Years sold: 2007-2012
MSRP new: $10,699 (2007) to $13,399 (2012)
Blue Book retail value: $6305 (2007) to $11,090 (2012)
Basic specs: A 1050cc, dohc inline-Triple engine making a claimed 114 hp and 74 ft.-lb. of torque powering a 436-lb. (also claimed) streetbike with an upright riding position and a dual-headlight quarter-fairing.
Why it’s desirable: Though its styling radiates an aura of adventure riding, the Tiger 1050 is a pure streetbike with no pretensions of dirt ability. It’s a really good, fun street machine, in fact, we said it was “Triumph’s best all-around bike” in 2007. With its trick aluminum frame, 43mm inverted fork, 17-inch wheels shod with sporty rubber and radial-mount calipers biting dual front rotors, the 1050 is a giggle-a-minute riot on twisty backroads. Yet thanks to its comfy ergonomics, torque-heavy three-cylinder powerplant and tall sixth gear, it cruises the open road with ease, especially if accompanied by a set of optional saddlebags.
From the get-go, an ABS version was available for an extra $800; and in 2010, Triumph added an ABS SE model that included the bags as standard equipment. Once the Trophy 1200 model was introduced in 2012, the SE remained the only 1050 Tiger in the lineup before the model was dropped altogether for 2013.
Useful resources: This Triumph was never a high-volume seller, so there is just one dedicated Internet forum: www.tiger1050.com. But you can find useful information about the 1050 on other bike forums, including www.triumphrat.net. Lots of accessories are available at sites such as www.twistedthrottle.com and www.touratech-usa.com.