After teasing us with the prototype images, Triumph Motorcycles has finally unveiled the Tiger Sport 660! As the moniker suggests, it shares the platform with the Trident 660 naked roadster but its playground is basically the wide-open highways. Triumph has introduced some key changes to aid its touring credentials and to justify its sports-tourer tag. The fact that it will obviously land on our shores, makes the proposition even more interesting!
The Tiger Sport 660 definitely looks the part! It might have carried the Tiger moniker forward but it looks nothing like the Tiger 900 range or the recently teased, upcoming Tiger 1200 for that matter. The twin LED headlamps will remind you of the old Daytona and according to us, that isn’t a bad thing at all! The half-fairing too, doesn’t look like an afterthought and looks pretty well proportioned. We believe that Triumph could have reworked the minimalistic tail setup because it looks exactly like the Trident 660.
What has changed?
Quite a lot of things because it’s Triumph Motorcycles we are talking about! Major changes have been introduced to make it a better tourer than its naked counterpart. First up, the fuel tank capacity has gone up from 14 litres to 17 litres. It also gets a new cockpit view, all thanks to the tall windscreen up front and a new instrument console. Thanks to the new subframe, the seat height now stands at 835mm, 30mm more than the Trident. The rider ergonomics have been heavily tweaked too as it now gets a new 40mm wider handlebar mounted on tall risers. To aid its touring credentials, the footpegs are moved further ahead and the pillion seat too, is roomier than the Trident 660. It also gets pannier mounts as standard. Its kerb weight stands at 206kg that makes it around 17kg heavier than the Trident.
Coming to the most important change now – the suspension department. Trident 660’s stock suspension setup wouldn’t have cut it in the case of Tiger Sport 660 because it is being positioned as a sports-tourer. It gets more suspension travel as the company has increased the suspension travel to 150mm at both ends (30mm and 16.5mm more travel at the front and rear). The Showa 41 mm upside-down front fork is non-adjustable, while the monoshock gets a remote preload adjuster.
What does it share with the Trident 660?
First up, the 660 cc inline three-cylinder engine. It gets the same tune as the Trident 660 as it puts down 79 bhp at 10,250 rpm and 64 Nm at 6,250 rpm. On the features list, the Tiger Sport 660 gets two riding modes (Road and Rain), switchable traction control, and dual-channel ABS. It rides on 17-inch wheels and Michelin Road 5 tyres, just like the Trident 660. The Nissin brakes are also shared with the Trident 660, with two-piston sliding calipers gripping 310 mm twin front discs, and a single-piston caliper gripping a single 255 mm disc on the rear wheel.
It’s available in three colour options, Lucerne Blue and Sapphire Black, Korosi Red and Graphite, and a third, Graphite and Black colour option. It should command over 1-1.5 Lakh over the Trident 660 when it arrives here.