The 24-Hour Trial pits rider and bike in opposition to Australia’s unforgiving terrain in what many individuals deem the “Ultimate Reliability Test”. The occasion lives as much as that billing, with opponents working 4 six-hour laps and simply three 15-minute gasoline stops evenly spaced over that interval. Twelve timed sections comprise every lap and the rider with the bottom general time claims victory.
Of course, devoted enduro bikes fare greatest within the 24-Hour Trial, however Triumph noticed the endurance race as the proper venue to indicate of the 2022 Tiger 1200’s sturdiness and off-road pedigree. Unveiled in December, 2021, Hinckley’s latest-generation heavyweight ADV misplaced 55 kilos however gained a brand new 1,160cc inline-triple, Showa semi-active suspension, and a bunch of tech upgrades.
With the vary now cut up into GT and Rally variants, Triumph tapped two-time Isle of Man TT winner Cameron Donald and skilled enduro rider Donald Owen to finish the 24-Hour Trial aboard the Rally Pro trim. To get the Tigers in combating form, Triumph added crash safety, knobby tires, and an LED gentle bar, however eliminated the middle stand and pillion mounts for additional weight financial savings.
Even with these additional preparations, the big-bore ADV nonetheless had its work minimize out for it.
“Physically, that was one of the toughest things I’ve ever done on a motorcycle,” admitted Donald. “To ride out there in that terrain on these bikes over four six-hour laps for 24 hours was such a battle. It was brutal. A lot of people told us we were crazy, not expecting us to finish a single lap let alone four laps to finish the race.”
Out of 138 opponents, 91 riders crossed the end line. Donald and Rally Pro shut down all of the doubters by ending in 74th place. Unfortunately, his teammate, Owen, needed to retire after finishing two-thirds of the 24-hour race after working right into a squared-edge gap.
“The weight of a 1200 cc adventure bike didn’t make it easy against lightweight enduro bikes, but I was constantly amazed by how well the new Tiger 1200 got through the terrain,” added Donald. “In a race as grueling as the 24-Hour Trial, we threw so much at the Tigers, but they were supremely capable and absolutely shined. I’m gutted both bikes didn’t finish, though, and that just drives home how hard the event actually is.”