A comprehensive upgrade for the venerable all-rounder, to further differentiate it from its more adventure-based Tiger 800 and Tiger Explorer siblings

Triumph has given the Tiger an upgrade so comprehensive for 2013, it not only has a new sporting edge, it gets a new name: Tiger Sport.

The rear half of the bike is completely new, and so is most of the front with almost every visible component renewed and an additional 10hp coming from the 1050cc, three-cylinder engine.

Triumph is describing the Tiger Sport as “an adventure-style street bike for the purist who prefers to concentrate on the core values of motorcycle fun: a strong and seductive engine, taut handling, and a riding position to suit different road types”.

The changes over the outgoing Tiger 1050 have been extensive:
  • New bodywork -- the tail unit, side panels and screen are new. There's also a new belly pan as standard.
  • More power -- the new exhaust and revisions to the intake system have helped Triumph's engineers release an additional 10hp and 6Nm peak power and torque while boosting the engine's output across its rev range. A one-tooth larger rear sprocket has also improved acceleration. Output is now 125hp (92kW) and 104Nm.
  • Fuel Consumption – careful reworking of the fuel injection calibration have resulted in an improvement of fuel economy in addition to the performance gains. The Tiger Sport rider will go about seven per cent further on each tank of fuel.
  • Single-sided swingarm -- this is specially designed for the Tiger Sport to give it a sportier look and improve packaging at the rear end of the bike, allowing more space for the new exhaust and larger panniers.
  • New headlights -- four reflector-type headlights replace the previous projector units, reducing weight, changing the look of the bike and substantially improving the lighting performance.
  • Enhanced ergonomics -- the rider's seat is 5mm lower (830mm), and narrower at the front, substantially improving reach to the ground and opening up access to the Tiger Sport to a wider range of riders. The seat is also longer to create more space for taller riders. The handlebars are lower and closer to the rider to suit its sportier nature by providing a more direct feel, while the new screen offers better wind protection. The rear seat is also lower, sitting the passenger more fully behind the rider for better wind protection and making it easier to get on the bike. Improved grab handles are fitted as standard.
  • Greater luggage capacity -- the new rear subframe not only lowers the passenger seat, it's stronger and has allowed the fitment of larger optional panniers, capable of storing a full face helmet, with double the payload of the previous ones at 10kg each. Triumph's Dynamic Luggage System uses an inter-connecting cable between the cases to isolate turbulence-induced movement from the chassis.
  • New switchgear -- the left-hand switch cube now enables all dash functions to be operated with the left hand, without having to let go of the bar and reach forward to the instrument panel.
  • Revised geometry -- a half degree steeper steering angle and slightly longer wheelbase improve precision, feedback and stability.
  • New suspension -- the fully adjustable suspension has been completely redeveloped with new springing and revalved damping to give the Tiger Sport its sharper feel with the reserves to handle its additional load capacity.
  • New ABS -- the Tiger Sport's radial brakes are backed up by the latest system with a new modulator for better extreme braking performance and improved feel.
  • Cast aluminium wheels are unique to the Tiger Sport and come fitted with Pirelli Angel GT tyres.
The Tiger Sport is available in Crystal White and Diablo Red, and will be priced at $15,990 when it goes on sale in late March.

Published : Friday, 11 January 2013
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