2009 Triumph Tiger 1050 Long Term Review

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I've been meaning to do a long term review of the Tiger 1050 but the weather has stopped play - so here's an indoors look at this great bike....

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They are lovely bikes I've got the 2006 sprint St with the 1050 engine and absolutely love it! I noticed you did a great review on that bike recently, how would you say power delivery is between the two. I ask because I've noticed the St seems to be quite a bit higher geared with a 19 front and 42 rear sprocket. Where is the Tiger has a 18 front and 44 rear I believe. Did you find the tiger a bit more wheelie happy and exciting in the lower revs? By the way love the channel 👍😁

Author — Mid Varrasso

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I've just bought one of these as my 1st triumph and love it, mine also has the arrow can which sounds good. Its also really good with a pillion as long as they don't mind a bit of mountaineering to get on.

Author — Khaos Theory JCM

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Love this bike. I'm contemplating getting a second hand one of these or a multistrada 950. As you've had experience of both which do you prefer? To me the ducati sounds much nicer. Many thanks and keep up the great work!

Author — mark anstey

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I am really loving the Triumph, same year as yours. Couple of comments my previous bike a 650 Vstrom 'felt' more top heavy to push around the garage. The lights during the day my mates reckon are a bit weak but the previous owner fitted a couple of extra lights end of problem, I found the back brake pedal did not come easily to foot maybe just a case of getting used to it.
Interestingly my grand-daughter said she felt 'safer' on the back of the Triumph though as someone else said a mountaineering exercise to get onto the back seat.
Just a lovely bike but the windscreen could be improved for an all day ride.

Author — Nick Benfell

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Thanks for the review. I test rode a 2010 model today, lots of positives and bugger all negatives. The bike is a little top heavy, noticeable on a round about, probably something you just get used to? The bike has done 43, 000 kms and has NO service history! The bike is in immaculate condition but with those kms on the clock would I be opening up to experiencing wear and tear issues? Probably. I am currently riding a 2008 vstrom 1000, the tiger 1050 feels better in most areas particularly brakes, suspension and handling and I am on the cusp of buying one! Feedback is appreciated, cheers.

Author — TheSteps62

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Was reminiscing about all the bikes I’ve loved before today and thinking how I ended up with my current rides. Trying to get the story behind the story on you selling this one, though the true versions are generally not very spectacular and instead more practical, in my case anyway.

Author — Gerhard Combrink

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I still watch your older video's for reference. You've got a great & worthy archive that's interesting to those currently considering older machines, like myself.
Thanks man.

Author — Mark Atchison

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I'm looking into buying one and love the mods you have done. Lovely bike all round and well cared for. If you still own this and are looking to upgrade. I would definitely be interested. I'm in West Yorkshire.

Author — Tim S

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Great video. Question: You say the bike is heavy. But when I google the bike it seems like the 2009 Tiger 1050 is "only" 198 kg dry. That is even lighter than a 2017 model of Tiger 800. The spec I found might be wrong - or is it just that it feels heavy?

Author — Ken N

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I love mine, you also fitted a rad cover, so did I as it does look very vulnerable and looks better with one than without.

Author — Luke Atkinson

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Great vid! Also wondering your thoughts if I put different tires on the tiger to do 80 % highway and 20% trail? Good bike for that? Thanks

Author — steve doerksen

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I like how you said "No frills." When it has hand warmers. The 07 Tiger 1050 I have is the first bike that I bought with hand warmers and I am feeling a bit pampered now, because of it. The 6th gear is nice too.

Author — TheHortonDavid

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I always dig your reviews, keep em coming!

Author — David S

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Great video. I have the '10 SE model. Love the bike. Triumphs are the best.

Author — holden caulfied

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Love the Triumph story too mate, i rode Tridents back in the day, love the triple engine ..about to buy a Speed Triple, then i can pretend to be Ray Pickrell all over again :)

Author — mark grice

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I have a 2012 SE ABS last year in the U.S. Sweetest motor I have ever been on. Ton's of torque. Very linear power band. Any gear and you are going!!! It does have a Harley like gear box. A little clunky but if you try different oil you will feel a difference. Negatives. I am 6' and have the gel seat and I cant flat foot at a stop. Im on the balls of my feet. It is very top heavy. I have been riding for 30 years and I dropped mine twice. Walking slowly down a driveway and doing a u turn in gravel. Once you are moving it feels very nimble and light. Tons of fun. No big ass shaft like the BMW
Go with chain. Windshield is horrible. Got a Madstad on mine wow what a difference. No wind noise or buffeting. I wish it had cruise but its not ride by wire so oh well. Im getting a KTM 1190 Adventure next
Not a big twin fan but the 1190 has 150 hp so it makes up for the twin feel. But that triple is smoother than any Japanese in line 4. Great motor. Amazing in fact

Author — Maxx Benzz

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I'm from the other side of the pond and I love your video. You seem very knowledgeable and it shows. I love my Tiger and I agree with the clunky gearbox. Take care friend

Author — CASEY PARKER

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Good review, I have the same bike, same color, same exhaust... I wonder which tune are you using for that Arrow... I am using the road tune, with KN filter... tend to stall from time to time, shuts off sometimes when coming down gears... and idle is a bit unsteady (but that can be the terrible gas we have around these parts)
Greetings from Costa Rica!!!

Author — Fernando Benach

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I know this is a old video, but anyone know what the standard height of the front shocks through the yokes is, just been to look at a used example, the forks look to have been raised a lot, through the yokes, I assume to lower the front end.

Author — Chris Greenwood

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Wow! Stunning looking Tiger. How do you get it so clean? Must take you hours!

Author — Stephen Binns