The rear half of the bike is completely new as is most of the front with almost every visible component renewed and additional power coming from the 1050cc, three-cylinder engine.
The Tiger Sport is 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. It comes with a major bonus: Triumph's work at strengthening the chassis and upgrading the suspension for sharper cornering has also made the Tiger Sport more practical and comfortable.
This is one of the great all-rounder motorcycles, thrillingly punchy and agile on demanding back-roads, with the versatility to make it a serious tourer and ideal commuter. For many riders the Tiger Sport is the ideal, real world sports bike, yet it's also capable of covering long distances solo or two-up in exceptional comfort, or slicing through daily traffic with the safety of its high-visibility, upright riding position, eager engine and updated ABS.
The changes over the outgoing Tiger 1050 have been extensive:
New bodywork - the tail unit, side panels and screen are new, giving the Tiger Sport a leaner, sportier and more modern look with a purposeful stance. 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 10PS and 6Nm peak power and torque while boosting the engine's output across its rev range. The evocative three-cylinder growl has been enhanced at the same time, while the one-tooth larger rear sprocket has also improved acceleration, and gearbox revisions have resulted in smoother selection. Output is 92kW and 104Nm.
Fuel Consumption – careful reworking of the fuel injection calibration has resulted in an improvement in fuel economy in addition to the performance gains. The Tiger Sport rider will go about seven percent further on each tank of fuel.
Single-sided swing arm - 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.
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.
Prices for Tiger Sport will be announced in February with bikes being available at Triumph dealerships towards the end of February 2013.