The fork appears to share a great deal with the existing model, although the travel on offer looks to be reduced. The fork is clamped in a development headstock, created to offer a large range of adjustments while the bike undergoes testing.
These allow the test riders to change the rider geometry dramatically, and as changes are made to the chassis geometry. One they have identified the best position, the final production hangars will be made to match.
Tank & Radiator
The tank appears the same as the current Tiger 800. That means a 19-litre capacity. The existing radiator has been replaced with two separate ones, to allow the front wheel to rise much higher toward the headstock without it fouling.
The subframe has clearly been modified to be a bolt-on unit (the current one is welded). This could just be for testing, but it might be a production update to allow easy replacement if damaged without the frame being written-off. The pillion peg hangars are also new.
Wheels & Tyres
The front wheel appears to be a 19in rim, of a design that mimics the current XR family of Tiger 800s, but with its cast spokes being spaced further apart. The rear appears to be a 17in rim, and neither matches the front’s design, nor anything else currently in the range, and reminds us of three-spoke Brembo wheels from the 1990s. From the rear view, the rim appears to be wider than current, and the tyre also appears wider – suggesting that Triumph are fattening it from a 150 to a 170 or 180-section tyre. The tyres on the test mule are Metzeler Tourance Next.
It’s impossible to tell from looking at it whether there has been a capacity change, but there are certainly changes. The sump is dramatically shallower than the current bike, and the crankcases appear new, too. The head, conversely, looks identical to the existing 800. With the Street Triple having just grown for 675cc to 765cc, it’s reasonable to assume that Triumph have affected the same upgrade for the 800, taking it to around 900cc.
Note the superbright LED DRL in the centre of the headlamp