Triumph Tiger 1200 GT Pro: Pushing the limits

By A. NACHI | 1 June 2023

THIS new Triumph Tiger 1200 model is offered in two different ranges, which comprise three road-oriented GT variants with cast alloy wheels with 19-inch front and 18-inch rear tyres.

The two Rally versions feature 21-inch front and 18-inch rear wire wheels, and come with 220mm suspension travel to better suit off-road enthusiasts.

Today I am reviewing the Triumph Tiger 1200 GT Pro.

This review unit comes with a top box and side panniers.

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The Tiger 1200 GT Pro sets a high bar as an expertly designed adventure motorcycle, showcasing a remarkable range of features.

Its aesthetic appeal is undeniable, characterised by a harmonious blend of modernity and timelessness.

The bold lines and sharp angles exude an aggressive aura, while the impeccable finish and meticulous attention to detail elevate it to the status of a true masterpiece.

The Tiger 1200 GT Pro comes with an impressive array of rider aids.

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It comes with a full-colour TFT instrument panel, providing riders with comprehensive information at a single glance.

This customisable panel allows riders to personalise the displayed information to their preferences.

Safety is a top priority for the Tiger 1200 GT Pro, with features like ABS, traction control, and cornering ABS to enhance performance and instill confidence across various
riding conditions.

The bike offers five ride modes of Sport, Road, Rain, Off-Road, and a customisable Rider mode, each adjusting throttle response, cornering ABS, cornering traction control, and suspension damping.

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The Showa semi-active suspension system impresses with on-road and off-road damping modes, boasting nine settings within each mode, ranging from Sport to Comfort.

It even includes automatic rear preload adjustment.

Furthermore, the GT Pro model is equipped with cornering lights, cruise control, hill-hold brake control, and a 7-inch colour TFT display featuring Bluetooth connectivity, multimedia, navigation, and GoPro control.

Convenience is not overlooked, as the Tiger 1200 GT Pro gets keyless ignition and a USB charging port, enabling riders to stay connected even when far from home.

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The Tiger 1200 GT Pro is a true all-rounder, combining versatility and power for riders seeking to reach their limits.

Its design excels both on the road and off-road, making it the perfect companion for those yearning to conquer diverse terrains.

Triumph's remarkable overhaul of the Tiger 1200 adventure bike deserves praise, as it represents a radical transformation.

This Tiger promises performance, handling, and technology that did not disappoint me.

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However, I did find the new T-plane mild motor's vibration-prone characteristics less appealing compared to the smoother triple of the previous generation.

The seamlessly integrated electronics operate flawlessly, showcasing a high level of sophistication.

When it comes to handling and performance, the Tiger 1200 GT Pro delivers a memorable experience.

Its 1,160cc engine packs a punch, generating a maximum power output of 147hp and 130Nm of torque.

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It has enough torque to satisfy my need for speed but definitely not fast enough to catch up with my mate who was riding a Ducati Panigale.

Coupled with a precise six-speed transmission, the bike offers seamless and controlled gear shifts.

The Tiger 1200 GT Pro excels in cornering thanks to its well-balanced chassis, enabling precise and stable handling.

The agility of the bike is commendable despite the size.

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The reliable Showa suspension system, with adjustable front and rear suspension, ensures a tailored experience based on rider preference and terrain.

On the highway, the Tiger 1200 GT Pro gets two thumbs-up as a true touring machine, delivering a comfortable and stable ride even at high speeds.

Its adjustable windscreen allows riders to control airflow, while the heated grips and seat ensured a toasty feel during cold weather rides.

Meanwhile off-road, the bike handles rough terrain with ease, courtesy of its long-travel suspension and rugged chassis.

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Equipped with dual 320mm floating discs at the front and a single 282mm disc at the rear, the bike delivers one of the best stopping capabilities.

The inclusion of ABS ensures quick and safe stops in all situations.

Remarkably, the bike's braking performance excels even in wet conditions, thanks to a well-designed traction control system that prevents wheel lock-up.

The brakes offer excellent feedback, enabling riders to precisely modulate braking power.

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I was truly impressed by the exceptional performance of the traction control system when I encountered a dangerous situation on the Karak highway.

Despite the presence of an oil spill, which made the road dangerously wet and slippery, the traction control system delivered a remarkable grip that proved to be invaluable.

It was an intense moment, and I must admit it was a close call, but thanks to the system's effectiveness, I was able to navigate through the hazardous conditions and come out safe.

In the city, the Tiger 1200 GT Pro surprised me with its nimbleness, aided by an upright riding position and wide handlebar, making manoeuvring through traffic a breeze.

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The Tiger 1200 GT PRO represents a significant improvement compared with its predecessor.

It offers a superior package, with compact balance and handling dynamics critical to the new model's appeal.

The new engine outperforms the previous model in almost every aspect, contributing to an overall superior machine.

In summary, the Tiger 1200 GT Pro is a must-have adventure motorcycle that combines outstanding performance, versatility, and advanced features.

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It excels in various conditions, making it an ideal choice for riders seeking a machine capable of conquering any terrain.

Triumph Malaysia offers a special deal on the Tiger 1200 GT Pro at RM113,600 from now till June 30, while stocks last.

Additional items include:
i) Expedition Aluminium Panniers Silver/Black 37L
ii) Top Box Mounting Kit Expedition
ii) Expedition Aluminium Top Box 42L
iv) Expedition Pannier Mounting Frames

Triumph Tiger 1200 GT Pro
Engine: 1,160cc, liquid-cooled, 12 valves, DOHC, inline 3-cylinder
Maximum power: 147hp at 9,000rpm
Maximum torque: 130Nm at 7,000rpm
Transmission: Six-speed
Suspension: Front Showa 49mm, semi-active damping USD forks. 7.87-inch travel; rear Showa semi-active damping monoshock, automatic electronic preload adjustment, 7.87-inch wheel travel
Brakes: Front Brembo Stylema monoblock radial callipers, twin 320mm floating discs; rear Brembo single piston calliper, single 282mm disc
Fuel capacity: 19.98 litres
Wet weight: 245kg
Price: RM113,600 (without registration, road tax and insurance)




CarSifu's Rating: 7.0