Built for com­fort

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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.

DE­SIGN

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.

SAFETY

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.

RID­ING

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.

VER­DICT

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

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