The Tiger Timeline

POSTED: 26/04/2022


The Triumph Tiger has a lot of history and some amazing record-breaking bikes have contributed to making the 2022 Tiger 1200 model what it is today. Since 1936, Triumph have been adapting, updating and building on the strengths of the early single-cylinder Tiger 80 to create the beast that is today's new hard-hitting family of adventure monsters.

Check out some of the bikes that give the Tiger its rich and impressive history below...



The solid single-cylinder

The first Tiger appeared on the scene in the form of the ‘T80’. It was built as an all-rounder and this early Tiger was the bike of choice for many trials riders, even though it was never built with the intention of racing. It also became the single-cylinder workhorse favoured by many during World War II, with sales helping to recover the brand after the hit of the great depression.

Photo: Yesterdays



The record-breaker

The 1950’s brought the desire for serious style, so the T110 was born in 1954. This twin-cylinder 649cc machine was tested at the International Six Day Trial, reaching top speeds of 110mph which was ground-breaking for a motorcycle at this time. This model continued to be produced until 1969, with off-road versions sold in the US with a raised exhaust.

Photo: Wikipedia



The off-road winner

This knobbly toothy-tyred weapon introduced the electric start to the Tiger models. This was Triumph’s answer to BMW’s latest R80G/S dual-sport model, which it triumphed over in June 1981 when Tony Beaumont of the Federation of Police Motor Clubs team, sponsored by British Petroleum, beat the BMW in the Rallye des Pyrénées - a tough on/off-road timed race. This simple, stripped-back, lightweight bike was built to compete… and it really was a winner.

Photo: Bonhams



The three-cylinder ‘Steamer’

This bike was known by many as the 'Steamer', a nickname distinguished by its 'steam train-like' carburetor. This Dakar Rally-type machine was tough and durable with its strong 885cc engine, as well as an advantageous and upright seat height giving the rider a safer and more enjoyable view over the top of traffic.

Photo: A2motorbikes



Bigger and better

The Tiger 1200 of 2012 built on the success of the Tiger 800 of 2011, but provided a bigger engine that was capable of so much more. This Tiger debuted the 'ride-by-wire' throttle system and included cruise control, switchable ABS and traction control as standard. A full suite of accessories also became available, as well as adjustable seat-height, which was unimaginable for the T80 of the 30's.

Photo: Motorcyclespecs



The new benchmark

The new Tiger 1200 models are an absolute force to be reckoned with. With class-leading capabilities, these bikes will take your ride to the next level, which you can experience with a demo ride at Laguna Triumph.

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