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Triumph Unveils New 2016 Tiger Sport



The Triumph Tiger is the original adventure bike in its line-up, now joined by 800cc and 1200cc adventure siblings. Triumph has now unveiled the 2016 Tiger Sport, which features the latest version of the 1050cc triple first seen in the new Speed Triple. According to Triumph, this engine features more torque everywhere in the powerband, together with increased peak horsepower. Triumph claims more than 100 changes to the motor. A slipper clutch will also be standard.

The Tiger Sport also gets a number of other upgrades and new features. Now with ride-by-wire throttle, the Tiger Sport will offer selectable engine modes and traction control. Given its role as a street bike, it also gets standard cruise control. Other creature comforts will include an adjustable windscreen, hand guards and heated grips.

Triumph has not yet announced full specifications or pricing.  Stay tuned for that, but here are the official photos and the press release:

The NEW 2016 Triumph Tiger Sport is designed to excel at every aspect of your motorcycling personality – from commuting to scratching to touring and more. Taking versatility to a new level, the NEW Tiger Sport features a host of developments including the next generation 1050cc triple engine, a suite of rider-focused technology and enhanced comfort and capability. Designed to tackle every journey, from a trip to the office to a lap of your favourite Sunday afternoon ride, the NEW Tiger Sport isn’t just an everyday motorcycle – it’s a motorcycle you will want to ride every day.


Superior drive and control
The latest evolution of the Tiger Sport centres around an iconic 1050cc triple engine. Featuring a multitude of developments to optimise power delivery, which include a completely revised combustion chamber, this new generation powerplant delivers waves of immediate torque. Instant throttle response, thanks to a new ride-by-wire throttle system, allows the rider to make maximum use of the triple engine’s signature drive in any situation from highway cruising to cross-town commuting. The new, freer flowing exhaust not only sounds richer but also contributes to improved fuel economy.

Technology for the ride
The introduction of a new ECU and ride-by-wire throttle system opens up the new Tiger Sport to a host of rider-focused technology. This means the new Tiger Sport gives an instant response to rider input, with seamless power and a wall of torque immediately on hand. Added to this are a choice of rider modes, enabling the rider to select the throttle response and traction control to suit the conditions. Available modes are Rain, Road and Sport, tailoring each system to optimise the bike’s performance and control. The Sport mode allows the rider to explore the maximum character and punch of the triple engine while Rain softens and reduces overall power delivery. Cruise control completes the suite of original equipment rider aids while an all-new instrument panel, including two trip computers and a live fuel gauge gives clear access to all the information a rider requires, with the benefit of simple navigation through the displays.

Reduce the strain of riding
A slip-assist clutch eases the strain of both city commutes and long-distance adventure by reducing the effort required for each operation, thus contributing to reduced rider fatigue. The new clutch system is coupled to a slick six-speed gearbox to allow the rider to make maximum use of the available power whilst providing a comfortable ratio for top gear long distance cruising.


Style that performs
Restyled and with all new livery available in subtle matt black – with neon yellow detailing – or striking aluminium silver with red details, the Tiger Sport makes a stylish statement for every-day, every-journey motorcycling. The Tiger Sport’s single sided swingarm gives a clean finish while completing the new look are revised engine covers, new mirrors and a billet machined rear wheel spindle finisher.

Rider comfort reaches a new level of sophistication too – with restyled, grippier footpegs, a tinted, adjustable screen and handguards as standard. The new screen offers superior wind protection with innovative ‘screen aero diffusers’ deflecting the air away from the rider and passenger without compromising the sporty stance, while the single handed operation makes adjustment easy.

With a huge fan base worldwide, thanks to its great handling, excellent rider and pillion ergonomics and a large load-carrying ability, we’ve built on these foundations to make the new Tiger Sport better in every way for the motorcyclist who wants a single bike that absolutely does it all.


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  1. Gil says:

    Once again, I hear that this bike is not coming to the US. This being a street-only adventure bike, it is appealing to me as a taller rider looking for more leg room. I don’t understand why there is not a greater movement for this segment to use a great shaft drive system…like Triumph’s own larger Tiger Explorers, or even a belt drive…either of which is better for this type of street-only bike, in my opinion. The gauges and panel look a bit dated as do most Triumphs, and the fairing looks like it could use some design tweaks; more along the lines of the new KTM Super Duke GT or the Ducati Multistrada. Those fairings look like they ‘fit’ the bike instead of being an outdated afterthought. Maybe by the time this bike makes it to the states, it will be exactly what we’re looking for.

  2. Mr.Mike says:

    Very nice. I’d prefer it with the 800 engine – after a certain point I find more value in lighter weight than greater power. Even so it appears to be a very desirable package.

    • Dilbert says:

      I traded up from a Tiger 800 to the current Sport (2013 model), the Sport isn’t noticeably heavier, but has shed loads more power and proper road size wheels, slightly longer wheelbase, but still corners Ok

  3. James says:

    I don’t see self cancelling indicators mentioned. It does have self cancelling indicators, right? Like the BMW and Harleys of the world?

    I’m sure it must, but I don’t see it mentioned.

    • Scott says:

      I still can’t believe there are ANY bikes made in this day and age that don’t have them, yet most don’t. Boggles my mind…

      • mickey says:

        if I bought a bike with self cancelling turn signals I’m sure after all these years of pushing that button my thumb would get cramps from not being used.

        In 1976 after riding clutch bikes on the street for 11 years, I test rode a Honda CB750A Automatic and couldn’t quit reaching for the clutch lever that wasn’t there.

        • Scott says:

          Eh. I test rode a Zero, and I reached for the clutch maybe twice. After that, it was like, “Okay. Got it.”

          I had a 1982 Yamaha 550 that had self-cancelling turn signals. Since then, I’ve owned a couple dozen newer Yamahas and not one of them had that feature. In fact, no other bike I’ve ever owned has had them since that ’82…

          • KenHoward says:

            For a short time, I owned an ’05 Super Glide, and the auto-canceling turn signals was one thing that worked superbly. The system sensed that the bike was upright, then leaning, then would cancel the signal once upright, again. If, however, after turning a signal on, the bike remained upright for a certain time – maybe 20 seconds – the signal would then time-out. ‘A nicely smart design that should be standard on everyone’s new models (over a certain price), by now.

          • Mr.Mike says:

            Was that ’82 550 Yamaha a Vision? Mine had self-cancelling signals. Unfortunately I haven’t had a bike with them since.

    • Dilbert says:

      James, the current Sport has self cancelling indicators and hazard lights, but the button for the hazards seems to be missing on the cockpit photo ?

      The new one looks to have a gear indicator, like the Tiger 800, but the current Sport doesn’t, maybe a trade for the Hazards ?

  4. Tom R says:

    Very nice, nothing wrong with it. Looks great, not too heavy, not too light, styled right, appropriate power, exhaust is fine, headlight is right, seat height is perfect, proper engine displacement, chain drive is OK, adventurish enough but not too adventurish, wheel sizes just right, not a barge, dealer network not too small, “Tiger” is spelled correctly…

    Did I miss anything?

  5. Motonut_1 says:

    I loved the original Sport when it came out. At the time, I was riding a KTM SMT, so you can see where I’m going with this. The new Sport with the revisions should be an awesome ride. I do hope Triumph decides to import it. I see the Speed Triple not being the right bike at the right time anymore, whereas the Tiger Sport could be the perfect bike for those of us “mature” riders no longer needing the most horsepower nor desiring to pay the price associated with having the most electronics (ask BMW owners about that) and the weight that comes with a full dress, shaft driven bike. The SMT was one of the most comfortable bikes to tour on and I suspect this Triumph to fit that mold very well. C’mon Triumph!

  6. Cyclemotorist says:

    I love the front fairing/light combo.

  7. Cyclemotorist says:

    Home run by Triumph!

    • Jeremy in TX says:

      That is an American metaphor. Since Triumph has no plans to send us this new Tiger (yet), you should probably say, “Sixer by Triumph!”

  8. brian says:

    Friggin’ geez! They do all this and they can’t bother to change the hideous and now quite dated front fairing/light combo? Boooo.

    • KenHoward says:

      Are you looking at the same bike as the rest of us? Time to update your eyeglass Rx? Or, are you one of the 2 resident Triumph bashers in-disguise?

      • brian says:

        Sorry Ken, different folks, different strokes, that’s why we got chocolate and vanilla. Triumph basher hardly since I’ve owned a sweet Street Triple and still own a sweeter ’99 Thunderbird Sport. But don’t listen to me, I’ve always thought the Tiger was a bit tongue and cheek with the former jokingly bad paw scratch on the side panels and such. So maybe they just don’t wanna get away from tradition in keeping that front fairing looking like a smiling bug of some kind.

  9. Sentinel says:

    It’s been confirmed that Triumph “IS NOT” bringing this bike to the U.S. !!! >:(

  10. The Spaceman says:

    I really like the angular, hard-edges styling, at least in the photos. The “intakes” are probably fake, but they still look cool. What I don’t get is why they didn’t do an underslung exhaust. That long pipe and huge can look state of the art 90’s. Aftermarket suppliers will love it though.

  11. skybullet says:

    Inseam challenged? Just slide the forks up in the triple trees an inch or so. The rear shock spring can be changed by aftermarket suspension suppliers for not much $$. Still need more? Have the seat lowered/customized and it will probably be more comfortable too.

  12. mickey says:

    Wow 83 comments and not one from teelee telling us not to buy it or what a crappy company Triumph is. You guys must have really scared him off.

  13. Kevin says:

    Presently considering my next bike and was looking at sport-touring (Ninja 1000 being the front-runner) and ADV (DL 1000 in this catagory).

    This new Tiger gets me excited just looking at it!

    Almost ready to put a deposit down right now – but I want to know MSRP and…

    fuel tank size? Please have a big tank hiding in there!!!

  14. Buke says:

    That’s looks just like my next bike!

  15. Gary says:

    Awesome bike. I love Triumph triples.

  16. Stever says:

    I’ll stick with the Bandit 1250

  17. Blackcayman says:

    Maybe we should just hope they make an RS body kit for the new Speed Triple?

    I have “NO” use for the tallish suspenders and ride height.

    This motor was a peach before the updates, so its going to be a real hoot on the back roads.

  18. Auphliam says:

    Nice looking bike. Looks like direct competition for the Versys. Where it comes in on price could be a ‘make or break’, considering the Kaw comes standard with bags at a pretty nice price point.

  19. MGNorge says:

    I like it! It looks athletic and purposeful. Me not being short of inseam I settle in nicely on its perch. Passenger accommodation are less important to me because my wife usually isn’t as interested in riding. So much so in fact, I might as wear one of those T’s that says, “If you can read this, the _____ fell off!”
    Kidding aside, it’s usually just me and I’ve always found the Tiger 1050 a handsome cat!

  20. Wendy says:

    It needs a beak.

  21. ben says:

    I find the upper fairing and headlight combo on this bike to be all wrong, just hideous. Having said that, I rode a 1050 Tiger for the first time a while back and thought it was a really solid performer

    • saddlebag says:

      Hmmm, I like it. Symmetric and with both lights on simultaneously; such a eccentric design that no one uses it anymore. Nice big lights too. Might actually be useful in the dark.

    • todd says:

      Take it off and put a proper round headlight on it.

  22. John says:

    I really like it, but would FAR rather have something with a 530cc twin. This is no doubt too tall for my short legs. Like the style and the SSS though. Not sure if it would do that much better than the 800XR though in reality. A little faster and cooler looking though.

    • todd says:

      Faster on paper. It’s still at the mercy of a rider’s limited ability, just like every other bike out there.

  23. Stratkat says:

    goofy! when you take the off road aspect out of the bike, you wind up with a tall gangly looking machine with no need for the high seat height. for what purpose? for the guy that wants to look the part but is too afraid to go off road?

    • Jeremy in TX says:

      I think for the tall guy that doesn’t want to go off-road.

    • Gham says:

      IDK,I think your right Strat,It’s tall and the pegs are situated where I don’t think it does tall guys any favors,the passenger seat is stupid elevated and makes for difficult 2-up riding.I like the ERGO’S of the 2005 much better.

    • North of Missoula says:

      You would be surprised how much more aggressively you can ride a bike like that on a crappy twisty mountain road full of potholes, and uneven frost heaved pavement compared to a molar jarring ride on a sport bike. Long progressive springs are far more accommodating than short ones.

    • bmbktmracer says:

      I’d argue that your short-travel, chin-on-the-tank track ripper is a far bigger compromise than an adventure-style bike on public roads. I’d argue that your 2″ travel, feet-forward, 600 pound iron sled is a far bigger compromise. I’d argue that bikes like the Triumph Tiger are ideal for public roads. Why do you assume that people who buy bikes like the Tiger are afraid of going offroad? That’s absurd. I had a Tiger in 2004 and didn’t ride it offroad. I had a KTM 300MXC and won the local cross-country championship. People ride their choice of motorcycle for their own reasons, which is why we have so many awesome types of motorcycles to choose from.

    • Jim says:

      Longer suspension travel soaks up bumps much better on twisty mountain roads, allowing you to ride safely at a faster pace and in greater comfort. Adv bikes rule for touring.

      • stratkat says:

        in all my years of riding ive never ridden on roads so bad that i need an offroad bikes suspension. i mean how many are you guys encountering? and i lived in New England most of my life. geez man, how hard is it to go around one, thats what i used to do. even if there were nothing but pot hole laden streets and i had a dirt bike i wouldnt aim for them, how lazy do you have to be??

    • saddlebag says:

      Unfortunately, for those of us looking for a sporty touring bike, we get this or we get bumpkis.

      • saddlebag says:

        nfortunately, for those of us looking for a sporty touring bike, we get these or we get bumpkis.

      • MGNorge says:

        That must have been one of those repeater bumps.

      • Jeremy in TX says:

        Aren’t the Ninja 1K, Honda Interceptor, BMW F800GT and BMW R1200RS sport touring bikes in the traditional sense?

        • Selecter says:

          Most definitely. And the FJR. And the Connie 14, if you wanna Super Size your order. There’s no lack of ‘traditional’ sport tourers out there at this time, but they certainly don’t get the airplay that they used to.

          This is mostly because lots of people (a bit like myself) have found that for “sport” touring, a road-biased ADV bike is roomier, FAR more comfortable, and as pointed out above, more than capable of taking a furious pounding from the awful roads that we’re stuck with in most of North America, all without throwing you off of your line. Seems like a pretty reasonable trade-off, personally. Bikes like the Tiger, where you get most of the great ergonomic traits of an ADV with grippy tires and a lot of engine are especially appealing nowadays.

          • Jeremy in TX says:

            I don’t disagree with any of that for sure. I just see a lot of people complain on this site and others that there are no sport tourers out there that aren’t quasi adv bikes. So it makes me wonder what is wrong with these other bikes like the Ninja 1K that somehow disqualifies them from being sport touring motorcycles. Seems like there are some great choices out there for those who want to carry a passenger and hard luggage but don’t want their sport bike to stand so tall.

            As far as the Tiger goes, I don’t even think it has an ADV look to it. It looks literally like a tall, half-faired sport bike. I like it.

      • Scott says:

        How about the Versys 1000?

        Oh, wait. You already have one of those. So what’s the problem?

    • Mr. Negative says:

      I find the only people that don’t like these long legged sport touring bikes have either never ridden one, or they are inseam challenged.

    • Tim says:

      I’m 5’8″ and had a Versys 650 which I loved (another tall bike). The biggest benefit to me was riding position. The taller bike made for more leg room to the pegs, which I appreciated, even being 5’8″. I also liked the fact that it was comfortable standing up on the pegs on occassion.

      Riding a tall bike definitely takes getting use to for a shorter person but, believe it or not, I actually found benefits. Though I do wonder sometimes how much it would hurt them to reduce the height by maybe an inch or inch and a half. Would you really be giving up much? At the same time you would increase your potential buyer base significantly.

  24. Blackcayman says:

    Tiger Sport “Versus the Versys” and the DL1000

  25. azi says:

    Nice bike – but not as authentic as the Bonneville.

  26. Jeremy in TX says:

    Nice scoot. Looks like they managed to dial in the adventure bike ergos preferred by so many with almost none of the adventure bike look. It looks like a tall, half-faired sporty bike. Refreshing.

  27. Gary says:

    Considering this is a British bike, shouldn’t it be spelled “Tigre”?

  28. mickey says:

    Nice. My only complaint about the up pipe would be the restriction it would put on mounting a side bag on that bike.

    • Pacer says:

      Agreed. I think this is the most desirable style of bike right now, at least for me. Comfortable, fast, aggressive enough, can accommodate a weekend trip or longer. What is not to like?

    • jimjim says:

      Don’t need no stinkin’ side bags when you get an awesome deal on dry bags that strap down to the seat. 😉

    • Vern says:

      The 800 Tigers had side bags that looked pretty much like the ones on the Sprint’s, but the R/S bag was severely dished on its inside surface for the upswept exhaust.

  29. jimjim says:

    Great looking bike, I already have a Tiger 800 which I love and have no intentions of selling but…..oh man too many bikes and not enough time/money!

  30. skybullet says:

    Good looking bike, to my eyes. No mention of weight, that is a key factor for me. I will add it to my, Bikes to Ride Before I Buy the Next One, list.

  31. Doug says:

    Sweet! They should offer an accessory high mount front fender (no beak) like BMW did on the 89 GS 1000. If there is clearance. It changes the perceived purpose of the bike. I like this Tiger!

  32. Fuzzyson1 says:

    800cc’s please!

  33. North of Missoula says:

    Very nice.

    It will be interesting to see how it stacks up against the Versys 1000. It should be lighter than the Kawasaki, if they keep the published 140hp that the new speed triple has, it will eat the Versys’ lunch.

    • saddlebag says:

      I’ll bet that 140 number is at the crank. Anyway, I have a Versys 1000 and it’s plenty powerful for any street application. I do like triples better than inline 4s though. Not crazy about that high pipe. Will definitely reduce luggage capacity. Versys also comes with a luggage rack standard. Don’t see one here and a top box is a big deal for me. Also doesn’t appear to come with hard bags which are also standard on the Versys. Centerstand, also standard on Versys, appears to be MIA here. Consumers will need to invest in a rear stand to do their chain chores.

      • Joe Bogusheimer says:

        I like the Versys, for what it is, but it is a bit of a barge. More touring oriented, for those who prefer that. Although, the things you mention wouldn’t add a lot of weight to this bike, and add a fair bit of utility, especially for touring. Is a centerstand possible for this bike? At first glance I’d say probably not, but I would have said that about my Fazer 8, too, which actually does have a factory centerstand available.

        • saddlebag says:

          A barge? Seriously? These bikes are made for traveling and hauling people and their stuff around. The V1k dices twisty roads as fast as I care to ride them. Might not be an ideal track bike, but neither will this Tiger. If that’s what you’re looking for, you’re definitely reading the wrong article.

  34. Joe Bogusheimer says:

    Nice. Another sort-off ADV bike without the 19″ front wheel (not needed for road riding anyway) or a silly-looking beak. A sport bike for those of us with longer limbs and aching backs. Much like the FJ-09, which I also like. And a single-sided swingarm to snazz things up a little (and probably the reason for the high-mounted muffler, so that you can see the lack of swingarm on that side).

  35. Buckwheat says:

    Looks sharp. Would prefer shaft or belt drive.

  36. proheli says:

    Very liberal use of the word SPORT. Looks nice except for the go-normous can.

  37. Selecter says:

    Makes one wonder if they have done anything about the squishy forks and shock on the old Tiger to justify the “Sport” moniker. The high-mount can should also be teleported back to 2005 where it belongs. The copy says that they reworked the exhaust, so why didn’t they take it the whole way?

    That said, I love the silver paint and graphics here. It looks much more aggressive than the last version, and I would just hope that they’re backing that up with truly improved performance from both the driveline and the suspension. Because without those two things, this thing will get flat murdered by both the Versys 1000 and the V-Strom 1000, which I would see as its logical competition.

    • Craig says:

      Aftermarket… 🙂 For exhaust as with the big collector under the bike, I’d want to get rid of it anyway… at least this way it’s all hidden in the CANS for those that like STOCK exhaust.

      But your point is well taken as it dates the bike back to their humble beginnings. Looks fun though!!!

  38. Snetinel says:

    PLEASE tell me that Triumph IS going to import this bike to the US !!! Any info on this?

  39. Gary says:

    Nice job of product placement. This is a very competent bike for a wide range of riding. Fits nicely with the 800 and 1200 bikes’ focus.

  40. Guzzi Guy says:

    I like the approach and it looks like a nice sport-touring / commuting platform. However, I’d be more interested in an 800 variant…

    • JustANomad says:

      A trip to the Triumph dealer might be in order for you this weekend. They’ll have just what you’re looking for.

      • GuzziGuy says:

        Suppose I was a little brief in my comment. When I compare the aesthetics of this bike to the 800 XRX for instance, the 800 has a plethora of exposed frame and sub-frame tubes which, along with the bug-eye headlights, gives it a very hectic / complex look. The Tiger Sport has much cleaner lines – more of a flowing look – that I like much better.

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