TRIUMPH TIGER 1050 (2006 - 2012) Review
At a glance
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|Annual servicing cost:||£140|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
With the 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
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
As used in Triumph’s Speed Triple and Sprint ST, the Triumph Tiger's 1050cc powerplant’s output has been reduced to 115bhp 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 Tiger 1050 is considerably more relaxed at cruising speeds, helping reduce fuel consumption and rider fatigue.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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 vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
From once being in big trailie territory, the Triumph Tiger 1050 is now in a world populated by Ducati Multistradas and the like. Against them the Triumph Tiger 1050 is good value. Find a Triumph Tiger 1050 for sale
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.
|Engine type||12v transverse triple, 6 gears|
|Frame type||Aluminium perimeter|
|Fuel capacity||20 litres|
|Front suspension||Preload, rebound, compression|
|Rear suspension||Preload, rebound, compression|
|Front brake||2 x 320mm discs|
|Rear brake||255mm disc|
|Front tyre size||120/70 x 17|
|Rear tyre size||180/55 x 17|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||40 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£93|
|Annual service cost||£140|
|Used price||£3,600 - £11,000|
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Top speed & performance
|Max power||115 bhp|
|Max torque||73.8 ft-lb|
|Top speed||133 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||11.3 secs|
|Tank range||144 miles|
Model history & versions
2006: Triumph Tiger 1050 launched in September.
Owners' reviews for the TRIUMPH TIGER 1050 (2006 - 2012)
28 owners have reviewed their TRIUMPH TIGER 1050 (2006 - 2012) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.
Summary of owners' reviews
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|Annual servicing cost:||£140|
Annual servicing cost: £100
Nothing about the bike, she was just amazing ... I’d like to sing the praises of the TrakKing (Scorpion) tracker that was fitted. Local buggers had Kylie (the tiger) away at 0336 from outside my house, at 0338 I was being awakened by the TrakKing call centre calling to alert me of “ unusual activity with no ignition on”. By the time I got off the phone to police with a crime number and the call centre began to liaise with the police Kylie was a mere four miles away. The police were able to be directed straight to her and actually chased the thieves. I was back on her at 0455. She was in a right state, ragged and crashed...fair amount of damage but that’s another chapter. This is all about the Scorpion tracker that ultimately had the bike back within an hour n a half. Cannot praise it enough.
Annual direct debit
Annual servicing cost: £80
It just does everything well , no fuss , just oil and filter every year . It's the most underrated bike ever
Version: 1050 Caspian blue
Annual servicing cost: £80
Engine is glorious handles well very comfortable great 2 up rear brakes could be better
Rear brakes could be better
The sound of the triple is just glorious
Well built no rust , changed all bolts to stainless and anodised
Great on fuel
Screen is awful changed mine to mra touring screen totally transformed it panniers are ok except one by the exhaust
Buying experience: Very pleased with purchase from dealer £3495
Annual servicing cost: £400
excellent ride position handling good . Poor build quality . Yes I would recommend to a friend
Lovely comfortable bike for the rider . Pillion seat tends to allow pillion to fall forward . Easy three to four hours normally just stop for fuel or toilet .
Excellent engine would pull a caravan .
Bike bought second hand previous owner fitted touring screen screen fasteners corroded due to screws havingrubber rear mounts bike used all year rubber fixings failed screen flew off on dual carriageway hit me in chest and head had to purchase new nose cone and screen reported to triumph who did not recognise bike as it had not been serviced by an authorised triumph dealer .
Favourite feature riding positon for rider pillion not so good . Cruise control would be a good addition to the bike clocks are poor difficult to read .after refuelling takesawhile for gauge to update .bigger fuel tank
Buying experience: Bought from a dealer paid £6000.00
Version: 2018 TIGER SPORT
ENGINE LOW DOWN TORQUE,HANDLING,BUILD QUALITY ARE THE GOOD BITS,WORST BIT ON THIS MODEL WHICH I ALSO EXPERIENCED ON THE OLDER TIGER SE IS THE SCREEN IN A WORD RUBBISH!,MRA X SCREEN FIXED THE PROBLEM.
RIDE QUALITY EXCELLANT,10 HOUR DAY RIDING TWO NO ISSUE.SEAT NO PROBLEM AT ALL FOR ME,BEING 5'8 AND 90 KG.
PULLS VERY WELL ABOVE 4000 RPM,MAKING OVER TAKES A BREEZE.GOOD ENGINE BREAKING IF YOU OVER COOK THINGS.
MACHINE NOW 12 MONTHS OLD HAVING COVERED 3500 DRY MILES,STARTS STOPS BANG ON.REAR TYRE NEEDED 3500.
MIDDLE OF THE ROAD COSTS NOT TO BAD AT ALL,FOR MAIN DEALER SERVICE.
LACKING NOW COMPARED TO THE REST OF THE TRIUMPH RANGE.
Buying experience: PAID 11,200 FROM MAIN DEALER WITH HEATED GRIPS AND CENTRE STAND ADDED.
Very good for covering serious miles with a powerful but relaxed engine happy to cruise along at low revs but willing to dramatically pick up the pace with a twist of the throttle. Seating position is high and upright so again very good for long spells in the saddle. Handling is subject to soft rear suspension and a top heavy feel which makes it feel less nimble than it maybe should.
The bike is very tall and VERY top heavy with a large metal fuel tank high up. With that tank full it makes manoeuvring the bike a test of strength with the possibility of it toppling over a real concern. It also makes the handling a bit strange - difficult to describe but I always feel more confident on other bikes than my own Tiger. Rear shock is very soft. Brakes are good with ABS and it's all day comfortable with plenty of room for legs, a nice reach to the bars and a very good seat. It's much better on sweeping A roads than tight twisties.
Star of the show - bags of low down grunt and high end power when revved hard.
Not a single issue in 6 years of ownership - never even changed a light bulb.
Drops a star due to large service cost at 12k miles where the valves need to be checked and adjusted if required - most don't need adjusting but the checking alone makes the bill 450GBP min.
Triumph panniers are a good addition but are no where near as good as BMW items - a bit small and don't fit as well.
Buying experience: Bought new from a Triumph dealer and at the time it was a very straight forward process. They have since however introduced a 15GBP charge if you want to test ride a new bike - yes thats correct. Consequently I've just replaced the Tiger but went elsewhere.
Excellent bike, comfortable, as with any bike, once you sort out your sag and set up suspension it is all good, takes a while to get used to the riding position. iv'e done the air box mod, K&N Filter, Delkevic 450mm exhaust and 20545 Map. goes like hell from the off! I own k4 gixxer 1000/ Tuono R/Fazer thou modded to 140bhp and believe me this tiger will keep up with any of them to around 80mph now, brilliant handling once correct tire pressures are set 36f 42r (big lad) wind buffeting is zero with Puig touring screen and i am 6 foot 3, brakes could be better but will bleed and change pads to EBC soon, Factory heated grips are a nice touch and the extra chunky grips work for me as i have large hands. i have had 100mph in third no problem and stock gearing, (Private runway) maintenance is a pleasure on this bike when you take the patience to remove various panels to get to the plugs/air box, all in all great package and with tweaks mentioned above is a real keeper, don't go out buying the best suspension going, get someone to set it up with original and try first before wasting ££££££
set up correctly and always put fresh pads of your choice for peace of mind,
I have had no problems at all, 10 years old and not a spot of corrosion anywhere.
I had no extra equipment on my model.
Buying experience: Total pleasure, was not looking for this bike at all but saw it in a garage, Black and gold colour, loved the look, sat on it then realised it was a Tiger! Gobsmacked, I took for ride and bought straight away... it's not an old mans bike' at all, i'm only 45yrs and I race bikes (amateur) have 8 bikes in garage and this one takes pride of place between Fazer1000/Gixxer1000 and my Tuono R, will wheelie in third gear now ;-)))
Annual servicing cost: £150
Spend time getting to know its character. It's not something to just jump on .
Oh great seat for rider, but it's oddly got a sporty pillion position with a large seat. You run out of petrol before you need to get off.
It's on Spanish plates so is used in very hot conditions very often. And it suits the conditions very well. The power delivery can be a bit snatchy from the off but then it settles down.
None it's the last of the great old fashioned built bikes.
The only time you get hit is when the 18,000 mile service comes around.
Michelin Pilot 4s are the perfect tyre for this machine .
Buying experience: Dealer ex demo.
Annual servicing cost: £100
Best bike I've owned, the engine is smooth and pulls from 25 mph in top gear, the gearbox can be clunky but there's so much torque you don't need to use the gearbox a lot, the riding position is comfortable all day long, I get 53mpg and a 220+ mile tank range, the headlight is poor but can be swapped for the better Tiger Sport headlight which is much better, Triumph panniers are ugly, heavy and small so you need to pack light if you plan touring, done 3 European tours and managed though. I'd love a button on the dash to control the dash, it's a bit of a stretch to the dash so you can't scroll through the dash info on the move, and the std heated bar switch is in the most stupid place! apart from those little niggles I love the bike.
Standard Rear shock doesn't last long, and not much adjustment, replace with the best you can afford and it's a better handling bike.
Love it, best engine I've ever had on a bike, had ECU remapped, fitted Remus powercone and opened up the air filter housing.
Do my own servicing, parts are cheap, easy to work on.
clocks are annoying, no information button on handlebars and always defaults to miles left in tank, meaning when you fill up you have to press the button on the clocks to scroll to the screen you want.
Great engine, whatever the gear just open the throttle to go, drop down a gear and it takes off with the front end just lightening a tad in the lower gears. Two up is a doddle and the handling sure and predictable - so much better than my earlier Tiger 855! One small issue is the screen - at 6ft tall my helmet was in the dirty air and at speed the wind made my helmet lift and wobble. A MRA Vario screen solved these problems. Riding position is ideal, 250 miles in a day no problem - comfortable and no sore wrists.
What a great versatile bike, nipping around town, touring or a Sunday ride out, all fun... just too many cars on the road getting in the way!
The triple just pulls whatever the situation and whatever gear you are in...no searching for power bands, just point and go... makes over taking a doddle.
Change the screen (MRA vario) to reduce turbulence.
Buying experience: Pidcock Triumph in Nottingham were excellent - sorted a few niggles after the test ride and kept in touch to ensure I was happy with the (2nd hand) purchase.
Annual servicing cost: £150
On my second one what more can I say !!!!
Got 31 thou on clock now been to Europe etc etc and rear shock just starting to get little bit past it but been brill till now. Don't play with suspension as don't really have a clue but very happy with ride quality, brakes are good for feel and response even if ABS is slightly old school.
Smooth and silky and that noise from triple engine when combined with my Arrow race is sublime. Power is fine gotta 'Busa in garage, had since new in 2000 and always go for Tiger just can't sell 'Busa!!!
Standard battery crap fitted updated 14tx now no probs, fingers crossed otherwise all good. Build quality not to bad.
Tyres used Pilot rd 2/3 but last pair crap so gonna try the new Maxxis which has had good reviews, we shall see. Pads use EBCs good on price etc , chain use a scottoiler so great, fuel averages about 48 to gallon with varied use so overall find it great value for money per mile
Bit lacking mine has ABS but not even gear indicator which it could do with as when in top still want to change up, Lights woeful, horn feeble and don't go there with screen.
Buying experience: Bought from Stratstone Triumph in Wolverhampton had good ps with my 2007 Tiger cost me 2 grand to change very happy.
As an everday vehicle to get from A to B it's great. Very reliable with decent if unexciting power. I think for a non-motorcycle enthusiast it's just peachy. If you love to ride and have tasted the fruits of a fire breathing Italian or other bike with lots of personality, you're going to be bored to death.
Here is the biggest problem - wind buffeting. If you're 6 feet or taller wind is going to buffet your head like crazy. I tried 3 different screens. The only one that works was the CalSci screen which is the size of a barn door and looks incredibly stupid. Best idea is to go with a really small screen and just give up on wind protection.
Decent power, nothing exciting about it though, to be honest. I'm trying to think of a more boring engine... perhaps the CBR F4 motor... Also sounds stupid, like a fluttering, fat butterfly. The Daytona 675 and MV triples sound and feel far better. And this was after changing the exhaust....
The quality is alright, the dash on mine had issues with the rev gauge slipping. Overall it has a very Japanese feeling.
Change the spark plugs, tires, and oil. That's really it.
Best feature of this bike is reliability. It's the Prius of sport touring bikes. Almost forgot I owned it.
Best feature is the equipment level, the SE Spec is a great all round package.
Pretty good especially two up, my partner much prefers it to my old xjr and so do I, it goes around bends, lol!
Not really given it 'the berries' yet as the weather has been pretty dire but up to motorway speeds it's pretty good. Very flat torque that available right from the off!
I have to admit to being very pleasantly surprised by the build quality, some nice touches.
Only had the bike a few weeks so nothing to report so far service wise but does seem fairly economical at around 49 mpg.
Pleased with all the equipment. The heated grips switch is in a silly place though. Panniers are extremely well made but sadly not a lot of room inside which is a real shame as they look the bizz. I think the locking mechanism takes up a lot of room internally at the cost of luggage space. Triumph have fitted bigger panniers on the 2013 tiger sport but I don't think they look quite as good.
Buying experience: Bought the bike from a local dealer, 3yrs old and 8k on the clock, it was in mint condition. Got what I wanted for my old bike and the deal was done. Very pleased.
Annual servicing cost: £150
Very comfortable, engine is torquey, sweet and smooth. Great riding position, handling good for a bike of this size. Best on an open road
Brakes very good. Rear Michelin Pilot 3 tyre lasted 10k. Replacement Avons feel more sure footed
Bit sluggish and heavy around town but sweet when on an open road especially when accelerating out of bends. Very responsive but sensitive throttle control needed on bumpy roads in lower gears
Starting problems when hot. Bike fryed 4 batteries in only 9k miles. No dealer seemed to know what was causing it but resolved when a new starter motor fitted with Triumph upgrade which includes new stronger idler gears, bearings, uprated sprag clutch and new outer casings as well as a Yuasa battery. This turned the engine over more quickly and appears to have resolved the issue but cost £650 with labour
Heated grips good. Headlight is poor. Standard panniers adequate and simple to fit but too small for a helmet
Buying experience: Purchased from Triumph dealer when bike was 4 years old. £4000 less than price of a new one so paid £6250 in Aug 2013 because it had sat in the showroom for 3 years before that. Only had 700 miles on clock so looked new still
Annual servicing cost: £140
Absolutely love it. It has some character and is stunning!
With custom seat with gel pad i found very hard to go off it :)
Pulls like a train from buttom range right to the top revs without any hussle
Sometimes could ba a bit lasy starting (cold conditions affect ecu) but always do.
12k miles service including valve clearance is about £350-400 but as any other bikes.
It is SE version so I have good fiew exras on it. But best upgrade was the seat. Both visualy and usability improved
Annual servicing cost: £100
This bike has been the best bike Ive owned, comfortable all day on tour, no stress on the triple at 70mph, mpg avg 50-55, dependable in all catagories.
Comfortable, easy to maneuver around corners light enough to grow old with :) Pillion HA!
Hinckley Triple! if you haven't ridden one you are missing the boat my friend. Enough said.
Hanging together so far, 35k all touring no stranded mechanical experiences. Well do tires count? NO :)
No, oil is expensive due to using nothing but Mobile1 full synthetic, Michelin Road P3's can't be beat for endurance
Sitting position is excellent, panniers good for a weekend getaway, replaced mine with Tour Tech Zega Pro
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!
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....!
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.
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 !
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.
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!!
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.
just great at anything
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.
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 !
This is my 4th triumph and things just get better and better. Bought the tiger to take things a bit easier as I am getting to old to go scratching with the young uns,but once it was run in I was suprised how good it was.The only niggle I have is with that damn fuel guage not reading correct after it goes below the 50mile mark,so come on Triumph get it sorted. If you push hard enough you can find it starts to get a bit bouncy but I guess its the nature of having more than 2 inches of travel, riden normally you find it economical comfortable and great fun.Seat hight wise I'm a bit dumpy at 5,6" so its a bit tall but due to being so well ballanced its not to much trouble just beware of cambers.
We all hope to own a bike that makes a great impression......I've owned a few but none of them made such a huge and positive......and lasting one. Other than getting used to the seat height this machine is a dream...........handles well, comfortable all day, perfect engine and gearbox.....I could just go on and on. I've owned sportier bikes with higher top speeds and decided that's not what it is for me..........but doing the quiet roads is more enjojable on this than on more focussed bikes. I feel more assured, particularly mid corner and the engine has more than enough to get out the other side. And with the height and riding position you're not hell bent on doing warp speeds every time you turn out and can even see a bit more around you than just a thin ribbon of tarmac. I love it and that won't change!!!