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Triumph Tiger 1050

Road Test: R1200GS v. v. Tiger 1050 review

The between bike classes are more and more blurred. the past two decades or so we’ve niche development and marketing sports bikes that are sports bikes, tourers only tour and off-road that do just that.

though, it seems bike has turned back towards spectrum capabilities. And the bike public have responded In 2006, sports bike aside (always a UK favourite), have drawn impressive The BMW R1200GS has made hitherto of sales

figures in the adventure category, while Honda’s new has taken the litre sports class by storm. Both wide appeal and wide

And it’s into this we inject Triumph’s new Tiger. The old was thought of as an adventure sports so a natural competitor to the GS. But the Tiger has 17-inch wheels, so is now arguably closer to the CBF.

Has it really evolved into a tourer?

When you look at bikes BMW’s GS really is the example. Having just its 25th birthday the GS is a shining of ‘thinking outside the box’. The at BMW were clever enough to that riders liked the look of off-road bikes, the ‘big bike’ feel and that a large, comfortable machine also makes a tourer.

Over 210,000 GSs now been made and it’s hard to go anywhere without into one! You name it: America, Africa, anywhere a road, you will pass one of German masterpieces going its task in an unflustered, workman-like

But even though it has been a success BMW hasn’t rested on its The GS has steadily been evolving and From its early days as a off-road orientated bike BMW has swayed the GS’s direction far to the open highway than the lane.

Although they don’t to admit it the latest generation is only really an off-roader in With its 2005 update, it shed weight and gained the new engine, BMW moved the GS another closer to the sports tourer

If you really want to explore the world then the GS Adventure is there, but for most riders the bike at least looks it could take on the world, is all that’s important.

Triumph, on the hand, has taken a far more step with its new Tiger. In this new bike Triumph has held its hands up and admitted no one really takes big trailies Which, to be brutally honest, is the bleedin’ obvious.

Why the hell you want to take a 200-kilo off-road anyway? It’s a bit taking a Gold Wing on Yes, it can do it, but why would you want to?

The addition of 17-inch wheels underlines the fact that the is a road bike.

But this is a move by the lads in Hinckley. it is obvious that riders take big trailies off-road, like to look like can. It’s the ‘Charley and effect, which itself has sell over 800 GS Adventures in the UK year alone.

Triumph Tiger 1050

Owners to look like they’re off to conquer the wild plains of the even if the only thing likely to defeat is the ticket at the NCP car park. Which is why Triumph has the old Tiger in its range for 2007 cynics might say that’s they haven’t sold all. ).

Then we have the Honda, has confounded all the critics this On the face of it the CBF1000F is probably one of the bikes of 2006. And 2007. A Fireblade motor in a quite fairly ugly bike some muted paint to say the very least.

But like terrible soap opera this Plain Jane has all expectations, by a long way. Not did the CBF prove to be a huge hit with the when launched, but more 1000 have been in the UK this year. So what’s its

It isn’t exactly rocket The CBF’s key is that it’s one of the easiest bikes in the world to get on on a daily basis. Hondas have the reputation of being friendly, a term I personally but that is exactly what the CBF is.

this bike requires no thought whatsoever, it almost everything for you. Unlike bikes you don’t really to think about the engine, gear you are in, what revs the is at. No, with the Honda and that motor you simply concentrate on the

It doesn’t really matter in the rev range you are, the CBF pulls exactly the same urgency and really care if you should be a ratio lower or higher. It from low down yet also to just over 10,000rpm; probably one of the smoothest engines out and fits the character of the bike Gentle, relaxed and hassle if a little bland.

Which something that the Tiger’s motor can be accused of. The more I get to the current crop of Hinckley the more I appreciate the engine. is just something so satisfying and

pleasurable about it, from the three-cylinder growl to the gentle on the overrun and the lovely spread of While the Honda is wonderfully it does lack a bit of inspiration and which the Triumph has by the bucket While the Tiger has the same spread of power as the Honda, triple motor just has urgency about it, which is

It’s not revvy but seems to up the pace faster while being perfectly happy to sit at revs on motorways.

Triumph Tiger 1050
Triumph Tiger 1050
Triumph Tiger 1050
Triumph Tiger 1050


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