While the Tiger 850 Sport is powered by the same engine as the Tiger 900, the former will be the most affordable variant in the model range. Expect the middle-weight ADV to be priced around the Rs 12.5 lakh mark.
Triumph is all set to make the popular Tiger affordable and accessible to a larger market with the launch of the 850 Sport. The UK-based bike maker will launch the new middle-weight ADV on 9th February.
If recent events are something to go by, the Indian market clearly holds an important place in Triumph global strategy. Triumph took the wraps off the Speed Triple 1200 RS on 26th January and was quick to bring it to Indian shores a few days later. The Tiger 850 Sport, on the other hand, made its global debut in November last year and will now make its way to India.
For the uninitiated, the Tiger 850 Sport will be the entry-point into the Tiger family. And while this new Tiger carries the 850 Sport suffix, it continues to be powered by the same 888cc three-cylinder motor. In this motorcycle though, the engine is marginally detuned to push out just 84bhp – nearly 10bhp less than the Tiger 900. Torque output stands at 81.3Nm as opposed to 86.7Nm. The engine continues to be paired with a 6-speed transmission, which is aided by a slip and assist clutch. Other features include a 5.0-inch TFT display, ride-by-wire throttle, an adjustable windscreen, a 12V charging socket and more. The Tiger 850 Sport comes with two riding modes – Rain and Road, switchable traction control, ABS, and more.
While the Tiger 850 Sport is based on the same chassis as the Tiger 900, it sits on non-adjustable Marzocchi upside-down forks. At the back, it has been fitted with a preload-adjustable monoshock. The stopping power comes from two 320mm discs at the front and a 255mm disc at the rear.
As far as design goes, while the Tiger 850 Sport looks largely similar to the 900, it does get a few cosmetic changes. The fuel tank proudly flaunts the 850 stickers and gets new dual-tone paint schemes – Graphite/Diablo Red and Graphite/Caspian Blue. The Tiger 850 Sport also gets full LED lighting.
When launched, the Tiger 850 Sport will lock horns with the likes of the BMW F 750 GS. The Tiger 900 GT is currently priced at Rs 13.70 lakh. Expect the Tiger 850 Sport to be priced at around Rs 12.5 lakh.