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".

  • At a glance
  • 1050cc  -  123 bhp
  • 41 mpg  -  180 miles range
  • Medium seat height (830mm)
  • £9,599

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.

Value & Running Costs 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

1 owner has 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.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
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 4 out of 5
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!

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 4 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2013
Year discontinued -
New price £9,599
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 14 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
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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