Triumph Tiger Sport 660 (2022 - on) Review
- Practical, easy and exciting
- All-day comfy
- Superbly built, equipped and priced
At a glance
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Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
We can’t start talking about Triumph’s new Tiger Sport 660 without first tipping our hat to its naked sibling: the Trident 660. One of the big success stories of 2021, not only is it a great value, top quality roadster with a cool badge slapped on the tank, but it’s also one that’s as appealing to newbies as the experienced, which is quite a trick.
Triumph have taken that winning formula to create the Tiger Sport 660 and it’s every bit as impressive. You could call it a tall rounder, or a sports adventure, but in many ways it’s the half-faired Street Triple we always wish they’d made, but never did.
It’s spacious, comfortable, agile and easy to manage, but can be genuinely sporty, too, with a front end that fills you with confidence, tyres that grip beautifully in all conditions and powerful brakes. That’s all on top of a tuneful three-cylinder engine that’s never short of grunt or excitement but still friendly when you need it to be.
It’s such a complete, well-built, affordable, creation that cruise control suddenly seems a glaring omission for a bike designed to do big miles, but it’s a small blip in a sea of brilliance.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
New bars are wider, higher and closer to the rider than the Trident’s and the pegs are lower. It’s a deliciously comfy and spacious riding position that works perfectly for big-mile riding, despite the Tiger’s mid-sized layout. It’s slim, well balanced, easy to manage and taller riders will love the legroom.
Its seven way manually adjustable screen is easy to jiggle with one hand on the move and effective, but like all tall road bikes, windblast can be noisy at speed.
Steel rather than aluminium is used for the frame and (longer) swingarm to keep costs down, but no matter because the Tiger Sport 660 is still light and agile. Its 30mm longer-travel upside down Showa forks (with a 1.5-degree steeper rake and 10mm less trail) and shock are basic, but they’re perfectly set to give the best mix of ride quality, cornering control and stability.
The Triumph doesn’t just handle well for an affordable all-rounder, it flows through corners with the poise of some of the best out there, with a similar feel to one of the most unlikely of great handling road bikes: Honda’s CB500X.
It has huge grip, a tactile front end and despite having low, knee-friendly pegs, we never get them scraping. Twin piston Nissin calipers are basic, but like everything with the Tiger belie their simplicity. Strong and consistent, they’re packed with feel despite its ABS
It works so seamlessly as a sporty, easy to ride, all-rounder, you wonder why it’s taken them this long to make it…and just how great a Street or Speed Triple version would be.
EngineNext up: Reliability
The Tiger Sport’s 80bhp three-cylinder motor is identical to the Trident’s – itself a rework of their fantastic old Daytona 675 lump, with a shorter stroke and a bucket load of new components, including lower first to fourth gear ratios and higher fifth/sixth. Valve check intervals are at a generous 10,000 miles and a 46bhp A2 licence restriction kit is also available.
Its beating supersport heart and raspy soundtrack remains intact, so the Tiger is revvy, exciting and never short of grunt when you need it, almost regardless of the gear. It’s a sporty engine that’s livelier than its rivals, but crucially it’s also a friendly one, which has been the key to the Trident 660’s success.
Power is delivered smoothly low down, isn’t overwhelming or hard to control up top and the ride-by-wire throttle is light and accurate. At 70mph it purrs along at 6000rpm.
Fuel tank capacity is up from 14 to 17.2 litres. We get an indicated 51mpg during our spirited day’s riding at the Tiger’s world launch in the hills of southern Portugal (a theoretical full-to-dry range of 193 miles), with the reserve light coming on at 160 miles.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
Although the Tiger Sport 660 has only just been released, MCN’s online owners’ reviews of the mechanically identical Trident 660 are all glowing.
That shouldn’t come as much of a surprise as during its development its engine underwent over half a million miles worth of durability testing, 1200 miles of flat-out speed runs, 31 individual rig tests over 3440 hours, 20,000-plus miles on track and 3300 hours on the road.
Video diary: 1000 miles on the Triumph Tiger Sport 660
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
The Tiger Sport 660 has the Kawasaki Versys 650 and Yamaha Tracer 700 firmly in its sights, but not only is the Triumph more powerful, it’s the most complete all-rounder with zero chinks in its impressive new armour. Granted, it’s slightly dearer (although on PCP it’s negligible), but it’s beautifully finished and well equipped.
The Tiger Sport 660 comes with riding modes (Road, Rain), switchable traction control, ABS, LEDs, self-cancelling indicators, an immobiliser, twin piston Nissin calipers, span adjustable brake lever, Michelin’s superb Road 5 sports touring tyres and a useful remote hydraulic rear preload adjuster.
Its multi-function LCD/colour TFT display is easy to read and has everything you need, except outside temperature and Bluetooth connectively is extra.
It’s such a complete machine it’s hard to criticise, except for one thing: its lack of cruise control. Ok, it would push the price up and its rivals don’t have it either, but it’s such a great tourer and step above the rest, it’s conspicuous by its absence.
Some would prefer a centre stand, too. But there are 40-plus accessories available, including a quickshifter, heated grips and touring goodies including panniers, a top box that takes two helmets and 25mm lower seat option.
|Engine type||Liquid-cooled, 12v, inline triple|
|Frame type||Tubular steel perimeter|
|Fuel capacity||17.2 litres|
|Front suspension||Showa 41mm USD forks non-adjustable|
|Rear suspension||Showa single shock, adjustable for preload|
|Front brake||2 x 310mm discs with two-piston Nissin calipers. ABS|
|Rear brake||255mm disc with single-piston caliper. ABS|
|Front tyre size||120/70 x 17|
|Rear tyre size||180/55 x 17|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||63 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£101|
|Annual service cost||-|
How much to insure?
|Warranty term||Two years|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||80 bhp|
|Max torque||47 ft-lb|
|Top speed||130 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||234 miles|
Model history & versions
2022: Triumph Tiger Sport 660 introduced and in simple terms is a Trident 660 with a top fairing, tall screen and high bars.
Owners' reviews for the TRIUMPH TIGER 660 SPORT (2022 - on)
2 owners have reviewed their TRIUMPH TIGER 660 SPORT (2022 - 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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It's so light handles exceptionally well like most Triumphs. Pulls well in any gear Cleanly from 30mph in 6th. It's a tall street triple with optional hard luggage we all wanted 10 years ago thanks Triumph.
Brakes Are very good seat is a bit hard after 120 mls . Only getting 3 out of 5 because of noise from screen earplugs a must have ordered a taller screen ( power bronze ) will see if that helps. I'm 5' 11''
power seems very good & should get better once it's run in. Mid 50's mpg all my triumphs have given good mpg.
Only had it a couple of weeks so time will tell never had much trouble with any of my Triumphs this being the 16th . Build quality seems very good .
Just had first service done at £150 .
A much better dashboard/screen than the 900 with the joy stick ( hope your listening Triumph ) Top box is very good put key in to unlock then remove key & closes like a car boot why can't all top boxes be like this ! panniers a little small but fine . Heated grips not as good as GS.
Buying experience: Bought from Triumph Aberdeen they got me one quickly as i wasn't worried about colour. Buying experience was very good with extra's panniers heated grips rack top box hand guards tank pad £10280 i think. Cheers to the boys at Triumph Aberdeen
The bike is a peach of a ride.I particularly like the engine,it reminds me of a Street I owned some years ago,like has been suggested it’s the Street I always wanted. The tyres are very confidence inspiring. The screen is noisy in any position and I’m not tall! It seems I will have to wait for the after-market to offer a cure for that. Same goes for the seat height, Much too tall,a real challenge to mount especially with the very good panniers in place.
Fabulous ride,seat is comfortable inc.pillion. I’ve done an hour and ok then.
Cable adjusters seem very low quality otherwise all looks good. Time will tell.
Too early to comment!
Not given it the beans yet but it seems better torque than the old 675 but I may be wrong. It’s lost the old engine’s whine which I liked I chose panniers,(good) heated grips (good) rear rack (handy) don’t hanker after the add on connectivity package but I may choose a quick shifter soon. Back brake the best I’ve had in a long time. Tyres are great as standard.
Buying experience: Bought from Youles Blackburn.First class experience.Paid list as I was fortunate to get one so soon.