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Spotted: new Triumph Tiger in testing

Published: 06 August 2019

Updated: 06 August 2019

Triumph are working on a refreshed Tiger 800 that looks poised to take the fight to its middleweight rivals.

Engine engineering

The current 800 has a peppy triple engine but the triple configuration means it lacks the low end drive of some rivals, so it’s highly likely its crept up in capacity. Conveniently if you take the existing Tiger 800’s bottom end and bolted on the bigger bore top end from a 765 Street Triple you’d get an 887cc.

Tiger badge on the screen of the new Triumph development bike

A new 887cc triple would likely make as much bottom end as its big twin rivals but with a lot more going on up top, with power figures likely creeping north of 100bhp. This would require a separate A2 version if they opted to keep a compliant model in the rang. Mated to this is likely to be a whole new suite of electronics, as the current models ABS and Traction Control are lacking compared to the IMU based systems on KTMs 790 Adventure and BMW’s F850GS. The chassis and suspension have been reworked too.

Steely gaze

The current Tiger copped a bit of flack for its frame, which was one-piece steel front to back without removable pillion pegs. That meant a bad drop off-road could easy bend the lot and result in a write off. The new frame however has been completely redesigned to prevent this. So, the main frame now has a different loop around the back of the gearbox, where the subframe and pillion pegs simply bolt on.

Triumph Tiger side profile in high quality

The suspension now comes from Showa, rather than WP, and it appears to be longer travel, perhaps as much as 250mm at both ends. To counteract the seat height issues, it appears Triumph have slimmed the bike down although it will still be on the taller side. This, together with the new swingarm, should make it better off-road, but Triumph appear to have kept some road sensibilities including a 17” rear wheel. The rest of the accessories, including seat, footpegs and handlebars scream adventure trail bike.

Take me anywhere

Stylistically the front end of the bike has had a considerable makeover, with real similarities to the Tramontana rally bike Triumph built two years ago. The rally look has become incredibly popular lately, most recently with Yamaha’s Ténéré 700 and it seems Triumph want to get a piece of the action.

Interestingly it seems they’ve also produced a third generation TFT dash, which appears to be much larger than the current model. It’s highly likely that Triumph will unveil a full range of new models, with this bike likely forming the pinnacle of the XC family. Despite how finished this model appears, Triumph's current 800 range was only released two years ago, so it's possible we won't see this model for a while yet. 

Triumph declined to comment on the bike in the photos.

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