Triumph’s New Adventure Moto Is Designed to Be More Approachable

When a new “adventure motorcycle” comes to market, the focus is usually on the aspects of the bike that make it more capable off-road and in challenging conditions. While very similar to the 900 model, Triumph’s new Tiger 850 Sport reveal focuses on the opposite. It emphasized the things that make the bike more comfortable on-road and approachable for the new or average rider.


Image: Triumph Motorcycles

Image: Triumph Motorcycles

The Tiger 850 Sport boasts the same “T-plane” crankshaft that was debuted on the 2020 Tiger 900. That means the crankpins are located at 0 degrees, 90 degrees, and 180 degrees so the three throws form a “T” shape. To see an animation of what this looks like, check out the 53-second mark of Triumph’s video about the 850 here.

Triumph maintains that this firing order delivers improved traction control at low rpms, a better rider experience both on and off-road, and a unique exhaust sound. The maximum power yield is 84 horsepower at 8,500 rpms and maximum torque is 60.5 pound feet at 6,500 rpm.  

The 850 comes with Brembo Stylema brakes, Marzocchi forks and rear suspension offering manual preload adjustability, and a slip & assist clutch. The cockpit features a 5-inch TFT LCD screen, throttle and traction control mapping for “rain” and “road” riding modes, and switchable traction control. 


Image: Triumph Motorcycles

Image: Triumph Motorcycles

In addition to the catchy technical specifications, Triumph highlights aspects of this new model that aim to heighten its appeal to the motorcycle commuter market. The Tiger 850 Sport has a narrower seat, adjustable windscreen, ergonomically intentional footrest positioning and an adjustable seat height. All of these features point to a model that was designed with the commuter or new rider in mind.

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But don’t let this inference turn you away from considering the 850 for an overland journey, for what is comfortable for the commuter is certainly bound to be appreciated by the overland rider with far-off destinations in mind. Along these lines, Triumph partnered with Givi to offer the Trekker and Expedition as hard case luggage options. If soft luggage better suits your riding style, the Mosko Moto Rackless system will likely be an excellent alternative. 


Image: Triumph Motorcycles

Image: Triumph Motorcycles

The Triumph Tiger 850 Sport pricing starts at $11,995 and comes with Triumph’s two-year unlimited mileage warranty.


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