Triumph Tiger 800, Triumph Tiger Explorer and now, Triumph Tiger Sport. Three very different motorcycles with three different engine capacities: 800, 1200 and 1050. The 1050′s always been more of a practical roadster than an a true adventure bike and this new “Sport” model pushes it even further in that direction by adding 10bhp and fitting a single-sided swingarm.
Looks wise, the Sport is very similar to the Tiger 1050 it replaces. There’s a new belly pan and side panels, plus reflector headlamps, which are claimed to be both lighter and brighter than the outgoing projectors.
The archetypal inline-three now makes 123bhp and 77lb/ft thanks to revised inlet and exhaust plumbing, while more refined fuel injection boosts fuel economy seven percent.
A new subframe lowers both the rider and pillion seats, while making the former slimmer. That single-sided swingarm (not the same fitted to the Speed Triple) makes room for larger panniers by allowing the exhaust to tuck in tighter.
Suspension angles get a hair steeper while the wheelbase grows a tiny amount, changes that should speed steering while improving stability. The fully-adjustable shock and USD forks also get revised spring and damping rates. Radially mounted brake calipers are actuated by an all-new, more seamless ABS system for faster stopping.
All together, this host of minor changes should make an already fun, practical, fast all-rounder even better. If you’re looking for a high-value bike that can commute, tour (even two-up) and scratch, the Tiger Sport will do all that with a unique three-cylinder character.