EICMA has come and gone, but at least one manufacturer still has a major model announcement to come.
Triumph’s EICMA lineup starred the new Thruxton RS, along with a Bobber TFC and a couple of Bud Ekins tribute Bonneville models. It wasn’t a bad showing, but the fact remains these are all variants on existing models (though we shouldn’t gloss over the engine improvements on the Thruxton RS and Bobber TFC.)
It seems, however, that Triumph isn’t done, releasing videos teasing a new range of Tiger 900 models. We’ve already seen spy photos of the new Tiger, but we now know the bike we saw was a Tiger 900 and the final production model will be announced on Dec. 3.
The five-second video itself doesn’t reveal much, just a single still image of the new Tiger cloaked in shadows. The headlight is new, with the LED daytime running light moving from the middle of the headlight unit to above it, like a glowing unibrow.
More photos can be found on Triumph’s website along with a second video that is not listed on its YouTube channel. These images confirm a new layered fairing design, swingarm, and subframe (which may mean a new entire frame).
The teasers confirm the Tiger 900 will come in Rally and GT versions. This implies a new naming system for the Tiger, with Rally replacing the more off-road XC variants and GT replacing the XR models. The filenames of some images on Triumph’s site suggest a “Pro” version of the Tiger 900 Rally and GT, though it’s unclear how many versions there will be altogether.
The 900 in the name also implies a larger engine, replacing the current model’s 800cc three-cylinder engine. Naturally, the new engine will be Euro 5 compliant, with Triumph increasing the displacement to make up for potential hits to the performance in making the engine meet the new emission standard.
In retrospect, we probably shouldn’t be surprised about an update to the Tiger range, as Triumph had yet to release any information on its adventure bike lineup. On that note, we still haven’t heard anything official about the Tiger 1200 lineup, though we were the first to report filings from the California Air Resources Board certifying new Alpine and Desert variants.
We’ll know more about the 2020 Triumph Tiger 900 range, and hopefully the Tiger 1200 range as well, on Dec. 4