The Triumph Tiger 850 Sport is the new entry-level model in the Triumph Tiger range, and replaces the base Triumph Tiger 900 XR. The Tiger 850 Sport is a road-focussed adventure bike, promising to offer the same Tiger 900 triple-engine set-up, but tailor made for easy riding, with high specification equipment and technology. While the Tiger 850 Sport offers more manageable performance for the new and inexperienced adventure rider it also gets high-spec equipment like Marzocchi suspension, Brembo Stylema brakes. Here's a look at what it offers, and we list out everything you need to know about the new Tiger 850 Sport.
Visually, the Triumph Tiger 850 Sport is more or less similar to the Tiger 900 GT, the slightly higher-spec road-focussed adventure model in the Tiger 900 family. That's because the body panels, including the sharp nose, tall beak and frame are all shared with the GT Pro. What differentiates the Tiger 850 Sport are different body graphics, as well as two colours - Graphite and Diablo Red and Graphite and Caspian Blue. Unlike the 900 GT Pro, the red and blue parts are less on the 850 Sport's bodywork, limited to the beak, front fenders and the front part of the fuel tank extensions on the fairing. Like the other models in the Tiger 900 line-up, the 850 Sport has a distinctive and commanding stance, with aggressive lines and premium detailing. All lighting is LED.
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Engine & Performance
The Tiger 850 Sport is also powered by the same 888 cc, in-line three-cylinder engine, but with a slightly different state of tune, to give it more accessible and manageable delivery of usable power and torque. On the Tiger 850 Sport, the engine makes 84 bhp at 8,500 rpm, while peak torque is rated at 82 Nm, kicking in at 6,500 rpm. In comparison, the Tiger 900 GT makes 10 bhp more power at 8,750 rpm, while peak torque is 87 Nm at 7,250 rpm. The T-plane crank has the same 1-3-2 firing order, which is said to give very good tractability at low rpm. The Tiger 850 Sport is positioned as a friendly and easy riding motorcycle, designed to inspire confidence as the first big bike, firs adventure bike, and with all-round versatility.
Features & Electronics
The engine is complemented by a slip and assist clutch, which reduces lever effort and provides additional comfort for the rider. Ergonomics are easy as well, with the adjustable seat height with 20 mm adaptability (810-830 mm). The Tiger 850 Sport also gets a 5-inch full-colour TFT instrument screen, and two riding modes, Road and Rain, which adjust the throttle response and traction control settings. Traction control is switchable, and ABS is standard. Both traction control and ABS are integrated into the riding modes and also independently adjustable using the menu on the instrument console.
The Tiger 850 Sport runs on a 19-inch front, and 17-inch rear alloy wheel combination, shod with Michelin Anakee adventure tyres. Braking duties are handled by top-spec, lightweight Brembo Stylema calipers gripping twin discs on the front and a single disc on the rear wheel. Suspension is handled by premium Marzocchi units front and rear, with manually adjustable preload for the rear unit.
Pricing & Rivals
It may be the entry-level model in the 2021 Triumph Tiger range, but the Tiger 850 Sport has been priced at ₹ 11.95 lakh (Ex-showroom), owing to the high-quality components and kit it comes with. While it may be designed for riders with less experience of high-performance machines, and has performance dialled down than the Tiger 900 models, the Tiger 850 Sport right now will compete with the BMW F 900 XR and the Kawasaki Versys 1000.
The Tiger 850 Sport is evenly priced with its rivals, but if it had a showroom price which were slightly lower, it would have certainly had better chances to become a game changer in the adventure touring category. It's still attractively priced, yet a tad expensive at that price point. Although it's still more affordable than the Triumph Tiger 900 GT, priced at ₹ 13.70 lakh (Ex-showroom), a lower price point around the psychological ₹ 10 lakh mark would have made it more desirable for customers.