The Triumph Tiger Sport 660 is a middleweight sports tourer, not an ADV
Triumph is all set to reveal the Tiger Sport 660, a middleweight sports tourer based on the sublime Trident 660.
These are the official images taken during the testing of the final prototype and they do not leave much to one’s imagination when it comes to the complete design of the new machine.
Upfront, the fairing has a twin headlight setup (each unit has a DRL too) and a flyscreen. When viewed head-on, it looks inspired by Aprilia’s machines, while from the side, the new fairing does have a hint of Ducati in it.
There is a revised front mudguard and the front indicators have been placed just ahead of the radiator which has new covers.
Along the sides, the Triumph Tiger Sport 660 has a revised tank (when compared with the Trident 660), a reprofiled seat and a different tail mount for the indicators and number plate.
Also, the side panels have been removed, while a new trim piece has been added to the fuel tank, where one’s knees will be in place.
Triumph has also fitted grab bars for the pillion passenger as standard, while there are pannier mounts too. The panniers should be offered as optional extras.
Now, the basics of the bike are pretty much known. It is based on a tubular steel perimeter frame, has a steel swingarm and rides on 17-inch alloy wheels.
The sports tourer will be powered by the 660cc, inline 3-cylinder engine. Its power figures should be identical to that of the Trident at 80 BHP and 64 Nm. The 6-speed gearbox should be the same too.
From the images, the Tiger Sport 660 does seem to have the exact Showa suspension as the Trident 660, but Triumph should have reworked the damping characteristics.
Stopping power comes from Nissin 2-piston sliding calipers and there are twin 310 mm discs upfront, while a single 255 mm disc is present at the back.
What these images do not reveal is the instrument cluster of the new machine. It could use the Trident’s TFT screen or a new display unit. However, what can be said for sure is that the Tiger Sport 660 will weigh more than the naked which comes in at 189 kg (wet).