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MCN overall verdict rating is 5

Triumph’s remodelled Tiger Sport replaces the Tiger 1050, which was produced from 2007 to 2012. It’s smoother, more powerful and comfier for rider and pillion alike. It has a lower, narrower seat and the old projector headlights have been replaced with conventional items, with a broader beam. It’s fast, fun, practical, comes with ABS and has a commading, upright riding position. It’s seen less of an adventure bike nowadays and more a funky-styled sports tourer.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

As with all modern-day Triumphs, the engine is a beauty. The Tiger Sport’s three-cylinder 1050cc motor has a broad spread of power, loads of usable punch and a glorious exhaust note. It has enough get-up-and-go for swift overtakes in top gear, or wheelying out of second gear hairpins. The throttle response is largely good, but can be snatchy at low speed and throttle openings. With its new exhaust, air filter and fuel mapping, power is up 10bhp to 123bhp@9400rpm and torque is increased 4ftlb to 77ftlb@4300rpm.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Comfort is improved with new bars - set closer to the rider and new footpegs, which are mounted further forward. But taller riders will find legroom cramped after a long ride. A narrower, lower seat is better for shorter riders and the lower pillion position and new grab handles will make your passenger’s life easier, too. With its longer swingarm, the Tiger Sports rolls into corners more predictably and it’s more stable in fast sweeps. A firmer rear shock and revised damping settings front and rear keeps things more stable, especially two-up. Although handling and braking performance are very good, weighing 235kg, the Triumph is relatively heavy, which gives it an older-generation feel compared to its newer rivals. Pirelli Angel ST sports touring tyres have more grip, wet or dry than dual purpose adventure rubber.


MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Tiger Sport has Nissin radial brakes, adjustable Showa suspension and ABS as standard, but you have to pay extra for all the goodies you need for touring. But, there’s a big range of official accessories available, including panniers, top box, tank bag, a taller screen, headed grips and hand guards.

Triumph Tiger Sport (2013-current)

Detail Value
New price £9,599
Dealer used prices
£7,900 (2013) - £9,570 (2014)
Private used prices
£7,620 (2013) - £8,610 (2014)
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Engine size 1050 cc
Power 123 bhp
Top speed 135 mph
Insurance group 14 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 5 rating is 4
Engine rating is 4 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 5 rating is 4
Value rating is 4 rating is 5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4

Check-out MCN’s online review of the 2007 Triumph Tiger and you’ll see nothing but praise from satisfied owners. Build quality and attention to detail has improved over the old Tiger.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

The Tiger Sport’s two closest rivals (crucially, machines with road, not dual purpose tyres) is the £500 more expensive KTM 990 SMT and the Kawasaki Versys 1000, which costs the same. The KTM is still the more accomplished machine – it’s lighter, punchier, better handling, more fun and worth the extra cash. But the Triumph is more involving and above all, better looking than the Kawasaki.


Insurance group: 14 of 17

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Model History

1981 – Tiger Trail. The firm’s first adventure-styled Tiger and one of the last products to be made in the old Meriden factory.

1993 – Tiger 900. The first of the ‘Hinckley’ Tigers, with the 104bhp T595/9551 engine.

2007 – Complete overhaul and more road-focussed. The Tiger gets 1050cc engine from the ’05 Speed Triple and goes from spoked to cast aluminium 17” wheels.

2013 – Tiger Sport launched. More power, torque, comfier and styling tweaks. 120 new parts.

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Top speed 135 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 123 bhp
Max torque 77 ft-lb
Weight 235 kg
Seat height 830 mm
Fuel capacity 20 litres
Average fuel consumption 41 mpg
Tank range 180 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 14 of 17
Engine size 1050 cc
Engine specification 12v, inline three-cylinder
Frame Cast ali beam frame and single-sided swingarm
Front suspension adjustment Fully-adjustable 43mm Sachs forks
Rear suspension adjustment Preload/rebound adjustable single rear Sachs shock
Front brakes 2 x 320mm discs with four-piston Nissin radial calipers. ABS
Rear brake 255mm single disc with single-piston Nissin caliper. ABS
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(1 review)

  • Glad I switched to British!


    Average rating rating is 4

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    Wrote a fantastic, lengthy review that vanished without trace! This will be considerably be shorter! I love this bike! I've had loads of Fireblades, Bandits and an F800GS! Hated the KTM 990SMT in so many ways when I test rode and fell in love with the Tiger. It's meaty, aggresive and sounds raw and purposeful. Built to a really good standard and is covered in powder coated metal which gives the bike a heavy, durable feel. I love the weight and size. Makes me feel like i'm on a bike built by men not robots! Only issue I have had is a cross threaded bolt on the riser, which Destination Triumph immediately replaced under warranty. Slipped through the PDI but I rode it aggresively for a week or so before I noticed and it never caused a problem. To sum up, it's fast enough, comfortable enough, handles great and stops fast! For someone that rides all year round, goes touring and has the odd weekend or after work blat, this bike is my perfect all rounder. The standard tyres are really good in the dry and wet and look like they will give good mileage. I'm not a track rider, but am 22 years experienced and ride fairly aggressively and rapidly. This makes me grin every moment. I'm glad i've bought British. I don't feel patriotic in the slightest, just happy I've bought something that is home grown. When treated accordingly it can have the grace and politeness of a city gent and when provoked, the manners of hooligan! Happy days!

    02 October 2013


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Best bike I've had to date!

I had a Tiger Sport on loan for a couple of days before Christmas while my bike was having some work done and I fell in love with it.  So when the ex-demo bike came up for sale, I just couldn't resist.  I chopped my Thunderbird 1700 in for it and haven't regretted it at all.  As much as I loved my Thunderbird, this is a completely different animal.  My first Triumph was a '59 Thunderbird, and I admit to being patriotic to the British brand, but everyone who's seen this bike has been impressed by the quality.

The Tiger Sport came with a pair of free colour-coded panniers, but I also added a top-box (for the wife to lean on).  Most of the time I ride without any of them on. Build quality is excellent with no complaints at all. The bike feels like a solid piece of engineering.

The bike handles like a dream and the standard fitment tyres (Pirelli Angel GT) are excellent in both the wet & dry.  I still haven't managed to grind the pegs yet, but will keep trying.  The performance is more than enough for me with easily enough grunt to lift the front wheel when I'm a little too enthusiastic with the right hand.  I tend to ride quite fast, so the Tiger Sport suits me to a tee.  It does everything I need, from a 2-up ride around the New Forest with my wife, or being an 18 yr old hooligan again on my own.



07 May 2014 12:56

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