Triumph has finally pulled the wraps off its new Tiger 900 line, with five new models entering the market in 2020.
The new machines are the Tiger 900 base model, the GT and the GT Pro (all aimed at road usage, with the GT models tweaked for sport touring), the Rally and the Rally Pro (which are aimed at enhanced offroad capability). There’s also a Low version of the GT, which is identical except for lowered seat and suspension.
All bikes get a new 888 cc liquid-cooled inline triple, with DOHC top end and liquid cooling. The “all-new” engine makes 93.9 hp at 8,750 rpm and 64 lb-ft of torque at 7,250 rpm. There’s also a new stainless steel exhaust system, and assist/slipper clutch. There’s a new intake (an easily-accessible airbox, says Triumph), new dual rad setup (enables the engine to sit further forward and lower, and with less heat reflected to the rider, says Triumph) and up/down quickshifter (standard on the Rally Pro and GT Pro, optional on all other models).
Triumph says all Tiger 900 models have a 5.3-gallon tank and fuel economy better than 55 mpg. Photo: Triumph
Triumph says fuel economy is 55.4 mpg, with 5.2 gallons fuel capacity.
All the bikes also get a new steel trellis frame and an aluminum bolt-on subframe, with new bolt-on passenger pegs. They all have 320 mm front brakes discs, with four-piston Brembo Stylema calipers. In back, they have a 254 mm brake disc. Triumph added an IMU to all the new 900s except for the base model, so the GT, GT Pro, Rally and Rally Pro all have cornering ABS and cornering traction control.
Full LED lighting is standard for all models, and the Pro models also get LED foglamps. The base model Tiger 900 gets a 5-inch TFT screen, and the other models all get a 7-inch TFT screen, with several display options. Of course, it’s compatible with riders’ smartphones via the My Triumph app.
The new windscreen, seen here on the Rally Pro, is adjustable by one hand. Photo: Triumph
There’s a new windscreen for all models, adjustable with one hand. The seat height is more narrow, and the handlebars have been moved closer to the rider. Each of the five sub-models has its footpegs set at a different position, to better handle the style of riding each bike is expected to be used for.
The base model has Rain and Road riding modes; the GT and Rally models also have Sport and Off-Road riding modes. The GT Pro adds a user-customizeable riding mode to that mix. The Rally Pro has all that plus an Off-Road Pro riding mode.
By now, you’re getting the idea: the Tiger 900 has all the basics, but the more money you spend, the more luxurious your ride will be (the Pro models even have heated seats!). But the differences between the bikes are obviously more than just electronics and safety systems. The biggest differences between models start with suspension. The GT GT Pro and base model Tiger 900 are all aimed at street riding, with similar Marzocchi forks and shock. The Tiger 900 has non-adjustable forks, the GT and GT Pro models are adjustable for rebound and compression damping. All the road-biased models have 7.1 inches of front wheel travel.
The Tiger 900, GT and GT Pro models (this is the GT Pro) have cast wheels and Marzocchi suspension. Photo: Triumph
They all have 6.7 inches of wheel travel in rear; the Tiger 900 shock is adjustable only for preload, while the GT can also be manually adjusted for preload and compression damping. The GT Pro has electronic adjustment of preload and rebound damping.
The Rally and Rally Pro have beefier suspension, meant to tackle tougher off-road riding, with Showa forks and shock. The front forks have 9.45 inches of travel, with manual preload, rebound and compression damping adjustment. The rear shock has 9 inches of travel, with manual preload and rebound adjustment.
With their emphasis on street capability, the Tiger 900, GT and GT Pro models have cast wheels, with 19-inch front and 17-inch rear. There’s a 21-inch front for the Rally and Rally Pro models, with spoked rims capable of running tubeless tires.
Surprisingly, the base model is the lightest bike here, with the Rally and Rally Pro (pictured here) coming in heavier. Photo: Triumph
Triumph claims the Tiger 900 is the lightest machine here, at 423.3 lb dry weight. Dry weights for the other bikes are 427.7 lb for the GT, 436.5 lb for the GT Pro, 432.1 lb for the Rally, and 443.1 lb for the Rally Pro.
Seat height is 31.9-32.7 in. for the Tiger 900. The GT and GT Pro have a 31.9-32.7 in. seat height (29.9-30.7 for the Low version). The Rally and Rally Pro have a 33.5-34.3 in. seat height.
The new machines will be in dealerships in time for 2020 riding season, with the Rally and Rally Pro models expected for March, and the GT, GT Pro and base model Tiger 900 expected in April.
If you want, you can accessorize your new bike with stuff from the 65-part Triumph catalogue. Photo: Triumph
Triumph says it has a line of 65 accessories for these bikes, including side-opening or top-opening panniers, with matching top boxes.