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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

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.

 

Watch Triumph's Tiger take on the Moto Guzzi Stelvio, BMW's R1200GS and the KTM 990 Adventure

 

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 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.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

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.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

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.

Triumph Tiger 1050 (2006-2012)

Detail Value
New price £8,999
Dealer used prices
£4,870 (2006) - £8,060 (2012)
Private used prices
£4,380 (2006) - £7,260 (2012)
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Engine size 1050 cc
Power 115 bhp
Top speed 133 mph
Insurance group 14 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 4 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

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

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

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

Insurance

Insurance group: 14 of 17

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Model History

2006: Triumph Tiger 1050 launched in September.

Other Versions

None.

Specifications

Top speed 133 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.3 secs
Max power 115 bhp
Max torque 73.8 ft-lb
Weight 198 kg
Seat height 830 mm
Fuel capacity 20 litres
Average fuel consumption 40 mpg
Tank range 144 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 14 of 17
Engine size 1050 cc
Engine specification 12v transverse triple, 6 gears
Frame Aluminium perimeter
Front suspension adjustment Preload, rebound, compression
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, rebound, compression
Front brakes 2 x 320mm discs
Rear brake 255mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(12 reviews)

  • Brilliant, versatile road bike

    ewanhind

    Average rating rating is 4

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    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 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!

    04 February 2013

  • I Love this bike.....

    arbg92

    Average rating rating is 5

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    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 bike is brilliant.Best of british....!

    16 November 2012

  • Loving it ... so far!

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    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 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.

    22 August 2011

  • Its the business !!!

    ianginn

    Average rating rating is 5

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    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, 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 !

    26 July 2011

  • Excellent Ride

    Hodge3

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    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 least offer an optional "touring luguage" option.

    21 July 2011

  • New 1050 SE

    stu_sp2

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    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 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!!

    05 April 2010

  • triumph trumpet

    shane147

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    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 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.

    05 January 2010

  • wondertiger

    egdirdle

    UK

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    just great at anything

    27 October 2007

  • Triumph Tiger 1050

    andymcmath

    Average rating rating is 5

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    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 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.

    26 August 2007

  • Tiger 1050

    lardyboy66

    UK

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    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 !

    10 August 2007

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Tiger 1050

I report on my own Tiger 1050 done 13.000ks at the time of reporting. Whilst being a very comfortable sport tourer, and very easy to ride, also very economical. Triumph in my opinion need to address the following things. The chain guard is way to short. As a result it doesn't matter how little you lubricate your chain. It finishes up on your bodywork, pillions legs, or if you are touring with hard, or soft bags. Chain lube will be all over the underside of it. Another floor is the rear shock. It is way to soft for two up touring, it wallows, bottoms out, plus is very unstable. Also after 10,000ks renders useless, as many owners including myself have found. Many owners are opting for aftermarket shocks to replace the default Showa shock. I don't blame the Showa shock entirely, I blame the engineers at Triumph, who signed of the specs for Showa, to supply for the Tiger 1050. The inadequate shock for the 1050 Tiger is a monumental oversight by triumph designers, and it's engineers, in my opinion. Also the build is not really up to scratch on a bike of it's price. The gearbox is clunky going into most gears up or down the box. It's hard to find neutral, and very knerly and noisy. Triumph luggage is overpriced, not enough storage capacity. There are also reports of it just simply dropping of whilst touring. Pluses, (yes it does have some) Very economical, very good, and powerful engine!! Handles great, Great mid power range. Great brakes. Triumph in my opinion need to address the points I have mentioned, and it would have one of the best bikes on the planet. How on earth it got the awards it did is beyond me. I write this report as an owner, but not necessarily a happy one.

12 October 2007 19:20

lardyboy66

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Tiger 1050

Had it 2 weeks and the R1 has not been out of the garage!. Great fun bike and not so bad on the licence. Great for day long touring and a real laugh on the twisty stuff at sensible speeds

10 August 2007 16:15

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