Based on CARB filings made by Triumph last week, we have a sneak peak at some new additions to the Triumph Tiger line.
The biggest news is that the entire Tiger line is getting some updates for 2015, which will really help step up this fan favorite's game. All models are getting a ride-by-wire throttle, which Triumph says improves fuel economy by 15 percent. They also get traction control and adjustable seat heights to help those of you who are height-challenged. The Tiger XC line also gets adjustable WP suspension across all models.
Now, onto the new models. The chart above was sent by Triumph to current Tiger owners as part of their market research and was initially published by Motorcycle.com. These aren't really all-new models, in the traditional sense of the word, but instead are variants of trim level based on the accessories or farkles you want — and how much you want to spend. Both the regular Tiger and Tiger XC will be offered in three trims: regular, X, and Adventure. Think of the regular one as like the base model of a car, while the X gets the moto-version of a Bluetooth touch screen and power locks/windows. As with many brands, the "Adventure" model gets all sorts of protection, heated grips, and other adventurey bits.
The Tiger XC has been one of my favorite bikes in this segment for a long time, and has needed very little to stay competitive and attractive. That triple engine is an absolute joy, both on road and off, and I'm excited to see how these changes improve it.
Expect to see the official unveiling of the new Tigers at EICMA on Nov. 4. I'd get the Tiger 800 XCX, myself. Which one would you buy?