TRIUMPH TIGER 1050 (2006-2012) Review

Published: 24 November 2006

Free of any off-road ambitions the Tiger is a much better motorcycle

TRIUMPH TIGER 1050  (2006-2012)

Free of any off-road ambitions the Tiger is a much better motorcycle

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

With the 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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Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 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.

Engine 4 out of 5

As used in Triumph’s Speed Triple and Sprint ST, the Triumph Tiger's 1050cc powerplant’s output has been reduced to 115bhp 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 Tiger 1050 is considerably more relaxed at cruising speeds, helping reduce fuel consumption and rider fatigue.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 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.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

From once being in big trailie territory, the Triumph Tiger 1050 is now in a world populated by Ducati Multistradas and the like. Against them the Triumph Tiger 1050 is good value. Find a Triumph Tiger 1050 for sale

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Equipment 4 out of 5

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.

Owners' Reviews

18 owners have reviewed their TRIUMPH TIGER 1050 (2006-2012) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your TRIUMPH TIGER 1050 (2006-2012)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.6 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.6 out of 5
Engine 4.8 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.6 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.5 out of 5
Equipment 4.2 out of 5
5 out of 5

Brilliant

28 May 2016 by Nigel

On my second one what more can I say !!!! Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Got 31 thou on clock now been to Europe etc etc and rear shock just starting to get little bit past it but been brill till now. Don't play with suspension as don't really have a clue but very happy with ride quality, brakes are good for feel and response even if ABS is slightly old school.
Engine
5 out of 5
Smooth and silky and that noise from triple engine when combined with my Arrow race is sublime. Power is fine gotta 'Busa in garage, had since new in 2000 and always go for Tiger just can't sell 'Busa!!!
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Standard battery crap fitted updated 14tx now no probs, fingers crossed otherwise all good. Build quality not to bad.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Tyres used Pilot rd 2/3 but last pair crap so gonna try the new Maxxis which has had good reviews, we shall see. Pads use EBCs good on price etc , chain use a scottoiler so great, fuel averages about 48 to gallon with varied use so overall find it great value for money per mile
Equipment
3 out of 5
Bit lacking mine has ABS but not even gear indicator which it could do with as when in top still want to change up, Lights woeful, horn feeble and don't go there with screen.
Buying experience

Bought from Stratstone Triumph in Wolverhampton had good ps with my 2007 Tiger cost me 2 grand to change very happy.

3 out of 5

Good on paper but mediocre in real life.

10 April 2016 by troyus

As an everday vehicle to get from A to B it's great. Very reliable with decent if unexciting power. I think for a non-motorcycle enthusiast it's just peachy. If you love to ride and have tasted the fruits of a fire breathing Italian or other bike... Read more with lots of personality, you're going to be bored to death.

Ride Quality & Brakes
2 out of 5
Here is the biggest problem - wind buffeting. If you're 6 feet or taller wind is going to buffet your head like crazy. I tried 3 different screens. The only one that works was the CalSci screen which is the size of a barn door and looks incredibly stupid. Best idea is to go with a really small screen and just give up on wind protection.
Engine
3 out of 5
Decent power, nothing exciting about it though, to be honest. I'm trying to think of a more boring engine... perhaps the CBR F4 motor... Also sounds stupid, like a fluttering, fat butterfly. The Daytona 675 and MV triples sound and feel far better. And this was after changing the exhaust....
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
The quality is alright, the dash on mine had issues with the rev gauge slipping. Overall it has a very Japanese feeling.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Change the spark plugs, tires, and oil. That's really it.
Equipment
4 out of 5
Best feature of this bike is reliability. It's the Prius of sport touring bikes. Almost forgot I owned it.
5 out of 5

2012 Tiger 1050 SE

18 February 2016 by Andy

Best feature is the equipment level, the SE Spec is a great all round package. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Pretty good especially two up, my partner much prefers it to my old xjr and so do I, it goes around bends, lol!
Engine
4 out of 5
Not really given it 'the berries' yet as the weather has been pretty dire but up to motorway speeds it's pretty good. Very flat torque that available right from the off!
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
I have to admit to being very pleasantly surprised by the build quality, some nice touches.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Only had the bike a few weeks so nothing to report so far service wise but does seem fairly economical at around 49 mpg.
Equipment
4 out of 5
Pleased with all the equipment. The heated grips switch is in a silly place though. Panniers are extremely well made but sadly not a lot of room inside which is a real shame as they look the bizz. I think the locking mechanism takes up a lot of room internally at the cost of luggage space. Triumph have fitted bigger panniers on the 2013 tiger sport but I don't think they look quite as good.
Buying experience

Bought the bike from a local dealer, 3yrs old and 8k on the clock, it was in mint condition. Got what I wanted for my old bike and the deal was done. Very pleased.

4 out of 5

Se 2009

10 November 2015 by Bal

Very comfortable, engine is torquey, sweet and smooth. Great riding position, handling good for a bike of this size. Best on an open road Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Brakes very good. Rear Michelin Pilot 3 tyre lasted 10k. Replacement Avons feel more sure footed
Engine
4 out of 5
Bit sluggish and heavy around town but sweet when on an open road especially when accelerating out of bends. Very responsive but sensitive throttle control needed on bumpy roads in lower gears
Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
Starting problems when hot. Bike fryed 4 batteries in only 9k miles. No dealer seemed to know what was causing it but resolved when a new starter motor fitted with Triumph upgrade which includes new stronger idler gears, bearings, uprated sprag clutch and new outer casings as well as a Yuasa battery. This turned the engine over more quickly and appears to have resolved the issue but cost £650 with labour
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
Heated grips good. Headlight is poor. Standard panniers adequate and simple to fit but too small for a helmet
Buying experience

Purchased from Triumph dealer when bike was 4 years old. £4000 less than price of a new one so paid £6250 in Aug 2013 because it had sat in the showroom for 3 years before that. Only had 700 miles on clock so looked new still

5 out of 5

08 November 2015 by Matt

Absolutely love it. It has some character and is stunning! Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
With custom seat with gel pad i found very hard to go off it :)
Engine
5 out of 5
Pulls like a train from buttom range right to the top revs without any hussle
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Sometimes could ba a bit lasy starting (cold conditions affect ecu) but always do.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
12k miles service including valve clearance is about £350-400 but as any other bikes.
Equipment
4 out of 5
It is SE version so I have good fiew exras on it. But best upgrade was the seat. Both visualy and usability improved
5 out of 5

19 September 2015 by Wayne

This bike has been the best bike Ive owned, comfortable all day on tour, no stress on the triple at 70mph, mpg avg 50-55, dependable in all catagories. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Comfortable, easy to maneuver around corners light enough to grow old with :) Pillion HA!
Engine
5 out of 5
Hinckley Triple! if you haven't ridden one you are missing the boat my friend. Enough said.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Hanging together so far, 35k all touring no stranded mechanical experiences. Well do tires count? NO :)
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
No, oil is expensive due to using nothing but Mobile1 full synthetic, Michelin Road P3's can't be beat for endurance
Equipment
5 out of 5
Sitting position is excellent, panniers good for a weekend getaway, replaced mine with Tour Tech Zega Pro
4 out of 5

Brilliant, versatile road bike

04 February 2013 by ewanhind

I've had two Tiger 1050s. Bought the first after going to test ride a Sprint ST, dealer suggested I try the Tiger as well, loved it! The triple engine has plenty of poke for road use, loads of torque, very smooth and easy to use. With the air box... Read more opened up, a performance air filter, aftermarket exhaust and remap (very cheap and easy to do as the ECU can be remapped without using a powercommander or similar) there is noticeably more power and even smoother delivery. The suspension is OK but not brilliant, I've replaced it with Ohlins and it now handles brilliantly. The projector headlights are very weak so HID upgrades or additional spots are a must. Very comfortable for long distances, nimble enough to chuck around in the twisties or take on track, enough power to keep up with almost anything on real-life roads, what's not to like!

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

I Love this bike.....

16 November 2012 by arbg92

Bought the tiger after my old Sprint was written off. AWESOME bike, engine sounds wonderful and pulls easily. Handles brilliantly and is easily thrown into bends. Feels very planted even in the rain. Looking forward to taking it to the Stelvio. This... Read more bike is brilliant.Best of british....!

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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4 out of 5

Loving it ... so far!

22 August 2011 by Anonymous

Only been an owner for a week and 600 miles but so far so good. Had a niggly issue with the steering stem top nut being loose and also another fairing bolt was starting to depart but I guess this is new bike stuff that gets sorted at the first... Read more service and as things bed in. It's a real riders bike in my opinion, the wide bars make it a joy to push down into corners, like a bit supermoto ... the characterful (but not harsh) triple engine eggs you on. The ride quality is fine and has to be a compromise on our potholed roads - in my opinion it is just right, soft enough for the potholes and firm enough for the smooth stuff. There is a lot of fork travel which takes getting used to when heavy braking. Best to sort out any braking before the corner and then it will track a very nice line - otherwise the geometry changes significantly mid corner and things get more interesting. I think it could be the ultimate fast, twisty B-road toy (which is saying something as I run a Bandit 1250 Streetfighter as well) with also very good long distance ability (with an after market screen as the standard job is poor - lots of wind noise - I fitted an MRA Vario which is better). Fuel economy is adequate but a shame it isn't 50MPG rather than the 42-43MPG I am getting at the moment. Fully run-in it may make it better. Only other gripes are the too short chain guard (chain oil flicks up onto the sub frame fairing) and the quite APPALLING headlight(s). Dipped at night is just plain dangerous, full does not change a thing. Try harder Triumph! My Bandit with standard single 7" headlight is far superior. But, I still love it for the riding experience so will forgive it! (ooh, the dipstick for the oil rather than a sight glass is fiddly - having a sight glass it just so simple and useful). Cheers.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
3 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Its the business !!!

26 July 2011 by ianginn

Had my Tiger since May 2010. Its a 2009 with 8000 miles on the clock. What a bike ! Last year, 2 up luggaged up to the hilt, tour of northern France ! Superb, never missed a beat ! This year, right through France, Pyrenees in to Spain ! Superb,... Read more never missed a beat ! It really is a silky smooth ride, comfortable seat, £20 for a full tank and easily does 60+ to the gallon, not 40 as described in MCN review. Panniers are poor, useless if the truth is known. Its by far the best bike I have had, it looks great, pulls like a train, just a great all rounder in any weather. I have called him 'Alfie the mile muncher' cos thats exactly what he does ! Apart from the panniers, its a superb bike !! Go out and get one, you won't be disappointed with this british beauty ! Ride safe and live the dream !

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2006
Year discontinued 2012
Original price £8,999
Used price £3,300 to £7,900
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 14 of 17
Annual road tax £82
Annual service cost £140
Performance
Max power 115 bhp
Max torque 73.8 ft-lb
Top speed 133 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.3 secs
Average fuel consumption 40 mpg
Tank range 144 miles
Specification
Engine size 1050cc
Engine type 12v transverse triple, 6 gears
Frame type Aluminium perimeter
Fuel capacity 20 litres
Seat height 830mm
Bike weight 198kg
Front suspension Preload, rebound, compression
Rear suspension Preload, rebound, compression
Front brake 2 x 320mm discs
Rear brake 255mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

2006: Triumph Tiger 1050 launched in September.

Other versions

None.

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