The baby Tiger, the new Triumph Tiger Sport 660, is a versatile sport touring motorcycle that certainly impresses with its all-round capability.
In April 2021, we rode the new Triumph Trident 660 roadster in an almost 200-kilometre loop around the Himalayan foothills. The compact Trident 660 certainly impressed us, both with its entertaining personality and its superb road manners. A year later, we are in the same neck of the woods, but this time with the Triumph Tiger Sport 660 as our companion. With a 17 kg weight gain over the Trident 660, the Tiger Sport 660 has been billed as a sport-touring motorcycle, with slightly more suspension travel, bodywork, and wind protection than its naked sibling.
In essence, the Tiger Sport 660 is a Trident 660 on stilts, offering more versatility and touring comfort. Based heavily on the Trident 660, the Tiger Sport 660 shares the same platform and introduces the smallest model in the Triumph Tiger family. It has the same engine as the Trident, and gets the same frame, but with some chassis changes, including longer travel suspension, a changed steering geometry, new bodywork, and a windshield. But does it still manage to make an impression as the Trident 660 did?
Design & Features
The Triumph Tiger Sport 660 has a sporty-looking face with split LED headlamps and a half-fairing, with a simple adjustable windshield. It has a tall stance with slightly longer travel suspension, 150 mm at both ends, compared to the Trident 660s 120 mm and 134 mm.
The fuel tank capacity has been increased to 17.2 litres to give it more range, and the Tiger Sport 660 is also heavier than the Trident 660 by 17 kg. But the Tiger Sport 660 gets a revised steering geometry, with a steeper rake and less trail, to help offset the weight added by the bigger fuel tank, bodywork, and larger fuel tank. The Tiger Sport 660 also gets a new instrument console, with a small colour TFT section. Electronics are the same, with two riding modes, Road and Rain, switchable traction control and standard dual-channel ABS.