2021 Triumph Tiger 850 Sport Revealed in EPA Filings

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung

Sport-touring model to share the Tiger 900's 887cc Triple

Triumph is set to announce a new sport-touring model to be called the Tiger 850 Sport. The new model will be based on the current Tiger 900 adventure models, with the same 887cc Triple, but we expect it to be purely street-based model without off-road aspirations.

This information comes to us via the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which certified the Tiger 850 Sport alongside the different Tiger 900 variants. The emissions data and the claimed 94 hp at 8750 rpm are the same as the Tiger 900 models, and unchanged from 2020; the only change is the addition of the Tiger 850 Sport name.

Despite the number change, the Triumph Tiger 850 Sport is certified as sharing the same 887cc three-cylinder engine as the Tiger 900 adventure models.

Triumph last offered a Tiger Sport in the U.S. in 2012 as the Tiger 1050 SE, while other markets received an updated Tiger Sport model in 2016, also with a 1050cc Triple engine. That Tiger Sport will not meet Euro 5 standards, however, necessitating a replacement. The earlier Tiger Sport models leaned more in the sport-touring direction with 17-inch cast wheels and we suspect the Tiger 850 Sport will follow along those lines.

Though it didn’t make it to the U.S., the Tiger Sport was last updated for other markets in 2016.

A Triumph Tiger 850 Sport would go up against the likes of the Yamaha Tracer 900 and BMW F900XR. The base model Tiger 900 is priced at $12,500, and we suspect the Tiger 850 Sport will slot in below that, so we’re likely looking at something in the $11,000-12,000 price range, which would be competitive with those two potential rivals.

Triumph is set to announce the new Trident roadster on Oct. 30, so we don’t expect to hear any official word on the Tiger 850 Sport until November at the earliest.

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Dennis Chung
Dennis Chung

Dennis has been a part of the Motorcycle.com team since 2008, and through his tenure, has developed a firm grasp of industry trends, and a solid sense of what's to come. A bloodhound when it comes to tracking information on new motorcycles, if there's a new model on the horizon, you'll probably hear about it from him first.

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  • Tim Sawatzky Tim Sawatzky on Oct 22, 2020

    Is there a reason they would use the Tiger name for a sport touring bike as opposed to bringing back the Sprint name, or something else (obviously not knowing exactly what the bike is, but assuming it is a sport touring type bike)? Why such a wide spectrum of bikes named Tiger? Just curious if this is branding or if it saves money on patent's or something.

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    • Denchung Denchung on Oct 22, 2020

      We can probably expect smaller, 17-inch wheels and less travel suspension, and with that, a shorter seat height. The choice of the 850 numbering suggests intent at differentiating it from the 900s, so my guess is different styling. Losing the beak and having a tire-hugging front fender may be a good place to start. A repositioned exhaust to make more room for storage would also help.

      My guess is the pricing would be lower than the base model Tiger 900.

  • Gjw1992 Gjw1992 on Oct 24, 2020

    I hope they dump the t-plane crank idea for this - no need for the (albeit slight) vibe to gain a supposed off-road advantage for this road focussed bike.