For a while, I had stopped riding my motorcycle because I let my job, family, and other factors distract me from my true passion, but I was always sad on the inside. When I watched a motorbike go by or read about people going on adventures on motorcycles, I felt a powerful tug at my heart. Wishful thinking had me loading up an adventure bike and taking off. As a nomad, I would be ready for everything that life on the road may throw at me. I needed a motorbike like the 2022 Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro Adventure Bike, but it wasn’t made yet.
I have since had several adventure motorcycles, the most recent being a 2017 Tiger 1200. While I enjoyed riding around on enormous, 600-pound adventure bikes, I eventually realized they weren’t designed for use in the wild. I knew I was just like the other people who bought adventure bikes to ride on pavement and dirt trails, and that was OK with me.
I’m sure Triumph and the rest of the industry are aware of this, too; most of our customers are just like me. To cater to a wide range of riders’ preferred riding styles, Triumph will offer two distinct Tiger models in 2022: the Tiger 900 and the Tiger 1200. Bikes designed primarily for use on roads are branded as “GT,” while their off-road focused counterparts are called “Rally.” That being said, I jetted down to Portugal to try out the 2022 Triumph Tiger 1200 Rally Pro.
2022 Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro Adventure Bike – Features and Specs
Thankfully, all 2022 Triumph Tiger 1200 have the same 1160cc three-cylinder engine. The 148-horsepower DOHC engine revs up rapidly, giving you instant access to the engine’s 96 ft-lb of torque and sending all that power to the rear wheels. The Tiger 1200 from the previous generation indeed had good energy, but it was more gradually delivered across the rev range.
T-Plane Crank Triple
With its staggered 1-3-2 firing sequence, the T-plane crank triple enhances “character,” low-rpm tractability, on- and off-road feel, and throttle linkage to the rear wheel. This technical brilliance in engine design results in a motor that is lightning fast, with instantaneous reaction and substantial power that persists through the mid-range to redline. It makes a very seductive engine noise, which is only somewhat muted by the dirt being thrown out the back when my rear tire spins up.
Compared to earlier Tigers, this one does an excellent job of controlling engine heat. The new twin radiator design works effectively, and it fits neatly within the body. It’s only when you stop the motorcycle after a long ride that you feel the full force of the engine’s heat.
The Rally Pro, like the other Tiger 1200 models for 2022, features many riding modes. The factory presets include Sport, Road, Rain, Off-Road, and Off-Road Pro, while the Rider mode allows for more personalization. Continental provides cornering-aware traction control and anti-lock brakes as part of the electronic package. The riding ways let you change the fuel mapping and suspension settings on the fly using the TFT screen.
In Sport mode, the throttle responds with a little more “catch.” The fast reaction from the engine comes with an unpleasant snatching when accelerating, making it less than ideal for complex maneuvers at slower speeds. The jolt can be reduced by switching to a less aggressive engine mode without experiencing a drastic loss of power.
The rapid shifter is practical in both urban and rural settings. I admit that I am a bit of a purist regarding the clutch and always like to use it. On the other hand, I relied increasingly on the silky smooth, quick shifter, especially for downshifts on more challenging terrain.
As of the year 2022, Triumph Tiger 1200 motorcycles have slimmed down. As a proverbial “white elephant,” huge adventure motorcycles’ weight is a significant issue. Off-road, a great deal of success or failure depends on the total mass and the distribution of that mass. In response, Triumph trimmed weight from the engine, frame, swing arm, and shaft drive. The new Tiger lost an incredible 55 pounds. The driver and the engine were also shifted forward. Together, these enhancements greatly enhance the vehicle’s ability to navigate rough terrain.
Wheels and Tires
There is an actual 21-inch wheel on the Tiger 1200 Rally variants. The front of the Rally series is modified for off-road use, but the rear wheels are the same size as those on the GT series. We upgraded the front wheels from 19 inches to 21 inches in diameter. In addition, the Rallys’ cast wheels are replaced with tubeless wire-spoked wheels.
Triumph Tiger 1200 Rally models will come with Metzeler Karoo Street tires as standard equipment, but I rode the Pro with Triumph-approved Michelin Anakee Wild tires. For superior control and traction in the dirt, try the Wild rubber. From the looks of things, a few days of moto journalist hooliganism had taken a toll on the back tires, but the fronts were holding up great and providing excellent grip.
Showa’s semi-active suspension is comfortable and reliable, and it rides smoothly over rough ground. The inverted fork on the 2022 Triumph Tiger 1200 Rally models features an extra 0.75 inches of travel from Showa compared to the GT models’ standard 0.75 inches. The semi-active damping and electronically-controlled spring preload are adaptable to different riding styles. Aside from being almost three pounds lighter than conventional single-sided swing arms, the Tri-Link design is a work of industrial art in its own right.
Because of the suspension, I could quickly reach speeds much over my typical off-road pace without discomfort. There were some substantial impacts where I felt the suspension’s limits, usually in the back, but the Tiger 1200 Rally Pro never lost its cool.
The Tiger 1200 Rally Pro’s ergonomics are top-notch. Regarding adventure bikes, I’ve found that some are more comfortable riding while standing than others. I spent nearly a full day off-road riding standing up and finally settled into the perfect balance and body position for my bike. My tall frame fits comfortably in the bike’s seat, and I have plenty of room to maneuver the handlebars. The lowest setting on the adjustable seat gave me more confidence when driving off-road, but I found the highest setting to be the most comfortable overall. The overall height of the seat can be adjusted between 34.4 and 35.2 inches. You can change the windscreen size to suit your needs, as well as the position (reach) of the handlebars, the foot pegs, and the footrests. It’s simple to raise or lower the windscreen by hand, though I always left it declined while driving on rough terrain.
With such a potent engine, plus reassuring suspension and ergonomics, it’s easy to forget that you’re riding a 550-pound motorcycle down a very loose surface. It becomes painfully apparent when you need to brake all that weight suddenly. The Tiger 1200’s front brakes are fantastic Brembo Style M4.30 calipers and 320mm discs.
When you switch to Off-Road mode, the rear ABS will be turned off, but the front will remain functional. My first panicked attempt to apply the rear brake resulted in a locked rear tire and did little to slow the car’s forward momentum. In the remaining hours of the day, I put more weight on the front and rear combination than I usually would off-road, and I was rewarded with fantastic performance and no compromise in the front end’s stability.
After much experimentation with the suspension settings, I could not prevent the front end from diving while using full brake force. After some practice on the dirt, the diving no longer caused me as much stress as it had while I was doing it on the pavement. The suspension worked well for the most part, but more aggressive and prominent riders may need to adjust it to make it firmer.
The package is improved by the ergonomically sound cockpit design. The cockpit has a seven-inch TFT Display that is clear and bright, making it ideal for use. Display menus can be navigated with ease thanks to a well-designed five-way joystick, as well as the mode and home buttons. Through Triumph Connectivity, you can link your smartphone, GPS, or GoPro to your Triumph. I was only given two options for screen formats, and neither of them displays the information I’d like to see while riding without first digging through menus. Triumph included an easy two-button process to return to where you were, despite the riding mode resetting from off-road mode when the engine is shut off.
Complete daytime running lights (DRL) and front LED bulbs are standard on all models. All Rally variants include adaptive cornering lighting, and the front fascia is streamlined and aggressive.
Triumph knows how vital durable, multipurpose baggage is for adventure travel, so it is prepared accordingly. Aluminum complex cases created by Givi are available as an accessory for the Rally. The aluminum complex cases don’t have built-in brackets for installation, so you’ll have to use bolt-on adapters. Although brackets help install soft bags, they detract from an otherwise streamlined appearance whenever they are removed. While the Triumph panniers come with alternative brackets, I would like integrated mounting.
There is an extended range of high-quality features that come standard on the Rally Pro. Accessories like handguards, a center stand, heated grips, cruise control, a quick shifter, and hill-hold assist are standard right out of the box. LEDs are used everywhere, and there are high-end adaptive cornering lights and auxiliary lighting, giving the motorbike a slick and threatening appearance up front.
2022 Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro Adventure Bike – Price
The new 2022 Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro Adventure Motorcycle is available for $22,500 only.
2022 Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro Adventure Bike – Technical Specifications
|Bore x stroke
|90.0 x 60.7mm
|148 horsepower @ 9000 rpm
|96 ft-lbs @ 7000 rpm
|Wet multiplate w/ assist and slipper functions
|Tubular steel w/ bolt-on aluminum subframe
|Front suspension; travel
|Fully adjustable semi-active Showa inverted 49mm fork; 8.6 inches
|Fully adjustable semi-active Showa shock; 8.6 inches
|21 x 2.15
|18 x 4.25
|Michelin Karoo Street
|90/90 x 21
|150/70 x 18
|320mm floating discs w/ Brembo Stylema M4.30 monoblock 4-piston calipers w/ Magura H1 radial master cylinder
|282mm disc w/ Brembo single-piston caliper
Dimensions and Capacities
|34.4 or 35.2 inches
|Fuel tank capacity
|Snowdonia White; Sapphire Black; Matt Khaki