2019 Triumph Tiger 1200 XR

2018 - 2019 Triumph Tiger 1200 XR

One Of The Most Adventure-Ready Tigers Ever Built

Triumph Motorcycles revamped its large-displacement Tiger family ahead of MY2018 with a host of improvements that include a significant weight loss — both inside the cases and outside — for quicker spool-up and livelier throttle responses. The electronics were buffed as well with more rider-controlled options on top of the already top-shelf gadgetry. New cast wheels carry it all with a sporty new spoke arrangement and blackout treatment.

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2018 - 2019 Triumph Tiger 800XCx

2018 - 2019 Triumph Tiger 800XCx

A True ’Adventure’ Adventure Bike

Triumph released a brand-new Tiger 800 XC lineup ahead of MY2018 with over 200 improvements across the board, and the British giant carries it straight over into the 2019 season. Not only does the littlest Tiger come with fresh bodywork, but the engine and electronics were upgraded, as well. Additionally, the factory beefed up the XCx’s off-road chops with some very specific tuning to give this model even more capability when the blacktop turns to brown.

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2018 - 2019 Triumph Tiger 1200 XCa

2018 - 2019 Triumph Tiger 1200 XCa

Triumph Just Threw The Whole Electronics Catalog At It

Triumph’s new Tiger 1200 XCa resides comfortably at the top of food chain with all the fandanglery the British marque has to offer and it comes billed as its ultimate adventure bike. That sets a fairly high bar, but at a glance, it seems like the factory is on-point with oodles of goodies to include an off-road specific addition to the riding modes, a clutchless shifter and a keyless ignition to name a few. Today I’m going to dive into this globetrotting machine to see what else Trumpet stuffed in there, so join me while I check out this state-of-the-art adventure bike.

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2018 - 2019 Triumph Tiger 1200 XCx

2018 - 2019 Triumph Tiger 1200 XCx

Absolutely Laden With Upscale Electronics

Triumph polished its off-road chops ahead of MY2018 with a new Tiger 1200 XCx that rocks more of what you want and less of what you don’t in an adventure bike. The “XCx” is looking trim at the scale after a Summer at fat-camp, and that trickles down to turn in improved handling and performance from the improved chassis and significantly upgraded powerplant. Adjustable ride-quality controls ride alongside layered electronic safety features to make this XCx quite flexible and capable of fitting a variety of roles and riders. The Tiger moniker has always set a high bar, so today let’s see how Trumpet measures up against its own yardstick and check out the likely competition.

Continue reading for my review of the Triumph Tiger 1200 XCx.

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2018 Triumph Tiger 1200 XRt

2018 Triumph Tiger 1200 XRt

Includes An Alphabet Soup Of Top-Shelf Electronic Acronyms

Triumph Motorcycles has long been a frontrunner in the race to the top within the adventure-bike genre, and the all-new Tiger 1200 XRt is a perfect example of why that is. This is Triumph’s top-shelf ADV model with all the available bells and whistles built right in. That’s on top of an already-extensive rebuild that the factory says brought in over 100 improvements over the outgoing model, so this ride is totally up-to-date with cutting-edge technology of both the comfort and safety variety. Join me while I check out Triumph’s flagship model for the road-centric ADV market and see how it stacks up against some other likely candidates.

Continue reading for my review of the Triumph Tiger 1200 XRt.

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2018 Triumph Tiger 1200 XC

2018 Triumph Tiger 1200 XC

Adds a myriad of equipment and sheds the ’Explorer’ badge along with some meat

After their Bonneville range, it’s the Tiger models that give the British brand their numbers. As regularly updating their line-ups go, Triumph is giving their 2018 Tiger range a host of bells and whistles that will boast of having it ’Transformed,’ with a ’New Tiger Triple Engine’ and ’New Tiger Technology.’ Apart from this, the bodywork also gets mild updates to look fresh for 2018.

Triumph loves them so much that it feels no inhibitions with having six different models each for 1215 cc and 800 cc engine mods for 2018. Both the 1200 and 800 have four road variants (XR, XRx, XRx low, and range-topping XRT), and two off-road ones (XCx and a top-spec XCA). Guess we’ll take the best of them and spread it out for you nice and easy.

That is the Triumph Tiger 1200 XC range. Drumrolls please. The first thing you notice is that name. Previously all the Tigers running on the 1215cc motor had the ‘Explorer’ badging on them. But for 2018, Triumph has made things easier by just sticking to the 1200 branding.

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2018 Triumph Tiger 800 XRx

2018 Triumph Tiger 800 XRx

Triumph Updates Its Hot Mid-Displacement Tiger

Triumph gave its venerable Tiger range an update for 2018 and an upgrade with the all-new Tiger 800 XRx and its vertically-challenged sibling, the XRx Low. These two reside on the second tier of the XR range with numerous features that the base model misses out on such as Riding Modes, DRLs and full-color TFT display to name a few. A next-gen engine churns out 94 horsepower and 58 pound-feet of torque for greater performance than its predecessor, with the electronic assistance you need to keep it all under control. Built as a street-centric adventure bike, the XRx siblings can double as outstanding commuters. Join me while I check out the details on this dynamic duo.

Continue reading for my review of the Triumph Tiger 800 XRx.

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2016 - 2017 Triumph Tiger Explorer XR

2016 - 2017 Triumph Tiger Explorer XR

Triumph’s 1200 cc On-Road-Centric Adventure Bike

It’s really tough to make an adventure bike that will truly do it all and the folks down at Triumph Motorcycles don’t even waste any time trying. While Triumph has the dirt-tastic XC sibling to cover the off-road work, the streetwise Tiger Explorer XR comes set up for more urban/civilized adventures with adjustable WP suspension components and Brembo brakes with ABS protection. A 1,215 cc three-banger mill drives it all with 139 horsepower on tap, enough to push it well into power-tourer territory. There are a number of variants built on the base XR, all of which come with more top-shelf bits, but don’t be fooled into thinking the base model is all that lacking in any department ’cause it seems to have everything one needs to go traipsing hither and yon.

Continue reading for my review of the Triumph Tiger Explorer XR.

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2017 Triumph Tiger Explorer XCx / XCa

2017 Triumph Tiger Explorer XCx / XCa

Triumph’s 1200 cc Off-Road-Centric Adventure Bike

If the phrase “British Explorers” brings to mind fond memories of Safari hats and 24-7 solar coverage of the Empire, then I’ve another visual for you to plug into the equation; Triumph’s Tiger Explorer XC family. Based on the entry-level XR range, the XC siblings build up to the XCx that adds cornering traction control and ABS to the 139 ponies that reside in the engine cases, and the XCa that expands the yummy-goodness even more with a tire-pressure monitor and two additional rider modes. Is there more? You betcha. Trumpet really went to great lengths to bring top-notch touring capabilities and an adventure-some spirit together.

Continue reading for my review of the Triumph Tiger Explorer XCx and XCa.

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