Say hello to Triumph’s addition to the adventure sportsbike market!
Triumph is introducing us to and dishing the dirt on their all-new triple-powered middleweight adventure sportsbike – the Tiger Sport 660, and we’ve got the biggest and juiciest details you need to know coming right up!
Engine and performance
As the name suggests, the engine itself is a fully Euro 5 compliant, 660cc, liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, inline 3-cylinder that maxes out at 80 bhp (or 59.6 kW) @ 10,250 rpm and 64Nm of torque @ 6,250 rpm.
As expected from a bike of this type, it’s injected with a good dose of sporty character and makes the most of those ponies. Alongside this, it brings “low-down torque combined with strong mid-range performance and incredible top-end power” to the table. All of this is managed by a ride-by-wire throttle and 6-speed gearbox that also provides a strong feeling of responsiveness, fun and all-day-everyday riding.
Triumph claim that all this gives it a massive advantage over its competition and not only makes it “the first triple-cylinder in the category” but also the most powerful.
Oh and one more thing, the Tiger Sport 660 can be adapted using a restrictor kit to meet A2 licence regulations so there’s no need for anyone to feel left out.
With all the gear, plenty of ideas and a 17L fuel tank, this middleweight adventurer delivers all the capability needed to tackle the weekday commute, spontaneous long-weekend escape and anything that comes up in between.
The Tiger Sport 660 also features a height-adjustable screen which is handy when you’re riding, and the weather can’t make up its mind and integrated pannier mounts that make fitting the accessory panniers easy – more on what you can add for extra later.
When it comes to styling, I think it’s safe to say, the Tiger Sport 660 has been given the British brand’s signature stamp of approval!
The overall design is strong and sleek and through the use of an upright riding position, protective screen, clean, muscular bodywork, the Tiger Sport 660 makes itself known as an adventure sportsbike and embodies that unmistakable and recognisable Triumph attitude.
You’ll have the choice of three paint schemes, ‘Graphite/Sapphire Black’, ‘Lucerne Blue/Sapphire Black’ and ‘Korosi Red/Graphite’. All have sporty graphics and here at BikeMatters, we’re struggling to pick a favourite. We really, really, really like the way the blue makes the chrome and stainless-steel detailing pop, how the grey gives it a rugged edge and that the red creates a commanding adventure stance.
It wouldn’t be a Triumph without a certain level of quality and the Tiger Sport 660 is no different, as you can see, it has the recognisable class, distinct character, timeless looks and premium fit and finish they are massively loved all around the world for!
We will note that the foundations of the new Tiger 660 are taken from its sibling the Trident 660. Everything from the engine, brakes, right down to the gearbox is the same. This isn’t a bad thing, far from it actually! Because the Trident 660 is a very popular bike, these similarities are only set to spread and expand the popularity – so it’s clever of Triumph really! If you’re looking for more information on the Trident 660, check out Roger’s recent Trident 660 road test review!
Alongside their styling, Triumph’s trademark is the dynamic, agile and comfortable handling of their bikes. Whilst personifying this trademark, the twin-seat, accessible 835mm seat height, precise steering and lightweight aluminium tapered handlebars on this model also ensures it’s easy to control, confidence-inspiring and perfectly balanced with a sporty feel.
On top of this, the Tiger Sport 660 showcases front 41mm Showa upside-down cartridge forks and a rear Showa monoshock. Brakes-wise, on the front, are Nissin 2-piston sliding calipers with twin 310mm discs and Nissin single-piston sliding calipers with a single 255mm disc on the rear.
To enhance the riding experience, improve control and confidence and provide all information clearly, the Tiger Sport 660 is equipped with a TFT display, two riding modes (‘Road’ and ‘Rain’), ABS, switchable traction control, slip and assist clutch, span-optimised clutch lever and full LED lighting (which includes new twin headlights, taillight and self-cancelling indicators).
If all that wasn’t enough, you can kit your Tiger Sport 660 out further and give it a bit individuality with a selection of 40+ dedicated Triumph accessories, all for an additional cost, of course. Some examples of what’s offered include a twin helmet top box, waterproof inner bags, frame protectors, handguards, scrolling LED indicators and much more.
Price and release date
Prices start at £8,450 and increase to £8,550 depending on your chosen colourway – £8,450 for ‘Graphite/Sapphire Black’ or ‘Lucerne Blue/Sapphire Black’ and £8,550 for ‘Korosi Red/Graphite’.
Triumph state that its “competitively price” and, we’d have to agree, seeing as its closest rival, Yamaha’s Ténéré 700, comes in £9,502.
If that price is tempting, you’ll be pleased to hear that you won’t have to wait long to get your hands on one as the Tiger Sport 660 will be available from February 2022!
|Engine||660cc, 80 bhp, liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, inline 3-cylinder, 240° firing order|
|Brakes||Front: Nissin two-piston sliding calipers, twin 310mm discs, ABS
Rear: Nissin single-piston sliding caliper, single 255mm disc, ABS
|Suspension||Front: Showa 41mm upside down separate function cartridge forks, 150mm wheel travel
Rear: Showa monoshock RSU, with remote hydraulic preload adjustment, 150mm wheel travel
|Price||£8,450 (Graphite/Sapphire Black or Lucerne Blue/Sapphire Black) & £8,550 (Korosi Red/Graphite)|
The last stop
“With the highest level of power, the highest level of specification and the lowest cost of ownership in the category”, the Tiger Sport 660 is graduating with a first in its class.
It’s a bike to get excited about – and we definitely are at BikeMatters! But I want to know what you’re thinking – have you been eagerly waiting for the release of this beauty? Are you impressed by the spec? Or could you take it or leave it?
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