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The Triumph Tiger insignia can be traced in Triumph lineage back to 1936 when newly hired design chief, Edward Turner, revamped Triumph’s existing line of motorcycles. By applying better finishes, adding performance and creating new teardrop, chrome-plated fuel tanks and christening the new bikes “Tigers,” Turner created stunners and changed Triumph’s fortunes for the better.

The original three Triumph Tiger models, the Tiger 70, Tiger 80 and Tiger 90 (the numbers indicating each bike’s top speed), came in engine displacement sizes of 250cc, 350cc and 500cc, respectively. Differences between the models were minor and all were powered by air-cooled, pushrod, overhead cam single-cylinder engines and available from the factory in either high- or low-pipe versions.

In 1939 Triumph launched the Tiger 100 featuring the 498cc air-cooled parallel-twin-cylinder engine launched the previous year in the Speed Twin model. Destruction of Triumph’s Coventry facility stalled production of Triumph models for civilians until after the war. The Triumph Tiger 100 was re-launched in 1946 featuring a new telescopic fork, and in ’51 it gained the first swingarm rear suspension. From 1953 to 1961 the 650cc Triumph Tiger 110 was offered alongside the Tiger 100. In 1960 the Triumph Tiger 100 gained a “unit” engine (engine cases and transmission cases cast as one piece). Demise of the Triumph brand and the Tiger 100 began in the early ‘70s and was finalized in 1983 when the company went into receivership.

2008 Triumph Tiger

In 1993, a revived Triumph brand owned by real estate tycoon, John Bloor, and located in Hinckley, Great Britain, launched the first Triumph Tiger model in 20 years. The Triumph Tiger 900 was powered by a liquid-cooled, 885cc, inline three-cylinder engine. The new Triumph brand was utilizing three-cylinder engines because the original company had begun producing three-cylinder engines in the late 1960s and it was relatively simple to lop off one cylinder from the 1200cc Daytona sportbike. The odd number of cylinders also made the Triumph Tiger and other Triumph models unique.

The Triumph Tiger 900 was branded a dual-purpose motorcycle with long-travel suspension, high-mounted exhaust and a tall seat height but was biased more for street riding than serious off-road fun. In 2001 the Triumph Tiger 955i was launched utilizing the company’s improved 955cc, inline three-cylinder, fuel-injected engine. In the fashion of previous model, the new Triumph Tiger offered limited off-road capabilities. The new Triumph Tiger’s styling set it apart from the first generation Tiger model.

After six years in production the Triumph Tiger 955i was replaced in 2007 by the Triumph Tiger 1050. It was biased toward pavement use, now using a 17-inch tire up front instead of the previous version’s dirt-worthier 19-incher. Utilizing Triumph’s newest inline, three-cylinder engine producing 113 horsepower, the Triumph Tiger was available with optional ABS and color-matched hard luggage. Triumph also made available an SE version of the Tiger 1050 featuring a two-tone matte-grey-and-black paint scheme and standard ABS, handguards and color-matched luggage.

In 2010 a smaller version Triumph Tiger, the Tiger 800 joined the Triumph Tiger 1050 in Triumph’s model line-up.

Triumph Tiger Reviews

2013 Triumph Tiger Explorer XC Unveiled

Triumph’s 1215cc Tiger Explorer can be upgraded to a new XC version fitted with components better able to endure off-road pounding.

2012 Triumph Tiger Explorer Review

What’s the Triumph Tiger Explorer got the BMW R1200GS does not? One cylinder and about 50 more pounds of wet weight. At least that’s what we can deduce at this juncture having ridden the two bikes separately but not yet directly compared them.

2011 Triumph Tiger 800 & 800XC Review [Video]

The introduction of the 2011 Tiger 800 and Tiger 800XC tripled Triumph’s adventure-touring line-up. The three-cylinder Tiger 800s intensify the off-road prowess of the old Tiger’s capabilities and deliver a warning shot across the bow of BMW’s F800GS.

2008 Triumph Tiger Review

Triumph’s Tiger has been around nearly 16 years, and in that time it has aged well, getting better each time Triumph brings it out of its cage. This Tiger is staking the likes of Honda’s VFR and Buell’s Ulysses XB12X or XT and Ducati’s Multistrada.

2001 Triumph Tiger

Lake Elsinore, California, May 4, 2001 -- British people tend to behave differently than we Americans do.

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Triumph Tiger Comparisons

2012 Adventure-Touring Shootout - Video

BMW’s R1200GS has long been the cock of the walk when it comes to big-bore Adventure-Touring bikes, but it’s now got competition from Yamaha, Triumph, KTM and Moto Guzzi. Have any of these newer models surpassed the mighty GS as the class benchmark?

2005 Adventure Touring Comparo

Looking for an bike that can handle your on- and off-road adventures? We found four bikes we knew you'd be interested in, plus one you should be interested in: the Suzuki DL1000 V-Strom, Triumph Tiger, KTM 950 Adventurer, BMW R1200GS and Kawasaki KLR 650.

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