Skip to Main Content
Common Tread

2022 Triumph Tiger Sport 660 first look

Oct 05, 2021

Few manufacturers can repurpose and reimagine models like Triumph. They’ve spun a handful of platforms into a full range of bikes across the spectrum of riding disciplines, leaving only a few genres untouched. So it’s no surprise that the Trident 660 isn’t just a new model. It’s a new platform, and the next iteration is the new Tiger Sport 660.

Tiger Sport 660
Introducing the Tiger Sport 660. Triumph photo.

Positioned as a “middleweight adventure sports” model, the Tiger Sport 660 uses the same frame, engine, and tune as the Trident with added bodywork and features. The Triumph reps said they expect buyers to come from two directions: new riders seeking a first big bike, and experienced riders who want a quality all-rounder.

Triumph Tiger Sport 660
Here's a Tiger Sport 660 with some of Triumph's 40 different accessories, including hard luggage. Triumph photo.

Positioned between the Trident ($8,195) and the Tiger 850 Sport ($11,995), the new Tiger Sport 660 will carry a base price of $9,295 in the United States. Let’s see what it’s all about.

Triumph Tiger Sport 660
Don't let the Tiger name fool you. This bike isn't meant for any more ADV than the occasional gravel road. Triumph photo.

Engine and chassis

The 660 cc triple is exactly the same as the Trident’s. That’s a claimed 80 horsepower at 10,250 rpm and 47 foot-pounds of torque at 6,250 rpm. (Read Spurgeon’s review of the Trident to learn how this engine performs in the real world.) Service intervals are class-leading at 10,000 miles between trips to the dealer.

Triumph made some changes for the Tiger Sport’s chassis to give it more versatility, like a reinforced subframe that can accommodate the weight of a pillion and plenty of cargo. The swingarm has been lengthened, and the suspension is tweaked for sport-touring duty. The remote reservoir for the rear suspension unit offers easy preload adjustment for varying weights. And a 4.5-gallon tank returns a claimed range of 230 miles, which should be plenty for a middleweight like this. The whole enchilada weighs in at a claimed 454 pounds. 

Features and tech

Triumph says their unique engine and long service intervals will make the Tiger competitive, but they hedged their bets with a modern tech suite that includes two ride modes, switchable traction control, a ride-by-wire throttle, key-controlled immobilizer, and even an accessory quickshifter.

Triumph Tiger Sport dash
The Tiger Sport's dash can be upgraded with MyTriumph connectivity. Triumph photo.
Lighting is fully LED with a bright TFT display at the dash. MyTriumph connectivity is optional for turn-by-turn navigation, GoPro control, and call features.

Triumph tiger Sport 660
Adjust the screen on the fly with one hand. Triumph photo.

Not all the Tiger Sport’s features rely on digital tech. Some touring touches include a one-hand-adjustable windscreen up front, and integrated pannier mounts in the tail. Accessory side panniers are 57 liters combined; the accessory top box offers 52 liters. (One full-size helmet per side pannier, or two in the top box.)

Triumph Tiger Sport 660
That famous middleweight triple is reimagined once again. Triumph photo.

Lone triple in its class

The whole package looks sensible and straightforward, powered by “[our] most successful and reliable engine platform,” in Triumph’s words. Maybe a second generation could offer cruise control and a center stand (or a belt drive). Tiger Sport 660s will reach U.S. dealerships in February 2022 in Graphite/Black, Lucerne Blue/Sapphire Black, and Korosi Red/Graphite (a $125 upcharge). 

2022 Triumph Tiger Sport 660
Price (MSRP)
$9,295 (base)
660 cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC triple
final drive
Six-speed, X-ring chain
Claimed horsepower
80 @ 10,250 rpm
Claimed torque
47 foot-pounds @ 6,250 rpm
Tubular steel perimeter
Front suspension
Showa SFF 41 mm fork; 5.9 inches of travel
Rear suspension
Showa RSU monoshock, remote adjustable for preload; 5.9 inches of travel
Front brake
Dual Nissin two-piston calipers, 310 mm discs, ABS
Rear brake
Nissin single-piston caliper, 225 mm disc, ABS
Rake, trail
23.1 degrees, 3.8 inches
55.8 inches
Seat height
32.8 inches
Fuel capacity
4.5 gallons
Michelin Road 5, 120/70R17 front, 180/55R17 rear
Claimed weight
454 pounds (wet)
February 2022
24 months
More info