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2016 Triumph Tiger Sport Specifications Finalized


Our readers showed great interest in the redesigned 2016 Triumph Tiger Sport.  Another entry from Triumph in the red hot adventure tourer segment … this one aimed strictly at street riding with 17″ wheels and street rubber. The European press launch is underway, and Triumph has released some of the specifications.

The revised Tiger Sport features a version of the 1050 cc triple found in the new 2016 Speed Triples. With more than 100 changes, the new engine makes a lot more power in the Speed Triples, but the new Tiger Sport also gets a boost to a claimed 126 horsepower at 9,475 rpm and 78 foot/pounds at 7,000 rpm (compared to 140 horsepower and nearly 83 foot/pounds at slightly higher rpm in the Speed Triple). Triumph claims a broader spread of power and improved fuel economy, as well. Claimed dry weight is 480 pounds.

The Showa fork is fully adjustable, while the Showa rear shock only has adjustable spring preload and rebound damping. Radial mount Nissin calipers with four pistons grab huge 320 mm discs in front.

Ride-by-wire throttle offers three maps, including Standard, Sport and Rain modes. Traction control is also standard. Adjustable windscreen and 12v power socket work with available luggage options and heated grips to offer the type of versatility expected by riders in this category. We hope to have a test of this model a little later.

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  1. Silver says:

    Whow cares? Triumph isn’t bringing it here anyway

  2. Mick says:

    Nothing says “arbitrary figure to follow” like the phrase “claimed dry weight”.

    I’ll know that I’m living in the future when phrases like “as delivered, tank empty/full” are used.

    Even so, I know I’m not living in the future when even the “claimed dry weight” of a motorcycle is in excess of two race ready motocross bikes. Real motocross bikes, with two stroke engines.

  3. teelee says:

    Poor Rod with his new job, he must have bumped his head.

  4. John says:

    The seat is a bit high, but I’d live to see a Tiger 800 Sport. Or even cooler, a Tiger 530 Sport twin.

    Looks like Yamaha is going to deliver what I want with the FJ-07 though.

    • mickey says:

      John, where are you finding info anout a Yammie FJ07?

      • John says:

        Just here and there, it’s basically an FZ-07 with a fairing, bags and probably a more comfy seat like the XSR. Supposed to be presented this summer according to MCN, possibly sooner.

        Was supposed to be presented sooner, but apparently, they had only so many 700cc engines they could build and demand for the existing bikes was through the roof.

      • John says:

        Just here and there, it’s basically an FZ-07 with a fairing, bags and probably a more comfy seat like the XSR. Supposed to be presented this summer according to MCN, possibly sooner.
        Was supposed to be presented sooner, but apparently, they had only so many 700cc engines they could build and demand for the existing bikes was through the roof.

        • Jeremy in TX says:

          I’ve seen spy shots of an FZ-07-based bike with a 21″ front wheel and large fuel tank, more Tenere than FJ.

          • John says:

            The FJ-07 was spied last summer several times on the street and is due to be announced officially “within weeks”. Basically an FZ with a fairing and more comfort. Probably $8500. Due around the end of the year for shipping.

          • Jeremy in TX says:

            Just saw press release pics for the bike being introduced in Europe called the Tracer 700. About $9000 US (via the exchange rate), so I wouldn’t be surprised to see it here for $8500. It looks nice.

        • mickey says:

          don’t you love it when you post once and nothing shows up, so you post again and nothing shows up, so you give up and eventually 2 show up?

    • todd says:

      I’d think it would be much easier to make a Tiger Cub 675 triple. Take a Street Triple and change the ergos, increase the subframe, and add a half-fairing. I would love a bike like that with the 675 motor. Actually, I enjoyed the 675 motor more than the 1050 Tiger I rode. If I had any money I’d build one myself.

      • John says:

        Maybe, but they would already have the Tiger XR frame and set up. Swap on a SSS and a sportier fairing and a 17″ front. Voila. No pretense of offroading.

        Losing the 675 engine may ruin my dream of a 675 x 2/3 = 450cc high revving parallel twin for use in a Tiger 450 Rally and Street Twin 450.

  5. skybullet says:

    “Adventure” bikes have evolved into what used to be called Standards and now are no longer big Dual Sports. Which is fine with me. This bike is very close to what I want in my next ride. If it is available when the KTM Super Duke GT arrives, it will be a contender.

  6. CB says:

    Those front forks are just too long. Regarding the fron fairing design… Looks like a left over design from Vetter in 1970… Sorry, not me. I have a 2012 street triple R and love ce it. I’m f I need something new n that s category…. Going with the us version we call the FJ-09.

    • todd says:

      You could easily lower it so that the forks are the length that suits you and the rear swing arm is at an angle more similar to regular road/sport bikes.

  7. takehikes says:

    I’m sure its a fine bike but what a styling mashup.

  8. Gary says:

    This is the ideal “real world” motorcycle, complete with (triple) character and (British) flare. The ONLY thing that could make this better is to use shaft or belt drive for “real world” rider demands. If I didn’t already have my KTM 1190 ADV, this would be top on my list.

    Incidentally, there’s way too much of this off-road charade going on in the design of many ADV bikes – since their inception. A high ground clearance chassis is great for the occasional bumpy dirt road that is all most ADV riders will likely see. If I’m engaging in true single-track/cross-country touring, there are MUCH better dual-sport bikes out there for this application. Enough said.

  9. Jamo says:

    I think they are obligated to export this to the U.S. because NAFTA and free trade. I don’t think they can just keep it there.

  10. Norm G. says:

    not what you’d call a “pretty bike”, but definitely handsome.

    • Tom K. says:

      I think you’re referring to the “Caitlyn” signature series, a confusing and mysterious mishmash of parts that when viewed as a whole, creates a vision that, althought not necessarily pleasing to the eye, makes it hard to look away, in much the same manner as a train wreck.

      • mickey says:

        Had to think about that one for a minute, then I had to laugh.

        • Tom K. says:

          Then my mission was successful….at least it kept you from poking Teelee for a few minutes, LOL.

          • mickey says:

            It was a good natured jab, intended to inject some humor in this thread. Nothing malicious. I understand teelee’s issues with Triumph and can actually commiserate since I have to defend Honda from this pack of anti-Honda wolves about every other thread bwahaahhaa. It’s all good.

  11. allworld says:

    I have a 2012 Tiger SE, love it and it’s still going strong………….. but if I need to replace it my choice just got easier.

  12. LarryC says:

    The spec I’m waiting to hear is “USA spec.” I’ve got a 2006 Tiger 955i waiting to be updated. If Triumph doesn’t relent and bring this bike to the USA, I’m afraid it’s going to have to be a Caponord…

    • Vrooom says:

      I had a 955I, great bike. Don’t think I could go for that puny front wheel for an adventure tourer though. Put that engine into a model with a 19″ front and I’m there.

  13. Gary says:

    Looks identical to the 2008 1050, with different paint and a radial caliper. Seat, tank, frame, swingarm … all identical. I guess they had leftovers.

    • LarryC says:

      Actually it’s not. According to Triumph, the entire rear subframe has been redesigned. For one thing, the ridiculous radically stepped seat on the older bike has been tamed significantly. The pillion section is less sloped so the passenger doesn’t tend to slide into the rider. Only a test ride well tell if the changes are effective. Unfortunately that won’t happen in the USA.

  14. todd says:

    This with the 675 motor, please.

  15. Sentinel says:

    It is NOT coming to the U.S. unfortunately.

  16. BillW says:

    Adventure tourer for me means long fork travel, comfortable seat, moderately rugged bash plate, roomy ergos and wide bars. If this has those things, it’s got all the adventure most of us road-oriented adventure riders need. IMO, it helps that the 1050 is much better-looking than the Explorer.

  17. randy says:

    How do you test a bike not available in the USA?Many improvements over my 2011 tiger 1050 and they fixed the horrible headlights,crappy tranny and windscreen.Too bad its not available here.
    Speaking of…………why does the USA not get bikes we may want?CB1300,ZRX1200DAEG and now the Tiger.Thank god for the bandit 1200S.Its the only true Japanese standard available.

    • Jeremy in TX says:

      “why does the USA not get bikes we may want?”

      We may want them, but we obviously don’t buy them in significant enough numbers.

      • randy says:

        hear that a lot but then the FJR1300 put that to rest just like the super tenere.

        • Jeremy in TX says:

          There are plenty of bikes in the USA just like the Tenere and FJR1300. I must be missing your point. With respect to the Tiger in particular, it does seem strange that they aren’t bringing it as the “highway” adventure bike market is in vogue here at the moment.

    • VLJ says:

      I’d say the XSR900 is certainly a true Japanese standard, and it’s available in America. For that matter, aren’t the FZ-07 and FZ-09 Japanese standards, as is the Z1000, CB1000R, and GSX-1000S? Sure, of that sextet only the XSR900 really looks like a traditional Japanese standard, but the others are all naked bikes with upright seating positions, so I think they also qualify.

  18. Zen Rider says:

    This ought to nearly compete with the Multistrada but at a more affordable price point. Perhaps it could steal a few sales from the V-Strom 1000, Versys 1000, and the FJ-09.

    I’m just guessing it will priced well below the Ducati and slightly above the Versys/V-Strom but priced higher than the FJ-09. I think a comparison test ought to be good for road oriented adventure tourers.

    • mickey says:

      “road oriented adventure tourers”

      I like that description

    • Max says:

      Only if the potential buyer doesn’t happen to notice that there’s a great big exhaust right where a saddlebag should fit.

      • mickey says:

        A little higher up than on a VStrom 1000 or BMW GS (which is higher than the VStroms) but your choices are a low pipe that gets dinged,or a high pipe that blocks right side saddlebag access. Most seem to go with some kind of high pipe on the rh side, although the Triumphs does seems to be ridiculously high for the bike type.

  19. mickey says:

    Nice looking bike. What do you think Teelee?

    • Half Baked says:

      Choose from his typical litany of responses: A.) It’s too expensive. B.) there aren’t enough dealers/there is no dealer in my area. C.) I was once the unwilling recipient of inappropriate touching by a man in a Triumph t-shirt.

    • Tom K. says:

      Rough day with the magnifying glass on the anthill? So many puppydog tails, so few tin-cans…..

      • Half Baked says:

        Hey Dirk why is it alright for Tom K to imply that I am depraved, cruel and engage in atrocious (not to mention felonious) acts of animal cruelty but when I reply in kind my comments are removed? I think I deserve an answer.

        • Tom K. says:

          If you look at the shape of the string, you can see that it was Mickey’s post that I replied to, not yours. And, it was a good-natured jab at Mickey for his torturing Teelee, who needs a hug more than a poke with a stick due to his obvious disdain for all things Triumph. If it makes you feel better, I laughed at your reply to Mickey, you guys were really piling it on poor Teelee. Trust me, Half-Baked, we’re all friends here. Now go get your shine box.

          • mickey says:

            Torturing? That’s kinda harsh lol.. Since I was first poster to this thread I just tried to inject some levity before things got too serious like they tend to do sometimes. I don’t have a mean bone in my body and no ill intent was meant toward teelee. Not sure I’d hug him, but I’d sure shake his hand lol. After all I know what he feels like when I have to defend Honda from this pack of anti-Honda wolves in every other thread bwahaahaa

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