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

4 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 4.5 out of 5
Engine 4.8 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.3 out of 5
Equipment 3.5 out of 5
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 £6,500 to £10,000
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 14 of 17
Annual road tax £81
Annual service cost £320
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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