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TRIUMPH TIGER 1200 XR (2018-on) Review

Published: 09 December 2017

Updated: 09 December 2017

Triumph’s Tiger 1200 goes all-in to compete with the mighty GS

TRIUMPH TIGER 1200 XR  (2018-on)

Triumph’s Tiger 1200 goes all-in to compete with the mighty GS

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

The third generation of Tiger 1200 has matured into a serious contender in the adventure market with an impressive spec list and beautifully refined ride. It won’t beat the GS in terms of overall sales, but could certainly tempt a few undecided buyers away from BMW dealerships. Good work Triumph.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

At slow speed you are aware that the Tiger is taller and heavier than its rivals by about 20kg (Triumph won’t admit a wet weight), but the updated riding position helps mask this by moving the bars closer to your body, putting you more in control. However once on the go the semi-active suspension delivers such a lovely plush ride you quickly forget the extra weight and it feels just as agile as its rivals while the Metzeler Tourance Next E tyres deliver bags of grip and the up and down quickshifter is faultless.

Engine 5 out of 5

Yes it’s more powerful than the GS, but that’s not the point, what makes Triumph’s triple stand out is a superb throttle connection and overall feeling of quality. The transition from a closed throttle to a partially open one is incredibly smooth and the triple motor is vibe-free and oh so easy-going thanks to its abundant mid-range as well as pleasingly zingy up the top end. It just feels a classy unit and this impression of refinement is further enhanced by Triumph’s clever use of technology.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

The overall level of finish appears good on the Tiger, but previous generations have suffered a bit when it comes to retaining their looks. Reliability has never been called into doubt, but visually they can look tatty if used and not cared for. Service intervals are pleasingly high with the major one due every 20,000-miles.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

With a price tag of £16,150 (£525 more than the GS TE) the XRT is the most expensive adventure bike currently on the market, but the Triumph does boast features its competition lacks. If you want to save a few quid, lower spec options are available with the XR costing £12,200 and the XRX £14,150.

Equipment 4 out of 5

The XR comes in three formats – base, X and T – with the spec increasing alongside the price tag. The top of the range T version is absolutely loaded with kit and comes as standard with cornering ABS and TC, a TFT dash, 5 power modes, heated grips and seat, semi-active suspension, cruise control, adaptive cornering lights, hill start assist, and up and down quickshifter and more besides. The base model lacks angle sensitivity in its ABS and TC and has conventional suspension (the X has the same spec chassis as the T) and fewer power modes, but it is still an impressive spec list.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2018
Year discontinued -
New price £16,150
Used price £11,000 to £16,300
Warranty term 2 years unlimited
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £91
Annual service cost -
Max power 139 bhp
Max torque 90 ft-lb
Top speed 140 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 54.3 mpg
Tank range 220 miles
Engine size 1215cc
Engine type Four-stroke, liquid-cooled triple
Frame type Tubular steel trellis
Fuel capacity 20 litres
Seat height 835mm
Bike weight 243kg
Front suspension WP monoshock, semi-active damping with automatic preload adjustment (standard XR non-semi-active)
Rear suspension WP monoshock, semi-active damping with automatic preload adjustment (standard XR non-semi-active).
Front brake 2 x 305mm disc, four-piston radial caliper Brembo; Cornering ABS
Rear brake 282 disc, two-piston caliper Cornering ABS
Front tyre size 120/70X19
Rear tyre size 170/60x17

History & Versions

Model history


Other versions

Triumph Tiger 1200 XR – price £12,200 and Triumph Tiger 1200 XRX – price £14,150.

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