Release The Tigers! – Mah Launches Triumph’s Tigers 800 and 1200

WIll Yap The Gasoline Addict

Story by: Will Yap
Photography by: The Motorgrapher


Triumph’s latest generation of Tigers come decked to the teeth in features and enhancements, or according to Triumph, “purpose built” to deliver. Case in point? Triumph’s launch video, linked just below.

If there’s one thing about these launch videos I’ve come to realize, they tend to showcase the abilities of the machines leading on to raised expectations. On top of that, Triumph adds that there is more distinction between the XC and XR line-ups, using words like “Purposeful for their type of Adventure” to give you a sense of their objectivity.

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(Photo By: The Motorgrapher)

That being said,  what did Triumph do to the Tigers that makes them such a proud parent? New bodywork and panels aside, key features on the 1200 include:
– Adaptive Cornering Lighting
– Shaft Drive
– Hill Hold Control
– 6 Riding Modes including Off Road Pro
– Electrically Adjusted Windscreen
– Cornering ABS and Traction Control
– Triumph Shift Assist (Triumph speak for an Up and Down Quickshifter)
– Keyless Ignition
– Backlit Switches
– Fly By Wire Throttle
– Cruise Control
– Much Touted off road agility and handling
– Brembo Brakes
– Up to 10kg in weight savings from the previous generation

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That Aggressive LED Glare (Photo By: The Motorgrapher)

Not to be the forgotten sibling and in no way little or less, features on the 800 include:
– An Updated and more Responsive Engine
– Shorter Ratio 1st Gear
– 5 Way Joystick Control
– Full Colour TFT display
– 6 Riding Modes including the Off Road Pro mode
– One Hand Adjustable Windscreen (I found this extremely practical and one of the easiest to adjust in the market)
– Fly By Wire throttle
– Brembo Brakes
– Up to 4kg in weight savings

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No, That’s not a Digital Assistant, Just Someone Behind (Photo By: The Motorgrapher)

So while the 1200 is blatantly the cream and cherry topping on the pie, Triumph also positioned the 800 as a more than capable machine with a formidable electronics package. My guess is the 800 will have a significant presence on our roads, with the 800 triple proving more than a match for Singaporean roads or some time across the borders. Off course I’m not faulting the 1200 either, for those who want the extra machine for the extra mile. Just how capable and easy to ride are these machines for Asian consumers? We’ll know once we can get our hands on them – TGA

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