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Review of the Triumph Tiger 1050

Triumph Tiger 1050

The Triumph Tiger 1050 is a successor to the Triumph Tiger line of motorcycles. These particular model types made their entry into the market with the Tiger 955i, which, obviously, was produced at the Triumph factory in Hinckley.

The name for this line-up was inspired by Triumph’s historical relationship involving the production of single and twin cylinder sporting motorcycles. These motorcycles, initially, came with engines ranging from 350 cc to 750 cc.

The Tiger 1050, however, made use of a 3 cylinder power unit was based on the older dual purpose Tiger. With the launch of the 1050, Triumph made a shift into the street-sport motorcycle category. The earlier versions were exclusively meant for the track.

The shift was characterized through the incorporation of cast 17 inch alloys. The sport orientation was characterized through the incorporation of floating front discs and the radial front brakes with 4 pistons

The first 1050 was launched in 2006 and came with ABS. Later versions even included a special edition that came with ABS brakes, hand-guards, and a two-box pannier kit.

With the launch of the new Tiger 1050, Triumph let go its cross-country heritage, which turned out be a wise move. Of course, the 955 was never a great performer off-road. So, turning the 1050 into a pure road focused bike is a sensible move on a Triumph’s part. Triumph has managed to achieve what it aimed to with the 1050.


The Tiger 1050 isn’t exactly an intimidating bike. The seats are positioned high. However, the narrow design compensates for this. The dry weight has also been brought down to 198 kilos, which results in a sort of integrated feeling. The rider feels one with the bike.

The heightened suspension and the wider handlebars are the only components that remind the rider the 1050 is a trailster. Otherwise, it is very easy to confuse the bike for a middleweight contender.

The Tiger 1050’s engine is tuned to provide a more power at low revs, which balances out the power and torque well. The bike’s movement on the street is very much like that of a roadster’s. To put it simply, the Tiger 1050 is a very capable road performer, thanks to its drive and gearing. It’s bound to excite even the most ardent sports biking enthusiasts.

The chassis is designed to be tall and with an engine placed inside such a chassis, it’s not wrong to assume that the performance isn’t going to be up to the mark. However, the Tiger 1050 breaks that stereotype. The heightened suspension has been configured for road performance, which helps the bike retain its smooth performance.

The Tiger 1050 is a very capable sportsbike alternative and scores top points for comfort because of the increased height.


Triumph has gone ahead and given the 1050 the same treatment as the one they gave the Sprint ST and the Speed Triple. The 1050cc engine makes 115 horses. However, it’s much better at making use of the 115 horses. To begin with, the engine is very responsible and it also sounds much better than the previous versions.

The rider focused throttle response makes the 1050 a perfect companion on busy roads, as well as countryside stretches. The increased gear ratio makes the bike a pleasure to ride at cruising speeds, which, in turn, eliminates rider fatigue and boosts mileage.

Reliability and Build

The Tiger 1050 does very well in this department too. During the period, most Triumph motorcycles were known for their top notch quality and that stands true for the 1050 as well. There are no noticeable quality compromises and it would take an expert to find something. Even if the expert did, you can be sure that it’s a negligible issue.


The Tiger 1050 has descended from a line of trailsters, which might force it to stick out like a sore thumb in a world of Multistradas and Treks. However, the 1050 isn’t an old chip of the block. It blends very well with the street riders of today. Plus, the lower cost makes it a worthwhile purchase.


The Tiger 1050 boasts of a minimalist design. This minimalist approach begins with the upside-down forks and then moves onto areas such as the massive swingarm, which resembles the one found on the Daytona 675. All this is a clear indicator the 1050 has been developed to be sporty.

As a typical Triumph product through and through, the Tiger 1050 is open for all kinds of experiments. What that means is you’re going to have access to a ton of aftermarket accessories. For example, adding a rack or a set of panniers can enhance the Tiger’s touring capabilities even further. Similarly, a fairing at the front can come in handy too, especially when you’re on any of the European highways.

Review of the Triumph Tiger 1050 was last modified: May 10th, 2019 by Alan Charnock