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Triumph Tiger Sport 850 hits the road for 2021

Tiger 850 Sport - Hero Riding 8

Triumph has announced a new Tiger Sport 850 for 2021, giving the British brand a more road-orientated entry-level version to its Tiger 900 line up.

Despite the 850 tag, the new model shares the same 888cc three-cylinder engine as the Tiger 900 models and is more or less a rebrand of the base Tiger 900, which in turn has been dropped from the range. At £9,300, the Thai-built Sport 850 is £200 cheaper than the outgoing Tiger 900 and £1,800 less than the higher-specced Tiger 900 GT.

The key difference between the Tiger Sport 850 and the Tiger 900, aside from the new colours and graphics, is a retuned engine. The soulful triple is 10bhp down on the one found in the Tiger 900 models, at 84bhp, allowing it to be further restricted to 47bhp for A2 licence holders if need be. Maximum torque is also down slightly, albeit with a still healthy 82Nm, but with the peaks for both power and torque coming lower in the rev range, the Tiger Sport 850 promises to be a more docile and manageable ride than the 900, which is already regarded as a fine all rounder.

Despite the budget price tag, the Tiger Sport 850 enjoys a relatively high specification, which is carried over from the base Tiger 900.

That means good quality Brembo Stylema brakes, suspension for Marzocchi of Italy and Michelin Anakee Adventure tyres on the chassis front, while the spec also includes full LED lighting (an upgrade from the old Tiger 900 base model), 5” TFT instrument panel, adjustable windscreen and an electronics package which includes two riding modes and switchable traction control.

With its cast wheels (19” front and 17” rear) the more road orientated Tigers have always been relatively accessible for shorter riders and with an 810mm seat height (which can be raised to 830mm) and slim waistline, the Tiger Sport 850 continues to appeal to a wide range of riders who want an adventure style machine, without the height and weight that usually comes with them. The Tiger Sport 850 has a claimed dry weight of 192kg which, if accurate, makes it lighter than many other bikes in the class.

The 850, as opposed to 900, name distances the new model from the ‘900s’ and reflects the fact that the new model is less powerful than the more expensive Tigers. It is also in line with BMW’s strategy with its F750 and F850GS machines. Despite the naming convention, both BMWs run 853cc two-cylinder engines, with the F750GS, Triumph’s main benchmark with the Tiger Sport 850, utilising a lower specification and state of engine tune than the F850.

Triumph are offering their new Tiger in two colour combinations. Both have a graphite main body, but there’s a choice of red or blue for the mudguards and side panels. More than 60 accessories are available from the official accessory brochure, including a host of luggage options made by Givi.


2021 Triumph Tiger Sport 850 – manufacturer supplied specifications



Liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, inline three-cylinder


888 cc


78.0 mm


61.9 mm



Maximum Power

85 PS / 84 bhp (62.5 kW) @ 8,500 rpm
(A2 restriction) 47.6 PS / 47 bhp (35 kW) @ 7,000 rpm

Maximum Torque

82 Nm (60lbft) @ 6,500 rpm
(A2 restriction) 78 Nm @ 3,750 rpm

Fuel System

Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection


Stainless steel three-into-one header system, side mounted stainless steel silencer

Final Drive

O-ring chain


Wet, multi-plate, slip and assist


Six speed manual



Tubular steel frame, bolt on sub frame


Twin-sided, cast aluminium

Front Wheel

Cast alloy, 19 x 2.5”

Rear Wheel

Cast alloy, 17 x 4.25”

Front Tyre


Rear Tyre


Front Suspension

Marzocchi 45mm upside down forks

Rear Suspension

Marzocchi rear suspension unit, manual preload adjustment

Front Brakes

Twin 320mm floating discs, Brembo Stylema four-piston Monobloc calipers. Radial front master cylinder, ABS

Rear Brakes

Single 255mm disc. Brembo single piston sliding caliper, ABS


5" TFT screen



2248 mm

Width (Handlebars)

830 mm

Height Without Mirrors

1410-1460 mm

Seat Height

810-830 mm


1556 mm




133.3 mm

Dry weight

192 kg

Fuel Tank Capacity

20 litres


Fuel Consumption

55.4 mpg


119 g/km



CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data are measured according to regulation 168/2013/EC. Figures for fuel consumption are derived from specific test conditions and are for comparative purposes only. They may not reflect real driving results.


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