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Head-to-Head Comparison Triumph Tiger 1200 vs BMW R 1300 GS

CalenderPublished at June 30, 2024 by BikeJunction
Head-to-Head Comparison Triumph Tiger 1200 vs BMW R 1300 GS

The BMW R 1300 GS is not only the predecessor of the R 1250 GS but also faces stiff competition in the market. The Triumph Tiger 1200 is a direct competitor to the ‘GS’, designed and modelled after the BMW R 1250 GS. It brings a unique character to the ADV segment with its T-plane crank inline-triple engine. Here's how they compare on paper.


The Triumph Tiger 1200 is known for its impressive size. It is popular with riders looking for a sturdy road bike. This includes its design with sleek headlights, a large fuel tank and a relatively flat tail section with an exposed subframe. The BMW R 1300 GS takes a different approach compared to blending style with simple functionality. The updated GS is sleeker and simpler than its predecessor, relying on a simple, approachable design. This makes it particularly attractive to newcomers to the superbike industry. The new GS retains a familiar silhouette that recalls its heritage by offering a more streamlined modern aesthetic.


Triumph Tiger 1200 vs BMW R 1300 GS Speedometer

Both the Triumph Tiger 1200 and BMW R 1300 GS come with all-LED headlights, colour TFT displays and connectivity features. But the new BMW offers other advanced features, such as an electric windshield adjustment system and convenient handling.

Engine and performance

The BMW gets a 1,300cc, liquid-cooled boxer engine. It produces 145bhp at 7,750rpm and 149Nm of torque at 6,500rpm and is paired with a six-speed gearbox. The Triumph Tiger 1200, on the other hand, has a three-cylinder, 1160cc engine that offers 148bhp at 9,000rpm of power and 130Nm at 7,000rpm of torque. The Triumph’s engine also has a T-plane crank that gives it a distinct feel and sound, and it sounds amazing.


Triumph Tiger 1200 vs BMW R 1300 GS Side angle

The Tiger 1200 has a tubular steel and bolted aluminium subframe. It has a 49mm Showa USD fork and monoshock, both with semi-active suspension. GT models sit on 19-inch front and 18-inch rear wheel setups, while the Rally variant offers additional suspension travel and a larger 21-inch tubeless wire-spoke front wheel. Braking is managed with Brembo Stylma calipers at the front and 282mm discs at the rear 282 mm single piston calipers.

The BMW has a two-piece frame with the rear subframe bolted to the main frame. The difference between the GS’s suspension and the Tiger’s is its patented Paralever and Telelever Evo suspensions, which are electronically adjustable. The bike comes fitted with 19-inch front and 17-inch rear wheels, offering either alloy or tubeless wire-spoke wheels.

Both bikes have suspensions that smooth out potholes, trails, and other obstacles. Despite their size, they handle remarkably well. But if you push the Tiger hard around a bend, it does end up scraping its pegs quite easily.

Price and variants

The BMW R 1300 GS is priced from Rs 20.95 lakh and is offered in GS, Triple Black 1, Triple Black 2, GS Trophy, and Option 719 variants. The Triumph Tiger 1200 is good value for money. Its prices begin at Rs 19.39 lakh, ex-showroom. The bike is also available in four variants: GT Pro, GT Explorer, Rally Pro, and Rally Explorer.

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