Triumph has put more “tiger” into their 2020 Tiger 900 range with 10% more torque, LED lighting, a quickshifter, Brembo brakes, a bigger tank and more electronic aids.
They’ve also made the model names more common sense than the Tiger 800 XRX, XCX, XRT and XCA.
The new models are:
- Tiger 900 Rally and Rally Pro for serious off-road adventuring;
- Tiger 900 GT and GT Pro for touring on all roads; and
- Tiger 900 base model.
There is expected to be a price hike of under $1000, but there is no confirmation yet on pricing or availability in Australia.
Current prices range from $18,550 to $21,300.
The obvious change is the bigger capacity now up from 800cc to 888cc and compliant with 2020 Euro5 emissions regulations.
It has 10% more peak torque (87Nm compared with 78Nm) , but power is the same at 70kW, but there is 9% more in the midrange.
The three-cylinder engine has a new firing order of 1/3/2 that Triumph says gives more responsive delivery and more tiger growl from the intake.
Power delivery, ABS and traction are controlled by a new IMU developed by the German Continental electronics company.
There are also up to four riding modes, depending on model, with the fourth customisable to rider preferences.
Tiger 900 chassis
All models come with Showa (Rally and Rally Pro) or Marzocchi suspension which is electronically adjustable on the GT Pro’s rear shock.
It allows the rider to adjust four preload settings and nine damping settings through the instruments and a button on the left handlebar.
The Tiger 900 has new lightweight modular steel trellis frame with separate, bolted-on subframe and pillion hangers, dropping 7kg in total weight.
Brakes are now Brembo with the base model getting Stylema 4 four-piston calipers and 320mm discs at the front wheel and a single-piston caliper with a 255mm disc at the back.
GT and Rally add cornering ABS.
Fuel range should be improved with a 20-litre tank, which is 1.1L larger.
Except for the base model, they get a host of creature comforts including backlit switches, cruise control and heated grips.
GT Pro and Rally Pro also have heated rider and pillion seats and tyre pressure monitors.
All models now have full-colour TFT instruments, although it’s a smaller screen on the base model.
They GT Pro and Rally Pro are also set up for use with the optional My Triumph Bluetooth connectivity system that allows riders to use their phone through the bike for navigation, calls and music.
There will also be a range of moire than 65 accessories for the new Tiger 900 models.
There are two new luggage ranges created in partnership with Givi – the Trekker side-opening panniers with 52 litre twin helmet top box, and the Expedition top-opening panniers, with matching 42 litre top box.
They come in these colour options:
Tiger 900 Rally & Rally Pro: Matt Khaki, Sapphire Black and Pure White, all featuring contemporary new decals and a distinctive white frame inspired by the ‘Tiger Tramontana’ rally bike;
Tiger 900 GT & GT Pro: Korosi Red, Sapphire Black and Pure White, all featuring premium tank badges and contemporary new decals; and
Tiger 900: Pure White.
2020 Triumph Tiger 900 tech specs
|Engine Type||Liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, in-line 3-cylinder|
|Bore Stroke||78 x 61.9mm|
|Max Power||70kW @ 8750rpm|
|Max Torque||87Nm @ 7250rpm|
|System||Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection|
|Exhaust||Stainless steel 3 into 1 header system, side mounted stainless steel silencer|
|Final Drive||O-ring chain|
|Frame||Tubular steel frame, bolt on sub frame|
|Swingarm||Twin-sided, cast aluminium alloy|
|Front Wheel||Cast alloy, 19 x 2.5in||Spoked Tubeless, 21 x 2.15 in|
|Rear Wheel||Cast alloy, 17 x 4.25in||Spoked Tubeless, 17 x 4.25 in|
|Front Suspension||Marzocchi 45mm upside-down forks, non-adjustable||Marzocchi 45mm upside-down forks, manual rebound and compression damping adjustment, 180mm travel
(140mm GT LRH)
|Showa 45mm upside-down forks, manual preload, rebound damping and compression damping adjustment, 240mm travel|
|Rear Suspension||Marzocchi rear suspension unit, manual preload adjustment, 170mm rear wheel travel||Marzocchi rear suspension unit, manual preload and rebound damping adjustment, 170mm wheel travel (151mm LRH)||Marzocchi rear suspension unit, electronically adjustable preload and rebound damping, 170mm wheel travel||Showa rear suspension unit, manual preload and rebound damping adjustment, 230mm wheel travel|
|Front Brake||Twin 320mm floating discs, Brembo Stylema 4 piston Monobloc calipers. Radial front master cylinder, ABS||Twin 320mm floating discs, Brembo Stylema 4 piston Monobloc calipers. Radial front master cylinder, Optimised Cornering ABS|