The Triumph Tiger’s one weak spot is its brakes. Not the twin-piston items themselves but the colossal fork dive that is a feature of every squeeze of the lever. In fact braking distances are on a par with the rest of the giant trailile class, but the Triumph Tiger’s inspire precious little confidence. It’s hard on pads, too. Other than that is handles well, swinging through bends with ease, so long as you don’t push those soft forks too hard.
The Triumph Tiger’s smooth in-line DOHC triple is the perfect companion for effortless mile-munching. The three 36mm carbs fuel efficiently and without fuss. With a genuine 75bhp at the back wheel and a healthy 60ftlb of torque it’s not short of shove, either. If you want to give the Triumph Tiger even more pep you can fit the CDI and cams from a Speed Triple, Daytona or Trident of a similar vintage.
The Triumph Tiger's finish is generally good. However, once the black finish on the engine starts to flake it deteriorates quickly. Check the rims and spokes for corrosion, the downpipes for rust (the cans are stainless) and the starter sprag clutch for graunching when you hit the button – a sure sign of trouble ahead with your Triumph Tiger.
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The Triumph Tiger’s clocks are rugged and basic – speedo, tacho, water temp and digital clock. There’s a range of Triumph Tiger luggage on the market but official stuff can be hard to find.