2023 Triumph Tiger 1200 Rally Explorer & Tiger 1200 GT Explorer Review

| July 3, 2023

Ever wonder what it’s like to live with a Tiger? Or two of them? We did with Triumph’s Tiger 1200 Rally Explorer and Tiger 1200 GT Explorer.

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The Triumph Tiger 1200 Rally Explorer loves playing in the dirt.

Words and Photography by Keith Dowdle

I first rode the new Tiger 1200s at the global press launch in Portugal in April 2022. We wanted to revisit Triumph’s flagship adventure touring lineup on our home turf, so Triumph Motorcycles America loaned us, not one but two Tigers—the more off-road-focused Tiger 1200 Rally Explorer and the more street-going 1200 GT Explorer. Both models represent the top-of-the-line offering in the company’s five-model Tiger lineup.

All Tiger 1200 models ride on the same chassis, with different features on the varying trims. The Explorer comes with all the bells and whistles, including high-end amenities like blind-spot monitoring, heated rider and passenger seats, fog lights and a larger 7.9-gallon tank versus the 5.2-gallon tank on the others.

I’m not getting deep into the weeds regarding technical details and specs in this review since that information is readily available in our previous review, 2023 Triumph Tiger 1200 GT & Rally Lineup, and on the Triumph website. However, the wheel size and the fuel tank size will impact the ride characteristics, so that’s important to know as we discuss how these motorcycles handle on and off the road.

The tires are also important. For this review, I rode the same tires that come on the bikes from the factory, which, for the Rally are Metzeler Karoo Street, and for the GT are Metzeler Tourance. I point this out because, in my initial review, the Rally model I rode in Portugal was fitted with the Triumph-handbook-approved knobby—the Michelin Anakee Wild. Having a full knobby versus an 80/20, which is just an aggressive-looking street tire, makes a huge difference off-road, and I quickly found the limits of the Karoo Street tire when riding off-road.

So, let’s get into it.

2023 Triumph Tiger 1200 GT Rally Explorer
The Triumph Tiger 1200 GT Explorer would just as soon stick to the pavement (but doesn’t mind getting a little dirty).

First Up, The Rally Explorer

The idea was to ride these bikes as much as possible to get to know them and understand what it would be like to own one. I planned to ride every day, rain or shine, for the two weeks I had each bike. After picking up the Rally, I proceeded straight to the closest Forest Service roads and began scrolling through the beautiful menu on the full-color seven-inch TFT screen, looking for the Off-Road Pro ride mode. Triumph has made it perfectly clear that their goal is to make the Tiger 1200 a better choice for the consumer than the current best-selling large-displacement ADV bike, the BMW GS, which makes this a perfect review for me since I own a GS. Knowing that, as I approached the first dirt section, I asked myself: ‘Why is Triumph forcing me to stop before

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Triumph Tiger Sport 660 – Style

Well, in my feeling, the Triumph Tiger Sport 600 seems outstanding. It has a really tall, upright and sporty stance, which is really regular of a sporty experience tourer. A significant-tall windscreen on the front, alongside with a incredibly pleasant and cumbersome fairing adds some bulk to its nose.&#13
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For spicing items up, a pair of slim LED headlamps with LED DRLs does obligation. Go a bit backwards, you have a huge, Tiger-like gasoline tank, and the seat is a solitary-piece device, which is cozy as nicely. All around the rear, the layout is incredibly minimalistic and I seriously favored it. The 17-inch rims on the Tiger Activity are neatly created, and the rear fenders attribute pannier mounts as properly.&#13
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Triumph Tiger Sport 660 – Features

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In addition, it will get two driving modes, Stomach muscles, and traction manage. The latter is not switchable, but you can also for a bi-directional quickshifter. For connectivity, the Tiger Sport 660 will get Bluetooth connectivity, which I think is a boon when you happen to be driving in the town.&#13
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Triumph Tiger Sport 660 – Motor & gearbox

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To place points into standpoint, the Tiger Activity 660 can pull from speeds as lower as 40 kmph in 6th equipment by itself, which is basically phenomenal. Speaking of

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