Triumph appear to be on the warpath when it comes to revamping their range and this picture reveals the Tiger Sport 1050 will also benefit from upgrades.
Since Triumph canned their 250cc project to concentrate on the big bikes that have rebuilt the firm’s fortunes under John Bloor’s ownership, the rate of redevelopment has been rampant.
While the British firm’s 2016 offerings are expected to be limited to the restyled and technologically reworked Speed Triple 1050, over the next 12 to 18 months they’re set to unveil a mass of new machines – including an extensive all-new Bonneville family, revamped Tiger Explorer and 800cc versions of the Daytona and Street Triple.
The 2017-spec Tiger Sport is modified to ensure it will meet new European regulations, which will force all bikes sold new after January 1, 2017 to be ‘Euro 4’ compliant for clean exhaust emissions, a host of smaller regulatory tweaks, and mandatory ABS brakes (newly-designed models have to comply a year earlier, from January 1, 2016).
The Tiger Sport changes are clearly focussed on the exhaust emissions element of the new regulations, and to achieve them it’s adopting the same upgraded version of the 1050cc triple that will go into the revised Speed Triple. Visually, the motor is familiar apart from a new clutch cover. Internally, the changes are believed to include an electronic throttle and potential changes to the cams, valves and combustion chamber architecture.
The exhaust is also revised, with the catalytic converter moved forward, nearer the headers where it will get up to operating temperature more quickly. A new alloy heat shield sits beneath the cat, and the final bike will also get a small bellypan.
From a rider’s perspective, the changes are likely to be very noticeable thanks to the addition of multiple riding modes and traction control – something that the new electronic throttle makes far easier to implement.Despite being a 2017 model, we expect Triumph to introduce the Tiger upgrades by the middle of 2016.