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Triumph has just released a pair of special-edition Tiger 1200 models that combine their own unique livery with electronically adjustable semi-active suspension, quickshifter, and an Arrow exhaust system for just $400 more than the base-model Triumph Tiger 1200 XRx (Alpine) and XCx (Desert). The Tiger Desert Edition is also equipped with spoked wheels and knobby tires for improved off-road capability.
The 2020 Triumph 1200 Desert Edition features a Sandstorm paint scheme and graphics that are intended to capture the spirit of riding in the great desert expanses of the world. Meanwhile the 2020 Triumph Tiger Alpine Edition is slathered in Snowdonia White paint that draws inspiration from the tight and winding mountain roads between here and your favorite riding destinations.
Beneath the cool livery and up-spec suspension is the same Tiger 1200 that is a more than capable adventure bike in any of Triumph’s available trim options. The trellis-style steel frame houses the trademark liquid-cooled 1,213cc triple (139 hp at 9,350 rpm/90 pound-feet at 7,600 rpm) that puts power to the ground via shaft drive along with top-shelf suspension and braking components on both ends. An ESA-equipped 48mm WP fork and WP monoshock take care of the suspension duties while braking is handled by ABS-equipped dual radial-mount, four-piston Brembo calipers that work with 305mm rotors in the front and a 282mm disc with a two-piston Nissin caliper in the rear.
Add into the mix the already impressive electronics package that all these Tiger models are equipped with and it’s difficult not to get a little excited about these bikes. Cornering ABS, traction control, five ride modes and the new full-color TFT instrumentation, all-LED lighting—you can see why these adventure bikes are gaining popularity among ADV riders looking for an alternative style that Triumph is bringing to the table.
In a nutshell, these two special-edition motorcycles appear to be a real value for Triumph fans. Considering the electronic suspension, along with the quickshifter and Arrow titanium slip-on exhaust, plus you get the special paint and graphics to boot, these are a bargain that can easily be overlooked if you’re not paying close attention.