For a bike that packs a walloping powertrain, the Triumph Tiger 1050 looks remarkably svelte and sexy. Then again, we wouldn’t have expected anything less from the boys over at Triumph.

The British motorcycle brand’s popular Tiger 1050 has been given a sporty new look for 2012 with an improved specification, new colors, and graphics, giving it a powerful and versatile look as a rocket on two wheels. For the 2012 model, the Tiger 1050 comes with plenty of new features, including high-specification black anodized tapered aluminum handlebars that are over half an inch lower than the previous steel items for a more sporting riding position. The bike also has a tall - 32.8" - riding position that gives the rider a commanding view over the traffic, with the well-appointed saddle facilitating comfortable day-long riding.

Speaking of the bike’s remarkably meaty engine, the Tiger 1050 is powered by a 1,050cc triple engine that delivers a staggering 113 brake horsepower and 72 lb/ft of torque at just 6,250 rpm. These numbers are made all the more impressive considering that the Tiger doesn’t pass the look of a mighty cruiser.

Dressed in Triumph’s famous Metallic Phantom Black paint finish, the Tiger 1050 comes with new graphics on the fairing with a number of items “dechromed” for a more contemporary look. Wheels, sprocket carrier, and brake calipers are among the many components that have also been dressed in a black finish and further complemented by graphite footrest hangers and control plates. Exhaust canisters and heel guards now take on a brushed, rather than polished, steel finish.

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

  • 2012 Triumph Tiger 1050
  • Year:
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    Liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, in-line 3-cylinder
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    113 @ 9400
  • MPG(Cty):
  • MPG(Hwy):
  • Torque @ RPM:
    72 @ 6250
  • Energy:
    Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection with SAI (except NZ, ZA, AU)

Engine and Transmission

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Type Liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, in-line 3-cylinder
Capacity 1050cc
Bore/Stroke 79 x 71.4mm
Fuel System Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection with SAI (except NZ,
Exhaust Stainless steel 3 into 1, high level polished stainless steel silencer
Final Drive X ring chain
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Gearbox 6-speed
Oil Capacity 3.5 liters (0.9 US gals)

Chassis Running Gears and Displays

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Frame Aluminum beam twin-spar
Swingarm Braced, twin-sided, cast aluminum alloy
Front Cast aluminum alloy multi-spoke 17 x 3.5in
Rear Cast aluminum alloy multi-spoke 17 x 5.5in
Front 120/70 ZR17
Rear 180/55 ZR17
Front Showa 43mm upside down forks with adjustable preload, rebound
and compression damping, 150mm travel
Rear Showa Monoshock with adjustable preload and rebound damping,
150mm rear wheel travel
Front Twin 320mm floating discs, Nissin four-piston radial calipers
(ABS only)
Rear Single 255mm disc, two-piston Nissin calipers (ABS only)
Front Brake Master Nissin master cylinder, 16mm diameter
Instrument Display/
LCD multi-functional instrument pack with digital speedometer,
trip computer, analogue tachometer and clock

Dimensions and Capacities

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Length 2110mm (83.0in)
Width 840mm (33.0in)
Height without mirrors 1320mm (51.9in)
Seat Height 835mm (32.8in)
Wheelbase 1510mm (59.4in)
Rake/Trail 23.2°/87.7mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 20 liters (5.3 US gals)
Wet Weight (ready to ride) 245kg (539lbs)

Performance and Fuel Efficiency

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Maximum Power 115PS / 113bhp / 85kW @ 9400rpm
Maximum Torque 98Nm / 72ft.lbs @ 6250rpm
City 35 MPG
Highway 51 MPG


Asphalt and Rubber----“Triumph’s last tweeks to the 2012 Triumph Tiger 1050 is a new cosmetic package, which sees new graphics on the bike’s side panels, new turn signals, and the elimination of some chrome bits. Other bare-metal pieces have been blacked out, including the new aluminum handlebar. The 2012 Triumph Tiger 1050 will come in Phantom Black, while the ABS models will come in Diablo Red, Crystal White, and two-tone matte black color scheme. Pricing should remain unchanged.”

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  (594) posted on 02.8.2012

The appearance of Triumph Tiger 1050 look thin and sexy. The bike has a better engine with improved specification with a powerful look.

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