TRIUMPH TIGER 850 SPORT (2021 - on) Review


  • Good value with an engaging engine
  • Cheaper alternative to Triumph Tiger 900 range
  • Can be restricted for an A2 licence

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4.6 out of 5 (4.6/5)
Annual servicing cost: £240
Power: 84 bhp
Seat height: Medium (32.7 in / 830 mm)
Weight: Medium (423 lbs / 192 kg)


New £10,095
Used £7,300 - £10,100

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
4 out of 5 (4/5)

It is easy to look at the Triumph Tiger 850 Sport’s spec list and label it a 'budget Tiger model', however this doesn’t do it justice.

Yes, the Sport lacks adjustable suspension and an IMU but it is a Tiger model in its own right and one that delivers a lovely balance of power, useability and fun for those not wishing to take to the trails. It’s a pleasingly understated bike that gets on with the job in hand and is really good because of it.

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
4 out of 5 (4/5)

A really easy bike for cruising around on, the Sport is very comfortable (the seat is two-stage in its height) but even on its highest setting the screen doesn’t offer much in the way of weather protection and brush guards are an optional extra.

With no adjustability at the front and only preload to alter at the rear (via a remote adjuster), the Sport’s Marzocchi suspension is fairly basic in its design, however there is nothing wrong with basic if it is done well and in the case of the Sport it is done very well. As it has no off-road pretentions the suspension is set slightly firmer than you would expect on an adventure bike, something that gives it more poise in the corners and less pitching on brakes or acceleration.

The 19-inch front is assured and the Brembo brakes, as you would expect from a set-up usually found on a Panigale, are more than up to the job. Not overkill but certainly capable of delivering lots of bite if requested and braided lines are standard fitment. In all honesty the non-IMU controlled ABS and TC systems are more than up to the job and aside from extreme situations, they certainly suffice.

It’s slightly disappointing there is no cruise control on a bike aimed at road riders, which would arguably be more use than power modes as the user-friendly motor means that Rain is slightly surplus to requirements.


Next up: Reliability
4 out of 5 (4/5)

The Sport’s triple motor has the same 888cc capacity as the Tiger 900 models, it just has a different tune. Where the 900s make 93.9bhp and 64.2ftlb of torque, the 850 produces 84bhp with 60ftlb while the bulk of the drive is also moved lower in the rev range.

On the road you don’t spot it is at all down in power and the triple is beautifully smooth with a lovely fluid throttle connection and strong mid-range. At a constant throttle it seems to have less of the 900 model’s slightly vibey buzz and yet when you explore the higher rev range you get that lovely new off-beat triple feel and character.

Triumph Tiger 850 Sport engine

As a road motor, it’s really very hard to fault and can be made A2-legal if required, cutting its performance to 47bhp at 7000rpm, with 57.5ftlb of torque.

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
4 out of 5 (4/5)

The 888cc triple is a new engine and only made its debut in the Tiger 900 models in 2020, so reliability is yet to be thoroughly tested. It is de-tuned for the 850, which will improve its reliability, and the quality of the chassis components bodes well.

Overall, it looks a well-finished product. Service intervals are every 6000 miles with the valve-clearances at 12,000 and the exhaust system is stainless steel, which is good.

Triumph Tiger 850 Sport handlebars

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Triumph have targeted the Tiger 850 Sport at the lower end of the premium middleweight adventure class - and with that in mind, its main rivals in 2024 are the Honda XL750 Transalp and the Suzuki V-Strom 800RE. We pit this trio against one another for our road-going middleweight adventure bike group test.

When launched, the Tiger 850 Sport was £2100 cheaper than the cheapest Tiger 900 model, the GT, at £9300.

Triumph Tiger 850 Sport front end

Its main rivals were originally the BMW F750GS, which started at £8600, and the Ducati Multistrada 950, which was a hefty £11,995 in base guise. In this context, the Sport was about on the money and did offer a more grown-up look than the F750GS with the added bonus of that wonderful triple engine.

Would-be owners could also consider the slightly larger V-twin Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT, which starts at a modest £9999.


3 out of 5 (3/5)

The Sport is more targeted at the budget-conscious end of the premium middleweight adventure bike market however you do get a 5-inch TFT dash (minus connectivity), two rider modes (Road and Rain), ABS and traction control (non-angle-sensitive but switchable), an adjustable screen, LED lights, two-position seat, 12V socket and adjustable position bars, which isn’t bad.

Triumph Tiger 850 Sport TFT screen

The addition of Brembo Stylema calipers adds to the visual appeal and there is an assist & slipper clutch, so it is hard to complain too much.

A centre stand would be nice as standard and not an optional extra and it is a bit of a shame that it is lacking cruise control as well as connectivity and an IMU with the associated angle-sensitive electronics considering its price tag.


Engine size 888cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled, 12v, inline triple
Frame type Tubular steel
Fuel capacity 20 litres
Seat height 830mm
Bike weight 192kg
Front suspension 45mm, Marzocchi forks, non-adjustable
Rear suspension Single rear Marzocchi shock, adjustable (remote) spring preload
Front brake 2x320mm discs with four-piston radial Brembo Stylema calipers. ABS
Rear brake 255mm single disc with one-piston Brembo caliper. ABS
Front tyre size 100/90x19
Rear tyre size 150/70x17

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption -
Annual road tax £117
Annual service cost £240
New price £10,095
Used price £7,300 - £10,100
Insurance group -
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two years

Top speed & performance

Max power 84 bhp
Max torque 60 ft-lb
Top speed -
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range 243 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

  • 2021: New model launched.
  • 2024: Price hike to £10,095

Other versions

The Sport is the only Tiger 850 model, however Triumph also sell the higher-spec Tiger 900 in GT, GT Low, GT Pro, Rally and Rally Pro options.

Watch MCN's Triumph Tiger 900 range video here:

Owners' reviews for the TRIUMPH TIGER 850 SPORT (2021 - on)

5 owners have reviewed their TRIUMPH TIGER 850 SPORT (2021 - 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.

Review your TRIUMPH TIGER 850 SPORT (2021 - on)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4.8 out of 5 (4.8/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4.8 out of 5 (4.8/5)
Engine: 4.4 out of 5 (4.4/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4.6 out of 5 (4.6/5)
Value vs rivals: 4.4 out of 5 (4.4/5)
Equipment: 4.2 out of 5 (4.2/5)
Annual servicing cost: £240
25 March 2024 by Bill

Year: 2023

I’ve had many different motorcycle’s and have always found something that was lacking on each and everyone of them granted I’m very hard to impress but this tiger 850 sport is the only motorcycle I have ever had that has exceeded my expectations and I just can’t say enough good things about this motorcycle. I rode the tiger 900’s but I like the “detuned 850” more it feels more powerful to me.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

The brakes on this bike are so freaking awesome. One finger is all that’s needed!!! I think it’s ride is great and I don’t want or need adjustments but I may add a set of progressive springs and thicker oil to the fork in the future.

Engine 5 out of 5

I had a tiger 800 it was smoother but I would take this t-plane crank engine everyday. It has so much low down power and sounds absolutely fantastic with the scorpion serket slip on!!! I don’t know why others are complaining about vibrations it does have vibrations but in a non intrusive or negative way it just adds to the character and fun of the motor. Not bad at all like the FZ1 I had that would make my hands numb in about 10 minutes.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

This bikes fit and finish is excellent.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5

I’m old school so I am very pleased with what the 850 Sport comes with. I think it is a better bike than the 900 GT with all the extras. I have no wants or think this bike is lacking in any way.

Buying experience: I bought from Empire Cycle in the Spokane Valley. It was last year’s model so I got some nice incentives and everyone at Empire Cycle’s is on point.

5 out of 5 Triumphant bargain
21 August 2023 by John Lancs

Year: 2022

Annual servicing cost: £240

Superb bike that does everything really well. Great engine, suspension and brakes. Great saving compared to the GT 900. Is it too good a bargain for Triumph to keep making??

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Best bike I have ridden. Very comfortable with lovely suspension and brakes that give confidence. Silky smooth gear change. Do I really need a quickshifter?

Engine 5 out of 5

Brilliant, loads of low down grunt. Looking at Dyno reviews its the same output as the 900 GT up to 7000 rpm. Had a loan of the 660 Tiger and could not wait to get back on my 850. No low down power or character on the 660.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

19 months and 3000 miles and the bike goes like a dream. Quality finish with no corrosion to be found.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Fantastic value compared to the 900. Over £4k cheaper than the 900 GT PRO. That gi ves alot of leeway to spend on accessories you really need. Not given 5 stars because the 6000 miles service interval is a bit short and expensive.

Equipment 4 out of 5

The handguards are a decent option and keep off the windchill. Would have been good with a bigger mudguard and hugger as standard as it picks up the mud.

Buying experience: Paid £9500 with handguards in January 2022. Usual good service from Youles Manchester .

5 out of 5 Triumphs Best Kept Secret.
06 February 2023 by Rich

Year: 2022

Top bike. Much better value for money than the 900 Tigers if you don’t want all the bells and whistles. Great engine. As others have said there are a few vibrations but honestly it is a powerful and great sounding lump (normally I look at getting an after-market exhaust, but not needed here!). Mine is red and quite a few comments from other riders that it is very suited to the bike, not everyone keen on the rather muted colour schemes on the 900’s. Each to their own though, I think all Tigers look great. Superb value bike although I noticed new price appears to be creeping upwards now. Still, hard to understand why people are paying more money for a 700 Tenere. I have recommended the bike to everyone.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Brakes superb, suspension very compliant and comfortable. Handling very predictable, handles poor road surfaces superbly. Comfy for the longest journeys I’ve tried ( 4 hours+). Screen easily adjustable without tools and good range of adjustment. I settled on 3/4 of maximum and offers good protection (I’m 6 foot), nice and quiet at all speeds.

Engine 5 out of 5

All the grunt you need. Will fly if hammered through the gears but on the other hand you can leave it in 3rd or 4th and just ride the torque. Sounds awesome on start-up, proper raw and visceral, have to stop myself giving it a big handful of revs before it’s warmed-up!

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Superb quality, very well finished, top of the range Brembo Stylema brakes. 100% reliable so far, certainly feels a very well screwed together bike. I feel confident regarding long-term ownership.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

First service good value. Getting 60+ MPG by riding relatively sensibly.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Heated grips more than adequate and easily adjusted. Lots of useful info on TFT display, can be changed around so you get the info you want. Rev counter not the best but not a high revving sports bike, I don’t tend to look at it to be honest.

Buying experience: New from Dealer. Hard to get hold of the 850 Sport, had to wait 6 months. Feels like Triumph keener to get people on 900’s at £3-4k higher price, but maybe that’s just the cynic in me? Paid full list + heated grips, £9500’ish. No chance of a deal with the 850 in short supply and some local dealers quoting 9 months wait. One Dealer actually said they’d never been able to get hold of one despite it being released 18 months earlier.

5 out of 5 850 sport
26 September 2022 by Chris jinks

Year: 2022

Annual servicing cost: £240

Very good value, good comfort,good fuel consumption, handling very good.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

I find i can be in saddle for hours but my pillion gets bum ache after a couple of hours, i don't know why manufacturers don't make comfort seats available as standard. Bike is very capable touring two up with luggage.

Engine 3 out of 5

Triumph made the T plane crank to make it sound like a twin but now engine feels very vibey and smooth triple is gone may be better off road as triumph said thats why they done it for better grip but on road not as good as smooth triple was but still a good torquay engine.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Only had a issue with quick shifter but that was dealer problem not the unit itself.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

First service was great and Triumph paid for labour so I only paid for oil and filter second service is roughly 240. Depends on where you get it done.

Equipment 3 out of 5

I know its a base model and i don't need 5+ rider modes or fancy suspension but i had to buy hand guards, heated grips, and luggage is very expensive, can not get cruise control on it and wish there was a road tyre option as standard tyres are not good in the wet in my opinion

Buying experience: Bought on pcp from main dealer but couldn't road test one as dealer didn't have one and had to wait nearly 6 months to get it, i did get it for first price of 9200 but by the time I got it price went up to 9400 but i paid the 9200 but by the time i added some stuff it was 10300 which is still good value but wish i could of got cruise control.

4 out of 5
27 December 2021 by Stevefiftysix

Year: 2021

Better than expected, best features, low, mid range power, brakes, handling for adventure type bike ( will ground out hero blob’s when pushed)comfort. Worst not much really, rev counter just needs a clearer needle and rev light, not sure why it’s called a sport as less power ? Recommend yes.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

All good for me 5’ 7 screen works, seat comfortable if a little soft, 250 mls no problem, tank range ok , works off road ,good all rounder, brakes excellent.

Engine 4 out of 5

Bottom midrange good, top end fade’s away.Triumph should offer option to remap to full power if they can take it away they can easily put it back. It is called a sport for some reason?

Reliability & build quality 3 out of 5

Paint finish really good.Bolts loose on screen ,one fell out , oil leak on right side was dip stick, rubber parts poor quality stand rubber fell off ! Seat cover thin easily damaged.Made in Taiwan? All sorted by dealer so far, apart from seat . 5,000 miles.

Value vs rivals 3 out of 5

Bike will reach 6,000 miles before end of the year, so two need if including 600 ml, service intervals way to close, should be at least 10,000. Good on fuel if short shift, just use good bottom mid range power, thrash it and it drops rapidly!

Equipment 4 out of 5

Brakes ., triumph accessories over priced, recommend barkbusters ( metal lever guards ) sw motech crash bars,. rad guards, still on original tyres ( a first for me!) will try something different when worn out, as noisy on some road surfaces.

Buying experience: Pure Triumph really good, offered best trade in on 20,000 mile KTM 790 duke. £ 9,300

Back to top