The most spectacular adventure riding routes usually aren’t just a five-minute ride away from where riders typically live. Hence the popularity of adventure tourers: motorcycles that can keep going when the road ends, but that can also make quick work of the long stretches of highway to get to those remote, beyond-the-road’s-end places.
As adventure bikes go, the Triumph Tiger holds its own with the best of them. With most models in the Tiger range packing 80 or more horsepower, they’re no slouches either. So: how fast is a Triumph Tiger?
Although Triumph no longer publishes official top speed figures, of all the Triumph Tiger models currently in production, the Tiger 1200 has the highest top speed, at 137 mph (221 kph). The 2014 Tiger 1050 has the highest top speed clocked on any Tiger model, at 164 mph (264 kph).
Here’s an overview of the fastest Triumph Tiger models documented to date — with videos for good measure.
Triumph Tiger models from 2010 to 2022, ranked by top speed
|Rank||Year||Model||Top Speed (mph)||Top Speed (kph)|
|1||2014||Triumph Tiger 1050||164||264|
|2||2011||Triumph Tiger 1050||150||241|
|3||2018||Triumph Tiger 800 XCx||141||227|
|4||2014||Triumph Tiger 800 XC||141||227|
|5||2014||Triumph Tiger Explorer||139||223|
|6||2020||Triumph Tiger 1200||137||221|
|7||2020||Triumph Tiger 1200 Rally||137||220|
|8||2019||Triumph Tiger 800 XRx||130||210|
|9||2013||Triumph Tiger XC||129||208|
|10||2020||Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro||127||205|
|11||2021||Triumph Tiger 900 GT||121||195|
|12||2021||Triumph Tiger Sport 660||121||194|
Triumph Tiger 1050 Top Speed
The highest reported top speed of any Triumph Tiger is on the 2014 Tiger 1050, at 164 mph (264 kph). However, this may have been a modified bike, recorded on a downhill run, or have had a faulty speedometer. The 2011 Tiger 1050 has been recorded at a top speed of 150 mph (241 kph).
Triumph Tiger 800 Top Speed
The highest top speed recorded on the Triumph Tiger 800 is on the Tiger XC and the Tiger XCx models, both of which clocked top speeds of 141 mph (227 kph). The Tiger 800 XRx, though a few pounds lighter, clocks in at an indicated top speed of 130 mph (210 kph).
Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200 Top Speed
Despite being one of the heaviest adventure bikes around, the Triumph Tiger Explorer still has a decent top speed of 139 mph (223 kph), owing to its fairly high power output of 139 hp.
Triumph Tiger 1200 Top Speed
The top speed on the Triumph Tiger 1200 is 137 mph (221 kph), as recorded on both the 2020 Tiger 1200 and Tiger 1200 Rally models.
Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Top Speed
The Triumph Tiger 900 clocks a top speed of 127 mph (205 kph) on the Tiger 900 Rally Pro model, while the Tiger 900 GT has a more modest top speed of 121 mph (195 kph).
Triumph Tiger Sport 660 Top Speed
Being the least powerful model of the Triumph Tiger lineup with just 80 hp, the Tiger Sport 660 also has the lowest top speed, at just 121 mph (194 kph).