Triumph reveal new Tiger Sport

Refreshed adventure sports favourite makes world debut at Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show

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This is the world’s first glimpse of the fully finished new Triumph Tiger Sport, which has been given a hefty mechanical and cosmetic makeover for 2016.

The bike will make its world debut in the metal at this weekend’s Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle show at ExCel in Docklands.

Key changes to the bike include a heavily-revised version of the venerable 1050cc inline three-cylinder motor which not only boasts increased torque figures but also has significant improvements to fuel consumption.

The Tiger Sport has also gained a host of technological updates, including ride-by-wire throttle, a selection of rider modes, adjustable traction control, and ABS now provided as standard fitment. It also gets a new exhaust, a new clutch assembly with slip assist, an adjustable windscreen, and new mirrors. Smaller detail changes include grippier footrests and a multitude of cosmetic tweaks to deliver what looks like a far more modern, sharper, and sleeker Tiger Sport, which will be available in either matt black or glossy silver.

Many of the engine and exhaust changes have been implemented as part of Triumph’s work to ensure the bike meets the much stricter Euro4 emission and noise regulations. While the changes are comprehensive and tough for manufacturers to meet, the improvements to fuel consumption are one tangible benefit of the new rules for buyers.

Engine changes include a completely revised combustion chamber, a new ride-by-wire throttle system and a new, freer flowing exhaust which sounds richer, and helps the fuel economy thanks to a redesigned catalytic converter, as well as benefitting from being lighter overall.

The new Tiger Sport is an important bike for Triumph as it has been a popular bike since the modern use of the Tiger model name first appeared in 1992, especially with UK buyers. Since then the bike has undergone various iterations, engine updates and changes before being renamed the Tiger Sport in 2013 in order to distance it from the more adventure-orientated newer models, the Tiger 800 and Tiger Explorer 1200.

Triumph are pitching the new Tiger Sport as a bike that can do anything as a daily commuter or a weekend bike, but one that can also cope effortlessly with long-distance touring, too. It’s the very definition of a brilliant all-rounder.

Triumph haven’t released pricing or specification details on the new Tiger Sport yet but it’s expected this information will be made public at the Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show this weekend, where the bike will be on show, and can be seen in action twice every day in the live action arena.

Andy Downes

By Andy Downes

Former MCN Senior Reporter