2020 Triumph Tiger 900, 900 GT, 900 Rally First Look

John Burns
by John Burns

Well what did you expect? Faster, lighter, torquier, more technologically advanced and cleaner, that’s what you get – and in five different flavors: Your regular Tiger 900 is the new “road-focussed” Tiger, with a major step forward in capability beginning with a heavily revised 888 cc inline triple complete with new firing order.

GT Pro in Sapphire Black

Step up from there to the GT and GT Pro (formerly the XRs), “tuned for even more urban adventure, genuine long-distance travel and everything in between.”

Rally Pro in Pure White

The most adventuresome adventure bike, though, with its 21-/17-inch wire-spoke tubeless wheels, would be the Tiger 900 Rally and Rally Pro (formerly the XCs), which have been “transformed for maximum off-road adventure and road-focused capability and comfort.”

Tiger 900 in Pure White

As less becomes more in the ADV segment, it seems Triumph has a new Tiger for everyone, including a low-seat version for those who feel more confident with their feet on the ground. There’s plenty to unpack here:

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Designed to set a new category benchmark for maximum adventure in every ride, Triumph’s new Tiger 900 is completely transformed with an all-new, more responsive 900cc triple engine, an incredible standard of specification, new state-of-the-art ride-enhancing technology, and an aggressive new Tiger style and attitude. The new Tiger 900 range now makes more torque, more power and is lighter than previous Tiger models, making these the most capable, agile and dynamic middleweight Adventure bikes available.

A new name for a whole new generation:

  • Tiger 900 – The new road-focused Tiger, with a major step forward in capability and style
  • Tiger 900 GT and GT Pro – Tuned for even more urban adventure, genuine long distance travel and everything in between
  • Tiger 900 Rally and Rally Pro – Transformed for maximum off-road adventure and road-focused capability and comfort

The world’s longest-running adventure bike story

The Triumph Tiger has rich history with a bloodline of dedicated off-road models spanning the past 80+ years. Starting in 1936 with the first Tiger competition models, the Tiger name has played a significant role in establishing the Adventure category – from racing, to rallies, to the birth and boom in adventure travel.

Launched in 2010, the Tiger 800 established a leading position in the middleweight Adventure segment with its neutral and precise handling, torque-rich triple engine, and accessibility to all riders. In January 2018, during the development program for the new model, the ‘Tiger Tramontana’ gave viewers of the gruelling Panafrica Rally an early hint of the aggressive styling and poise of the new Tiger 900.

All-new more powerful and responsive 900cc triple engine with innovative firing configuration

The all-new higher performance 900cc engine has a unique 1, 3, 2 firing order for greater character and feel. The result is more feedback from the engine to the rider, an incredibly distinctive engine sound, and improved tractability and throttle feel, pulling harder, lower down. The result is a much closer association to the throttle character, sound and feel of a twin lower in the rev range, all the while maintaining the distinctive mid-range and top-end of a triple.

The new engine delivers a significant 10% more peak torque than the previous Tiger 800 models, now 64 LB-FT at 7,250 rpm, with improved torque low down and across the rev range. Power is also up across the entire rev range, with 9% more in the mid-range, and 94 peak horsepower at 8,750rpm.

Combined, this delivers more responsive acceleration, with 0-60 mph, 0-110 mph and 6th gear roll-on times all significantly quicker than both the previous generation Tiger and the closest competition. Additionally, it gives the new Tiger 900 a much more aggressive, raspy and engaging triple soundtrack.

An all-new twin radiator set up is mass optimized with a reduced coolant volume. This improves cooling performance and reduces the ambient heat felt by the rider. The new radiator style enhances the new models’ more striking Adventure bike stance and poise. Its shape and position enable a further forward engine position resulting in a more optimized center of gravity (1.6 in forward and 0.80 in lower). This improves weight distribution for better handling and low speed balance, while other improvements to the sump and cooling system ensure it has no impact on ground clearance.

There’s also an all-new air box with a more easily accessible new air filter, plus a slip and assist clutch for added rider comfort.

Significantly lighter, all-new benchmark-setting chassis

Now up to 11 pounds lighter than the previous generation model, the new Tiger 900 delivers a commanding and agile ride. The new steel trellis frame is not only lighter, but now has a modular construction with bolt-on aluminum rear subframe and bolt-on pillion hangers to help deliver an adventure-centric set-up for off-road focused riding.

There is high specification suspension across the new 900 range with premium Marzocchi or Showa components tailored to deliver the ultimate capability, setting the benchmark in the middleweight Adventure class.

For maximum rider convenience and comfort, the GT Pro model features segment-leading electronically adjustable rear suspension allowing the rider to adjust the rear preload and damping settings via a dedicated menu in the TFT instruments. Riders can select from nine levels of damping control, ranging from Comfort (softest) to Sport (firmest), and four preload set-ups.

All of the new Tiger 900 models now feature category-leading Brembo Stylema brakes for superior stopping power. These are lightweight, compact, carefully sculpted and high performing calipers, with reduced volume around the pistons and brake pads, creating less internal space occupied by brake fluid for more immediate braking response. Increased airflow around the brake pads also helps the calipers to cool quicker.

This combination of the new lightweight modular frame, lighter engine, high specification suspension and premium Brembo brakes delivers a notable improvement in agility and capability, ensuring exceptional handling in all riding scenarios.

Long-distance travel has been improved on the new Tiger 900 range, with a new larger 5.3- gallon fuel tank and new adjustable screen, delivering superior wind protection with a simple single-handed adjustment.

Ergonomics are also improved for the new models, optimized for rider comfort when touring, off-roading and anything in between. The seat width is narrower, and the handlebars are 0.39 in closer, giving a more comfortable, upright riding position and a greater level of rider control. Additionally, each model has a dedicated and unique footrest position to suit the expected style of riding as well as a built-in, easily adjustable two-position seat height mechanism. This enables the rider to adjust the seat height by 0.79 in to their preferred set-up.

All-new state-of-the-art ride-enhancing technology

The new Tiger 900 range features a significant step forward in its ride-enhancing technology, with state-of-the-art features including:

  • New class-leading 7-inch TFT instruments (GT & GT Pro, Rally & Rally Pro only) – Featuring dedicated Tiger start-up logos, the new larger TFT instruments present rider information in four different styles with complete clarity. There are also four different color options to choose from along with high/low contrast versions for excellent visibility in all lights. The 7- inch TFT screen is now bonded to the glass for a crisper image with no reflective layer. (The entry-level Tiger 900 model features 5-inch TFT high contrast instruments)
  • New My Triumph connectivity system and app (GT Pro & Rally Pro only) – With TFT instrument styles designed specifically for connectivity, the integrated My Triumph connectivity system and app seamlessly enable phone call and music operation, turn-by-turn navigation, and GoPro control – all accessed via the switch cubes and displayed on the TFT screen. (The My Triumph connectivity system is available as an accessory option on the GT and Rally models, including a dedicated Bluetooth® connectivity module)
  • New optimized cornering ABS and traction control with IMU (GT & GT Pro, Rally & Rally Pro only) – New optimized cornering ABS and optimized cornering traction control comes as standard on the mid- and top-spec Tiger 900s and is enabled via an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) developed in conjunction with Continental. This supports the automatic selection of the appropriate level of ABS and traction control intervention by constantly measuring roll, pitch, yaw and acceleration rates in order to calculate the lean angle. This fully integrated technology system ensures greater riding stability at all times.
  • Up to six riding modes – Riding modes adjust throttle response, ABS and traction control settings for maximum rider control in all riding conditions. The new anti-stall feature on the Off-Road and Off-Road Pro modes automatically increases the idle revs to prevent stalling. The Off-Road Pro riding mode, exclusive to the Rally Pro model, is Triumph’s most extreme off-road set-up for advanced off-road adventure, with ABS and traction control turned off, and an off-road throttle map. Tiger 900 Rally Pro: Rain, Road, Sport, Off-Road, Rider-configurable & Off-Road Pro Tiger 900 GT Pro: Rain, Road, Sport, Off-Road & Rider-configurable Tiger 900 Rally & Tiger 900 GT: Rain, Road, Sport & Off-Road Tiger 900: Rain & Road
  • New all-LED lighting with distinctive light pattern – The headlight, tail light and indicators on all new Tiger 900 models are now full LEDs for maintenance-free active safety. The GT Pro and Rally Pro models also feature LED auxiliary fog lights for additional long distance capability.
  • New Triumph Shift Assist, up and down quickshifter (GT Pro & Rally Pro only) – Enabling smooth, comfortable clutchless up and down gear changes while maintaining the accelerator position, the Triumph Shift Assist reduces rider fatigue and improves the ride. (Available as an accessory on the base and mid-spec Tiger 900 models)
  • New secure mobile phone storage and USB charging (GT & GT Pro, Rally & Rally Pro only) – A secure compartment under the seat houses a handy 5V USB power socket to enable uninterrupted use of the My Triumph connectivity system.
  • Highest level of standard technology specification (GT & GT Pro, Rally & Rally Pro only) – Fitted as standard for maximum rider comfort and convenience, the mid- and top-spec Tiger 900 models feature illuminated switches with a 5-way joystick, electronic cruise control and heated grips.
  • Fully loaded GT Pro and Rally Pro technology – Exclusive to the top-spec Tiger 900 models are the unique-in-segment heated seats (with separate pillion control) and the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS).

All-new aggressive Tiger style with more dominant adventure-focused stance

All-new aggressive styling, re-designed smaller-scale bodywork, revised finishes and cleaner lines give the new Tiger 900 a more distinctive and dominant adventure stance. This is supported by the narrow stand over width, the visually lighter front end and the dominant fuel tank design and size.

The all-new bodywork has a more focused and aggressive adventure style, and includes fuel tank, tank end panel, high mudguard, seat panel, radiator cowl and radiator duct exit. The finish and detailing is also improved to its highest-ever level, making the Tiger 900 the new benchmark for quality.

Color Options

Matte Khaki, private detective

Tiger 900 Rally & Rally Pro: Matte Khaki, Sapphire Black and Pure White, all featuring contemporary new decals and a distinctive white frame inspired by the Tiger Tramontana rally bike

GT Pro in Korosi Red

Tiger 900 GT & GT Pro: Korosi Red, Sapphire Black and Pure White, all featuring premium tank badges and contemporary new decals

Tiger 900: Pure White

Accessible and adaptable

The Tiger 900 GT is also available in a dedicated Low Ride Height variant, which is 2.0 in lower than the standard GT model, achieved by a dedicated suspension set-up and a lower seat. This variant also features the built-in additional seat height adjustment of 0.79 in, giving a seat height of between 29.9 – 30.7 in.

65+ dedicated new accessories, adding to your adventure

A range of over 65 genuine Triumph accessories are available for the new Tiger 900 models, all designed alongside the bikes themselves to ensure seamless integration, and the same exacting standards of manufacturing quality and finish. There are two new luggage ranges created in partnership with Givi – the Trekker side-opening panniers with 52-liter twin helmet top box, and the Expedition top-opening panniers, with matching 42-liter top box. Plus there are accessories for added comfort, protection, capability, style and security.

More baggage options than Madonna

Two new inspiration kits deliver a complete package of accessories designed to suit different riding needs, which can be used as inspiration for riders to create their own perfect bike.

The fully loaded Trekker inspiration kit showcases the Tiger’s even greater touring capability with the Trekker panniers with powder coated mild steel mounting kit, Trekker top box and backrest, the sliding carriage kit, tank pad and screen deflector.

Alternatively, the Expedition inspiration kit showcases the more overt off-road focused accessories available with the Expedition panniers and stainless steel mounting kit, 40-liter roll bag, headlight guard, fork protectors, aluminum radiator guard, upper engine bars and LED fog lights.

A new name for a new benchmark, the 2020 Tiger 900 lineup delivers a leap forward in capability, with a major transformation to attitude, poise and style.

This versatile and agile range sets a new category benchmark for maximum adventure in every single ride.

2020 Triumph Tiger 900 Specifications

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Engine TypeLiquid-cooled, 12-valve, DOHC, inline 3-cylinder
Bore x Stroke78.0 mm x 61.9 mm
Max Power93.9 hp at 8750 rpm
Max Torque64 lb-ft. at 7250 rpm
Fuel SystemMulti-point sequential electronic fuel injection
ExhaustStainless steel 3-into-1 header system, side mounted stainless steel silencer
FinalDrive O-ring chain
ClutchWet, multi-plate
Gearbox6 speed
FrameTubular steel frame, bolt-on subframe
SwingarmTwin-sided, cast aluminum alloy
Front WheelCast alloy, 19 x 2.5 in. Spoked Tubeless, 21 x 2.15 in.
Rear WheelCast alloy, 17 x 4.25 in. Spoked Tubeless, 17 x 4.25 in.
Front Tire100/90-19 90/90-21
Rear Tire150/70R17 150/70R17
Front SuspensionMarzocchi 45 mm upside down forks, non-adjustableMarzocchi 45 mm upside down forks, manual rebound and compression damping adjustment, 7.1 inches travel (5.51 inches GT LRH)Showa 45 mm upside down forks, manual preload, rebound damping and compression damping adjustment, 9.45 inches travel
Rear SuspensionMarzocchi rear suspension unit, manual preload adjustment, 6.7 inches rear wheel travelMarzocchi rear suspension unit, manual preload and rebound damping adjustment, 6.70 inches wheel travel (5.95 inches LRH)Showa rear suspension unit, manual preload and rebound damping adjustment, 9.06 inches wheel travel
Front BrakeTwin 12.6 inch floating discs, Brembo Stylema 4-piston monobloc calipers. Radial front masterTwin 12.6 inch floating discs, Brembo Stylema 4-piston monobloc calipers. Radial front master cylinder, Optimized Cornering ABS
Rear BrakeSingle 10 inch disc. Brembo single-piston sliding caliper, ABSSingle 10 inch disc. Brembo single-piston sliding caliper. Optimized cornering ABS
Width32.7 inches36.6 inches36.6 inches36.8 inches36.8 inches
Height (Without Mirrors)55.5-57.5 inches55.5-57.5 inches (54.5-56.5 inches LRH)55.5-57.5 inches57.2-59.1 inches57.2-59.1 inches
Seat Height31.9-32.7 inches31.9-32.7 inches (29.9-30.7 inches LRH)31.9-32.7 inches33.5-34.3 inches33.5-34.3 inches
Wheelbase61.3 inches61.3 inches (60.8 inches LRH)61.3 inches61.1 inches61.1 inches
Rake24.6°24.6° (24.1° LRH)24.6°24.4°24.4°
Trail5.25 inches5.25 inches (5.12 inches LRH)5.25 inches5.74 inches5.74 inches
Dry Weight423.3 lb, claimed427.7 lb (425.5 lb LRH), claimed436.5 lb, claimed432.1 lb, claimed443.1 lb, claimed
Tank Capacity5.3 US gal
Fuel Consumption55.4 mpg (claimed)
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  • DickRuble DickRuble on Dec 05, 2019

    "A new name for a new benchmark, the 2020 Tiger 900 lineup delivers a leap forward in capability, with a major transformation to attitude, poise and style." -- And this is a new benchmark in BS.

  • Kawatwo Kawatwo on Dec 05, 2019

    Triumph may have built the perfect motorcycle. 11 pounds lighter, low seat height options, all the luxuries you would need for 2 up travel. Now if I can just find a way to pay for it.