Friday, January 11, 2013

2013 Triumph Tiger Sport 1050 gets a host of updates, is now a better sports-tourer

2013 Triumph Tiger Sport 1050 2013 Triumph Tiger Sport 1050
The 2013 Triumph Tiger Sport certainly looks sharper than its predecessor

For 2013, Triumph have added ‘Sport’ to the Tiger 1050’s name, and due to some engine and exhaust mods, the bike’s 1050cc triple now makes 123bhp (a 9bhp hike over the old model) and 104Nm of torque. There’s a new single-side swingarm at the back, suspension has been revised at both ends, ABS software has been updated and body panels (tail unit, side panels and screen) are all new. Gearing has been revised for better acceleration and the Tiger Sport’s ergonomics have also been revised for improved long-distance comfort.

Triumph claim that the Tiger Sport 1050’s updated fuel-injection system results in a 7% improvement in fuel economy, the single-sided exhaust system makes for more space for bigger side panniers and the new exhaust system has been tuned for a sportier, more voluble note. The old Tiger’s projector headlamps have been replaced with four reflector-type headlights that substantially improving lighting performance, and the seat is now narrower at the front, and lower, which makes it more comfortable for a wider range of riders. The Tiger Sport’s handlebars are also lower and closer to the rider, the windscreen has been designed for improved wind protection and the revised switchgear now allows the rider to operate all dashboard functions with the left hand.

The 2013 Triumph Tiger Sport’s revised chassis geometry (a half degree steeper steering angle and slightly longer wheelbase) improves steering precision, feedback and stability, while the new, fully adjustable suspension, with new springing and revalved damping, has been optimized to improve the bike’s handling and load carrying capacity. The Tiger Sport rides on new cast-aluminium wheels shod with Pirelli Angel GT tyres for all-around performance and Triumph claim to have improved overall fit, finish and build quality for the bike, which is available in white and red and comes with an unlimited mileage two-year factory warranty. Prices for the new Tiger Sport will be announced in March this year.

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