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 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.

  • 2012 Triumph Tiger 1050 SE
  • Year:
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    Liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, in-line 3-cylinder
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    115PS / 113bhp / 85kW @ 9400rpm
  • MPG(Cty):
  • MPG(Hwy):
  • Torque @ RPM:
    98Nm / 72ft.lbs @ 6250rpm
  • Energy:
    Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection with SAI (except NZ, ZA, AU)

Engine and Transmission

2012 Triumph Tiger 1050 SE High Resolution Exterior
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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

2012 Triumph Tiger 1050 SE High Resolution Exterior
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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

2012 Triumph Tiger 1050 SE High Resolution Exterior
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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 litres (5.3 US gals)
Wet Weight (ready to ride) 245kg (539lbs)

Performance and Fuel Efficiency

2012 Triumph Tiger 1050 SE Exterior
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Maximum Power 115PS / 113bhp / 85kW @ 9400rpm
Maximum Torque 98Nm / 72ft.lbs @ 6250rpm
City 35 MPG
Highway 51 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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