Our test and our opinion on the Triumph Tiger 660 Sport

Very dynamic in 2022, Triumph is once again using the “trails” vein and the Tiger “license”. After the Trident roadster, it’s the Tiger Sport’s turn, a touring car with a relaxed driving position and 17-inch wheels shod with large touring tires (here Michelin Road 5), to receive the 660 cc three-cylinder engine† Enough to conquer new licenses as well as more experienced drivers. Compatible with A2 after tensioning, the Tiger does indeed give 81 horsepower in the free version. Enough to take over its direct competitors, the Yamaha Tracer 700 and Kawasaki Versys 650.

A welcoming English

The price of the Tiger 660 Sport starts at €9,095. A high price, but in return, the generous equipment and the neat finish† In fact, here’s a bike as pleasing to look at as it is to look at in detail, with its angled rim valves, a 6-position mechanically adjustable screen and 830mm amplitude, a reinforced rear buckle designed for the optional Triumph luggage and a rear shock absorber with an accessible knob for adjusting the bike’s preload/trim. The upright and comfortable riding position provides excellent downforce and an unobstructed view of the road and riding position† Despite the smaller size of the screens, the TFT instrumentation is readable, complete and customizable. It can be paired with a smartphone (optional). In order not to spoil anything, you simply navigate through the menus via a special joystick from the steering wheel.

Wrap first

But enough good manners, you have to drive. When we start, the characteristic sound of the three cylinders is immediately recognizable. Just like its character, combining both torque and roundness at low revs, which works wonders in the city† By stringing together a few reports, the extension of the 3-cylinder can be felt immediately, which is encouraging to pick up the pace. But this playful character of the engine is not necessarily found on the chassis side: the Tiger 660 sport does not like abrupt. The 150mm travel and non-adjustable fork certainly provide a good level of comfort and noticeable handling under normal conditions, but they absorb the pronounced punches just as much as the improvised load is transferred from back to front

When you start to drive briskly, the ABS kicks in early.

On the handlebars, it is better to roll up in driving mode and make more use of the highly effective engine braking and torque damping. We can then take advantage of the great liveliness, lightness (206 kg) and ultimately the convenience of the Tiger 660. In addition, with a 17-litre tank, you can cover more than 300 km on a full tank.even on the highway. We’ll especially appreciate moving on the paying axes with the bubble in the high position, even if that means feeling a few wisps of air on the torso and lower legs.

Tame before adopting

Friendly, attentive and devoted to a calm and quite large rider (830mm seat height) who prefers road adventure over trail riding, the Tiger 660 Sport is a decent bike. Its 3-cylinder puts you at ease in all circumstances and knows what it takes in terms of voice and performance to make you laugh. But the English don’t like to be violently heckled. More comfortable than sporty, you need to be able to tame or at least accept your reactions, which are sometimes surprising, before picking up the pace.

Rolling, on the road, companion of long escapades, the Tiger 660 Sport offers a whole range of accessories to complete its look and its original equipment. From the shifter that allows you to shift gears without disengaging the clutch, to the cases, through additional protection and lighting, it lends itself to many personality changes, quickly prolongs the sensations it offers and opens up new horizons

Technical sheet Triumph Tiger 660 Sport

  • Engine architecture: 3 cylinders
  • Displacement: 660cc
  • Power: 81 hp at 10,250 rpm | 47 hp at 8,750 rpm (A2 version)
  • Torque: 64 Nm at 6,250 rpm | 59 Nm at 5,250 rpm
  • Transmission: 6 gears per chain
  • Saddle height: 830 mm
  • Fully fueled weight: 206 kg
  • Tank: 17 liters
  • Brakes: 2 x 310mm discs with 4-piston caliper (front) / 1 x 255mm disc with 1-piston caliper (rear)
  • Tires: 120/70-17 – 180/55-17