Triumph’s new Tiger Sport 660 will be offered exclusively in LAMS configuration when it hits local showrooms in the first quarter of next year, priced from $14,690 rideaway.
Billed as an ‘adventure tourer’, the new Triumph Tiger Sport 660 distinguishes itself from the platform-sharing Trident 660 naked bike ($12,840) with all-new bodywork, touring ergonomics, and specification adjustments better suited for long-distance riding.
Notably, the Tiger Sport gets a 17-litre fuel tank compared to the 14L capacity of the Trident, and gains a twin seat with pillion grab handles, a height-adjustable windscreen, dual headlights, and pannier mounts to accommodate luggage accessories.
Like the Trident, the new Tiger Sport 660 uses a restricted version of Triumph’s 660cc triple-cylinder engine to meet LAMS restrictions in Australia, in this case generating 35kW at 8750rpm and 59Nm at 5250rpm.
This translates to a slight drop in peak outputs compared to its naked bike stablemate, as the Trident manages 39.8kW at 8750rpm and 59Nm at 5000rpm.
With Yamaha’s LAMS-approved Tracer 7 sports tourer no longer sold locally, the new Triumph Tiger Sport 660’s nearest competition comes from the likes of the Suzuki V-Strom 650XT ($14,490), Kawasaki Versys 650L ($12,055), Honda CB500X ($10,458) and CFMOTO 650MT ($7490).
The Triumph Tiger Sport 660 is strongly specified from standard with two rider modes, switchable traction control, full LED lighting, and a TFT instrument display giving access to turn-by-turn navigation and music control.
Triumph engineers have tailored the suspension to optimise solo or two-up riding, with its 41mm Showa forks offering 150mm of travel, and its rear monoshock featuring remote hydraulic preload adjustability.
The bike should be approachable for most riders with an 835mm seat height, and 206 kilogram wet weight (up 30mm, 17kg compared to Trident).
Other standard features carrying over from the Trident include 17-inch cast wheels, Michelin Road 5 tyres and Nissin brakes with twin 310mm discs on the front end.
According to Triumph, the Tiger Sport 660 will have the lowest service workshop costs for its category, with service intervals set at 16,000 kilometres/12 months.
To improve the bike’s touring capabilities, a strong range of options will be offered including colour-matched hard panniers, a two-helmet topbox, protection bars and various styling and security accessories.
The Triumph Tiger Sport 660 will launch in three colour schemes, red, grey and blue, with each featuring distinctive graphics.
Triumph’s new 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.
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