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Tiger 1050 Sport........Mmmmmmmmmm

I think I've just found the replacement for the Versys when the time comes.

http://www.visordown.com/road-tests-...ort/22330.html

Saw it in the 'flesh' and it is a lovely motorcycle, especially in the white. My dealer will have his demo ready for mid April and I'll be taking it out for a hoon around to see just how much it has changed over the previous model. But on looks alone.........

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Yup. Totally with you mate. I've been crunching numbers on how it might happen in a couple years (family expenses, and my seemingly undying urge for racing). My time might be later, but it will come. That is if they decide to bring it to the states.

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Not for sale in the US.
Which totally makes it easy to want one.
I think it looks fantastic, the character of the motor seems ideal, ride-all-day comfort, and upgraded suspension; what's not to like?
33 mpg (Imperial!!)
Pretty nice write-up, but the comments were in fact a bit more illuminating.
The USD forks and SS Swinger that seem like such an upgrade are just leftover parts from other models. The exhaust still roasts your rump. The service intervals are short.
See... I knew I didn't really want one.
Dibs on Davy's bike though; Fly-n-Ride?
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I sold my Tiger 955i to buy my Versys. They are great bikes but know that they are quirky as hell, require more maintenance than a Versys and that maintenance will cost you significantly more (parts, not labour).

Love Triumph's, but will sit tight on something else to let my bank account recover
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The newer 1050 Tigers are a much better machine that the early Tigers of old and this latest Sport model has some nice updates over that model. What I actually like is the fact that it is not over-loaded with electronic gizmos that the new generation of Tiger Explorers/12GS LC/KTM 1190 are. It's a more basic machine, but maybe a more honest machine in that respect ? The new single side swingarm is not a parts bin left over and has been designed especally for the new Sport and been added to allow larger panniers to be fitted. But ultimately, IMO, it's a nice revamp of an existing model which costs alot less than the pseudo giant trailies it was once competing against. In fact, it's a much nicer looking bike compared to the Versys 1000 which is a more direct competitor.



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Saw one in at a triumph ride day on the weekend. It was the only bike we couldn't ride lol It looks much better than the previous model.
After sampling the Explorer Trophy I had a ride on (the little Squirt) Street Triple 675 omg what a amazing piece of kit. thats the one thats seducing me.
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Nice looking bike! What is the price point?





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I had a ride on (the little Squirt) Street Triple 675 omg what a amazing piece of kit. thats the one thats seducing me.
Sing it, brother. I very badly want me one of those machines.

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I had a 2009 Speed Triple (practically the same engine) and it was super reliable. I put 20000km+ in the first year without a glitch. Maintenance schedule and prices was comparable to most japanese bikes. I only sold it to save my license, if we didn't have speed limits I'd still have it
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Nice bike! Wouldn't mind the 850 either! Think the tiger or the sprint ST will be my next bike


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A white one passed me (in the car) and I agree it looks great and my first thought was, Triumph has done the Versys, but the 1000, not the 650. The Sport is 123hp and £9.6k. The Versys 1000 is 116hp and £9.5k.
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Nice bike! Wouldn't mind the 850 either! Think the tiger or the sprint ST will be my next bike


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I tried the Sprint ST and it's a great bike too but for my 6'1" frame felt like the ergos we're a bit too sport oriented for a "sports-tourer".

The Tiger 800 is a beauty, but the power curve just seems a bit boring (compared to the Street Triple for example, which is a bit more punchy and entertaining)...a neighbor has one T800, looks great but I can hear the engine whistle 5 minutes before he goes by hehe Also tried a Daytona 675, same whistling, but once you rev it, it sounds amazing I love most Triumph bikes, had a Speed Triple 2009 and a Scrambler 2010, and both were great fun and high quality.
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With a strong GT and adventure bike market growing here in the states, I'm holding some hope this Triumph with make it here in short time.

In the mean while, we'll enjoy all the Harleys, Victory, and Orange County Choppers you don't get in merry ol' U.K. So there. (insert sarcasm emoticon)
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I made the switch from Versys to Tiger 1050 last year, with few regrets. The worst issue with the Tiger was the lights, which it looks like they've tackled nicely. The other was wind management as the factory screen had the same issues my Versys had. (Noise/turbulence.) I don't know if this bike has it solved, but both MRA and Mad Stad have provided good aftermarket for the Tiger, and I'm sure will continue to do so. These bikes aren't cheap though although you do get what you pay for.

This new Tiger has more power, better suspension, and the same comfy ergo. I hope they bring it to Canada someday. I'm curious if the Versys 1000 is meeting sales expectations or if they will be doing a facelift on it early. I have never seen a V1000 on the streets here, but I see lots and lots of Versys 650's on the road. The V1000 and Tiger 1050 seem like natural competitors.


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Do you know what the Tiger reminds me off ? I'll give you a clue.

It was only available in the States for one or maybe two years in the early 90's. This bike too didn't meet the sales expectations of the manufacturer which was why it was withdrawn quite quickly in that particular market, yet sales in Europe were very very healthy. It was a bike that was probably ahead of its time, but most riders didn't recognise that and when you look at what is available these days, you'll see where I'm going with this.

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Yamaha's TDM850.


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You nailed that one. An excellent example. Good bike at the wrong time. A buddy of mine loved his and rode it into the ground. Unfortunately quite literally. Totalled it. He looked for a replacement, but was too difficult to find another. (Before the internet mind you.)

I own another excellent example of a bike before its time in the states that rocked in Euro markets: Honda NT650 Hawk GT
To its credit, it finally got its recognition. Unfortunately after Honda discontinued it for the States.
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I tried the Sprint ST and it's a great bike too but for my 6'1" frame felt like the ergos we're a bit too sport oriented for a "sports-tourer".

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Rode a friends hired ST when he was over here for a 9 day ride with me from Aust and thought the ST was okay but was very lumpy in comparison to my ninja 1000.
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Triumph rep at the NYC show said there are no plans to bring the Tiger Sport to North America...said the US is all about adventure bikes, Europe likes sport tourers. Too bad, I'd be really tempted.


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