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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

With the all-new 2007 Triumph Tiger 1050, the Hinckley firm decided to put cross-country aptitudes to one side. Nobody in their right mind would go off-road on a stock 955 Tiger, so the fact that the Triumph Tiger 1050 is more road-biased (looks and handling) matters not a jot. It all adds up to a better road bike and for us a better motorcycle, which is what Triumph aimed at and has achieved.

 

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Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

As used in Triumph’s Speed Triple and Sprint ST, the Triumph Tiger's 1050cc powerplant’s output has been reduced to 115 horses but it’s still better in every way. Not just in the way it out grunts the old bike, but the way the throttle responds to rider input. This makes the Triumph Tiger 1050 much easier to live with in slow traffic or attacking countryside bends. The taller top gear ratio also means the Triumph Tiger 1050 is considerably more relaxed at cruising speeds, helping reduce fuel consumption and rider fatigue.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The 2007 Triumph Tiger 1050 is much less intimidating to get on with. Although the seat remains high it’s compensated by being narrower. And at greatly reduced weight of 198 kilos (old one was 215kg dry). It all adds up to feeling more at one with the motorcycle, more integrated. If it wasn’t for the broad handlebars and tall suspension it’d be easy to forget the Triumph Tiger 1050 is still a large trailster and not an everyday middleweight motorcycle.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

With its minimalist style, large upside down forks, radially-mounted brakes and enormous Daytona 675 look-a-like swingarm, the Triumph Tiger 1050's identity has shifted towards a stronger sporting capability. Even though the exhaust is side-mounted, there’s little usable space under the seat.

Triumph Tiger 1050 (2006-2012)

Detail Value
New price £8,999
Dealer used prices
£4,870 (2006) - £8,060 (2012)
Private used prices
£4,380 (2006) - £7,260 (2012)
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Engine size 1050 cc
Power 115 bhp
Top speed 133 mph
Insurance group 14 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 4 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Too early to say, but there’s nothing essentially wrong with any of the latest products of the Hinckley factory and this new Triumph Tiger 1050 is effectively an amalgam of a handful of them. From what we can tell so far, quality is good.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

From once being in big trailie territory, the Triumph Tiger 1050 is now in a world populated by Multistradas, Tre-Ks and the like. Against them (£500 cheaper than  the Duke, for example) the Triumph Tiger 1050 is good value. Find a Triumph Tiger 1050 for sale

Insurance

Insurance group: 14 of 17

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Model History

2006: Triumph Tiger 1050 launched in September.

Other Versions

None.

Specifications

Top speed 133 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.3 secs
Max power 115 bhp
Max torque 73.8 ft-lb
Weight 198 kg
Seat height 830 mm
Fuel capacity 20 litres
Average fuel consumption 40 mpg
Tank range 144 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 14 of 17
Engine size 1050 cc
Engine specification 12v transverse triple, 6 gears
Frame Aluminium perimeter
Front suspension adjustment Preload, rebound, compression
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, rebound, compression
Front brakes 2 x 320mm discs
Rear brake 255mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(12 reviews)

  • Do-it-all

    ivorsmee

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    This is my 4th triumph and things just get better and better. Bought the tiger to take things a bit easier as I am getting to old to go scratching with the young uns,but once it was run in I was suprised how good it was.The only niggle I have is with that damn fuel guage not reading correct after it goes below the 50mile mark,so come on Triumph get it sorted. If you push hard enough you can find it starts to get a bit bouncy but I guess its the nature of having more than 2 inches of travel, riden normally you find it economical comfortable and great fun.Seat hight wise I'm a bit dumpy at 5,6" so its a bit tall but due to being so well ballanced its not to much trouble just beware of cambers.

    07 May 2007

  • Can't Stop Smilin

    wad1

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    We all hope to own a bike that makes a great impression......I've owned a few but none of them made such a huge and positive......and lasting one. Other than getting used to the seat height this machine is a dream...........handles well, comfortable all day, perfect engine and gearbox.....I could just go on and on. I've owned sportier bikes with higher top speeds and decided that's not what it is for me..........but doing the quiet roads is more enjojable on this than on more focussed bikes. I feel more assured, particularly mid corner and the engine has more than enough to get out the other side. And with the height and riding position you're not hell bent on doing warp speeds every time you turn out and can even see a bit more around you than just a thin ribbon of tarmac. I love it and that won't change!!!

    18 March 2007

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kiwikeith

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Tiger 1050

I report on my own Tiger 1050 done 13.000ks at the time of reporting. Whilst being a very comfortable sport tourer, and very easy to ride, also very economical. Triumph in my opinion need to address the following things. The chain guard is way to short. As a result it doesn't matter how little you lubricate your chain. It finishes up on your bodywork, pillions legs, or if you are touring with hard, or soft bags. Chain lube will be all over the underside of it. Another floor is the rear shock. It is way to soft for two up touring, it wallows, bottoms out, plus is very unstable. Also after 10,000ks renders useless, as many owners including myself have found. Many owners are opting for aftermarket shocks to replace the default Showa shock. I don't blame the Showa shock entirely, I blame the engineers at Triumph, who signed of the specs for Showa, to supply for the Tiger 1050. The inadequate shock for the 1050 Tiger is a monumental oversight by triumph designers, and it's engineers, in my opinion. Also the build is not really up to scratch on a bike of it's price. The gearbox is clunky going into most gears up or down the box. It's hard to find neutral, and very knerly and noisy. Triumph luggage is overpriced, not enough storage capacity. There are also reports of it just simply dropping of whilst touring. Pluses, (yes it does have some) Very economical, very good, and powerful engine!! Handles great, Great mid power range. Great brakes. Triumph in my opinion need to address the points I have mentioned, and it would have one of the best bikes on the planet. How on earth it got the awards it did is beyond me. I write this report as an owner, but not necessarily a happy one.

12 October 2007 19:20

lardyboy66

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Tiger 1050

Had it 2 weeks and the R1 has not been out of the garage!. Great fun bike and not so bad on the licence. Great for day long touring and a real laugh on the twisty stuff at sensible speeds

10 August 2007 16:15

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