2008 Triumph Tiger Review


The liquid-cooled engine for the 2008 Triumph Tiger 1050 sport-touring motorbikes produces around 114 horsepower at 9,400 RPM and 74 lb-ft of torque at 6,250 RPM. The MSRP for the 2008 Triumph Tiger 1050 is around $11,000, and the 1050 ABS model sells for around $11,800. The wheels, rear suspension components and frame of these sport-touring bikes are made of aluminum. The Triumph Tiger 1050 motorcycles are about 6.9 feet long, 33.1 inches wide, and around 52 inches high.

These sport-touring bikes come equipped with a one-piece vinyl seat that holds two riders. The 2008 Triumph Tiger also comes equipped with a standard grab rail and foot pegs for both riders as well. Fork guards, a chain guard and exhaust guard are all standard features for these bikes also. The 2008 Triumph Tiger motorbikes also come with standard features like the spoiler, upper fairing and skid plate.

The control interface of these 2008 Triumph sport-touring bikes feature digital instrumentation, a trip odometer, a tachometer, a temperature warning gauge, a fuel level warning gauge and a speedometer for the driver. The front-end of the 2008 Triumph Tiger also features a low tinted windshield that is nonadjustable. These motorcycles have storage underneath the seat for the driver as well.

Many riders love the comfortable seat and the brakes on these Triumph sport-touring motorcycles. These motorbikes are stable and cruise effortlessly at speeds of around 85 miles per hour. Some riders complain about the stock lighting when riding at night and cornering. Riders say that it’s pretty easy to replace the headlight bulbs in under ten minutes without any extensive mechanical work. Many people say that the 2008 Triumph Tiger can be a great choice for young and seniors as well. Many riders like the styling, handling and powerful engine performance of these sport-touring motorcycles.

Many riders also love the great fuel economy these motorcycles typically provide. Riders usually get around 45 to 50 miles per gallon. Riders say the 2008 Triumph Tiger is a great choice for a daily commuter to ride around town and long-distance tours as well. Some riders complain about the comfort and suspension on these sport-touring motorcycles on adverse road conditions. Many riders applaud the abundance of options and aftermarket accessories available with the 2008 Tiger Triumph motorcycle.

Riders are typically able to get these sport-touring motorbikes up to speeds of around 45 miles per hour accelerating up hills and around 95 miles per hour when touring the roadways. Most riders love the comfort of these bikes for long-distance touring but are dissatisfied with the stock headlight performance of the 2008 Triumph Tiger. The handling for these motorcycles makes it easy to navigate through heavy traffic or perform tricks like wheelies as well.

New For 2008

  • The Tiger Triumph sport-touring lineup was carryover for 2008.
  • Surveyed riders showed an overall preference for the 2007 Triumph Tiger in comparison to the 2008 lineup and other motorbikes currently on the market.
  • Riders favored the engine performance, reliability, design, off-roading capabilities, touring capabilities and safety of the 2007 Tiger Triumph over the 2008 model and other motorcycles.
  • Riders also thought the 2007 Triumph Tiger was more fun to ride, and was worth more for the money as well.
  • Riders only preferred the racing track capabilities of the 2008 Triumph Tiger over the 2007 version and other bikes currently available.

2008 Triumph Tiger Specs

  • 2008 Triumph Tiger 1050, Tiger 1050 ABS
  • Engine Type: 1050 cc four-stroke three-cylinder horizontal in-line
  • Bore and Stroke: 3.11 x 2.81 inches
  • Compression ratio: 12:0:1
  • Valve Train: DOHC
  • Induction: Fuel Injected
  • Ignition: Electric
  • Transmission: six-speed manual
  • Final Drive: Chain
  • Fuel Capacity: 5.2 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: N/A
  • Brakes (Front): Dual Disc
  • Brakes (Rear): Disc
  • Suspension (Front): Inverted Fork
  • Suspension (Rear): Twin Sided Swing Arm
  • Wheelbase: 59.4 inches
  • Rake: 23.2°
  • Trail: 3.5 inches
  • Seat Height: 32.8 inches
  • Curb Weight: 436 pounds
  • Tires (Front): 120/70 ZR 17
  • Tires (Rear): 180/55 ZR 17


  • The 2008 Triumph Tiger lineup is available in Blazing Orange, Caspian Blue, Fusion White and Jet Black
  • 2 Box Hard Bag Kit or 3 Box Hard Bag Kit
  • Accessory Seat (Low 825mm)
  • Alarm/Immobilizer
  • All Weather Cover
  • Auxiliary Power Socket
  • Top Box and Top Box Rest Kit
  • Touring Dust Cover
  • Touring Screen
  • Carbon Fiber Front Fender
  • Grab Rail Kit
  • Hand Guards
  • Hard Bag Inner Bags
  • Heated Grip Kit
  • Carbon Fiber Tank Pad and Magnetic Tank Bag
  • Sliding Carriage Rack Kit and Centre Stand Kit
  • Storage Cover
  • Tail Pack

Key Competitors For The 2008 Triumph Tiger

  • The 2008 Yamaha FJR 1300A
  • The 2008 Honda ST1300
  • The 2008 BMW F 800 ST
  • The 2008 Kawasaki Concours 14
  • The 2008 Triumph Sprint ST