Within the first decade of producing the dual-sport motorcycle called Triumph Tiger, British automaker Triumph Motorcycles had only made one major alteration: incrementally increasing its engine displacement. Although it had established itself as an adventure machine suitable for both paved and unpaved surfaces (thus the term “dual-sport”), the Tiger was in dire need of an overhaul. Thus the 2007 model year received a host of changes that vaulted it into sport-touring status. Triumph set the manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of the ‘07 Tiger at $10,699; a version of the bike with anti-lock braking gets a higher MSRP tag: at $11,499.
For the 2007 Triumph Tiger, the engine displacement is increased from 995 cubic centimeters (cc) on the previous production cycle (2001 to 2006) to 1,050 cc. The engine -- a four-stroke liquid-cooled three-cylinder horizontal in-line unit -- pumps out 113 horsepower at 9,400 RPM and 74 pound-feet of torque at 6,250 RPM. The bore and stroke and compression ratio are measured at 3.11 by 2.81 inches and 12 to 1, respectively. The engine’s intake valve train uses a double overhead camshaft configuration, with four valves per cylinder. Paired with the engine is a six-speed manual. Like most of the previous iterations, the '07 Tiger uses fuel injection, and an electric starter is installed for a more convenient way to start the engine than a kick-starter.
Measurement-wise, the 2007 Triumph Tiger is around 83 inches long, 33 inches wide and 52 inches high, with a wheelbase of around 59 inches and seat height of almost 33 inches. Its dry weight is measured at 436 lbs., and its fuel capacity tops at 5.2 gallons -- a dip from the 6.3-gallon tank of previous productions.
For the 2007 model year, the Triumph Tiger gets a brand new aluminum frame: still at place for being less heavy than steel while retaining a sturdy feel. The new suspension -- with a revised swing arm at the back and the fork in the front now inverted -- provides a smoother ride. All-wheel disc brakes -- dual discs in the front and single disc at the back -- enhance the ‘07 Tiger’s braking prowess.
With its frame covered in plastic, the 2007 Triumph Tiger provides choices from Caspian Blue, Fusion White, Jet Black and Scorched Yellow color finishes. Standard digital instrumentation on the motorcycle includes a clock, trip odometer, tachometer, and fuel level and temperature warning gauges. Triumph also includes mounts saddle bags; windshield for protection from wind and flying debris; halogen lights and rearview mirrors for increased visibility, and space under the seat for storage. Fitted on each '07 Tiger are a pair of huge 17-inch aluminum wheels.
Because it blends sport with touring, the 2007 Triumph Tiger is not master of either capability. Plus, its shrunken fuel capacity means that you would have to go to the gas station more often. However, for its price, the ‘07 Tiger is handsomely loaded. Plus, with its comparatively powerful engine and practicality, it is easily a great choice for those who want a remarkable all-around bike.