Triumph Motorcycles’ upcoming Tiger Sport 660 will build upon the brand’s popular Trident 660 LAMS naked bike with additional sports touring components and long-haul ergos.
The English bikemaker this week released a handful of images of the Tiger Sport 660 in light camouflage, which appear to show a familiar Trident 660 platform with a half-fairing, a touring windscreen, a luggage rack, and a more comfort-oriented seat and handlebar reach.
INFO MOTO expects the Triumph Tiger Sport 660 to make its public debut in the early stages of 2022, followed shortly by an Australian release, however, it is unclear if the new sports tourer will come in a LAMS or full-power configuration.
While the Trident 660, upon which the Tiger Sport is based, generates up to 60kW/64Nm from its 660cc three-cylinder engine overseas, it is sold exclusively with a restricted 39kW/59Nm tune in Australia to meet LAMS restrictions.
Despite its relatively high level of specification for the segment, Triumph Australia targets its Trident primarily towards new, young riders, which is reflected by its competitive pricetag of $12,690 rideaway and approachable seat height of 805mm.
Triumph previously told INFO MOTO that it may consider offering a full-power version of the Trident 660 if there is enough demand from Aussie customers, and so it may gauge interest before making a decision on its Tiger Sport 660 offering.
In either case, the Tiger Sport 660 will offer an entry point into the mid-weight sports tourer category without direct competition from Yamaha, which pulled its similar Tracer 700 from the local market last year.
Yamaha’s Australian wing did offer its MT-07-based Tracer 700 in a unique LAMS configuration from 2014, but dropped the model from its line-up for 2020 as the model received an update.
It is possible that Triumph will develop a third model based on its ‘660’ platform, likely an adventure bike that will be positioned to compete with the popular Yamaha Tenere 700 and Aprilia’s incoming Tuareg 660.
Judging by the initial images of the Triumph Tiger Sport 660, it will carry over Showa USD forks, Nissin disc brakes and Michelin Road 5 tyres.
It will also utilise the platform’s ride-by-wire electronics, with engine mapping and traction control adjustment, a TFT display with phone connectivity, and perhaps optional touring comforts like cruise control and heated grips.
Distinguishing the Triumph Tiger Sport 660 from its naked bike sibling is a longer rear-end to accommodate a pillion and luggage, angry-eyed LED headlights rather than a round lamp, and a larger front mudguard.
The Triumph Tiger Sport 660 will sit below the brand’s ageing Tiger Sport 1050 sports tourer ($19,800), and its more adventure oriented Tiger 850 Sport ($15,990) and Tiger 900, both of which were recently updated.
Triumph also offers a full-sized Tiger 1200 adventure bike ($26,600), although INFO MOTO understands that it is developing an all-new version of this platform to rival segment heavyweights like the new BMW R 1250 GS and GSA.
Earlier this month, Triumph teased its new Speed Triple 1200 RR model, though it remains tight-lipped on specification details.
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