When the Triumph Tiger was first introduced, BMW trembled a little. Here was a European country headed to America ready to take on the dual sport motorcycles that BMW had positioned so carefully to be the only top-end dual sport bikes in existence. Triumph, upon releasing the Tiger, let them know that they could not only do it, but do it well, and for less cash, too. The 2009 Triumph Tiger, the descendant of that first bike, is filled with the kind of refinement that high-end riders expect, free of the non-essentials that annoy commuters, and provide one of the purest rides available on the road today. In the spirit of the bikes of the seventies and eighties, the 2009 Triumph Tiger has the capability necessary for light off-road riding, the comfort of a tourer, (easily accomplished with just a few add-ons from the Triumph accessories catalog) and the handling and responsiveness of a streetbike. Triumph bills the 2009 Triumph Tiger as the bike that is “built to perform in more ways than one,” and they do a magnificent job of making good on that promise.
The 2009 Triumph Tiger is powered by Triumph’s torquey 1050cc triple, a similar engine to what is offered in other Triumphs, but tuned slightly differently. This engine speaks volumes, and offers the kind of exhaust note that riders of British triples have come to love and expect. The 2009 Triumph Tiger’s 1050cc engine is liquid-cooled, features Dual overhead camshafts, and Multipoint Sequential electronic fuel injection. Power is transmitted to the wheels via a six-speed gearbox with a multiplate wet clutch, and chain final drive. 113 horsepower and 74 lb/ft of torque motivate the 2009 Triumph Tiger, providing plenty of power for fully-weighted touring and two-up riding.
The Aluminum Beam perimeter frame provides a seat height of 32.8 inches, somewhat high for many riders, but about the right inseam for many. Weighing 436 lbs, the 2009 Triumph Tiger has plenty of distance in it to make the most of its 5.2 gallon fuel tank, while multiple aluminum parts reduce weight, including the braced, twin-sided alloy swingarm and cast, multi-spoke wheels reduce the load considerably. Front suspension is a 43mm upside down fork with full adjustability, while the rear is a monoshock type with adjustable preload and damping. Front brakes are twin 320mm floating type with 4 piston radial calipers, while the rear is a single 255mm disc with two piston calipers.
There are three colors available for the 2009 Triumph Tiger, including Jet Black, Blazing Orange, and Fusion White. The base MSRP for a new 2009 Triumph Tiger is $11,599, while the ABS option will add a few hundred for an MSRP of $12,399. One of the most sincere motorcycles on the road, the 2009 Triumph Tiger may not be the machine for everyone, but it is plenty of bike for anyone.