TRIUMPH TIGER 1050

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The Tiger has always been one of the most popular bikes in Triumphís range and since the originalís launch in 1994 has won a legion of fans the world over thanks to its all-purpose usefulness, mile-munching ability and sheer dependability.

2007 is a big year for its fans with the release of the brand new Triumph Tiger 1050, a major evolutionary step in the modelís history. This new Tiger lives in a genuinely different space to other bikes in its class, excelling in three distinct areas.

While its sharp lines and performance spec make the Tigerís sporting credentials clear from a glance, its stunning looks hide a practical streak:  Take a Tiger two-up touring way off into the wilds and youíve got a bike that comfortably devours miles of tarmac. The relaxed riding position, spacious seat, supple suspension and tractable torquey engine guarantee you arrive fresh at the end of the longest day. Next, ditch the bags, go it alone and head for a bit of fun at strange angles. Tucked into a brilliantly balanced chassis, the Tigerís potent engine delivers power and ear to ear grins. Multi-adjustable front and rear suspension keeps things planted and a squeeze on the radial brakes stops you on a Rand.

Then itís back to the city where the Tiger slinks through snarled up traffic and the sleek lines look sharp as a knife. Here the commanding view really comes into its own, giving the rider the jump on everyone, while the wide bars make tight manoeuvres childís play.

Nothing sounds like a triple so thereís simply no confusing a Tiger with the whine of an anonymous four. You can almost feel the sound on your skin.  At the Tigerís heart is the amazing 1050cc, fuel-injected, three-cylinder engine thatís been so well received in both Sprint ST and Speed Triple guise. This motor, known for its addictive character, has plenty of torque and impressive amounts of horsepower, with ample reserves of both for those two-up fully laden tours. Peak power of 115PS (114bhp) is delivered at 9,400rpm, with 100Nm (74ft.lbf) torque at 6,250rpm.

Nifty on-board computer tells you, among other things, what maximum speed was.

The Tiger is limited to 240 kph. I managed 234 kph before I tapping off for traffic.

great brakes from the radial, four-piston Nissin binders

As for the chassis, sit on a Tiger and you know itís a fit.  Fast scratcher, packed tourer or head up commuter, it always feels right.  The twin-spar aluminium frame housing the 1050cc engine is new as is the braced aluminium swingarm.  New too are the cast aluminium wheels, both are now 17 inchers, allowing a wider choice of tyres; the front tyreís a 120/70 ZR17, the rear a 180/55 ZR17.  The 43mm upside down fully adjustable forks and remote spring preload and rebound damping adjustable rear shock provide an almost magic carpet-like ride over the most varied of surfaces, from the roughest Tarmac to the smoothest blacktop asphalt.

Twin four-piston radial calipers bite 320mm front discs, the rear 255mm disc uses a single twin-piston caliper.  The Tigerís seat height is a manageable 835mm (32.9in), matched to a dry weight of 198kg.  Fuel capacity is 20 litres (5.2 gal US), giving an excellent touring range.

Comfort has always been a strength for the Tiger and the new model is no different:  Rider and pillion benefit from great ergonomics, excellent wind protection and rubber mounted handle bars and foot pegs.

Then thereís the look: the Tiger in profile looks ready to pounce. The sharp, angular lines of the headlight cowl muscle up around the tank and then flow beautifully to the upswept tail. A bike capable of so many different things should look like a compromise yet the Tiger looks stunning.

Very comfortable, two-up tourer; sporty solo funster or sleek, stylish city bike: There are very few genuine all-round motorcycles in existence Ė the Tiger is surely one of them.

swingarm is a work of art

Tiger Specification:

ENGINE

Type

 

Liquid-cooled, DOHC, in-line 3-cylinder

Capacity

 

1050cc

Bore/Stroke

 

79 x 71.4mm

Compression Ratio

 

12.0:1

Fuel System

 

Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection

Ignition

 

DigitalĖinductive type via electronic engine management system

Primary Drive

 

Gear

Final Drive

 

X ring chain

Clutch

 

Wet, multi-plate

Gearbox

 

6-speed

Frame

 

Aluminium beam perimeter

Swingarm

 

Braced, twin-sided, aluminium alloy

Wheels

Front

Cast, multi spoke 17 x 3.5in

 

Rear

Cast, multi spoke 17 x 5.5in

Tyres

Front

120/70 ZR 17

 

Rear

180/55 ZR 17

Suspension

Front

43mm upside down forks with adjustable preload, rebound and compression damping adjustment

 

Rear

Monoshock with adjustable preload and rebound damping

Brakes

Front

Twin 320mm floating discs, 4 piston radial calipers

 

Rear

Single 255mm disc, 2 piston calipers

DIMENSIONS

Length

 

2110mm (83.1in)

Width (Handlebars)

 

840mm (33.1in)

Height

 

1320mm (52.0in)

Seat Height

 

835mm (32.8in)

Wheelbase

 

1510mm (59.4in)

Rake/Trail

 

23.2į/87.7mm

Weight (Dry)

 

198kg (437lb)

Fuel Tank Capacity

 

20 litres (5.2 gal US)

PERFORMANCE

(MEASURED AT CRANKSHAFT TO DIN 70020)

Maximum Power

 

115PS (114bhp) at 9400rpm

Maximum Torque

 

100Nm (74ft.lbf) at 6250rpm

Maximum Speed

 

Limited to 240 kph

 

Thanks to Alex De Rapper of Holeshot Motorcycles for letting me ride the 1050 Tiger

A fantastic bike, everything suits me... and that triple Triumph motor, whew... its so sweet.