Triumph Tiger Sport 1050

Review: Triumph Tiger 1050 Sport (Baujahr 2016)

Cat for the long tour

imageWhat the motorist's SUV is to the motorcyclist his adventure bike. Somehow they should be able to do everything. We wanted to know more and took a used Triumph Tiger 1050 Sport from the year September 2016 to the test track.

First contact with the tiger

She's standing there, the tigers. Neither one sees the two years, nor the approximately 14,000 kilometers. This gives some advantages in the B-note, because with some competing models the first impression is much worse.
But what does triumph want to be? Since not everyone is as smart as our readers, the British obviously wanted to make it understandable to everyone. In the name of the bike, therefore, not only the biggest big cat of our planet is hidden, but also the term sport. Could it be that triumph tends towards sport? Yes, exactly! But we'll get to that later.
The 1050 is virtually the central model of the series, there is still an 800 and the 1200. Ours is about two years old, so she has the current facelift. Triumph wants to make 100 improvements to the engine alone, including a ride-by-wire system. Before the first key turn quickly clarify the most important thing: on-board computer with the usual features? Check. Wide, comfortable looking bench for the big tour? Check. Adjustable disc? Check. 126 hp, all still available? Let's have a look.

The Triumph on the Road

Let's go. At a height of 83 centimetres, one sits rather low compared to other adventure bikes like the Multistrada from Ducati, but only in this comparison. For short-legged, this is nothing.
On the other hand, no one needs to bring bear forces to the start for the operation, because the first impression when driving off will last for the whole test: clutch and gearbox work very smoothly and precisely. In general, the handling of the Triumph Tiger 1050 Sport is characterized by an almost astonishing lightness.
The difference between driving and the first expectation is striking because the triumph does not give the motorcycle twiggy. Her design is neither delicate, nor is it particularly light at 241 kilos of live weight. On the road, from the hand protectors to the windshield, the rider always has a lot of motorcyclearound around him.
Can the Triumph tour? In terms of comfort, the bench not only looks comfortable, but it is. Even the Socius will not start to moan after 100 kilometers. The windshield is adjustable in height and offered good protection during our test. Knee angle and sitting position also fit. Also yes: Three driving modes can be set via the on-board computer, the preload is adjustable all around. Everyone should find something there. So is the adventure just behind the next hill? No, definitely not.


So much sport and tigers are stuck in it

The nearest hill is way too far away. The adventure begins immediately and without a trace. All you have to do is tear open the gas tap and know what Triumph meant by the term sport in your name. The 126 hp of the three-cylinder engine report completely to work (0-100 km/h: 3.5 seconds) and it goes up to 10,000 revolutions. The British woman always strives for a version, the ultra-brutal response of a Ducati, for example, can and does not want to offer it.
Best of all, it can also be the 104 Newton meters of torque at just 4,300 rpm that push the triumph forward. Low-speed driving can also be the tigers (60-100 km/h: 3.1 seconds).

Conclusion - what gets stuck

Don't misunderstand: She can do that with touring, but that's not really her nature. Every adventure bike is a compromise, the triumph clearly tends towards sport. Together with this certain ease of service and all the driving behaviour, it makes it easy for even less experienced touring riders to explore the world in a relaxed way. And yet these would not be the right pilots of the Tigers.
The advantages of the triumph are best enjoyed by the biker, who wants to ride sportily. Everything else is for the big cat, because despite the good torque, the Triumph Tiger 1050 Sport encourages to send the footrests towards the tar instead of gondolaing through the area with the standard cruise control.
For the city it is also not the first choice, it starts with the wide handlebars and does not stop with the cladding.
Who wants the tiger and sport, in a hurry to the finish and since have a lot of fun - please very, the triumph is ready.

The test motorcycle was kindly provided by Motorrad Ruser. It can be purchased there as a used model for 9,990 euros.

Price/Availability/Colours/Years of Construction

  • Price: 12,600 Euros
  • Used (2 years old): 9,500 euro
  • Years of construction: since 2007 (Tiger 1050)
  • Colours: matte black, aluminium silver

Zubehör für die
Tiger Sport 1050

  • Moneta
  • Polo
  • Amazon

Pro & Kontra

  • Power and torque
  • Easy to use
  • Processing
  • Touring suitability
  • Price
  • Not very handy

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2,150 mm
1,330 mm
241 kg
Ab. Weight
457 kg
830 mm
1,540 mm

Driving Performance & Range

0 to 100
3.5 s
60 to 100
3.1 s
Tank contents
20 l
5.2 l
385 km
220 km/h

Motor & Power Transmission

Engine design
3-cylinder 12V DOHC in-line engine
Number of cylinders
1,050 cc
79 mm
71.4 mm
126 HP
106 NM
Number of gears
X-ring chain

Suspension & Brakes

Double-tube bridge frame
Suspension front
43 mm Showa Upside Down fork with adjustable preload and pressure level damping
140 mm
Strut rear
Showa Monoshock with adjustable preload and tension damping
155 mm
Suspension rear
Light metal single-arm swingarm with eccentric clamping chain mechanism
Brakes in front
Floating mounted double brake disc, Nissin 4-piston radial calipers
320 mm
Tyres at the front
120/70 ZR17
Brakes rear
Single disc, Nissin double piston brake caliper
Rear tyres
180/55 ZR17