There’s something about the Triumph Tiger 850 Sport that really clicks with Spencer… See the review video here.
What we like:
- Engine punches above its weight
- $15,990 pricetag accessible to mere mortals
- As versatile as they get
Room for improvement:
- Windscreen adjuster a bit clunky
- Dual purpose tyres a compromise
- Tacho over stylised
In essence, the Tiger 850 Sport strips off the bling from last year’s Tiger 900 range, like the big TFT, quickshifter, advanced rider modes and fancy suspension, to make it accessible to average Jacks. Like me!
This effort has brought its price down to $15,990 plus on-road costs, a considerable discount from the entry Tiger 900 that checks in from just under $21k.
But there’s a bit more to it than that. You see the Tiger 850 Sport gets a unique tune to make it a better “all rounder”, at least that’s how Triumph puts it.
This means that power is rated here at 62kW and 82Nm. That might not sound like a lot, but there’s something about the way the 888cc triple delivers that grunt that allows it to really punch above its weight.
In fact, just this week I had a fast ride in some mountain twisties amongst far quicker 1000cc sports tourers. Okay, I had to work pretty hard to keep up when we were really pushing. But the bike did keep up. To my surprise.
I’m not saying that the Tiger 850 Sport is as good a performer as some of those bikes. But what I am thinking is that its low-down power delivery, easy and confident manners, allow you to push it in a way that you might not on a more powerful machine.
Yes. When the road gets gnarly, the 850 Sport says: “don’t worry, I’ve got you”.
Fitted as standard are a set of Michelin Anakee adventure tyres which do well to service both light off-road and sports touring applications. This is of course the compromise of owning an all-rounder.
You get a smaller TFT display here than used on the Tiger 900, which is a bit simpler and has just two rider modes, Road and Rain. That might not suit you, but simple suits me.
Some riders love modern tech advancements, and that’s just fine. But for me, I like to get on a bike and just ride the damn thing. You know what I mean?
When I first picked up the Tiger 850 Sport I realised I was stuck with a huge bag. I mean the international airport luggage type thing. On most bikes, this would take some serious logistics but its clever grab rails allowed me to just tie the thing down easily and take it with me.
Good luggage and tie down points are not exclusive to the Tiger adventure bike, but it’s something I did appreciate here.
There’s also some good adjustability in the suspension, which can be easily accessed on the rear end via an exposed knob. No, not that kind of exposed knob…
If you’ve yet to see it, check out our first impressions video here.
Spencer has a keen eye for hard news, and does some of his best living on deadline day. He loves more than anything to travel on his motorcycle, and is adamant that Melbourne Bitter is a world-class lager. He also knows how to operate the big computery thing in the office. By night, Spencer plays guitar with Melbourne punk outfit LOJO LOUTS.