Published on 12 Aug 2011 by Alison
Can BMW be beaten in the adventure-tourer bike segment? It’s a hard task but one that the new Triumph Adventurer 1200 intends to take on. Originally, the Triumph Adventurer 1200 looked set to beat the BMW R 1200 GS at its own game, but MCN now reports that in terms of power and performance, the new British adventure tourer could actually be closer to competing with the Ducati Multistrada.
Triumph is developing this globetrotting, long range adventure tourer with apparently about 150 hp, although power could be dropped a little in favour of a more practical feel. MCN reports a three-cylinder engine between 1150 and 1180cc, plenty of torque and more than 140 hp. Apparently it will be fitted with a shaft drive and we expect a few extra technological goodies if it’s to compete with the likes of BMW and Ducati.
The adventure segment has become a sophisticated one but one in which purist bikes still find their space. We wouldn’t be surprised to see the Triumph Adventurer get two versions, like the Tiger, with one a more offroad-oriented version with a 21-inch wheel. This spy shot shows that the new Triumph Adventurer 1200 has been used, but it’s still minus its final trim and colours, and there’s no word as to when we might see this debut.