TRIUMPH TIGER 1050 SPORT (2013-on) Review

Published: 18 March 2013

"Remodelled Tiger 1050 is smoother, more powerful and comfier for rider and pillion alike".

TRIUMPH TIGER 1050 SPORT (2013-on)

"Remodelled Tiger 1050 is smoother, more powerful and comfier for rider and pillion alike".

Overall Rating 5 out of 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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

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.

Engine 4 out of 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.

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5

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.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 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 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 3 out of 5

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.

Owners' Reviews

9 owners have reviewed their TRIUMPH TIGER 1050 SPORT (2013-on) 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 SPORT (2013-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.6 out of 5
Engine 4.6 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.2 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.2 out of 5
Equipment 3.8 out of 5
4 out of 5

Tiger sport 2 years on !

04 May 2016 by Tiver68

Best features 1. Power and Handling make this bike a joy to ride 2. The smooth triple engine 3. Fuel economy around 380 max on 20L tank (depending on riding style) 4. Lower seat height for shorter riders Worst features 1. Buffeting from... Read more screen (replaced with palmer products UK adjustable mounts) 2. No oil window 3. Seat not that comfortable (I got done to suit myself) 4. Oil filter at base of engine not protected very well

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Brakes are fantastic the bikes stopping power is excellent and the handling is brilliant!
Engine
4 out of 5
Smooth on the open road not as smooth around town as my 800 or 955i tiger was !
Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
I had 3 issues 1. Would stall when cold ( not good at roundabouts ) was told its a tight motor and would wear in ( it did took about 4000kms ) 2. Maginsed rear disc had back to shop twice before they figured it out they put the disc under ground for the night to de- Maginse it ! 3. A small stone on road punched a hole in oil filter ( not well protected ) fitted a SM-MOTO bash plate most of these problems happened in the first 6 months or so.
Value & Running Costs
3 out of 5
Its mainly the Triumph dealer I brought the bike from (he is expensive)
Equipment
4 out of 5
ABS thats pretty much it, I had heated grips, 12v socket, rear rack, adjustable screen, better seat, handguards, panniers, arrow pipe, headlight protecters, radiator guard, fender extender, bash plate, crash bars and other smaller items. Does not have traction control or ride modes like 2016 model.
Buying experience

Was very good great trade in on 800 tiger

4 out of 5

Savage Island ride

30 April 2016 by Savage

Vastly underrated, superb finish plus the weight and height are fine for this type of bike. The bike is easy to balance and unless you are a dwarf you can reach the floor as the (on bike) seat to floor height is not that tall for a rider. As I am... Read more 6'3" the screen is useless and the associated wind buffeting is a pain, so this needs resolving. At least it makes a change from all the pocket rockets available these days that that assume everyone is built like a GP rider. Until this bike I have mainly owned large capacity sport bikes and/or Sport tourers, so the all round usability of this bike on less than perfect NZ roads is a bonus.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
On standard settings the suspension is too soft and dives like a premiership striker. Once adjusted and stiffened up the bikes rides well and is really agile on the very twisty, oddly cambered and haphazardly surfaced NZ roads.
Engine
4 out of 5
The engine goes well once wound up and makes the right noises with the 3 cylinder off beat moan which is so unique to modern Triumphs. Could do with more power (there is no such thing as too much) but I would say that after riding large capacity and output bikes for years. That being said, I am less likely to lose my licence and there is plenty on tap when needed.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Quality is excellent and the reliability (thus far) is fine. The only problems I have had are cold start miss-fires and stalling when pulling up at junctions after a high speed run. The second problem led to some"interesting" moments but was resolved under warranty. I bought the bike new and had it fitted with the Arrow can and remap from the off, so this might not be a problem on the standard settings.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Only done 2K so far and the first annual service was free so hard to comment on costs. Seems reasonable on fuel but my last bike was a VFR 1200. So the Tiger would have had to drink like Oliver Read on full chat to moan. Also petrol is waaaay cheaper in NZ.
Equipment
4 out of 5
All the usual basics plus the optional extra sports kit is all you need.
4 out of 5

Make a good bike great with just a little thought.

09 March 2016 by Whisperer

Vastly underrated, with the weight and height the only drawbacks with this bike. I am not the tallest of riders being only 5 foot 8 inches tall with a 30" inside leg measurement, so for me the Tiger Sport is a tall, heavy bike which carries it's... Read more weight quite high, which meant I found hard to reach the floor and balance the bike as I could only get one foot down when stopped at junctions or traffic lights. There is no adjustment on the ride height and a low rider seat didn't help, the only thing to do was fit a lowering kit from Lust Racing and drop the forks through the top and bottom yokes, this made the bike much more manageable and a lot easier to handle and balance when stopped. Sorted. Triumph take notice, we are not all over 6 feet tall with long legs.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
For me, the ride quality was much improved by replacing the screen and lowering the bike made the handling much better.
Engine
5 out of 5
Why Triumph felt the need to reduce the bhp on the Tiger Sport from that of the Speed Triple is puzzling, the Tiger Sport is a heavier bike and the extra power would have been more than welcome. That said the bike is extremely capable and does bring a smile to your face when ridden for fun.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
The build quality and finish on the bike are excellent but it would benefit from a slightly bigger touring screen, longer front mudguard and rear hugger as I had to replace all of the stock Items for after market versions along with the stock exhaust for a brilliant Vance & Hine. When riding on a wet road the front mudguard threw water and road dirt all over the front of the engine and radiator making the rad vulnerable to stone damage so fitted a fender extender and stainless radiator cover to protect the rad. The stock rear hugger/mudguard did the same, throwing dirt all over the back of the engine and suspension so replaced this for a longer one from Powerbronze and this improved the situation markedly. I have had no issues at all with reliability. The engine, handling, electrics, and brakes are all top quality.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
This cost increases if the bike needs a major service which includes valve clearances.
Equipment
4 out of 5
The Tiger Sport doesn't have the all singing all dancing electronics of the more expensive bikes but that does not detract from the bike. It does have a very good ABS system but If your like me and just love to ride a bike and not spend an age playing with electronic rider modes, the fact that it doesn't have expensive electronics means there is less to less to go wrong and so it won't cost you an arm and a leg when it does.
Buying experience

Bought privately, very happy with the price I paid.

4 out of 5

More Roar for my Tiger

01 March 2016 by Bigfish

Extremely Comfortable, especially with my 6ft 4ins frame, able to ride long distances with ease. The worst part about the Tiger Sport is the Weight, very top heavy when manoeuvring at slow speed and when parked. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Once set up properly, good ride and impressive handling for a heavy bike. Good comfortable pillion seat, no complaints from partner. Brakes are excellent and progressive with plenty of feedback.
Engine
5 out of 5
Pulls at all speeds in any gear very torquey. However could do with another 20bhp to overcome the weight. Sloppy firing when cold which has never really gone away, even after being set up by dealer.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
I had a Friday night edition with a misfire that took a long time to cure, when damp. Nothings fallen off and it hasn't let me down. Paint finish is good but rear shock has started to go rusty all over, not impressed after 9000 miles.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Havnt owned it long enough to service
Equipment
4 out of 5
Good trip computer with all the info you need on the move. Headlamps excellent on dip beam. Should have panniers as standard. Pirelli Angel tyre transform the bike
Buying experience

Excellent, after sales 1st class from Wheels in Peterborough

4 out of 5

2014 Tiger 1050 Sport

15 February 2016 by the crutch

The good: max engine torque at 4300 rpm great for but not much point revving past 7000 rpm very comfy, will do 12 hours +, or 400 miles in a day and will do the same next day. will cruise all day at 85 mph, but is better at 75ish mph The not so... Read more good, standard screen is very noisy, ear plugs are essential, panniers are heavy, even when empty esp the right hand side, ugly pannier hangers left behind when luggage is removed needs a fender extender on the front, and the bikes gets dirty easily of wet roads

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
no issues, will tour all day long for weeks on the trot
Engine
4 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
no issues
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
servicing every 6000 miles minor, 12,000 miles major, services are expensive, compared to a vfr 800 they are similar price but the vfr has 8000 service intervals
Equipment
4 out of 5
center stand essential for cleaning and chain adjustment.
Buying experience

private sale

4 out of 5

Honest Review

30 December 2015 by Tinges

Engine & Handling brilliant but comfort level is poor. With a few mods this is a very good bike Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Handling is very good but the comfort level is poor. Brakes are good but EBC HH pads are a big improvement on the rear brake.
Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Build quality is below the standard of my previous 2012 1050SE. Look underneath the exhaust can covers. The riding position has been altered and is now uncomfortable. The standard seat is awful. The rear shock rusted and the fuel tank sensor fell apart; both were changed under warranty. The quality of the stainless steel is poor and the tyres (Angel GTs) had to be replaced (with PR4s) at only 3500 miles. Now it's a good bike!
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Very high service costs
Equipment
3 out of 5
Seat is awful for long distances. Throttle snatch at low spead but can be sorted. Needs a hugger extension and front mudguard extension.
4 out of 5

A good bike could be great with a few small touches.

02 November 2015 by Kevin Chapman

Handles well with a nice engine. Seat not very comfortable and gear lever too short but overall a pleasing bike to ride. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Suspension works well on standard settings but seat compresses onto plastic base at the sides of the dip and becomes uncomfortable after a short while. Wider seat needed. Good pillion seat. Brakes are very good inspiring confidence. Performs well on fast A roads and motorways and good balance in slow traffic..
Engine
5 out of 5
Pulls well from low revs with a smooth progression up the rev range. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on your point of view) it is very quiet and I can't hear the exhaust with a helmet on.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Well finished generally. Front and rear guards inadequate but this applies to most bikes available today. Has proved reliable so far (4,000 miles)
Value & Running Costs
3 out of 5
Not yet had full service so 180 is an estimate.
Equipment
3 out of 5
At the price I would have expected a gear indicator and a centre stand as standard equipment. The accessory centre stand works well but is expensive. The standard wind screen is not good quality and too short. Electronic scrolling of display features is good but the displays are not particularly clear as to which screen you are looking at.
Buying experience

Bought new from a franchised dealer at full list price. No cash discount available but old bike traded in at reasonable price and free panniers (Triumph price c£700) included.

4 out of 5

More Roar from my Tiger please!!!

09 September 2015 by Bigfish

Having swopped my GSXR1000 for this Tiger Sport I immediately noticed Comfort, low down grunt and stability are the best features Major Weakness is the bike is top heavy when at rest or low speed and i'm 6ft 4ins so no lightweight. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
For a heavy bike the brakes are excellent even 2 up. You can go for a full tank without stopping for bum ache etc. New stiffer suspension works well on British roads giving plenty of feedback and control. Plush ride until you really push it hard, but its not a sports bike.
Engine
4 out of 5
Very smooth except at low revs , Lots of low down grunt and easy top gear overtakes. However could do with another 25BHP to really make it really hussle!!
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Gearbox much better than earlier Triumphs, smooth changes without false neutrals. Some parts are going rusty but have been dealt with. Chain still ok after 8000 miles.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Good fuel consumption, 55mpg achievable. Front tyre lasted 8000 miles.
Equipment
4 out of 5
Pirelli ST or GT tyres transform the bike, sharpens up the steering response and feel. Not a lot of standard kit, This touring bike should come with Panniers or top box from the factory. The poor guy that buys a new Triumph has to spend a lot on accessories if he wants a decent spec bike, just like BMW. There are deals that include factory kit on offer at present incl satnav!
Buying experience

I bought from a dealer and even though I had a few problems initially, they were sorted quickly. Well done Wheels of Peterborough.

4 out of 5

Glad I switched to British!

02 October 2013 by schmeeze70

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... Read more 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!

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

Model info
Year introduced 2013
Year discontinued -
New price £9,599
Used price £6,300 to £14,100
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 14 of 17
Annual road tax £82
Annual service cost £440
Performance
Max power 123 bhp
Max torque 77 ft-lb
Top speed 135 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 41 mpg
Tank range 180 miles
Specification
Engine size 1050cc
Engine type 12v, inline three-cylinder
Frame type Cast ali beam frame and single-sided swingarm
Fuel capacity 20 litres
Seat height 830mm
Bike weight 235kg
Front suspension Fully-adjustable 43mm Sachs forks
Rear suspension Preload/rebound adjustable single rear Sachs shock
Front brake 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

History & Versions

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.

Other versions

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