Google Ads
viernes, septiembre 22, 2023
HomeMotorcycle GearQUICK SPIN: Triumph Tiger Sport 660

QUICK SPIN: Triumph Tiger Sport 660

We caught up with Bob Pickett to get his thoughts on Triumph’s sporty 660:

Google Ads

Triumph shook up the middleweight naked market in 2021 when it launched the Trident.

Triumph Tiger Sport 660

The 660cc triple had a great engine, powerful brakes and sharp handling, yet managed to work for both new and experienced riders. 2022 saw the launch of its half-faired sibling, the Tiger Sport 660. Featuring the same engine, suspension and brakes, was it just the Trident with longer legs and a posh frock?

Give me some spec

A 660cc inline three-cylinder engine putting out 80bhp/60kW @10,250rpm with 47lb-ft/64Nm torque at 6,250rpm is housed in a steel tubular perimeter frame.

For a bike in the middleweight class, money is spent in the right places: suspension courtesy of Showa (41mm unadjustable USD front, pre-load adjustable single rear shock) with stopping power supplied by twin 310mm, two-piston caliper Nissin up front supported by a single 255mm single disc, single-piston caliper rear.  Seat height is 835mm, wet weight 206kg.

Article continues below…


Triumph Tiger Sport 660

Any updates from last year?

Brand new model for 2022/3.

So what is it like to ride?

Article continues below…


The seat height was a concern: 835mm, potentially too tall for my 737mm legs. Wearing my thickest soled boots, squished against the tank, feet just touched flat (leading to a comedy moment back at the dealer where I parked too close to another bike and couldn’t get off!). Bars are wide and high, and pegs are low with a gentle rear-set (given the mile-munching potential, I’d have liked them more neutral).

The 660cc triple is unchanged from the Trident. It’s so flexible; it can roll gently under 20mph (though it would like to get a move on), but works hard when needed with buckets of torque seemingly everywhere. The first four gears are close-ratio, stretching to the tall 5th and 6th.

The handling is superb. Longer legs mean a slight loss in precision, but the front end fills you with confidence, gripping and holding the line no matter how hard you push.  Suspension is just right; it soaked up pretty much everything but gave the right level of feedback. Brakes are powerful but with bags of feel. 

Article continues below…


Google Ads
Triumph Tiger Sport 660

With a 17-litre tank, the Tiger Sport suggests big mileage rides. The high, wide bars mean no pressure on your shoulders or wrists but the slightly tucked-in leg placement began to tell after a time. The firm but supportive seat was fine for ages, but after a two-hour ride, I was ready to give my legs and backside a break.

The multifunction TFT screen is clear and easy to operate with toggle switches on the bars. Left/right toggles switch between modes (rain/road). I liked the gear indicator; this with the flashing rev counter (once you moved out of ‘eco’ and into ‘performance’) was a good pairing. Niggles? The indicator and horn were awkward, moved down the controls by the toggles and the mirrors could have given more feedback.

This is a great bike. Just hug the tank with your knees, relax and let the 660 Sport do its thing. And that’s a Very Fine Thing indeed.

Triumph Tiger Sport 660

How much does it cost?

£7,945 inc. VAT.

Want to try one?

To test a Tiger Sport 660, contact:

Triumph East London

249 London Road

Romford, Essex RM7 9NB

Tel: 01708 752 111


#triumph #tigersport660 #morebikesyoulike #motorcycles #readersrides #motorcycle #ukbikers #bikelife #bikers #motorcyclists #morebikes #morenews #motorcyclenews #motorcyclegear

Enjoy everything More Bikes by reading the monthly newspaper. Click here to subscribe, or Read FREE Online.

Sign-up to the More Bikes Newsletter

Enter your e-mail address below and get regular updates straight to your inbox…

You can unsubscribe at any time.

Google Ads


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Most Popular

Recent Comments