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The Updated Triumph Tiger 900 Finally Debuts

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Right on schedule, the Triumph Tiger 900 has debuted with an updated ADV offering for fans of the three-cylinder adventure bike. As was expected, the 2020 Triumph Tiger 900 comes in five slightly less confusing varieties.

That said, there is the base model Triumph Tiger 900, the road-going Triumph Tiger 900 GT, and the off-road focused Triumph Tiger 900 Rally.

On top of this, there are “Pro” options for the Rally and GT models. There is also a low-seat height option for the Tiger 900 GT model.

While still a handful of models for what is essentially one motorcycle, the designations are still clearer and easier to understand than Triumph’s “XR, XRx, XRt, XCx, and XCa” alphabet soup of uppercase and lowercase letters.


Of course, the real focus for the Tiger 900 is the new number at the end of its designation, which points to a larger displacement on its three-cylinder engine.

To that end, the triple has been bored out to 888cc, with a new 1-3-2 cylinder firing order that supposedly improves throttle character – whatever that means.

For brass tacks though, the Tiger 900 engine pumps out 94 hp (70 kW), which is the same power figure claimed by Triumph for the Tiger 800.

Though the horsepower remains the same (remember, the big push here is that the Tiger 900 is Euro5 rated), we do welcome the nearly 10% increase in torque, with the Tiger 900 making 64 lbs•ft (87 Nm) at 7,250 rpm, which is 750 rpm lower than the peak torque rpm on the Tiger 800.

A new split-radiator design allows not only for less mass on the Tiger 900, but this means that the three-cylinder engine has been moved forward in the chassis by 1.6 inches, to help the front-wheel weight bias.


As you can expect then, the steel-trellis frame on the Triumph Tiger 900 has been completely revamped by the British brand, and there is a bolt-on aluminum rear subframe, both of which help give the base model Tiger 900 a 16 lbs weight reduction over its comparable Tiger 800 model.

Triumph lists the dry weight for the Tiger 900 as 423 lbs (192 kg), whereas the Tiger 900 GT weighs 427 lbs dry, and the Tiger 900 Rally tips the scales at 432 lbs dry.

The Triumph Tiger 900 base and GT use Marzocchi suspension, front and rear, with 7.1″ of travel in the forks, and 6.7″ of travel in the rear shock, with the base model having only preload adjustment on the rear shock. The Triumph Tiger 900 GT has fully adjustable Marzocchi suspension, while the GT Pro gets electronic suspension pieces.

Meanwhile, the Triumph Tiger 900 Rally and Triumph Tiger Rally Pro get fully adjustable Showa suspension pieces, with 9.44″ (240mm) of travel in the front and 9.05″ (230mm) in the back.


The base model Tiger 900, Tiger 900 GT, and Tiger 900 GT Pro models come with cast alloy wheels (19″ front, 17″ rear), while the Tiger 900 Rally and Tiger 900 Rally Pro models come with tubeless spoked wheels (21″ front, 17″ rear).

Braking is handled by Brembo Stylema calipers on all the models, mated to dual 320mm discs. There is a cornering ABS feature on all the Tiger 900 variants, except the base model bike, which just gets regular ABS brakes.

The same stratification is made for the IMU-powered traction control as well, which shouldn’t be surprising. The “Pro” models also see the inclusion of an up/down quickshifter, while all the bikes except the base model get a 7″ TFT dash. The fuel tank is set at 5.28 gallons, with a claimed fuel economy of 55 mpg.

With the Rally models expected to land in March 2020, and the other models in April 2020, pricing will be $12,500 for the Triumph Tiger 900 ($12,500), $14,300 for the Triumph Tiger 900 GT, and $15,000 for the Triumph Tiger 900 Rally.


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Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro:

Source: Triumph

Jensen Beeler

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