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Triumph Acquires Electric Manufacturer OSET Bikes

Triumph Acquires OSET Bikes

Triumph is moving into the world of off-road motorcycles. Earlier this month, it announced that Ricky Carmichael, the greatest motocross rider of all time, and Iván Cervantes, a five-time enduro world champion, visited the Triumph motocross and dual-sport team in the U.K. to help with prototype testing.

As part of Triumph’s expansion plans, this week it announced the acquisition of OSET Bikes, a manufacturer of electric dirtbikes for kids, teenagers, and adults. The following is the official press release from Triumph America.


Ahead of the launch of the Motocross and Enduro range, Triumph Motorcycles takes another exciting step in the off-road world through the acquisition of OSET Bikes, a leader in the world of children’s electric, off-road motorcycles. Started in 2004 by Ian Smith, who wanted to build an electric off-road bike for his son Oliver, OSET has been setting the benchmark in its segment for the past 18 years. OSET has sold more than 40,000 bikes globally that feature their inhouse developed electric powertrains.

The acquisition of OSET sits within Triumph’s strategy of entering the off-road segment, announced in 2020, and provides both companies with the opportunity to share and benefit from each other’s knowledge and experience in their respective segments, enabling both brands to grow internationally in parallel.

Triumph’s philosophy, For The Ride, played an important role in the acquisition of OSET as it enables the Hinckley-based brand to inspire future generations of riders by providing them with the perfect starting point to develop their passion and dreams. OSET Bikes offers products that are suitable for any rider, starting from 3 years old and upwards.

Nick Bloor – Triumph CEO
“We are excited about the opportunity of joining forces with OSET Bikes: a dynamic brand that has been encouraging children into motorcycling for many years and have been at the forefront of developing electric trials bikes for fun and competition. Whilst the two brands will continue working independently, Triumph and OSET will collaborate on new state-of-the-art products to inspire young riders into off-road riding, across the segments that Triumph and OSET will have a presence in, drawing on their respective strengths to build the best bikes in the world.”

Ian Smith – OSET Bikes CEO
“When we built that first ‘garage’ bike for my son, Oliver, I had no idea that it would lead to this moment. We are all very excited for what the future holds for OSET as part of the Triumph family. The OSET brand will remain as OSET and will continue to serve the trials and off-road motorcycling community. We are now better positioned to develop and innovate across our range, while enjoying the security of scale and market position Triumph can offer OSET.”

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Ricky Carmichael and Iván Cervantes Visit Triumph Factory to Test Off-Road Prototypes

Triumph Ricky Carmichael Iván Cervantes
Five-time enduro world champion Iván Cervantes (left) and U.S. motocross legend Ricky Carmichael (right) are helping Triumph develop new motocross and dual-sport motorcycles.

The greatest motocross rider of all time, Ricky Carmichael, and five-time enduro world champion Iván Cervantes, spent last week with the Triumph motocross and dual-sport team in the U.K.

Receiving a warm welcome from Triumph employees, Ricky and Iván took the time to meet some passionate Triumph fans, before deep diving into development workshops with the design team and testing the latest prototypes, continuing in their unique role of providing invaluable feedback and input into the project.

RELATED: 2023 Triumph Tiger 1200 | First Ride Review

Ricky Carmichael
“It has been a pleasure to finally come to the Triumph headquarters. Meeting everyone in all the departments, seeing how it all works, and getting to put faces to the names of those I have been working with for so long. I have been incredibly impressed throughout the project, from my first test with the team in the U.S., and it’s great to see how much progress they made to this point.

To see the masterminds at work, and the dedication and motivation from everyone has been absolutely incredible. The sky is the limit and I believe everyone’s hard work on this project will mirror the level of the Triumph brand. It is an exciting time to be a part of this historic project!”

Iván Cervantes
“For me, this is a huge moment. We’ve tested the bike many times, but it was wonderful to ride with Ricky in person, and so satisfying to see how happy he is with the setup we’ve developed. We have made some very big steps and some very productive changes, and I’m very happy with where we are.

I have worked for a long time on this project with an amazing team, who all share the same goal:  to be competitive from the very beginning. I can’t wait for the next steps!”

Steve Sargent – Chief Product Officer
”It was a pleasure to have both Ricky and Iván with us for a whole week and to continue to take full advantage of their experience with the development of our off-road prototypes. Having both legendary motorcycle racers together to contribute to such a crucial phase of the bike’s development is invaluable. Together we share a single-minded ambition to launch motorcycles that are 100% capable of winning, that bring something new and different to riders in both worlds, that encompass all of Triumph’s expertise and capability, and that leverage everything Ricky and Ivan know about winning and developing bikes that deliver consistently race after race.”

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Triumph and Gibson augment DGR prizes

After putting up a special Triumph-themed Gibson guitar and Gibson-themed Triumph Bonneville as a major fundraiser prize for the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, the companies have turned the amp up to 11.

Now they are offering three signed guitars as runner-up prizes for the 10th annual event on May 22. In the past nine years more than 100,000 riders in over 900 cities across the world have raised more than $US31 million for men’s mental health and prostate cancer awareness.

The major prize this year is a 1959 Legends Custom Edition Gibson Les Paul with Triumph design details and a 1959 Legends Custom Edition T120 Bonneville with Gibson design references.

The guitar has a hand-coach-lined pickguard inspired by the Bonneville’s trademark engine fins, and etched pick-up covers, branded truss rod cover and reissue switch backplate.

Gibson’s Triumph tribute

Triumph’s Bonneville T120 Gibson tribute features a hand-painted sunburst paint scheme like the Gibson with black painted guitar neck and headstock shape, edged with hand-painted coach lining, plus a host of branded touches.

Triumph Bonneville T120 Gibson edition

They form the major prize for the best fundraiser at this year’s Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, a global charity for men’s mental health and prostate cancer awareness and fundraising.

The collaboration makes a lot of sense as many old rockers love their Bonnevilles and probably suffer from prostate issues!

And late last year Triumph Motorcycles announced it will continue its nine-year association with DGR for five more years.

Now, the companies have turned their amps up to 11 to offer more prizes for the DGR.

The three additional guitars are each signed by a famous musician, and each with a custom painted guitar case inspired by a legendary Triumph rider. The “Saints of Speed” custom guitar cases will be painted by the world-renowned guitar artist James Willis.

Gentlefolk Prize (open to participants raising over $US250)

Epiphone J-200
  • Epiphone ‘Inspired by Gibson’ J-200 guitar, signed by American country music star Big Kenny
  • Custom Triumph-inspired “Saints of Speed” guitar case, painted by James Willis

Highest Team Triumph Global Fundraiser

Epiphone SG
  • Epiphone ‘Inspired by Gibson’ SG Standard guitar, signed by Canadian musician Clayton Bellamy of The Road Hammers
  • Custom Triumph-inspired “Saints of Speed” guitar case, painted by James Willis

Spirit of ’59 Prize (open to participants raising over $US59)

Epiphone ’59
  • Epiphone ‘Inspired by Gibson’ 1959 Les Paul Standard guitar, signed by English rock legend, Billy Duffy of The Cult
  • Custom Triumph-inspired “Saints of Speed” guitar case, painted by James Willis

Donated to support The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, in its global charity efforts to raise awareness and funds in support of men’s mental health and prostate cancer, each of the Epiphone ‘Inspired by Gibson’ guitars pays homage to a Gibson music legend and each comes with the signature details and features that made them famous.

The custom hard case that comes with each guitar will be painted by famed Nashville guitar artist, James Willis, as part of a new “Saints of Speed” numbered series of custom cases, each commemorating a legendary Triumph rider. Willis is a multi-bike Triumph owner and will be participating in this year’s Gentleman’s Ride on his Scrambler 1200 XC motorcycle.

Further celebrating the connection between music and motorcycles, the guitars will be signed by musicians that are also passionate riders, each participating in this year’s Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride. The Epiphone ‘Inspired by Gibson’ J-200 will be signed by American country music artist Big Kenny, of Big & Rich. The Epiphone ‘Inspired by Gibson’ SG Standard will be signed by Canadian recording artist Clayton Bellamy of The Road Hammers. The Epiphone ‘Inspired by Gibson’ 1959 Les Paul Standard will be signed by English rock musician Billy Duffy of The Cult.

These additional prizes allow the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride to further support fundraising across the world by rewarding fundraisers in unique categories, including the annual Gentlefolk prize, eligible for participants which raise over $US250. New prize categories for 2022 will be the Spirit of ’59 category, for any rider which raises over $US59, and the Team Triumph prize, for the highest fundraiser that has joined the official Triumph team or a Triumph dealership’s fundraising team.

Gibson Guitars and Triumph Legends Custom Cases

  • Numbered “Saints of Speed” series custom guitar cases, each commemorating a legendary Triumph rider of the winner’s choosing, will be hand painted by famed Nashville guitar artist James Willis.
  • The Epiphone Inspired by Gibson J-200 is a stunning homage to the King of the Flat-Tops – the world-famous Gibson™ SJ-200. Since its introduction in 1937 it has been the choice of “singing cowboys” like Tex Ritter and Gene Autry, as well as folk, rock and country royalty, including Emmylou Harris, Elvis, Jimmy Page, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, The Edge, and many more. Featuring a Super Jumbo non-cutaway solid figured maple body, solid Sitka spruce top, and two-piece maple neck with a mahogany centre strip, the Epiphone J-200 is built with all solid woods for outstanding tone. The visual elements have always been a big part of the J-200’s appeal, and the Epiphone Inspired by Gibson J-200 includes a Moustache™ bridge with curved block inlays, Crown headstock inlay and Graduated Crown mother of pearl fingerboard inlays, and a J-200 style pickguard with two-colour graphics.
  • The Epiphone SG Standard from the new Inspired by Gibson Collection, recreates the legendary 1960s classic that powered the first generation of hard rock and heavy metal bands including The Who, Cream, AC/DC, and Black Sabbath. The guitar features the historic SG profile with “batwing” pickguard, a pair of Epiphone’s Alnico Classic PRO humbuckers, and 18:1 ratio Epiphone Deluxe Tuners. This Epiphone Inspired by Gibson Original model also has the Kalamazoo headstock, rolled neck for a comfortable feel, GraphTech NuBone nut, era-appropriate wiring, and CTS pots. Optional hardshell or EpiLite Case is available.
  • Made in partnership with the Gibson Custom Shop, the Limited Edition 1959 Les Paul Standard is Epiphone’s stunning recreation of the rare vintage classic. Featuring a mahogany body with a maple top with a AAA figured maple veneer, comfortable 1959 hand-rolled neck profile with long neck tenon, aged finish, Gibson USA BurstBucker 2 & 3 humbucking pickups, Switchcraft selector switch and output jack, CTS pots, 50s era wiring, Mallory capacitors, non-beveled pickguard, new Epiphone Deluxe vintage tuners, and a vintage-style brown hard case. It also comes with an Epiphone Limited Edition metal medallion toggle switchplate.

Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride Prize Summary

Highest Global Fundraiser

  • ‘1959 Legends’ custom edition Triumph Bonneville T120 motorcycle and Gibson Les Paul Standard Reissue guitar
  • Hedon x DGR Kingpin Helmet
  • ELF Prize Pack

2nd Highest Global Fundraiser

  • Triumph Thruxton RS motorcycle
  • Hedon x DGR Hedonist Helmet
  • ELF Prize Pack

3rd Highest Global Fundraiser

  • Triumph Speed Twin 1200 motorcycle
  • Hedon x DGR Hedonist Helmet
  • ELF Prize Pack

Gentlefolk Competition 1st Prize (open to participants raising over $US250)

  • Triumph Bonneville Bobber motorcycle
  • Hedon x DGR Hedonist Helmet

Gentlefolk Competition 2nd Prize (open to participants raising over $US250)

  • Epiphone ‘Inspired by Gibson’ J-200 guitar, signed by country artist Big Kenny
  • Custom Triumph-inspired “Saints of Speed” guitar case, painted by artist James Willis

Highest Team Triumph Global Fundraiser (includes Triumph Dealer fundraising teams)

  • Epiphone ‘Inspired by Gibson’ SG Standard guitar, signed by Canadian artist Clayton Bellamy
  • Custom Triumph-inspired “Saints of Speed” guitar case, painted by artist James Willis

Spirit of ’59 Prize (open to participants raising over $US59)

  • Epiphone ‘Inspired by Gibson’ 1959 Les Paul Standard guitar, signed by English rock legend, Billy Duffy of The Cult
  • Custom Triumph-inspired “Saints of Speed” guitar case, painted by artist James Willis

a global charity for men’s mental health and prostate cancer awareness and fundraising.

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2023 Triumph Tiger 1200 | Video Review

2023 Triumph Tiger 1200
Riding the 2023 Triumph Tiger 1200 Rally Pro in Portugal. Photo by Kingdom Creative.

We test the all-new 2023 Triumph Tiger 1200, which is available in five variants: GT, GT Pro, GT Explorer, Rally Pro, and Rally Explorer. The GT models are geared toward street adventures, while the Rally models are designed to get dirty. We rode all but the base-model GT at the Tiger 1200 world press launch in Portugal.

The updated Tiger 1200 adventure bike is both slimmer and stronger. It lost 55 lbs and gained serious grunt with the 1,160cc inline-Triple adapted from the Speed Triple 1200 RS, which makes 148 hp at 9,000 rpm and 96 lb-ft of torque at 7,000 rpm. Reworked from nose to tail and crown to sole, the new Tiger 1200 platform also has a new lightweight trellis frame, a cast-aluminum Tri-Link swingarm with shaft final drive, Showa semi-active suspension, a full electronics suite and much more.

You can read our full review here, and you can see it in action in our video review:

2023 Triumph Tiger 1200 GT Pro / GT Explorer / Rally Pro / Rally Explorer Specs

Base Price: $21,400 / $23,100 / $22,500 / $24,200
Website: triumphmotorcycles.com
Engine Type: Liquid-cooled, transverse inline-Triple, DOHC w/ 4 valves per cyl.
Displacement: 1,160cc
Bore x Stroke: 90.0 x 60.8mm
Horsepower: 148 hp @ 9,000 rpm (claimed)
Torque: 96 lb-ft @ 7,000 rpm (claimed)
Transmission: 6-speed, hydraulically actuated slip/assist wet clutch w/ quickshifter
Final Drive: Shaft
Wheelbase: 61.4 in.
Rake/Trail: 24.1 degrees/4.7 in. (GT models) / 23.7 degrees/4.4 in. (Rally models)
Seat Height: 33.5/34.3 in. (GT models) / 34.4/35.2 in. (Rally models)
Wet Weight: 540 lbs. / 562 lbs. / 549 lbs. / 575 lbs. (claimed)
Fuel Capacity: 5.3 gals. (Pro models) / 7.9 gals. (Explorer models)

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2023 Triumph Tiger 1200 | First Ride Review

2023 Triumph Tiger 1200
Overhauled for the 2023 model year, the new Triumph Tiger 1200 is available in five variants: GT, GT Pro (above), GT Explorer, Rally Pro, and Rally Explorer. Photos by Kingdom Creative.

Heavyweight adventure bikes are built to munch miles and tackle trails. The brief sounds simple, but balancing the demands of tarmac and terrain is a subtle art. Most manufacturers favor one side of the on-/off-road equation. Instead of splitting the difference, though, the 2023 Triumph Tiger 1200 splits the field, catering to long-haul road trippers with the GT series and intrepid explorers with the Rally variants.

The thoroughly updated Tiger 1200 didn’t just assume a split identity, it also went on a crash diet, shedding a claimed 55 pounds. To pack on extra muscle, Triumph repurposed the 1,160cc inline-Triple from the 2022 Speed Triple 1200 RS to pump out 148 horsepower (at 9,000 rpm) and 96 lb-ft of torque (at 7,000 rpm). Surround that punchy powerplant with a lightweight trellis frame, a cast-aluminum Tri-Link swingarm with shaft final drive, and Showa semi-active suspension, and you end up with one capable cat.

Check out Rider’s 2022 Motorcycle Buyers Guide

2023 Triumph Tiger 1200
Up-spec street-oriented versions of the Triumph Tiger 1200 include the GT Explorer (left) and GT Pro (right). Designed for long-distance touring, Explorer models have larger gas tanks, heated seats, tire-pressure monitoring systems, and blind-spot radar.

The Tiger 1200 variants may share the same DNA, but they express different traits. The GT and Rally models have different headstock angles, suspension travel, damping rates, ride modes, and curb weights. Those differences allow the GT to pound the pavement while the Rally tears up the trail, with Pro and Explorer versions of each, the latter with more fuel capacity and other features for long-haul travel (including heated seats, a tire-pressure monitoring system, and blind-spot radar). With the latest-generation Tiger 1200 primed to take on the competition, we tested the GT Pro, GT Explorer, Rally Pro, and Rally Explorer (but not the base-model GT) variants on Portugal’s picturesque backroads and enduro tracks to determine whether these heavyweight adventurers can satisfy the needs of different ADV riders.

GO GET ’EM, TIGER

At the heart of the Tiger 1200 is Triumph’s liquid-cooled, 12-valve, 1,160cc inline-Triple engine. The mighty mill shares the same bore, stroke, and compression ratio as the Speed Triple 1200 RS, but a 270-degree crank, a 1-3-2 piston firing order, and shaft final drive endow the Tiger with a personality all its own. Those preparations outfit the Tiger 1200 for life on the open road and off the beaten path.

2023 Triumph Tiger 1200
The Rally Pro and Rally Explorer variants are geared toward ADV riders who like to venture off-road. They have longer suspension travel, tubeless spoked wheels in 21-/18-inch sizes, knobbier tires, and more.

A steady torque curve and linear powerband make the Tiger ready to romp, with usable power throughout the rev range. In Tiger trim, the big Triple with a T-plane crank may not boast the most stimulating power profile in the class, but what the 1200 loses in outright horsepower numbers, it makes up for in character. Between 4,000-7,000 rpm, the engine emits a bellicose growl, and it roars up to its 9,500-rpm redline.

Unfortunately, that pleasing exhaust note is accompanied by extra vibrations just above 6,000 rpm. The footpegs buzz first and the vibes reach the bars in the higher registers. Luckily, the mill only spins 4,000 rpm at 70 mph in 6th gear, remaining comfortable for long-distance journeys. At a more spirited pace, those vibrations aren’t top of mind. During slower city riding, short shifting quelled the tremors and softened the power delivery.

2023 Triumph Tiger 1200
The 2023 Triumph Tiger 1200 is powered by a 1,160cc inline-Triple derived from the Speed Triple 1200 RS. It makes 148 horsepower and 96 lb-ft of torque.

That same approach benefits trail riding, too. On the road, the direct line between the rider’s right wrist and the rear wheel lets the Tiger pounce out of corners. The torque-rich midrange that suits the road, however, can overwhelm grip in the dirt. The tractable Triple is just as happy to spin up or chug along, and I quickly adapted my inputs to the conditions. Triumph’s ride modes also help tame the Tiger.

Road, Rain, and Sport ride modes come standard on all models and adjust the Triple’s character accordingly. The GT Pro and GT Explorer add Off-Road and Rider (custom) modes, and the Rally Pro and Rally Explorer go one step further by adding an Off-Road Pro mode. Each mode dials the Tiger’s throttle response, damping settings, ABS, and traction control to the occasion, allowing the big-bore ADV to adapt to any environment.

2023 Triumph Tiger 1200
When toggling through ride modes, the digital speedo/tach rotates out of the way on the 7-inch TFT display.

The Road and Rain modes live up to their names with usable power and increased ABS and TC intervention. The Tiger bears its claws in Sport mode, with a stiffened suspension, reduced traction control, and peppy throttle response that encourages a lively pace. Off-Road lowers the thresholds of both traction control and ABS actuation, while Off-Road Pro disables both for unfettered fun. With a dedicated button at the left switchgear, riders can quickly toggle between the ride modes while the Tiger is on the move.

ONE AGILE CAT

While the Tiger’s engine is the star of the show, its new Showa semi-active suspension is hardly an understudy. It offers automatic rear preload adjustment and two damping maps – Road and Off-Road – which are preselected with on-road and off-road ride modes, and damping is adjustable over nine levels within each map, from Comfort (soft) to Sport (firm). Users can fine-tune the settings on the fly to deal with pothole-strewn roads, fast-paced twisties, technical trails, long-haul cruising – you name it.

2023 Triumph Tiger 1200
The new Triumph Tiger 1200 is equipped with premium components, such as Showa semi-active suspension, Brembo Stylema calipers, and Metzeler adventure tires. The street-oriented GT models have cast wheels.

Regardless of conditions, neither end of the nine-setting spectrum felt too spongy or hard-edged. Even in Comfort mode, the fork yields sufficient support under heavy braking without diving excessively. Conversely, the shock doesn’t buck the rider out of the seat in the Sport setting. Each mode prepares the chassis for differing conditions, but the system’s electronically controlled valves preserve the Tiger’s composure.

Users will inevitably find the suspension’s limits off the beaten path, but due to the Rally’s 8.7 inches of suspension travel and the GT’s 7.9 inches, bottoming the Tiger isn’t easy. Of course, a brisk pace on rutty trails will tax the suspension, but the semi-automatic system remained stout on the fire roads and technical singletracks we explored on the Tiger 1200 Rally Pro.

2023 Triumph Tiger 1200
Although the updated Tiger 1200 lost a significant amount of weight, these are still heavyweight ADV bikes, with curb weights ranging from 540 lbs. for the GT Pro to 575 lbs. for the Rally Explorer.

Dustin’s Gear:
Helmet: Arai XD4
Jacket: Fuel Rally Raid Petrol Jacket
Gloves: Dainese MIG C2 Gloves
Pants: Fuel Rally Raid Petrol Pants
Boots: Alpinestars Tech 3 Boots

In concert with the adaptive suspenders, Triumph outfits the Tiger 1200 with superbike-worthy Brembo Stylema calipers. A Magura HC-1 radial front master cylinder provides precise feel and feedback at the lever, and braided hoses maintain consistent performance. The system’s finesse shined when modulating the binders on the trail, yet there’s more than enough bite and stopping power when hammering the brakes into a paved hairpin. The setup’s dependable braking performance increases confidence and complements the Tiger’s sporty ambitions.

Thanks to the communicative and responsive chassis, including a new, 12-lbs-lighter trellis frame, the Tiger 1200’s sharp on-road handling belies its 540- to 575-lb curb weight (depending on variant). The heavyweight adventurer feels light on its toes, and correcting a line mid-turn is effortless. As expected, the GT series attacks the tarmac best thanks to its 19-inch/18-inch cast-aluminum wheels shod with street-optmized Metzeler Tourance 90/10 tires. However, the Rally Pro and Rally Explorer are no slouches on the asphalt, even with 21-inch/18-inch tubeless spoked wheels shod with more dirt-oriented Metzeler Karoo tires. Despite the Rally’s slight disadvantage on the street, riders with even modest off-road ambitions will benefit from the trim’s capability without losing too much pavement performance.

2023 Triumph Tiger 1200
The Triumph Tiger 1200 has a new Tri-Link swingarm with shaft final drive.

In the dirt, it’s easy to tell when the Tiger breaks traction, allowing the rider to adjust throttle application accordingly. After sliding the Tiger through several corners during the off-road day, a ham-fisted whack on the throttle quickly brought the rear wheel around. Luckily, the Off-Road mode’s traction control helped me save the potential low-side crash. Expert off-roaders will spring for the Off-Road Pro’s aidless experience, but the standard Off-Road setting’s safety nets will suit many novice-to-intermediate riders.

RIDE THE TIGER

The Tiger 1200’s ergonomics puts the rider in a commanding position to tackle both on- and off-road sections, with a roomy cockpit that offers enough space for the rider to move fore and aft. The two Explorer variants raise the handlebars to accommodate the larger 7.9-gallon fuel tank (up from 5.3 gallons on the GTs), but it doesn’t sacrifice comfort in the process.

2023 Triumph Tiger 1200
The Tiger 1200’s windscreen is manually adjustable on the fly using one hand.

While the Tiger’s ergos fit my 5-foot, 10-inch frame, results will vary based on the rider’s dimensions and weight. The same goes for the windscreen. In the lowest setting, the screen pushed oncoming air up to my shoulders. The highest position shifted that current to the peak of my helmet, introducing reverberating wind noise and batting about my head. For that reason, I kept the one-hand adjustable screen in the low setting, but customers may remedy the situation with a windscreen extension from Triumph’s accessories catalog.

On the technology front, the Tiger 1200’s user interface is intuitive and straightforward. A dedicated home button on the right switchpod opens the primary menu, and a joystick at the left lets riders quickly toggle through settings. Unlike some of its competitors, the Tiger’s folder system is easy to navigate and requires a minimal learning curve. In certain modes, the 7-inch TFT display even prompts riders to revert to the previous ride settings, allowing users to seamlessly jump back on the trail without resetting ABS, traction control, and suspension damping options.

2023 Triumph Tiger 1200
On Explorer models, the blind-spot radar system activates a light on the side-view mirror when a car or motorcycle is detected.

The Tiger’s new blindspot detection system, which is standard on the Explorer models, matches that convenience with safety. Similar to the tech found on the Ducati Multistrada V4 S, the Continental-developed system utilizes a rear-facing radar and mirror-mounted lights to inform riders when other vehicles enter their blindspot. The tech accurately detected both cars and motorcycles during my time with the Tiger 1200, but the light location doesn’t always grab the rider’s attention. Whereas the Multistrada places the notification lights at the top outer corner of each mirror, Triumph positions them at the lower edge, which may not be in the user’s line of view when looking far up the road. The system works just fine, but Tiger 1200 riders may want to do a double take before committing to a lane change.

Other useful features that are standard on the higher-spec Pro and Explorer models include cruise control, a quickshifter, cornering lights, hill hold control, LED auxiliary lights, heated grips, a centerstand, a skid plate, engine protection bars (Explorers and Rally Pro), and fuel tank protection bars (Rally Explorer).

2023 Triumph Tiger 1200
An array of buttons and switches allow Tiger 1200 pilots to actuate functions and adjust settings. Heated grips are standard on all variants except the base-model GT.

OUT OF THE BAG

With the introduction of the 2023 Tiger 1200, Triumph returns its biggest cat to the adventure lineup. It may have taken Hinckley a few years to overhaul the heavyweight ADV, but the 55-pound weight savings, semi-active suspension, T-Plane inline-Triple, and other upgrades were worth the wait. The GT and Rally lines make all that fun accessible to both worldly travelers and rugged overlanders.

Pricing starts at $19,100 for the standard Tiger 1200 GT, which is competitively priced and equipped to take on its main rival, the BMW R 1250 GS. The higher-spec Pro and Explorer variants add more features to suit different on-road, off-road, and long-haul missions. The agility of the GT, GT Pro, and Rally Pro along with long-distance capabilities of the GT Explorer and Rally Explorer position the Tiger 1200 as a suitable option for all styles of adventure riding. Yes, balancing the demands of tarmac and terrain is a subtle art, but Triumph proves that it’s possible to have the best of both worlds. Choose your own adventure.

2023 Triumph Tiger 1200
Geared toward ADV riders who like to get dirty, the Tiger 1200 Rally Explorer (left) and Rally Pro (right) are equipped with off-road-ready suspension, wheels, crash bars, and more.

2023 Triumph Tiger 1200 GT Pro / GT Explorer / Rally Pro / Rally Explorer Specs

Base Price: $21,400 / $23,100 / $22,500 / $24,200
Website: triumphmotorcycles.com
Engine Type: Liquid-cooled, transverse inline-Triple, DOHC w/ 4 valves per cyl.
Displacement: 1,160cc
Bore x Stroke: 90.0 x 60.8mm
Horsepower: 148 hp @ 9,000 rpm (claimed)
Torque: 96 lb-ft @ 7,000 rpm (claimed)
Transmission: 6-speed, hydraulically actuated slip/assist wet clutch w/ quickshifter
Final Drive: Shaft
Wheelbase: 61.4 in.
Rake/Trail: 24.1 degrees/4.7 in. (GT models) / 23.7 degrees/4.4 in. (Rally models)
Seat Height: 33.5/34.3 in. (GT models) / 34.4/35.2 in. (Rally models)
Wet Weight: 540 lbs. / 562 lbs. / 549 lbs. / 575 lbs. (claimed)
Fuel Capacity: 5.3 gals. (Pro models) / 7.9 gals. (Explorer models)

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Gibson tunes up with Triumph

Gibson guitars and Triumph motorcycles have unveiled one-off models that celebrate the link between musical and motorcycle rockers.

The 1959 Legends Custom Edition Gibson Les Paul comes with Triumph design details, while Triumph has unveiled a 1959 Legends Custom Edition T120 Bonneville with Gibson design references.

The guitar has a hand-coach-lined pickguard inspired by the Bonneville’s trademark engine fins, and etched pick-up covers, branded truss rod cover and reissue switch backplate.

Gibson’s Triumph tribute

Triumph’s Bonneville T120 Gibson tribute features a hand-painted sunburst paint scheme like the Gibson with black painted guitar neck and headstock shape, edged with hand-painted coach lining, plus a host of branded touches.

Triumph Bonneville T120 Gibson edition

The one-off models will be prizes for the best fundraisers at this year’s Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, a global charity for men’s mental health and prostate cancer awareness and fundraising.

The collaboration makes a lot of sense as many old rockers love their Bonnevilles and probably suffer from prostate issues!

And late last year Triumph Motorcycles announced it will continue its nine-year association with DGR for five more years.

While these are only one-off models for the DGR, I wonder if Gibson and Triumph will offer these as limited-edition models.

As an old rocker myself, I’d certainly love to own one of each!

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Triumph recall Trident on side stand safety

Triumph Australia has recalled its new Trident 660 over an issue with the safety of the side stands.

The official notice issued through the Federal Government says the bike’s side stand mounting bracket “may become damaged over time”. 

“The side stand may fail when the motorcycle is parked,” it says.

“If this occurs, the motorcycle may fall over, which could increase the risk of injury to the rider and passenger, or bystanders.”

Owners are advised to contact their authorised Triumph dealer to have the work carried out “as soon as possible”, free of charge.

The recall is the first for Triumph this year after four last year when there were 46 recall notices, the highest number monitored since 2009 and significantly more than the previous high of 37 in 2018.

The VINs of all affected motorcycles are:

SMTLGL10U3NAF9814 SMTLGL10U3NAH5917
SMTLGL10U3NAF9888 SMTLGL10U3NAH6094
SMTLGL10U3NAF9923 SMTLGL10U3NAH6360
SMTLGL10U3NAF9965 SMTLGL10U3NAH6454
SMTLGL10U3NAF9972 SMTLGL10U3NAH6734
SMTLGL10U3NAG0719 SMTLGL10U3NAT4366
SMTLGL10U3NAG0866 SMTLGL10U3NAT4372
SMTLGL10U3NAG0984 SMTLGL10U3NAT4394
SMTLGL10U3NAG1042 SMTLGL10U3NAT4432
SMTLGL10U3NAG1052 SMTLGL10U3NAT4437
SMTLGL10U3NAG1166 SMTLGL10U3NAT4445
SMTLGL10U3NAG1195 SMTLGL10U3NAT4450
SMTLGL10U3NAG1260 SMTLGL10U3NAT4462
SMTLGL10U3NAG1292 SMTLGL10U3NAT4475
SMTLGL10U3NAG1360 SMTLGL10U3NAT4478
SMTLGL10U3NAG1595 SMTLGL10U3NAT4482
SMTLGL10U3NAG1667 SMTLGL10U3NAT4487
SMTLGL10U3NAG1674 SMTLGL10U3NAT4508
SMTLGL10U3NAG1721 SMTLGL10U3NAT4560
SMTLGL10U3NAG1806 SMTLGL10U3NAT4578
SMTLGL10U3NAG6093 SMTLGL10U3NAT4598
SMTLGL10U3NAG6109 SMTLGL10U3NAT4626
SMTLGL10U3NAG6610 SMTLGL10U3NAT4660
SMTLGL10U3NAG7016 SMTLGL10U3NAT4680
SMTLGL10U3NAG7353 SMTLGL10U3NAT4682
SMTLGL10U3NAG8704 SMTLGL10U3NAT4697
SMTLGL10U3NAG8969 SMTLGL10U3NAT4704
SMTLGL10U3NAG9511 SMTLGL10U3NAT4706
SMTLGL10U3NAH2431 SMTLGL10U3NAT4736
SMTLGL10U3NAH2824 SMTLGL10U3NAT4751
SMTLGL10U3NAH4745 SMTLGL10U3NAT4785
SMTLGL10U3NAH5007 SMTLGL10U3NAT4792
SMTLGL10U3NAH5668 SMTLGL10U3NAT4813
SMTLGL10U3NAH5674 SMTLGL10U3NAT4824
SMTLGL10U3NAH5734 SMTLGL10U3NAT4846
SMTLGL10U3NAH5753 SMTLGL10U3NAT4936
SMTLGL10U3NAH5784 SMTLGL10U3NAT4945
SMTLGL10U3NAH5844 SMTLGL10U3NAT4966
SMTLGL10U3NAH5879 SMTLGL10U3NAT4976
SMTLGL10U3NAT4992

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS ON RECALLS

Even though manufacturers and importers usually contact owners when a recall is issued, the bike may have been sold privately to a rider unknown to the company.

Therefore, Motorbike Writer publishes all motorcycle and scooter recalls as a service to all riders.

If you believe there is an endemic problem with your bike that should be recalled, contact the ACCC on 1300 302 502.

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 this year after last year having only two recalls in a year where there were official 46 recalls, the highest number monitored since 2009 and significantly more than the previous high of 37 in 2018.

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Triumph and Gibson collaborate with DGR

All you old rockers should be tuning up for this supergroup — Triumph, Gibson and the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride (DGR) are getting the band back together!

Details have not yet been released, only a vague press release about the collaboration of the three.

The press release just states:

Announcing an exciting new partnership that brings together two iconic global brands, Gibson and Triumph Motorcycles, with a unique collaboration based on the legendary 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard and the equally legendary 1959 Triumph Bonneville T120.

 With a shared ambition to support the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, and its global charity efforts for men’s mental health and prostate cancer awareness and fundraising, full information on the partnership will be released in March 2022.

Vague indeed. 

However, I can make an educated guess.

I suspect there will be a limited-edition Bonneville T120 coming in 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard sunburst colours and branding.

There should also be a Gibson coming with relevant Triumph logos.

Plus either or both will be offered as prizes to the biggest fundraisers in the annual DGR which generates funds for mental health issues and prostate cancer research.

The collaboration makes a lot of sense as many old rockers love their Bonnevilles and probably suffer from prostate issues!

And late last year Triumph Motorcycles announced it will continue its association with DGR for five more years.

As an old rocker who is still rocking in a garage band, I’ll be lining up for one of each of these limited-edition gems.

Stay tuned for further details coming soon.



Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

2022 Triumph Tiger Sport 660 | Video Review

2022 Triumph Tiger Sport 660
Riding the 2022 Triumph Tiger Sport 660 at the global press launch in Portugal. (Photo by Kingdom Creative)

We test the 2022 Triumph Tiger Sport 660, an all-new middleweight sport-tourer based on the Trident 660. With a base price of $9,295, it goes head-to-head with value-priced stalwarts like the Honda NC750X ($8,699) and Kawasaki Versys 650 ($8,899).

Although much of the Trident 660’s underpinnings carry over to the Tiger Sport 660, including the liquid-cooled, 12-valve, 660cc inline-Triple, which produces 80 horsepower at 10,250 rpm and 47 lb-ft of torque at 6,250 rpm (claimed at the crank), as well as ride modes (Road and Rain), switchable traction control, and ABS, the sport-tourer gets steeper rake, more suspension travel, a small fairing, and a one-hand-adjustable windscreen. The rider triangle is more open and the seating position is more upright.

At 454 pounds, the Tiger Sport 660 is light, agile, and user-friendly. Although clearly built to a price (for example, the only suspension adjustability is rear preload), it has good build quality and doesn’t feel cheap. Triumph’s new sport-tourer is one of those bikes that hits the sweet spot – it’s the right price, it’s the right size, it has the right amount of fun and versatility, it has the right features (except for cruise control), and it can be outfitted with hard saddlebags, a top case, heated grips, and more.

You can read our full review here, and you can see it in action in our video review:

2022 Triumph Tiger Sport 660 Specs

Base Price: $9,295
Website: triumphmotorcycles.com
Engine Type: Liquid-cooled, inline triple, DOHC w/ 4 valves per cyl.
Displacement: 660cc
Bore x Stroke: 74 x 57.7mm
Horsepower: 80 hp @ 8,750 rpm (claimed, at the crank)
Torque: 47.2 lb-ft @ 6,250 rpm (claimed, at the crank)
Transmission: 6-speed, cable-actuated slip/assist wet clutch
Final Drive: X-ring chain
Wheelbase: 55.8 in.
Rake/Trail: 23.7 degrees/3.8 in.
Seat Height: 32.8 in.
Wet Weight: 454 lbs. (claimed)
Fuel Capacity: 4.7 gals.

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Triumph Tiger 1200 Aussie prices announced

Triumph Motorcycles Australia has announced prices for the 2022 Tiger arriving in the second quarter of 2022.

They have also announced a new three-year/unlimited kilometre factory warranty for the bikes.

The adventure bikes start at $29,990 rideaway for the Tiger 1200 GT Pro and $32,600 for the GT Explorer, both featuring road-biased 19-inch front and 18-inch rear cast aluminium wheels and tyres.

The more off-road-capable Rally family with 21-inch front and 18-inch rear tubeless spoked wheels start at $31,800 for the Rally Pro with the flagship Rally Explorer from $33,950 rideaway.

Triumph says the new range is up to 25kg lighter, more powerful, with improved handling and specification.

They are powered by a new 1160cc T-plane triple engine with 112kW of power, up 7kW, and 130Nm of torque.

One of the standout features is the very handy long-range 30-litre fuel tank in the GT Explorer and Rally Explorer, while the other two models have a 20-litre tank.

Here are some of the other new features:

  • lightweight chassis and frame with bolt-on rear aluminium subframe and pillion hangers;
  • lighter and stronger ‘tri-link’ swingarm;
  • Brembo Stylema monobloc brakes plus optimised cornering ABS with IMU;
  • Showa semi-active suspension;
  • slimmer waist and more compact design;
  • rider ergonomics designed, including adjustable seat height, which can be lowered even further with an accessory low seat.

Technology abounds, including a Blind Spot Radar System, 7.0-inch TFT instruments with smartphone connectivity, up to six riding modes, keyless ignition and fuel cap lock, LED lighting with Adaptive Cornering Lights, Shift Assist on all models, hill hold and heated grips.

CFMOTO 300SR

The Explorer models also get heated seats and tyre pressure monitors.The Triumph Tiger line, complete with the GT, GT Explorer, Rally, Rally Explorer, and GT Pro

There is a dedicated Tiger 1200 accessory range including several luggage options, one of which was developed with Givi.

Triumph has also announced a new partnership with the communication brand Sena to produce a Bluetooth headset featuring a new Harman Kardon speakers.

Service intervals are now 16,000km or 12 months.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com