Triumph Motorcycles has introduced an improvement to Showa's semi-active suspension for the new Tiger 1200 model range, which was first introduced in November 2021. The new function, called "Active Preload Reduction", reduces the spring preload of the rear suspension when stopping, allowing for a lower seat height.
There are currently two seat height settings for the GT, GT Pro and GT Explorer models – 850mm and 870mm, and for the Rally Pro and Rally Explorer models, 875mm and 895mm. With the low seat available as an accessory, customers can already lower the seating position by a further 20 mm, so that the lowest seat height is 830 mm for the GT models and 855 mm for the Rally models.
Thanks to "Active Preload Reduction", the seat heights of the Tiger 1200 models can now be further reduced. With the new "Active Preload Reduction" function, these seat heights can be further reduced. Depending on the total weight of the rider, pillion passenger and luggage, the seat height can be lowered by up to 20 mm when the motorcycle comes to a stop. This provides the driver with greater comfort and sovereignty. Buyers of the revised model will be able to access this new minimum preload selection feature by simply pressing the "Home" button on the right combo switch on the handlebars for one second.
Steve Sargent, Chief Product Officer, said: "The new Tiger 1200 range is already a global success, generating a growing fan base and increasing Triumph's share in this highly competitive market. This new function can be activated while driving and lowers the seat height at slow speeds. This increases the accessibility of the bike and gives the rider more confidence at low speeds and better ground contact when stopping."
Customers who already own a Tiger 1200 of the current series can have the update activated by their dealer via software download during the next service.
The new Tiger 1200 is designed to be the world's most powerful, agile and maneuverable shaft adventure motorcycle. The model range includes the GT family of ultimate road-oriented adventure bikes and the Rally family for the perfect adventure in any terrain. The Tiger 1200 GT Explorer, with its 30-litre tank, was also the bike of choice for Enduro World Champion Ivan Cervantes, who broke the record for the longest distance covered in 24 hours.