Remember when there was one Tiger and that was Triumph’s adventure bike? We now have three and with three different engine sizes, hitting three different markets. The 800 Tiger is perhaps the most off-road orientated of the bunch, with the 1200 Tiger Explorer taking more touring duties with some gravel roads in the wire wheeled in XC form.
And then there’s the original Hinckley Tiger. It started out in 885cc triple form back in 1993, grew to 955 cc in 2001. It was Triumph’s adventure bike and it at least tried to go off-road. However, as the 800 and 1200 versions took that role the original Tiger was boosted to 1050 format in 2007, complete with 17 inch cast wheels and then given the ‘Sport’ appendage in 2013. The adventure was over and Triumph now had a long-legged sport tourer.
But there’s nothing wrong with that if you like your sport tourers on the lanky side and Triumph has stuck with the concept with a significant update for 2016. The 1050 triple motor comes from the latest Speed Triple with more torque and better fuel economy. It’s also ride by wire with Rain, Road and Sport riding modes, multi-level traction control, cruise control and ABS. To keep in its sport touring genre there’s a taller adjustable screen and slipper clutch too.
The bike won’t be officially released till Friday at a show in the UK and it’s when you write that that you realize that you haven’t actually checked if it will be coming to North America. It’s a quick text to the Canadian rep and a quick reply makes you realize that you’ve just spent the last 45 minutes writing about something to a Canadian audience that won’t actually be able to buy the bike.
Yes, the new 2016 Triumph Tiger Sport will not be available in Canada.