You release a hugely popular new 660cc triple cylinder motorcycle. How do you celebrate? Well if you’re Triumph, you release the 2022 Triumph Tiger Sport 660!
Hot off the heels of the Trident release, Triumph have found another home for the popular 660cc triple. Their latest offering finds a place in the adventure sport category as the Tiger Sport 660. The new Tiger is the first small to middleweight offered in the range – and the first triple in the segment – and will be geared toward new or inexperienced riders.
Also available in a restricted or LAMS version similar to the Trident, Triumph has its eyes firmly fixed on capturing some of the market dominated by the Kawasaki Versys 650, Yamaha Tracer 7, and Suzuki V-Strom 650.
What we know
The 2022 Triumph Tiger Sport 660 will be the first triple-cylinder engine in the category. According to Triumph, the Tiger Sport 660 delivers the perfect combination of low-down torque with a strong mid-range and class-leading top-end power.
Like with most triples, especially the 660, you can be guaranteed of a linear power delivery with plenty of shove to get you off the line. A compact underslung exhaust will deliver that distinctive, if not Euro-5 muted, Triumph triple soundtrack.
Another thing the Tiger Sport 660 has in common with the Trident is that, unlike most other markets, Australia will only see the LAMS-approved variant. This means power is restricted to 48ps (35kW) at 8,750 RPM, and torque to 59Nm at 5,250 RPM. It seems like a lost opportunity, but the smaller market in Australia means sales of the new Tiger 660 are likely to cannibalise others in the Tiger range. Why go after your own cubs, when you can go after the competition?
The Showa 41mm upside-down cartridge forks and monoshock RSU with remote hydraulic preload adjustment are lifted straight off the Trident. So too are the Nissin brakes with twin 310mm front discs and decent Michelin Road 5 tyres.
Providing genuine long-distance touring capability, the sculpted 17-litre fuel tank provides excellent range at a claimed 380 km. Discreetly integrated pannier mounts for the easy fitment of the accessory panniers and a screen that can be height-adjusted one-handed while riding bolster its touring chops.
Multi-functional instruments combine an LCD with a TFT display, enabling control over the two riding modes – Road and Rain – switchable traction control, and raft of other functions available via the accessory-fit My Triumph connectivity system.
Available in three different paint schemes, you can choose between Lucerne Blue & Sapphire Black, Graphite & Sapphire Black, and Korosi Red & Graphite.
Triumph also claims that the competitively priced Tiger Sport 660 provides the lowest service workshop cost in the category. With a 16,000km or 12 months service interval and a two-year unlimited-kilometre warranty, Triumph might be on to something here.
When can I get my hands on one?
Stock is expected to arrive in Australian dealers in Q1`of 2022. Australian pricing has also been announced, with the 2022 Triumph Tiger Sport 660 starting at $14,690 ride away for the standard colour option (add $150 for metallic paint).
If the Trident is anything to go by, we think the new 2022 Triumph Tiger Sport 660 as this price point is going to do very well indeed, and we can’t wait to test ride one when they arrive early in 2022.
|Type||Liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, inline 3-cylinder, 240° firing order|
|Bore & stroke||74 mm x 51 mm|
|Maximum power||47 hp (35 kw) @ 8,750 RPM|
|Maximum torque||59 Nm @ 6,250 RPM|
|Final drive||X-ring, chain|
|Ignition system||Electronic ignition|
|Clutch||Wet, multi-plate, slip & assist|
|Fuel supply||Electronic fuel injection|
Chassis and Suspension
|Frame||Tubular steel perimeter frame, twin-sided, fabricated steel swingarm|
|Front suspension||Showa 41mm upside down separate function cartridge forks, 150mm wheel travel|
|Rear suspension||Showa monoshock RSU, with remote hydraulic preload adjustment, 150mm wheel travel|
Brakes and Tyres
|Front wheel||Cast aluminium, 17 x 3.5-inch wheel with 120/70 ZR 17 (58W) Michelin ‘Road 5’ tyre|
|Rear wheel||Cast aluminium, 17 x 5.5-inch wheel with 180/55 ZR 17 (73W) Michelin ‘Road 5’ tyre|
|Front brakes||Nissin twin-piston sliding calipers, twin 310mm discs, ABS|
|Rear brakes||Nissin single-piston sliding caliper, single 255mm disc, ABS|
|Height||1,398 mm / 1,315 mm (high / low screen position)|
|Seat height||835 mm|
|Kerb weight||206 kg (wet)|
|Fuel capacity||17.2 L|
- $14,690 ride away (standard colour, metallic colour adds $150)
- 16,000 km or 12 months service interval
- Two-year unlimited-kilometre warranty, with the option to extend for one or two years
- Learner approved
- Available in three colours
- Multi-function instruments with colour TFT and LCD screen
- Claimed fuel consumption of 4.5 litres / 100 km