Triumph has launched the Tiger 850 Sport in India. The bike is now the most affordable adventure bike offering from the British manufacturer. Internationally, the Tiger 850 Sport replaces the base model Tiger 900, but since that never landed up on our shores in the first place, the 850 Sport is now the new entry point into the Tiger lineup. Let’s take a deeper look at the Tiger 850 Sport.
The Triumph Tiger 850 Sport is powered by the same 888cc, liquid cooled, 12-valve, DOHC, inline-triple mill that is found on the Tiger 900 range but in the 850’s case, the engine puts out 84bhp at 8500rpm and 82Nm at 6500rpm, that is 10bhp and 5Nm less than the output of the 900’s engine. The 850 Sport gets two riding modes - Road and Rain with the latest generation of Triumph’s ABS system and switchable traction control.
The Tiger 850 Sport retains the same tubular steel frame and bolt-on subframe found on the Tiger 900 range. The suspension setup on the ADV consists of Marzocchi non-adjustable 45mm USDs upfront and preload adjustable monoshock at the rear. Braking continues to be handled by top-drawer Brembo Stylema calipers upfront and a single-piston Brembo caliper at the rear. The 19-inch front and 17-inch rear wheel setup remains the same as the 900, but the wheels are now shod with Michelin’s Anakee Adventure rubber instead of the Metzeler Tourance tyres. The whole package tips the scales at 192kg (dry), making it the lightest in the family.
The Tiger 850 Sport gets the same 5-inch high contrast TFT display as found on the base model Tiger 900 that it replaces internationally. The LED lighting remains unchanged as well. However, it misses out on the IMU based electronics and riding aids that are found on the more expensive GT and Rally models.
Priced at Rs 11.95 lakh ex-showroom India, the Tiger 850 Sport is the most affordable Tiger in the portfolio and bookings are already open at Triumph dealerships across the country. The Tiger 850 Sport doesn't have any direct rivals considering BMW hasn’t updated the F 750 GS for BS6 compliance as of yet. Being around Rs 1.8 lakh more affordable than the Tiger 900 GT, the Tiger 850 Sport might just be a more appealing package for those who don’t require the bells and whistles that the Tiger 900 range brings for the extra money.