With the start of the Milan motorcycle show less than two weeks away, Triumph have released a teaser video for the new Tiger they will unveil there – although they don't say exactly which model of Tiger they're teasing.
But they do give quite a few things away. The first thing isn't at all cryptic – it clearly states that there will be a new Tiger triple engine. But which capacity is unclear. The guessing game is further muddied by the fact that they actually appear to be alluding to two different Tigers in the teaser.
MCN’s spy photographers have captured two different Tigers on test together in Spain, one of which appears to be a new 1200, the other looking more likely to be a replacement for the 800. With the teaser showing both bikes, the statement could be suggesting that both variants have new engines, which would have to be Euro4 compliant. With Euro5 looming on the not too distant horizon, they might even go one better.
A new Tiger 800 has been rumoured for some time, and MCN has caught several test mule prototypes in action, while we also believe Triumph tested elements of the new 800 in plain sight at the recent Panafrica Rally.
The video also gives away the inclusion of a full screen colour display on the new bike, which looks similar to the display used on the Street Triple RS. We captured spy shots of a new Tiger 1200 earlier this month, which clearly showed a TFT dash – although it’s unclear whether it will also feature on the 800.
At the beginning of the teaser we get a clear look at the rear end of one bike, which appears fairly slim and has a taillight almost identical to the existing 800, while the exhaust looks smaller in diameter (although this could be an official aftermarket exhaust).
The switchgear has also been redesigned, and the teaser reveals that the buttons are backlit, and are joined by the joystick-like menu navigation button that features on the Street Triple RS.
Two 'faces' are seen in the video. There's a slightly out of focus shot of what appears to be the 1200 riding towards the camera – revealing there are no drastic styling changes from the existing Tiger Explorer’s looks. As the bike tips into the corner, we can also see an additional light illuminate in the headlamp, suggesting the new bike is fitted with cornering lights.
There's also a close-up that reveals a completely different headlight design to one on the moving bike, with a simpler light configuration, which we believe could be the face of the new Tiger 800 – and which is identical to the last spy shots captured in testing.
There's not long to wait. The new Tigers will be revealed to the world on November 7 at 9am Central European Time. Consider yourself teased.
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