The Tiger is one of the ultimate do-it-all motorcycles that can tour continents two-up, commute effortlessly or scythe a set of corners. At its core is a seminal fuel injected, 955 cc, three-cylinder engine – revised for 2006 with a new cylinder head, crankcases and visually neater exterior – punching out a solid 104 bhp peak power output matched by a walloping 67 ft.lbs. torque. Further refinement is added by a backlash eliminator gear and slicker shifting gearbox. The Tiger’s motor is the very definition of real-world drivability. Its character instantly involves the rider and its unflagging, completely linear response can always be relied upon.
An upright, comfortable riding position gives a commanding view of the road ahead and scenery flashing by. The Tiger’s quick steering frame geometry has rake set at 25.8 degrees, trail at 92 mm with a wheelbase of 59.6 inches. The compliant front forks employ single rate springs while the rear shock’s spring preload can be remotely adjusted. The cast, 14-spoke, aluminum wheels take tubeless tires – 110/80 V19 front and 150/70 V17 rear.
The Tiger’s rugged enduro styling exudes toughness and the far horizon is the Tiger’s destination. It thrives on an all-day riding challenge and lives for the journey, two-up and fully loaded. But when it comes to a sinuous, twisting switchback or daily commute to work the Tiger’s equally at home.
With practical touches like the large 6.3-gallon US fuel tank, lockable hard cases and hand guards as standard plus the efficient, frame mounted fairing to keep the windblast and weather at bay the Tiger’s usability factor multiplies. The seat height also adjusts through a 20 mm range. As with all Triumphs, an extensive range of accessories is available – including soft luggage and fender extensions. Silver frame and wheels complement the three color options of Jet Black, reintroduced by popular demand, Aluminum Silver and Caspian Blue.
It’s been said that the journey is sometimes as important as the destination. The Tiger’s one of those bikes that helps prove this theory. There are very few genuine all-round motorcycles around – the Tiger is one of them.