Built for comfort
to match the 1050 Tiger. Peak torque is delivered at 1200rpm lower than before for a better spread of urge in the low and midrange.
Revised engine mapping and new cams and exhaust system improve performance and, slightly, fuel economy.
The gearbox is now quieter and less clunky.
This bike is designed for long distances so the ergonomics are comfortable with a slight lean to the bars and a protective full fairing, though the windscreen is more on the sporty side. A touring screen is an option.
Styling changes followed buyer complaints. The hot underseat exhaust gives way to a single triangular muffler with good cornering clearance. This allows underseat storage and doesn’t interfere with the enormous 31-litre panniers.
The right fairing has a compartment for gloves and mobile phone. There is a 12V outlet to charge your iPod or phone and an optional pillion backrest. The optional 55-litre top box will store two helmets.
Better airflow will help cool the rider but his right shin will still get hot. New mirror mounts address earlier complaints about vibration, while there are helmet hooks on the rear subframe.
The pillion will be more comfortable thanks to a lower seat, larger grab rails and a longer reach to the pegs (but they are quite close to the rider’s pegs). The seat is 5mm lower and there is an optional 10mm lower perch.
The brakes have had a workover with lighter 320mm front discs and revised rear pads. ABS, which previously added $1000, is standard. Concerns about the headlights have been fixed with two lights at low beam and a better spread. The extended swing arm improves high-speed stability.
Comfort and endurance riding are the focus. Still, the engine pulls strongly from under 2000rpm, even with a pillion and loaded panniers.
The bike leans neatly into corners and on the highway, where it will spend much of its life, it’s as stable as a rock. It
2.3m (L), 760mm(W), 1.2m (H) Seat height815mm
268kg (wet) 120/70ZR17 (fr), 180/55ZR17 (r)
20L can get buffeted by cross winds, thanks to those big fairings.
Gears are smooth and ratios well spread. I caught a few too many false neutrals between fourth, fifth and sixth.
Riders will have to be careful in tight spaces as the panniers sit out about 7cm beyond the width of the handlebars.
This is the bike to buy if you have a limited budget and want to do a lap of Australia in style and comfort.
Broad appeal: Triumph heeded rider feedback; panniers make it wide