2020 Triumph Tiger Alpine And Desert Edition Preview

These two Triumph Tiger motorcycles will make your adventure heart purr.

Triumph has just released a pair of special-edition Tiger 1200 models that combine their own unique livery with electronically adjustable semi-active suspension, quickshifter, and an Arrow exhaust system for just $400 more than the base-model Triumph Tiger 1200 XRx (Alpine) and XCx (Desert). The Tiger Desert Edition is also equipped with spoked wheels and knobby tires for improved off-road capability.

2020 Triumph 1200 Desert Edition and 2020 Triumph Tiger Alpine Edition models combine the awesome array of technical advances that ADV riders demand with the special livery that captures the essence of each bike’s adventure heritage.
2020 Triumph 1200 Desert Edition and 2020 Triumph Tiger Alpine Edition models combine the awesome array of technical advances that ADV riders demand with the special livery that captures the essence of each bike’s adventure heritage.Triumph

The 2020 Triumph 1200 Desert Edition features a Sandstorm paint scheme and graphics that are intended to capture the spirit of riding in the great desert expanses of the world. Meanwhile the 2020 Triumph Tiger Alpine Edition is slathered in Snowdonia White paint that draws inspiration from the tight and winding mountain roads between here and your favorite riding destinations.

The 2020 Triumph 1200 Desert Edition is targeted toward the rough-and-tumble off-road adventure segment. Spoked wheels, knobby tires, and the Sandstorm tan paint hint at the target audience for this machine.
The 2020 Triumph 1200 Desert Edition is targeted toward the rough-and-tumble off-road adventure segment. Spoked wheels, knobby tires, and the Sandstorm tan paint hint at the target audience for this machine.Triumph

Beneath the cool livery and up-spec suspension is the same Tiger 1200 that is a more than capable adventure bike in any of Triumph’s available trim options. The trellis-style steel frame houses the trademark liquid-cooled 1,213cc triple (139 hp at 9,350 rpm/90 pound-feet at 7,600 rpm) that puts power to the ground via shaft drive along with top-shelf suspension and braking components on both ends. An ESA-equipped 48mm WP fork and WP monoshock take care of the suspension duties while braking is handled by ABS-equipped dual radial-mount, four-piston Brembo calipers that work with 305mm rotors in the front and a 282mm disc with a two-piston Nissin caliper in the rear.

The 2020 Triumph Tiger Alpine Edition differs from the Desert thanks to the Snowdonia White paint job, street-oriented tires, and cast aluminum wheels.
The 2020 Triumph Tiger Alpine Edition differs from the Desert thanks to the Snowdonia White paint job, street-oriented tires, and cast aluminum wheels.Triumph

Add into the mix the already impressive electronics package that all these Tiger models are equipped with and it’s difficult not to get a little excited about these bikes. Cornering ABS, traction control, five ride modes and the new full-color TFT instrumentation, all-LED lighting—you can see why these adventure bikes are gaining popularity among ADV riders looking for an alternative style that Triumph is bringing to the table.

The 2020 Triumph Tiger Alpine Edition as shown with the optional aluminum panniers.
The 2020 Triumph Tiger Alpine Edition as shown with the optional aluminum panniers.Triumph

In a nutshell, these two special-edition motorcycles appear to be a real value for Triumph fans. Considering the electronic suspension, along with the quickshifter and Arrow titanium slip-on exhaust, plus you get the special paint and graphics to boot, these are a bargain that can easily be overlooked if you’re not paying close attention.

The 2020 Triumph 1200 Desert Edition as shown with the optional black aluminum panniers in its target environment: off the beaten path.
The 2020 Triumph 1200 Desert Edition as shown with the optional black aluminum panniers in its target environment: off the beaten path.Triumph
Although it looks like a lot of fun blasting the 2020 Triumph 1200 Desert Edition through massive mudholes, remember that these are heavyweight (542 pounds) adventure bikes.
Although it looks like a lot of fun blasting the 2020 Triumph 1200 Desert Edition through massive mudholes, remember that these are heavyweight (542 pounds) adventure bikes.Triumph
The Alpine Edition Tiger tips the scales at 534 pounds, but otherwise the bikes share the exact same technical specifications from tip to tail.
The Alpine Edition Tiger tips the scales at 534 pounds, but otherwise the bikes share the exact same technical specifications from tip to tail.Triumph
The 2020 Triumph Tiger Alpine Edition is most at home on the highway and back roads that twist and wind around our little planet.
The 2020 Triumph Tiger Alpine Edition is most at home on the highway and back roads that twist and wind around our little planet.Triumph
Both the 2020 Triumph 1200 Desert Edition (shown here) and the Alpine claim an average of 54 mpg. Combine that with their 5.3-gallon fuel tanks and you can expect a range of 280 miles from these English steeds.
Both the 2020 Triumph 1200 Desert Edition (shown here) and the Alpine claim an average of 54 mpg. Combine that with their 5.3-gallon fuel tanks and you can expect a range of 280 miles from these English steeds.Triumph
The 2020 Triumph 1200 Desert Edition draws inspiration from those “epic adventures taken across the most inhospitable deserts in the world, from the Sahara to the Kalahari and beyond,” but that’s a long way from home!
The 2020 Triumph 1200 Desert Edition draws inspiration from those “epic adventures taken across the most inhospitable deserts in the world, from the Sahara to the Kalahari and beyond,” but that’s a long way from home!Triumph
Both of these special-edition Tiger models feature keyless ignition, cruise control, electrically adjustable windscreen, heated grips, and multiple power sockets.
Both of these special-edition Tiger models feature keyless ignition, cruise control, electrically adjustable windscreen, heated grips, and multiple power sockets.Triumph
The Off-Road Pro riding mode is perfect for the 2020 Triumph 1200 Desert Edition because its off-road setting are tailored toward the needs of advanced off-road adventure, with ABS and traction control turned off, and an off-road throttle map.
The Off-Road Pro riding mode is perfect for the 2020 Triumph 1200 Desert Edition because its off-road setting are tailored toward the needs of advanced off-road adventure, with ABS and traction control turned off, and an off-road throttle map.Triumph