As evidenced by the popularity of our series of “Best Motorcycles for Smaller Riders” lists on the Buyers Guides section of our website, seat height is an important consideration for riders, and considering the height of most adventure bikes, if there is one place you want to feel planted, it’s coming to a stop – especially with a passenger and full load. As a result, Triumph has announced the Active Preload Reduction for the Tiger 1200 range, which lowers the seat height by up to .78 inch more than even the accessory low seat option. Active Preload Reduction will be available for both new and existing Tiger 1200 owners. For more information, read the press release below.


Triumph Tiger 1200 Rally Active Preload Reduction
Triumph Tiger 1200 Rally shown with Active Preload Reduction

Triumph Motorcycles has released a new enhancement to its advanced Showa semi-active suspension across the current Tiger 1200 range, which was first announced in November 2021.

Related: 2023 Triumph Tiger 1200 GT Pro | Road Test Review

The new Active Preload Reduction feature has been developed to lower the resting seat height by reducing the rear suspension preload as the Tiger 1200 slows.

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For the Tiger 1200 GT, GT Pro, and GT Explorer models, there are currently two seat height settings: 33.46 inches (850mm) and 34.52 inches (870mm), while for the Rally Pro and Rally Explorer models these are 34.44 inches (875mm) and 35.23 inches (895mm). When these motorcycles are fitted with the accessory low seat option, the seat position is lowered by an additional .78 inch (20mm), giving a lowest seat height of 32.67 inches (830mm) on the GT family and 33.66 inches (855mm) on the Rally family.

The new Active Preload Reduction feature allows these seat heights to be reduced farther. Depending on the combined weight of the rider, pillion, and luggage this could further lower the height by up to .78 inch (20mm) when the motorcycle comes to a standstill, offering the rider greater ease and confidence. New Tiger 1200 owners will be able to access this new minimum preload feature by simply pressing the ‘Home’ button on the right switch cube for one second, as the feature will now come standard on all new Tiger 1200 motorcycles.

Triumph Tiger 1200 GT Active Preload Reduction
Triumph Tiger 1200 GT shown with Active Preload Reduction

“The new Tiger 1200 range is already a global success, attracting new fans and increasing Triumph’s share of this highly competitive market,” said Steve Sargent, Triumph’s chief product officer. “This new feature can be enabled on the fly, lowering the center of gravity at slower speeds, making it even more accessible, offering riders more confidence at slow speeds and better contact with the ground as they come to stop.”

The new feature will also be available to existing 2023 Tiger 1200 customers via a software update, which can be done by their authorized Triumph dealership during their next scheduled service. There will be no upgrade fee for existing customers to access the new feature, however standard dealership labor rates will apply for the service of the motorcycle.

The all-new Tiger 1200 was designed to be the world’s most capable, agile, and maneuverable large capacity adventure motorcycle, and the range includes the GT family, tailor made for the perfect road-focused adventure ride, and the Rally family, perfect for an all-terrain adventure. The Tiger 1200 GT Explorer with its 7.9-gallon (30 liter) tank was even the bike of choice for Enduro World Champion Ivan Cervantes when he broke the record for riding the farthest in 24 hours on a motorcycle.

For more information, visit the Triumph Motorcycles website.

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