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Old 01-19-2014, 02:59 PM   #1
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Triumph Tiger 1050

Does anyone in this wild world of ADVRider own a Tiger 1050?

I'm looking for a bit of sport-touring machine & the Tiger 1050 has caught my interest. I've done a few searches on the ADV forum, but come up empty handed.

Anyone have any input? All the motorcycle magazines say it's a great all around machine, but I'm looking for someone who has owned & ridden one for a while.

Any input would be great!

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Old 01-19-2014, 03:08 PM   #2
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I LOVE mine!!!!

Sexiest engine ever... long travel suspension makes frost heaved busted pavement a cakewalk. The weak headlight is the only drawback, a PROPER cure is now available though.
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Old 01-19-2014, 03:15 PM   #3
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Engine is great, and great seating ergo's.

BUT: Horrible headlights!!!!!!! You will go into turns blind. The wind shield sucks, better to take it off or cut it super short.
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Old 01-19-2014, 03:18 PM   #4
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I have a 2007 Tiger. Owned it since 2011. Love it. IMO, it's is a great all-rounder. I sold a V Strom to buy mine. My other bike is a KTM 950SM.


This is a good resource for owners

http://www.tiger1050.com/index.php?action=forum


My wife doesn't rode with me very often, but thinks the Tiger is the most comfortable bike I've owned.

As with any bike, it's not perfect. Suspension would benefit from stiffer springs. Revalving the forks and replacing the shock are another popular mods.

Popular engine mods are a slip-on exhaust, air filter, and remap the ECU. Remapping the ECU only requires a $15 data cable if you use TuneECU software, which is free.

There are a lot of options for luggage, including matching OEM bags.

If you want a 80/20 to 99/1 street/dirt bike, I felt it was a lot easier to get where I wanted than the V Strom I owned.

I have ridden a lot of other bikes and haven't found anything that makes me want to sell/change.
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Old 01-19-2014, 03:20 PM   #5
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Forgot about the headlight. Mine came with a HID conversion for the low beam, so I never experienced the OEM light.
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Old 01-19-2014, 07:59 PM   #6
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Thanks guys! Have to look at the website. Really wanting one...
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Old 01-20-2014, 03:29 AM   #7
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Thanks guys! Have to look at the website. Really wanting one...
The LAST bike I'd want to part with...
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Old 01-20-2014, 05:29 AM   #8
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Remap turns the bike into a Speed Triple with comfortable ergos.

I have a 2012 with 20,000 miles . Very reliable and a lot of fun for the money.
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Old 01-20-2014, 10:58 PM   #9
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I dont think you find another bike on the used market that will give you so much for the money. I consider it an "adult sport bike". I have done over 10 hours of twisty roads and was ready for more the next day. Easliy average 45MPG and can squeze out 50MPG if the damn thing did not sound so sweet under power.

The biggest draw back for me was suspension, especially if you are 200 plus. Did my up with Racetech bits last year and as advertised, totally transformed the bike. It is a highly manuevaerble bike in traffic as well:
http://youtu.be/qufFqbgD81c

The only gremlin I have had since 07 was the electrical relay for the starter went bad. Once I figured it out, took out the old one and simply plugged in a new one and done. Great help from Tiger1050.com

Cant go wrong with these bikes. I am not sure there is another motor in a bike out there better for the street. They do likie to eat tires. If I could ever get 4k out of a set I would be very happy.
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Old 01-21-2014, 07:19 AM   #10
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It's my main bike. For the street it's the perfect all-arounder IMO. Stock is fine-you'll most likely need a new shield (but what bike doesn't?). MadStad is the way to go.

When it's time for shocks-HAGON rear for a good value or Ohlins/Penske for high end. Front-no question RaceTec GoldValve kit.

For headlights any good AUX lights from the vendors here will do quite well. IMO forget trying to mod the OEM-it's polishing a rock as far as I'm concerned. Throw PIAA or similar in there and call it good and, as I mentioned, AUX lights are needed.

If you need a saddle Bill Mayer knows the Tiger 1050 well. Some others will bend the seat pan and it won't latch causing a big hassle.

Other bikes come and go here at KoF but the Tiger stays.
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Old 01-21-2014, 11:22 AM   #11
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I hope they bring the Tiger 1050 Sport to the US...looks like a great bike!
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Old 01-21-2014, 11:34 AM   #12
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I own one, but never got to ride it much. My son is 6'4" with 36" inseam and absconded with it after I'd only had it a couple months. He's ridden it for over two years now and you couldn't pry it away from him with a crowbar. The bike fits him like a glove and has been totally reliable, not to mention how much fun it is to ride. They're fine bikes and some incredible bargains can be found. I paid $5500 for my '07 with less than 5k miles three years ago.
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Old 01-21-2014, 04:23 PM   #13
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I have an '07 with front suspension reworked by Racetech & a reworked rear shock. I added an aux fuse block & wire harness for Fiamm horns, GPS, Radar Detector, HID & driving lights.

Traced the weak headlight problem to improper aiming--it was pointed about 10 ft in front of the bike. No wonder I couldn't see.... Much better after aiming but not up to my other bikes with HID. Simply replacing the bulb with HID will help but the low beam lens is diffused so it is not a complete cure. Replacing the projector with a Moto Morini is the cure but not an easy one.

The windscreen is far enough in front of the rider that it may as well be on the back of the bike you are following. Buffeting no matter what unless you put up a barn door one. I would like the bars a bit lower but haven't found ones I like yet.

All in all a great bike. I had planned to sell mine (since I have 6 bikes) but every time I ride it that thought goes away.
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Old 01-23-2014, 07:08 AM   #14
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Thanks guys! Have to look at the website. Really wanting one...
If you buy one buy a Triumph service manual to go along with it. Everything you'll need to know is in the book.

I bought a 2010 white Tiger, put 26K miles on it in 22 months. I didn't think I'd ever come off it, until I rode the new Explorer. Regardless, the 1050 Tiger is a great bike (but not-so-great off road bike).

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Old 01-25-2014, 03:23 PM   #15
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If you buy one buy a Triumph service manual to go along with it. Everything you'll need to know is in the book.

I bought a 2010 . ite Tiger, put 26K miles on it in 22 months. I didn't think I'd ever come off it, until I rode the new Explorer. Regardless, the 1050 Tiger is a great bike (but not-so-great off road bike).

My dad just bought a 2014 Explorer today. He plans on adding a Freedom sidecar to it. We believe it'll be the first Explorer in the USA with a sidecar. I am still looking to get a 1050. Neither of us are interested in offroading, so we don't have to worry an out that.

Now a 1050 just needs to come up for sale around Kansas City.
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