Triumph Tiger 1050 gets makeover

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Triumph has given the Tiger 1050 a host of changes for 2012 including upgraded suspension, a sportier riding position and new graphics.

The changes cover the 1050 and 1050SE models with the changes helping to give the bike a fresh and sportier appearance; something Triumph is doing to distinguish the bike from the new 1200 Adventure bike the firm will launch in November.

Triumph says: “Both Tiger 1050s feature upgraded suspension consisting of redesigned internals and new damping characteristics front and rear, with a stiffer spring at the rear. The result is a more controlled ride, both solo and with a passenger, with reduced dive under braking.

To take advantage of the improved suspension, higher specification black anodised tapered aluminium handlebars sit 20mm lower than the previous steel items, giving a more sporting riding position than before.

New graphics, similar in style to those of the new Speed and Street Triples, adorn the fairing of the 2012 Tiger 1050s, with a number of items being ‘dechromed’ for a more contemporary look.

Wheels, sprocket carrier and brake calipers are among the many components to now feature a black finish and are complemented by graphite footrest hangers and control plates, while silencers and heel guards now take on a brushed, rather than polished, aluminium finish.

The standard Tiger 1050 comes in Triumph’s metallic Phantom Black, while the SE version offers three colour options: Diablo Red, Crystal White and a two-tone Matt Black/Matt Graphite combination. The higher specification Tiger 1050SE also benefits from Triumph’s ABS braking system, as well as the standard fitment of handguards, centre stand and panniers, optional extras on the standard Tiger 1050.”

The Tiger 1050 and Tiger 1050SE are now on sale, priced at £9099 OTR and £9999 OTR respectively, inclusive of Triumph’s two-year, unlimited mileage warranty.

Andy Downes

By Andy Downes

Former MCN Senior Reporter