Triumph treats Tiger to updates
TIGER TOURER: Suspension tweaks for the new Tiger aim at improving its stability by rendering a more settled rear-end.
Author: JD van ZYL
Triumph has just revealed its revised Tiger 1050 for the 2012 model year, and it appears the British manufacturer has opted for a gentle evolution with the 2012 Tiger, which will likely be followed by more radical reinterpretation for 2013.
The biggest news is an upgraded suspension with improved dampening characteristics as well as a stiffer rear shock. Triumph has also treated the bike to new graphics and paint options and a lower handlebar.
According to the company, the mechanical changes are mostly aimed at improving the bike’s performance on tar and making it more stable, whether that be with a single rider or when pillioning. The upgraded suspension set-up is also said to reduce front-end diving when braking.
New handlebars, which are 20mm lower than before, result in a sportier riding position. Other changes include a general move away from polished chrome parts to a brushed aluminium look as well as an increase in blacked-out bits for a more aggressive appearance.
The standard Tiger 1050 will be available in metallic Phantom Black, while the higher-spec SE version with ABS as standard can be ordered in Diablo Red, Crystal White and the current duo-tone Black Matt/Black Graphite combination.