TRIUMPH TIGER 1050 SPORT (2013 - on) Review
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£330|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
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 & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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 vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
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.
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.
|Engine type||12v, inline three-cylinder|
|Frame type||Cast ali beam frame and single-sided swingarm|
|Fuel capacity||20 litres|
|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|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||41 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£93|
|Annual service cost||£330|
|Used price||£5,300 - £8,500|
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Top speed & performance
|Max power||123 bhp|
|Max torque||77 ft-lb|
|Top speed||135 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||180 miles|
Model history & versions
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.
Owners' reviews for the TRIUMPH TIGER 1050 (2013 - on)
17 owners have reviewed their TRIUMPH TIGER 1050 (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.
Summary of owners' reviews
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|Reliability & build quality:|
|Value vs rivals:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£330|
Annual servicing cost: £500
Triumph Tiger Sport 1050 Upright Sports/Tourer - its quick, responsive and handles well. Not as heavy or as bulky as the 1200 Triumph Adventure bikes.
Its an excellent all round bike if you dont want a pure Sports machine or a lower end tourer. Its quick and it does have a sports mode that might make you think its a full on sports bike for a while. Also has rain and road modes. Good ride quality, standard seat is a little uncomfortable after 150 miles or so (comfort is good up until that point). Mirrors vibrate to the extent that you cant see if thats a police car behind you. This is an annoyance.
Triumph 3 cyclinder, need i say more ?
Triumph quality - just behind that of BMW. Superb reliability (so far).
£12k and £24k services can be expensive (£700 or more).
A 4 because its got traction and cruise control, plus ABS. However, needs a centre stand as standard (i had one fitted) and the instrument panel is not the clearest although key information is clear enough. I found the adjustable screen to be fine, works perfectly for me (6ft 2" tall).
Buying experience: new from Dealer - i paid the advertised price but got £500 of extras thrown in such as centre stand, engine bars etc.
Annual servicing cost: £250
this is a great bike , i have now had 3 of them now, i think they should up the horse power , give center stand and heated grips as standard, having said all that this is one of the best bikes i have had, better than a vfr,pan european,tiger 1200, kawasaki sx, buy one you wont be dissapointed
Buying experience: great deal great staff at triumph stratford
Version: Tiger Sport
Annual servicing cost: £150
Engine is sublime
Despite being cleaned every year the back brake constantly runs hot. It's an under slung caliper.
Engine is superb and is twist and go from 30 to 130 in 6th gear
Always 100% reliable
Like all Triumphs of that period it came as a basic bike, and needed heated grips, center stand, crash bars, taller screen and luggage
Buying experience: Bought from Fowlers in Bristol. The bike was 10 months old with 2000 miles. The dealer gave me lots of extras and a very good price for my old Tiger 955i. They also swapped my Scotoiler and GPS onto the new bike. I was extremely pleased with the overall deal
Annual servicing cost: £3
Best feature is its two up ability and also its practicality as an everyday bike,paricularly after the suspension is sorted out.Worst feature is the lack of practical design .ie,front mudguard too short.No guard on radiator or oil cooler.Rear mudguard too short.No centre stand.Poor headlight.Useless power socket.(too small)I would recommend as a 2nd hand buy, particularly if all the parts that have been left off or badly designed by triumph have been addressed by the previous owner, thus saving the buyer lot of money making the bike as it should be from the production line.
Bike wasn't handling as I expected and I couldn't get it set to a point where I felt confident getting a move on in bendy ,bumpy roads, either solo or two up. Got the forks re-sprung and valved and fitted a nitron shock.Much better.High speed sweepers two up with luggage is now fantastic.Chasing BMW 1000xrs and Ducati 1200 multi problems is now a reality due to the amazing grunt in top gears and the better suspension.Rear brake is utter shite.Fronts are quite powerful but very wooden.Screen is ok for me.It was set at max when I bought it and I have never bothered trying any other setting.Very comfy bike.7 hour days no problem .I found the seat comfy and the bars are just right.Knees are a bit more tightly bent than I would like but that doesn't seem to induce much pain or discomfort .Brake and clutch levers are too far away from the bars so can't be operated without leaning forward to get my fingertips round the front edge.Annoying.Aftermarket ones required.I have had air under both tyres on this bike while out "letting of steam" Absolutely no problem on landing.Bike is solid and stable.
Very smooth.Gutless below 6k revs,fantastic over 6k revs.Gear selection takes a while to break in.Lots of false neutrals between 1st and 2nd up until 4k miles or so, then it clears. Unaffected when carrying a pillion. Good fuel consumption even two up except when you thrash the living daylights out of it. Can't tune the engine fuelling because triumph have locked the ECU so you are stuck with shite performance under 6k revs.Wankers. Clutch is a bit funny.When you try to feather it gently, its a bit juddery.Not a tiring motor over long distances, even though it's fairly revvy.Can be tingly through the bars if holding a steady highish speed over a number of miles.
fasteners could be better,money been saved there.Lots of plastic.Paint is okay.Bike sometimes stops cranking when I'm trying to start it.Usually cranks normally and starts on 2nd or 3rd attempt.Bit weird as the battery is only 7months old.Also a bit concerning.Ive been biking since the 70,s and the only other bike I've had with an electrical starting fault was a Ducati.Doesn't bode well.Headlights not bright enough
I don't want to give the dealers an excuse to invalidate my warranty so servicing is dear at the moment.Rear tyre only just scraped 4k miles.Fuel range varies from around 140 to 200 miles per tank, depending how you ride it.Chain seems strong, only one adjustment in 5k miles so far.Some fasteners are tarnishing after 7 months.Quite a lot of plastic on the bike .Paint is holding up well so far.
No centre stand.Pathetic.Front mudguard is useless, as is the rear.No protection for oil cooler and radiator.Us bikers are nob ends for accepting shite like this.About time we boycotted buying badly designed bikes until they offer something that is actually practical and finished in entirety ,rather than us having to spend up to a grand making the thing practical and protected from the rigours of every day road use.Headlights are poor for night riding.Aftermarket spots required.Power socket is useless.too small for fag lighter adaptors, so you can't get anything to power off it.
Buying experience: Poor trade in price for my old bike against a new bike.Panniers included in the deal.Used them for 5k miles so far.The hinges will be worn out soon as they are not robust enough.Waterproof up till now.Side opening so not as easy to use as top loaders.
Version: tiger sport
After 33 years of motorcycling I almost gave it up after buying this bike. The three main things wrong with it were: 1 the seat, most cripplingly uncomfortable motorcycle I've ever ridden for long distances. 2 The fairing, puts dirty turbulence straight in your face at speed like having a vacuum cleaner strapped to your helmet. 3 grabby throttle at low speed. I eventually got used to the throttle, after an extra thousand pounds on another seat then a recover and three aftermarket screens and a wind deflector, I got it something like it should have been on leaving the factory, only to realise it wasn't anything special, a real disappointment. I was recently lent a BMW S1000 XR for the best part of a week, it was everything I wanted the Triumph to be, fast, handled like a dream and the most comfortable seat ever on a motorcycle, I know they are half as much again to buy fully specced, with hindsight I would have bought one instead
Great brakes and suspension, just the seat and fairing spoiled the ride
snatchy low speed throttle anything over 20 fine. Lovely engine no race bike but very torquey and I personally would rather have grunt than top end
I agree with a previous reviewer, who already commented that the build quality is decent but the fasteners are cheap.
didn't have it long enough for a service, got about mid forties fuel efficiency
Buying experience: ok usual euro 4 ABS etc
Comfortable, good looking with some nice detail finishes and a good price. But quite frankly i found the bike to be dull.
The ride is very plush yet firm and responsive with a good feel if not thrilling. You can hurtle down very rough roads the Tiger irons out the bumps. The corner speed the tiger can achieve is impressive, won’t keep up with an experienced superbike but it will not be far behind. The brakes are excellent matched with great front-end grip. In the dry the ABS won't be needed, total grip.
Not particularly refined, a bit rough not the most responsive and lacks punch, the bike feels slow and is, my '99 Fazer 600 will pip it to the post. Power delivery is not linear and can catch you out, but i guess you would get used to that. The engine was disappointingly dull I was expecting a real character but found the engine lacked enthusiasm, again my '99 Fazer or my '02 Hornet are leaps ahead in terms of excitement.
Triumph are not know for standout quality, but the tiger is genrally good. Extranous parts like the indicators are very low quality and the panniers are poor but if you compare this bike to a Tracer 900 it's much better.
Very reasonble price, 10k with paniers and a top box is a good deal.
Dashboard is very simple, essentially it's the same as the street triple.
The standard seat is a torture device How can Triumph supply as an extra a comfort seat They should fit this as standard This is by far the most uncomfortable bike iv ever owned It spoils an otherwise fantastic machine
Excellent to date
Excellent smooth engine
Good for the purchase price
Version: Tiger Sport
Annual servicing cost: £250
Sporty ride and great engine make this a first class sport tourer. The standard seat gives you a numb bum though after about 1 to 2 hours of riding. The rear brake is a bit weedy but the front brakes have plenty of bite. Keep an eye on the oil level though as it can consume more than you would normally imagine. With that in mind I would recommend you give this machine consideration.I'm sure you'll love the experience.
The front end can feel a bit light in the wet but that maybe down to tyre choice. Brakes are OK but the back brake does not have much bite. Ride quality overall is good and even suits me at 6'4". The seat though needs some padding.
A stonker of an engine. The throttle can be a bit snatchy at low speeds otherwise it's first class. You need to pull in clutch lever to start the engine and on occasion this can be troublesome with "dead" response on initial start up.It usually clears on the second attempt though as ECU and switchgear communicate with one another.
Generally the bike gives the appearance of quality but watch out for the various fixings employed as the heads can become easily rounded and difficult to remove.If you have time remove and coat the threads with grease. Pad pins can be easily damaged so replace with a stainless steel option if you can. If you keep it clean corrosion is not generally an issue.
I do most of my own servicing but expect to pay about £250 on maintenance each year. Tyres give between 4000-5000 miles of use in my experience and you get slightly less than 45 miles to the gallon if you ride quickly.
Not much in the way of accessories as standard.Add what you can afford. Rear hugger is a must and triumph part does decent job of protecting the rear shock.
Annual servicing cost: £500
Best features 1. Power and Handling make this bike a joy to ride 2. The smooth triple engine 3. Fuel economy around 380 max on 20L tank (depending on riding style) 4. Lower seat height for shorter riders Worst features 1. Buffeting from screen (replaced with palmer products UK adjustable mounts) 2. No oil window 3. Seat not that comfortable (I got done to suit myself) 4. Oil filter at base of engine not protected very well
Brakes are fantastic the bikes stopping power is excellent and the handling is brilliant!
Smooth on the open road not as smooth around town as my 800 or 955i tiger was !
I had 3 issues 1. Would stall when cold ( not good at roundabouts ) was told its a tight motor and would wear in ( it did took about 4000kms ) 2. Maginsed rear disc had back to shop twice before they figured it out they put the disc under ground for the night to de- Maginse it ! 3. A small stone on road punched a hole in oil filter ( not well protected ) fitted a SM-MOTO bash plate most of these problems happened in the first 6 months or so.
Its mainly the Triumph dealer I brought the bike from (he is expensive)
ABS thats pretty much it, I had heated grips, 12v socket, rear rack, adjustable screen, better seat, handguards, panniers, arrow pipe, headlight protecters, radiator guard, fender extender, bash plate, crash bars and other smaller items. Does not have traction control or ride modes like 2016 model.
Buying experience: Was very good great trade in on 800 tiger
Vastly underrated, superb finish plus the weight and height are fine for this type of bike. The bike is easy to balance and unless you are a dwarf you can reach the floor as the (on bike) seat to floor height is not that tall for a rider. As I am 6'3" the screen is useless and the associated wind buffeting is a pain, so this needs resolving. At least it makes a change from all the pocket rockets available these days that that assume everyone is built like a GP rider. Until this bike I have mainly owned large capacity sport bikes and/or Sport tourers, so the all round usability of this bike on less than perfect NZ roads is a bonus.
On standard settings the suspension is too soft and dives like a premiership striker. Once adjusted and stiffened up the bikes rides well and is really agile on the very twisty, oddly cambered and haphazardly surfaced NZ roads.
The engine goes well once wound up and makes the right noises with the 3 cylinder off beat moan which is so unique to modern Triumphs. Could do with more power (there is no such thing as too much) but I would say that after riding large capacity and output bikes for years. That being said, I am less likely to lose my licence and there is plenty on tap when needed.
Quality is excellent and the reliability (thus far) is fine. The only problems I have had are cold start miss-fires and stalling when pulling up at junctions after a high speed run. The second problem led to some"interesting" moments but was resolved under warranty. I bought the bike new and had it fitted with the Arrow can and remap from the off, so this might not be a problem on the standard settings.
Only done 2K so far and the first annual service was free so hard to comment on costs. Seems reasonable on fuel but my last bike was a VFR 1200. So the Tiger would have had to drink like Oliver Read on full chat to moan. Also petrol is waaaay cheaper in NZ.
All the usual basics plus the optional extra sports kit is all you need.
Annual servicing cost: £250
Vastly underrated, with the weight and height the only drawbacks with this bike. I am not the tallest of riders being only 5 foot 8 inches tall with a 30" inside leg measurement, so for me the Tiger Sport is a tall, heavy bike which carries it's weight quite high, which meant I found hard to reach the floor and balance the bike as I could only get one foot down when stopped at junctions or traffic lights. There is no adjustment on the ride height and a low rider seat didn't help, the only thing to do was fit a lowering kit from Lust Racing and drop the forks through the top and bottom yokes, this made the bike much more manageable and a lot easier to handle and balance when stopped. Sorted. Triumph take notice, we are not all over 6 feet tall with long legs.
For me, the ride quality was much improved by replacing the screen and lowering the bike made the handling much better.
Why Triumph felt the need to reduce the bhp on the Tiger Sport from that of the Speed Triple is puzzling, the Tiger Sport is a heavier bike and the extra power would have been more than welcome. That said the bike is extremely capable and does bring a smile to your face when ridden for fun.
The build quality and finish on the bike are excellent but it would benefit from a slightly bigger touring screen, longer front mudguard and rear hugger as I had to replace all of the stock Items for after market versions along with the stock exhaust for a brilliant Vance & Hine. When riding on a wet road the front mudguard threw water and road dirt all over the front of the engine and radiator making the rad vulnerable to stone damage so fitted a fender extender and stainless radiator cover to protect the rad. The stock rear hugger/mudguard did the same, throwing dirt all over the back of the engine and suspension so replaced this for a longer one from Powerbronze and this improved the situation markedly. I have had no issues at all with reliability. The engine, handling, electrics, and brakes are all top quality.
This cost increases if the bike needs a major service which includes valve clearances.
The Tiger Sport doesn't have the all singing all dancing electronics of the more expensive bikes but that does not detract from the bike. It does have a very good ABS system but If your like me and just love to ride a bike and not spend an age playing with electronic rider modes, the fact that it doesn't have expensive electronics means there is less to less to go wrong and so it won't cost you an arm and a leg when it does.
Buying experience: Bought privately, very happy with the price I paid.
Version: Tiger Sport
Extremely Comfortable, especially with my 6ft 4ins frame, able to ride long distances with ease. The worst part about the Tiger Sport is the Weight, very top heavy when manoeuvring at slow speed and when parked.
Once set up properly, good ride and impressive handling for a heavy bike. Good comfortable pillion seat, no complaints from partner. Brakes are excellent and progressive with plenty of feedback.
Pulls at all speeds in any gear very torquey. However could do with another 20bhp to overcome the weight. Sloppy firing when cold which has never really gone away, even after being set up by dealer.
I had a Friday night edition with a misfire that took a long time to cure, when damp. Nothings fallen off and it hasn't let me down. Paint finish is good but rear shock has started to go rusty all over, not impressed after 9000 miles.
Havnt owned it long enough to service
Good trip computer with all the info you need on the move. Headlamps excellent on dip beam. Should have panniers as standard. Pirelli Angel tyre transform the bike
Buying experience: Excellent, after sales 1st class from Wheels in Peterborough
Annual servicing cost: £800
The good: max engine torque at 4300 rpm great for but not much point revving past 7000 rpm very comfy, will do 12 hours +, or 400 miles in a day and will do the same next day. will cruise all day at 85 mph, but is better at 75ish mph The not so good, standard screen is very noisy, ear plugs are essential, panniers are heavy, even when empty esp the right hand side, ugly pannier hangers left behind when luggage is removed needs a fender extender on the front, and the bikes gets dirty easily of wet roads
no issues, will tour all day long for weeks on the trot
servicing every 6000 miles minor, 12,000 miles major, services are expensive, compared to a vfr 800 they are similar price but the vfr has 8000 service intervals
center stand essential for cleaning and chain adjustment.
Buying experience: private sale
Annual servicing cost: £450
Engine & Handling brilliant but comfort level is poor. With a few mods this is a very good bike
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.
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!
Very high service costs
Seat is awful for long distances. Throttle snatch at low spead but can be sorted. Needs a hugger extension and front mudguard extension.
Annual servicing cost: £180
Handles well with a nice engine. Seat not very comfortable and gear lever too short but overall a pleasing bike to ride.
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..
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.
Well finished generally. Front and rear guards inadequate but this applies to most bikes available today. Has proved reliable so far (4,000 miles)
Not yet had full service so 180 is an estimate.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
Good fuel consumption, 55mpg achievable. Front tyre lasted 8000 miles.
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.
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 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!