2012 Triumph Tiger 1050 SE

As if it wasn’t mouth-watering enough, Triumph’s popular Tiger 1050 has been given a sporty new look for 2012, packed with an improved specification, new colors and graphics, and the same powerhouse drivetrain that we’ve all come to appreciate.

A truly versatile motorcycle, the Triumph Tiger 1050 SE is a rare creature that’s versatile and adept on just about any road surface. There’s no question that its well-rounded nature has made it one of Triumph’s best-selling models in recent years and given it a huge following around the world.

Sit astride the Tiger 1050 and you will understand just why so many year-round riders choose them as their daily rides. The tall - 32.8" - riding position gives the rider a commanding view over the traffic, with the well-appointed saddle facilitating comfortable day-long riding. New for the 2012 model are high-specification black anodized tapered aluminum handlebars. These are over half an inch lower than the previous steel items to give a more sporting riding position. The standard Tiger Tiger 1050 SE comes in three different color options: Diablo Red, Crystal White, and a two-tone Matte Black/Matte Graphite combination. The higher specification Tiger 1050SE also benefits from Triumph’s ABS braking system, as well as the standard fitment of hand guards, centerstand and 43-liter saddlebags, optional extras on the standard Tiger 1050.

Then there’s the powertrain, a staggering 1,050cc triple engineering feat that has been a staple of Triumph over the years, capable of effortlessly delivering 113 brake horsepower and 72 lb/ft of torque at just 6,250 rpm.

For 2012, the Tiger 1050 features redesigned suspension internals and new damping characteristics front and rear, with a stiffer spring at the rear. The result is a more controlled ride, both solo and with a passenger, with reduced dive under braking, making for an all-around, versatile bike that’s ready to conquer the road.

Find out more about the Triumph Tiger 1050 SE after the jump.

Engine and Transmission

Triumph Tiger 1050 SE
TypeLiquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, in-line 3-cylinder
Bore/Stroke79 x 71.4mm
Fuel SystemMultipoint sequential electronic fuel injection with SAI (except NZ,
ExhaustStainless steel 3 into 1, high level polished stainless steel silencer
Final DriveX ring chain
ClutchWet, multi-plate
Oil Capacity3.5 liters (0.9 US gals)

Chassis Running Gears and Displays

Triumph Tiger 1050 SE
FrameAluminum beam twin-spar
SwingarmBraced, twin-sided, cast aluminum alloy
FrontCast aluminum alloy multi-spoke 17 x 3.5in
RearCast aluminum alloy multi-spoke 17 x 5.5in
Front120/70 ZR17
Rear180/55 ZR17
FrontShowa 43mm upside down forks with adjustable preload, rebound
and compression damping, 150mm travel
RearShowa Monoshock with adjustable preload and rebound damping,
150mm rear wheel travel
FrontTwin 320mm floating discs, Nissin four-piston radial calipers
(ABS only)
RearSingle 255mm disc, two-piston Nissin calipers (ABS only)
Front Brake MasterNissin master cylinder, 16mm diameter
Instrument Display/
LCD multi-functional instrument pack with digital speedometer,
trip computer, analogue tachometer and clock

Dimensions and Capacities

Triumph Tiger 1050 SE
Length2110mm (83.0in)
Width840mm (33.0in)
Height without mirrors1320mm (51.9in)
Seat Height835mm (32.8in)
Wheelbase1510mm (59.4in)
Fuel Tank Capacity20 litres (5.3 US gals)
Wet Weight (ready to ride)245kg (539lbs)

Performance and Fuel Efficiency

Triumph Tiger 1050 SE
Maximum Power115PS / 113bhp / 85kW @ 9400rpm
Maximum Torque98Nm / 72ft.lbs @ 6250rpm
City35 MPG
Highway51 MPG


Total Motorcycle----"Tiger 1050 Special Edition. Equally at home in the urban jungle as it is prowling on the open road. Looking for adventure? This even more practical and desirable Tiger with its commanding riding position, its muscular 1,050cc triple engine, powerful brakes and high specification sporty chassis. With added ABS, new colors, color matched saddlebags and handguards. One up or two, get there in style and have fun on the way. Short haul or long haul."

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