Driving report Triumph Tiger 1050
S.he British took their time to sharpen their tiger’s claws for seven years. After increasing the displacement to 955 cubic centimeters in 2001 and making slight improvements to the chassis in 2004, it is now all new. MOTORRAD was able to drive a prototype in the summer of this year (issue 20/2006).
Series model in the winding Spanish hinterland, the big cat even made die-hard BMW GS fans ponder.
The tiger can be chased easily and precisely through radii of all sizes and always remains light-footed like a cat. Even extreme changes of lean angle succeed without any resistance worth mentioning, and the tightest turns are no longer terrifying. The mounted Michelin Pilot Road in 120/70 and 180/55 in 17 inches harmonize well with the chassis. The machine is stable and at the same time very handy. You don’t necessarily expect the latter at first glance. Because despite slimming measures, the Tiger is and will remain a powerful motorcycle that draws respect from smaller people. But once you have climbed the 835 millimeter seat height, the driver can expect an ergonomically designed, clearly arranged work and entertainment area. A delicate information display dominates the cockpit, which is also used in a similar form in the Daytona 675 and the Speed Triple. The wide, curved, chrome-plated tubular steel handlebar exudes tourist charm at first contact. The steering is very direct. Filter tightly coordinated spring elements, each with 150 millimeters of spring travel
the smallest bumps, are puncture-proof and provide good feedback.
So good that the comfortable fun machine with powerful superbikes can literally play cat and mouse on the country road. 114 hp at 9400 rpm and around 100 Newton meters of torque between 3500 and 7500 tours (manufacturer information) meet the hunting instinct. The three-cylinder already looks powerful from 2000 rpm, hangs very well on the gas and willingly revs up. In a slightly different configuration, the 1050 engine also drives the Speed Triple and the Sprint ST. Triumph supplies a wide range of accessories to make the machine more suitable for touring. From GPS to main stand, heated grips, windshield, 12-volt socket, tank bag and benches of different heights to a voluminous luggage system, everything is included.
The Tiger is already available from dealers and costs 10,050 euros plus 240 euros transfer costs. A Nissin ABS will be available from February 2007 for a surcharge of EUR 900. rhe
Technical data Triumph Tiger 1050
Engine: water-cooled three-cylinder four-stroke in-line engine, a balance shaft, two overhead, chain-driven camshafts, four valves per
Cylinder, injection, regulated catalytic converter with secondary air system, six-speed gearbox, X-ring chain.
Bore x stroke 79.0 x 71.4 mm
Displacement 1050 cm³
Compression ratio 12: 1
84.0 kW (114 hp) at 9400 rpm
100 Nm at 6250 rpm
Chassis: Bridge frame made of aluminum, upside-down fork, ø 43 mm, central spring strut with lever system, double disc brake at the front, ø 320 mm, four-piston fixed calipers, disc brake at the rear, ø 255 mm, double-piston floating caliper.
Tires 120/70 ZR 17; 180/55 ZR 17
Dimensions and weights: wheelbase 1510 mm, steering head angle 66.8 degrees, caster 87.7 mm, seat height 835 mm, dry weight 198 kg, tank capacity 20 liters.
Two year guarantee
Colors black, blue, yellow, white
Price 10,050 euros
Additional costs 240 euros
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