TRIUMPH TIGER 1050 (2006-2012) Review

Published: 24 November 2006

"The Hinckley firm decided to put cross-country aptitudes to one side"

Triumph Tiger 1050 motorcycle review - Riding

"The Hinckley firm decided to put cross-country aptitudes to one side"

  • At a glance
  • 1050cc  -  115 bhp
  • 40 mpg  -  144 miles range
  • Medium seat height (830mm)

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

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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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 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.

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.

Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5

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

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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

12 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.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.7 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.7 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.8 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.4 out of 5
Equipment 4.3 out of 5
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!

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
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....!

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
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.

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

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

Excellent Ride

21 July 2011 by Hodge3

The Tiger 1050 is an excellent all-rounder. The performance, ride and handling are all very satisfactory for leisure, touring and commuting. My only gripe is that the panniers are pathetically small. They do not even fit my helmet. Triumph should at... Read more least offer an optional "touring luguage" option.

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

New 1050 SE

05 April 2010 by stu_sp2

Had my Tiger for about a week now, and what can i say!! its awesome, absolutly brilliant, if you are reading this now and trying to convince yourself to trade in that sportsbike then do not be afraid!!! unless you really do need that ego trip the... Read more superbike gives you?? Ive just got rid of a 2008 R1, set up all round, good bike but just too focused really, ive had sportsbikes for ten years, sick of them now, defo gonna have more fun on my tiger!! i can feel it in my bones...and at the end of the day, ive still got a 600 track bike if i wanna be a hero!! So go do it!! buy one!!

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

triumph trumpet

05 January 2010 by shane147

Well ive had my tiger now for nearly two years. Faults to report none!!.Ive covered now well over 10k,hammered the tiger over many alps passes,done stelvio,col de bonette,riding with other guys on various sports bikes.Keep yor blades,zx10 etc etc i... Read more know who had the biggest smile of all when he got to the top,or the bottom for that matter.It handles albeit when set up right,bangon.Brakes are tremendous.As well as the triples motor goes,it has to be the best combination of any bike ive had,and ive had a few!!.The delivery say a through a slow to medium pace bend is spot on,do that on a sportsbike and all you will see is the a=== end of the tiger,it blasts out bends,and keeps on going.Ok beyond a ton the sportsbike has got you beat,but hey real world riding and all that.The tiger has em beat for sure.For a tall adventure bike for now the tiger is the ultimate all rounder by far,love it ooh and you can keep your new multistrada thanks had one,and hardly ever started,ducatis you can kep em,ktm smt great bike but that saddle!!!,bmw gs!! err yeh right.get one it will not dissapoint.

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

wondertiger

27 October 2007 by egdirdle

just great at anything Read more

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

Triumph Tiger 1050

26 August 2007 by andymcmath

45 days and 3100 miles! - 500 miles in the first week then the last week was over 1500 miles fo rthe Ulster Grand Prix (wet everyday) The bike has performed on my own and two up brilliantly. Not a foot wrong - I did stiffen the front and rear and it... Read more seems to do the trick though it still dives a bit too much for me. Scrapped both footpegs with ease (I don't go daft) the bike just inspires confidence. It is a comfortable mile munching, touring machine which gives pleasure everytime I ride it. Just need to get a few more horses form the airbox and after market can. BUY ONE and enjoy every minute - it handles like a sports bike with the comfort of a trail bike.

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

Tiger 1050

10 August 2007 by lardyboy66

Had the bike for 2 weeks and racked up 1000 miles already. Comfy, quick enough for what it is and handles well. A real giggle on the twisty stuff at sensible speeds and great on long journeys ! Read more

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2006
Year discontinued 2012
Original price £8,999
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 14 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
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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