2009 Triumph Tiger Review


The Tiger is Triumph’s entry into the Adventure class of motorcycles. While the Triumph Tiger is a name that has been around since the 1930s, the latest iteration of the Triumph Tiger brand, the Tiger 1050, was first introduced in 2007. The 2009 Triumph Tiger 1050 was developed to handle a wide range of conditions, from the city streets, to windy mountain roads, to light off-road adventuring. Triumph’s intentions are clear with the Tiger by giving it the motto “built to perform in more ways than one.”

The 2009 Triumph Tiger lives up to Triumph’s reputation for building motorcycles with excellent engine power and top performance. The torque of the 1050cc engine is similar to the engine Triumph uses in many of its motorcycles, but it’s tuned specifically for the variety of uses a Tiger rider might encounter. Triumph’s famous inline three-cylinder engine powers the Tiger with 114 hp and 74 lb-ft of torque. This grants the Tiger more horsepower and torque than equivalent adventure bikes. Triumph owners never complain about their bikes lacking in speed and acceleration. Tiger riders also appreciate the distinct exhaust note of Triumph’s inline three-cylinder engine. A six-speed gearbox smoothly routes power to the wheels using an X-ring drive chain transmission. The clutch is a multi-plate wet clutch, which provides smooth shifting.

An aluminum beam twin spar frame gives the 2009 Triumph Tiger a durable, offroad-capable chassis. Front suspension is composed of Showa 43mm upside-down forks; this suspension design allows for adjustments to be made via a screw-like hydraulic adjuster. Rear suspension features a Showa Monoshock, with adjustable preload and rebound dampening. Dual disc brakes on the front wheel and a single disc brake on the rear wheel give the Triumph Tiger solid stopping power. An Antilock Braking System (ABS) is an optional addition for customers who prefer ABS. Triumph’s choice of giving the Tiger 1050 17-inch wheels means the wheels are a bit small for hardcore off-roading, but more suitable for modern sport bike tires. The Tiger is not a dirt bike, but rather a bike that can comfortably handle that annoying dirt road to your friend’s hunting cabin.

The Triumph Tiger is known for possessing great ergonomics for both the driver and passenger. The seat height of 32.9 inches is on the high side, but the seat can be adjusted, or the bike can be ordered with a lower seat. The handlebar position is also adjustable to further ergonomic functionality. The seat was designed to comfortably accommodate a rider over long riding distances and bumpy terrain.

Triumph offers a wide range of accessories to customize your Tiger to your individual needs. Saddlebags are available for carrying supplies on long road trips. Mudguards and skid plates are available if you intend to do more light off-roading. The Arrow “Slip-On” Silencer is offered to enhance performance and decrease the volume of exhaust noise. Touring screens and a host of aesthetic upgrades are also available to further customize your Tiger 1050. The 2009 Triumph Tiger comes in stock colors of Jet Black, Blazing Orange, and Fusion White, with a Special Edition offered in a Matte Graphite/Matte Black two-tone paint scheme.

The Triumph Tiger is directly aimed at the high-end, dual-use motorcyclist. Whether you are visiting friends in the mountains or cruising long desert highways for adventure, the Tiger has the power and comfort for you to enjoy the ride.

New For 2009

  • N/A

2009 Triumph Tiger Specs

  • Model:Triumph Tiger 1050
  • Engine Type: Inline three-cylinder, four-stroke
  • Bore and Stroke: 79 x 71.4mm
  • Compression ratio: 12.0:1
  • Valve Train: DOHC
  • Induction: Fuel injected
  • Ignition: Digital Induction
  • Transmission: Six-speed gearbox with wet multi-plate clutch
  • Final Drive: Chain
  • Fuel Capacity: 5.2 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: N/A
  • Brakes (Front): Twin floating disc
  • Brakes (Rear): Single disc
  • Suspension (Front): 43mm upside down forks
  • Suspension (Rear): Monoshock
  • Wheelbase: 59.4 inches
  • Rake: 23.2 degrees
  • Trail: 87.7mm
  • Seat Height: 32.8 inches
  • Curb Weight: 436 pounds
  • Tires (Front): 120/70 17 ZR
  • Tires (Rear): 180/50 – 17 ZR


  • Carbon Fiber Front Mudguard (Tiger specific)
  • Heated Grips (Tiger specific)
  • Dust Cover (Tiger specific)
  • Anodized Brake Reservoir (Tiger specific)
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Three Box Saddlebags
  • Two Box Side Saddlebag
  • Grab Rail Kit
  • Sliding Rack Kit
  • Arrow "Slip-on" Silencer
  • Alarm Immobilizer
  • Accessory Muffler
  • Comfort Seat
  • Low Seat
  • Centre Stand Kit
  • Machined Alloy Levers
  • Paddock Stand Kit
  • Touring Screen
  • Magnetic Tank Bag
  • Oversized Handlebars
  • Hand Guards
  • Battery Optimizer
  • Tank Pad
  • Machined Risers
  • Paint Protection Kit
  • First Aid Kit
  • AUX Power Socket
  • GPS Connector Kit

Key Competitors For The 2009 Triumph Tiger

  • BMW F800 GS
  • Suzuki V-Strom 800