Good news from Hinckley: one of our favourite adventure bikes just got a massive upgrade. Meet the new, improved, and hotly anticipated Triumph Tiger 900.
The new Tiger’s been a long time coming, but now we’re finally getting a proper look at it and its specs. For 2020, the much loved triple-cylinder adventure bike gets more power, a reduction in weight, and a slick styling overhaul.
As usual, it’ll be available in a number of variants, but this time around, Triumph have picked model designations that are easier to understand. There’s the base model Tiger 900, the road touring focussed GT and GT Pro, and the more off-road biased Rally and Rally Pro.
Sticking with their proclivity of only importing top-spec models, Triumph South Africa tell us they’ll only be importing the Tiger 900 Rally Pro… so we’ll focus on that one.
The Tiger 900’s had a bump in capacity to 888 cc, and now makes 9 % more power in the mid-range, and 10 % more torque overall. Peak power is still 94 hp, but it now lands at 8,750 rpm, while peak torque is now 87 Nm at 7,250 rpm.
The new motor is fully compliant with Euro5 standards. It has a new firing order too, which means that this version of the popular triple should have even more character than the last. Triumph say the new setup should deliver the low down feel of a twin, with the vibey mid-range and top-end feel of a triple. (Oh, and it probably sounds nuts too.)
Other upgrades include a revised air-box, a slip and assist clutch, and a new two-piece radiator that’s designed to optimise everything from cooling to weight distribution.
Triumph have also managed to shave few kilos off the Tiger’s overall weight, bringing it down to 201 kg dry. The new steel trellis frame has a modular construction, with a bolt-on aluminium subframe, and removable pillion peg mounts—a bonus for hard-core adventure riders.
With the Rally Pro, you get Showa suspension at both ends, with 240 mm of travel from the 45 mm upside down forks, and 230 mm of travel out back.
Both ends are adjustable for preload and rebound damping, with additional compression adjustment up front.
The wheels are spoked tubeless numbers, measuring 21 x 2.15” up front, and 17 x 4.5” out back. The brakes are from Brembo, with twin 320 mm front discs and a 255 mm disc at the rear. Cornering ABS comes as standard.
Triumph have optimised the Tiger 900 Rally Pro for everything from off-road riding to long distance touring. It has a larger 20 l fuel tank, and an adjustable screen with one-handed operation.
The seat is narrower now, the handlebars are closer and the foot pegs have been repositioned slightly. The seat uses Triumph’s clever two-position adjustment system, with an optional height of 850 to 870 mm.
There’s a whole ton of tech packed into it too. It gets a 7” TFT display (we love Triumph’s TFT displays a whole lot), with multiple layouts and colour options to choose from. It’s a new design, with the screen bonded to the glass for a crisper image.
Triumph’s ‘My Triumph’ connectivity suite is available as an optional extra too, and lets you integrate everything from your smartphone to your GoPro with the screen and switchgear.
As for rider aids, you get up to six riding modes, including Triumph’s very fun Off-Road Pro mode (which switches off ABS and traction control, and has its own off-road specific throttle map). ABS and traction control work with a multi-axis IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit), which basically means they behave according to how much the bike is leaned over and how fast it’s going.
An up and down quick-shifter is standard equipment, and there’s also a new anti-stall feature that automatically increases idle revs to prevent stalling.
Other amenities include a phone storage space with a USB charge port, a illuminated switches, heated grips, heated seats and tyre pressure monitors.
The Tiger 900’s had a supreme cosmetic overall too. It looks leaner, more aggressive and a touch more svelte too, with a lot of the previously curvaceous body panels smoothed out and tightened up. The previous generation Tiger was by no means ugly, but the new 900 really looks like it means business.
It looks even better in motion… and if you recognise the scenery, it’s because Triumph came all the way to Cape Town to shoot their action shots.
It also gets LED lighting all around, with a sharp LED daytime running light up front.
Colours on offer include khaki, black and white, all with a white frame. Triumph have a whole whack of accessories ready to go too, including two new luggage ranges created in partnership with Givi.
Triumph South Africa are expecting the Tiger 900 Rally Pro to land sometime around March or April next year, and honestly, we can’t wait. The outgoing Tiger is one of the best middleweight adventure bikes on the market—but it was well due for an upgrade.
It looks like Triumph have ticked all the right boxes here, and we’re looking forward to putting the 900 through its paces to see if it goes as good as it looks.