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2022 Triumph Tiger Sport 660 First Look Preview


The 2022 Triumph Tiger Sport 660 targets new riders looking for an easy-to-ride motorcycle that embraces the sporty side of the touring equation thanks to its three-cylinder engine, host of rider safety features, and its burly good looks. (Triumph/)

Triumph has just unveiled the second member of its middleweight family by adding the 2022 Tiger Sport 660 to the adventure sport class. Triumph is following a popular recipe for entry-level streetbike sales success by building its new triple-powered Tiger around the existing engine and frame used for the recently released 2021 Trident 660.

The new Tiger Sport 660 hedges its bet that Triumph’s triple engine performance will give it an edge on the competition with its combination of torque, midrange performance, and peppy top-end power.

The new Tiger Sport 660 hedges its bet that Triumph’s triple engine performance will give it an edge on the competition with its combination of torque, midrange performance, and peppy top-end power. (Triumph/)

By amortizing production costs across multiple models, Triumph is able to offer this good-looking, fun-to-ride, feature-laden touring bike for under $9,500. The pointed, angular front fairing with dual LED headlamps, centralized air intake, and adjustable windscreen should provide plenty of protection from the wind while giving the Tiger Sport 660 its unique appearance. With its exposed tubular steel frame, stubby tailsection, comfortable-looking seat, and tall bars, the Tiger should provide plenty of all-around entertaining riding performance. Combine that with its 4.5-gallon tank and extrapolating out the claimed 60 mpg, and you should expect a respectable 270-mile range as well.

Power delivery is managed by Triumph’s engine management system with ride-by-wire throttle control providing a precise and responsive feel.

Power delivery is managed by Triumph’s engine management system with ride-by-wire throttle control providing a precise and responsive feel. (Triumph/)

Triumph endowed the little Tiger with an impressive level of techno-goodies too. Highlighting the list is standard ABS, slipper-type clutch, plus a multifunction TFT instrument panel with easy-to-navigate control switch on the left bar, which allows you to toggle through two ride modes (Road and Rain) and traction control on/off as well as the optional My Triumph connectivity system that offers navigation, phone access and GoPro camera controls. LED lighting is used for the headlamps, taillights, and self-canceling turn signals.

The 2022 Triumph Tiger Sport 660 rolls on 17-inch five-spoke cast aluminum wheels shod with Michelin Road 5 tires.

The 2022 Triumph Tiger Sport 660 rolls on 17-inch five-spoke cast aluminum wheels shod with Michelin Road 5 tires. (Triumph/)

While the Tiger Sport 660 looks good on paper and in photos, it’s the engineering of the bike itself that should excite you. The tubular steel chassis features a slightly revised 23.1-degree steering head angle and 3.8 inches of trail compared to the Trident’s 24.6 degrees and 4.2 inches, and should make for a slightly more agile feeling front end.

The Tiger Sport 660 is equipped with a nonadjustable 41mm Showa inverted cartridge fork and preload-adjustable rear shock.

The Tiger Sport 660 is equipped with a nonadjustable 41mm Showa inverted cartridge fork and preload-adjustable rear shock. (Triumph/)

Nonadjustable 41mm inverted Showa fork and preload-adjustable rear shock are sourced from the Trident along with the five-spoke aluminum wheels, 310mm front rotors, and four-piston Nissin brakes. And as Triumph is keen to point out, the 80 hp, 660cc triple gives the Tiger a performance advantage over most of its two-cylinder competition. Whether you intend to use this motorcycle as your daily rider or touring mount, there should be plenty of power to keep a smile on your silly face.

The Tiger Sport’s 660 triple engine will let loose with a distinctive exhaust note through its underslung stainless steel exhaust.

The Tiger Sport’s 660 triple engine will let loose with a distinctive exhaust note through its underslung stainless steel exhaust. (Triumph/)

Triumph designed 40 accessories for the Tiger Sport 660 including color-matched panniers, top case with enough room for two helmets, and waterproof roll bag to accommodate the demands of the touring crowd, along with an assortment of frame, engine, and fork crash protectors for the pessimistic newer riders. Add in a batch of bolt-on hard parts including a quickshifter, alarm, tracker, tire pressure monitor system, scrolling indicators, and of course, heated grips so consumers can tailor the Tiger to their needs before it ever leaves the dealership. But first you’ll need to choose between the Lucerne Blue, Sapphire Black, and Korosi Red versions.

A new TFT instrument provides the connection to all of the 2022 Triumph Tiger Sport 660 ride modes and optionals My Triumph info system.

A new TFT instrument provides the connection to all of the 2022 Triumph Tiger Sport 660 ride modes and optionals My Triumph info system. (Triumph/)

As we said earlier, the eclectic middleweight adventure sport class continues to get more competitive with the arrival of the 2022 Triumph Tiger Sport 660. With all of these manufacturers vying for your hard-earned money there has never been so many excellent options to choose from. So why should you go with the Triumph? Maybe the 10,000-mile or 12-month service intervals, $9,500 price point, howling triple, or its European styling will appeal to you. All we know is we cannot wait to compare it to the competition someday soon.

Integrated pannier mounts allow for the easy fitment of the Triumph OE accessory panniers while maintaining the clean styling of the Tiger Sport bodywork.

Integrated pannier mounts allow for the easy fitment of the Triumph OE accessory panniers while maintaining the clean styling of the Tiger Sport bodywork. (Triumph/)

2022 Triumph Tiger Sport 660 Technical Specifications and Price

PRICE $9,295 (Sapphire Black)/$9,420 (Korosi Red, Lucerne Blue)
ENGINE 660cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled, inline three-cylinder; 12-valve
BORE x STROKE 74.0 x 51.1mm
COMPRESSION RATIO 11.95:1
FUEL DELIVERY Multipoint sequential fuel injection
CLUTCH Wet, multiplate slipper clutch; hydraulically actuated
TRANSMISSION/FINAL DRIVE 6-speed/chain
CLAIMED HORSEPOWER 80 hp @ 10,250 rpm
CLAIMED TORQUE 47 lb.-ft. @ 6,250 rpm
FRAME Steel tubular perimeter
FRONT SUSPENSION Showa inverted 41mm fork; 5.9 in. travel
REAR SUSPENSION Showa monoshock, spring preload adjustable; 5.9 in. travel
FRONT BRAKE Nissin 2-piston caliper, 310mm discs w/ ABS
REAR BRAKE Nissin 1-piston caliper, 255mm disc w/ ABS
WHEELS, FRONT/REAR Cast alloy; 17 x 3.5 in. / 17 x 5.5 in.
TIRES, FRONT/REAR Michelin Road 5; 120/70-17 / 180/55-17
RAKE/TRAIL 23.1°/3.8 in.
WHEELBASE 55.8 in.
SEAT HEIGHT 32.9 in.
FUEL CAPACITY 4.5 gal.
CLAIMED WET WEIGHT 454 lb.
WARRANTY 2 years
AVAILABLE February 20221
CONTACT triumphmotorcycles.com

The Tigers two-up seating is comfortable with a relatively easy seat height of 32.9 inches for the pilot and integrated pillion grab handles fitted as standard on both sides.

The Tigers two-up seating is comfortable with a relatively easy seat height of 32.9 inches for the pilot and integrated pillion grab handles fitted as standard on both sides. (Triumph/)

2022 Triumph Tiger Sport 660 in Korosi Red.

2022 Triumph Tiger Sport 660 in Korosi Red. (Triumph/)

2022 Triumph Tiger Sport 660 in Sapphire Black.

2022 Triumph Tiger Sport 660 in Sapphire Black. (Triumph/)

2022 Triumph Tiger Sport 660 in Lucerne Blue.

2022 Triumph Tiger Sport 660 in Lucerne Blue. (Triumph/)
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