2020 Triumph Tiger 900 First Look Preview

Ready, set, roar! Triumph shows off its 2020 Tiger 900 adventure motorcycle.

Triumph Motorcycles pulled the wraps off its new adventure-touring middleweight, the 2020 Tiger 900. Featuring a larger and more powerful inline-three engine, the Tiger 900 will be available in three designations: Standard, Rally, and GT (replacing the outgoing and 10-year-old 800’s XC and XR nomenclature).

Triumph Motorcycles shows off its new Tiger 900—a middleweight-size adventure-touring bike.
Triumph Motorcycles shows off its new Tiger 900—a middleweight-size adventure-touring bike.Triumph Motorcycles

Tiger 900 Powerplant

The 900 is powered presumably by a version of the Tiger 800 engine platform. In this configuration, the engine benefits from 4mm of added bore elevating engine displacement to 888cc. Triumph says this change boosts peak torque by 10 percent with 64 pound-feet arriving at 7,250 rpm. Peak horsepower is rated at 94 hp at 8,750 rpm. It sips fuel from a 5.3-gallon fuel tank.

By the looks of it, Triumph’s Tiger 900 looks more off-road oriented than the 800 model it replaces.
By the looks of it, Triumph’s Tiger 900 looks more off-road oriented than the 800 model it replaces.Triumph Motorcycles

To enhance character and sound, a modified 1-3-2 firing order gives “more feedback from the engine to the rider, an incredibly distinctive engine sound, and improved tractability and throttle feel, pulling harder, lower down,” the Hinkley brand says in a press release.

Triumph’s triple-cylinder engines are renowned for their punchy feel and tingling soundtrack, so it sounds (no pun intended) like this powerplant will be more fun to yank the twist grip on. Other improvements include a reduction in engine cockpit heat and a revised airbox with an easier-to-access air filter element.

The Tiger 900 employs a more road-oriented 17-inch rear wheel setup as opposed to a off-road-friendly 18-inch setup like some of its primary competition.
The Tiger 900 employs a more road-oriented 17-inch rear wheel setup as opposed to a off-road-friendly 18-inch setup like some of its primary competition.Triumph Motorcycles

Power is transferred to the 17-inch rear wheel through a manual cable-actuated slipper clutch (with reduced clutch lever pull, promises the English bike brand) and a six-speed gearbox with left-hand-side chain final drive. A bidirectional electric quickshifter can also be added as an accessory or as part of the GT or Rally Pro packages.

Updates To The Chassis And Suspension

The compact Triple is hung inside a tubular steel frame with the engine’s position shifted forward 1.6 inches and down 0.8 inch. This enhances overall weight distribution and low-speed handling, specifically, without compromising always precious ground clearance.

Base-model Tiger 900s use an inverted 45mm Marzocchi fork with 7.1 inches of travel. The GT model’s front suspension adds damping adjustability, while the Rally adds a Showa fork with an extra 2.4 inches of movement. Spring preload adjustability is also included.

Rear suspension duties are tackled by a gas-charged Marzocchi shock with preload adjustability and 6.7 inches of movement before hitting the bump stop. The GT specification adds damping adjustment, and the GT Pro benefits from electronic spring preload and damping adjustment for riders who want to make easy, fast, and toolless adjustment. The Rally model uses a Showa shock with 9.1 inches of travel.

The Tiger 900 Joins Us In The Future

Up-spec Tiger 900s come outfitted with a 7-inch color TFT display. The base version uses a 5-inch panel.
Up-spec Tiger 900s come outfitted with a 7-inch color TFT display. The base version uses a 5-inch panel.Triumph Motorcycles

A 5-inch color TFT display graces the base model while a 7-inch setup is used on the premium models, with IMU (computer chip that gives the motorcycle positional awareness in the X, Y, Z planes). It serves as the command HQ, and allows selection of up to six different riding modes, based on preference or terrain.

Seasoned adventurers should opt for the “Pro” configuration so ABS and traction control can be disabled, if desired. Tire pressure monitoring system is also included, as is cruise control and heated grip, and the bike’s instrument display can be paired to your smartphone. However, a quick peruse of the iOS app store didn’t show any current Triumph apps. Riders can also store and charge their phone under the seat via a 5-volt USB-compatible charge port.

2020 Triumph Tiger 900 Model Differences

Triumph Motorcycles has made great strides in the fit-and-finish department. Note the attention to detail for the routing of the front brake lines.
Triumph Motorcycles has made great strides in the fit-and-finish department. Note the attention to detail for the routing of the front brake lines.Triumph Motorcycles

Both standard and GT model Tigers roll on a 19-inch front and 17-inch rear cast aluminum wheels while the Rally edition gets wire spoke wheels with a dirt-bike-size 21-inch front wheel to better navigate treacherous terrain. Curiously, the Rally retains a 17-inch rear wheel rather than a more off-road-oriented 18-inch setup, which we generally prefer. A heavy-duty set of superbike-spec billet aluminum Stylema calipers from Brembo keep speed in check, with cornering ABS function on the up-spec, IMU-enabled models.

Styling-wise the Tiger continues to employ Triumph’s signature cues, with an exposed rear and subframe and shapely radiator shrouds. The snout is sleeker but also more generic looking, with a more pronounced beak. Still, we appreciate the narrower look of the LED headlamps and the refined proportions from nose to tail.

Tiger 900 Pricing And Availability

The 2020 Tiger 900 will arrive in US dealers March 2020. Since its known more for its road rather than off-road performance, it will be interesting if Triumph has infused more of its Scrambler 1200-esque DNA into the Tiger 900 in effort to finally make it a true adventure bike.

2020 Triumph Tiger 900 Specifications (base model)

PRICE $12,500
ENGINE 888cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled inline-three; 12-valve
BORE x STROKE 78.0 x 61.9mm
COMPRESSION RATIO 11.27:1
FUEL DELIVERY Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection
CLUTCH Wet multiplate slipper clutch; cable actuation
TRANSMISSION/FINAL DRIVE 6-speed/chain
FRAME Tubular steel frame, bolt-on subframe
FRONT SUSPENSION Nonadjustable Marzocchi 45mm inverted fork; 7.1-in. travel
REAR SUSPENSION Marzocchi gas-charged shock, adjustable for spring preload; 6.7-in. travel
FRONT BRAKES Brembo Stylema Monoblock 4-piston calipers, 320mm discs
REAR BRAKE Brembo 1-piston caliper, 255mm disc
WHEELS, FRONT/REAR Cast alloy; 19 x 2.5 in. / 17 x 4.25 in.
TIRES, FRONT/REAR TBD; 100/90-19 / 150/70-17
RAKE/TRAIL 24.6°/5.2 in.
WHEELBASE 61.25 in.
SEAT HEIGHT 31.9–32.7 in.
FUEL CAPACITY 5.3 gal.
CLAIMED DRY WEIGHT 423 lb.
WARRANTY TBD
AVAILABLE TBD
CONTACT triumphmotorcycles.com
The Rally edition Tiger 900 is equipped with a dirt-bike-sized 21-inch front wheel which allows riders to comfortably traverse difficult terrain.
The Rally edition Tiger 900 is equipped with a dirt-bike-sized 21-inch front wheel which allows riders to comfortably traverse difficult terrain.Triumph Motorcycles
Heavy-duty serrated footpegs and brake pedal are standard. Crash bars are available as an accessory.
Heavy-duty serrated footpegs and brake pedal are standard. Crash bars are available as an accessory.Triumph Motorcycles
The Tiger 900 wears a more generic looking beak-like snout that is common among modern adventure-touring bikes. The LED headlights are more narrow and a pleasing aesthetic upgrade versus its predecessor.
The Tiger 900 wears a more generic looking beak-like snout that is common among modern adventure-touring bikes. The LED headlights are more narrow and a pleasing aesthetic upgrade versus its predecessor.Triumph Motorcycles
All Tiger 900 variations employ Brembo’s latest and greatest Stylema radial-mount calipers that grip 320mm rotors.
All Tiger 900 variations employ Brembo’s latest and greatest Stylema radial-mount calipers that grip 320mm rotors.Triumph Motorcycles
Triumph Motorcycles wants riders to go further with more comfort than ever before.
Triumph Motorcycles wants riders to go further with more comfort than ever before.Triumph Motorcycles
The Tiger 900 is powered by an 888cc inline-three that is more powerful than the 800 it replaces.
The Tiger 900 is powered by an 888cc inline-three that is more powerful than the 800 it replaces.Triumph Motorcycles
A cast alloy swingarm and left-hand-side chain final drive put power to the rear wheel.
A cast alloy swingarm and left-hand-side chain final drive put power to the rear wheel.Triumph Motorcycles
The premium Tiger 900 models come with heated and ultra-plush-looking rider and passenger seats.
The premium Tiger 900 models come with heated and ultra-plush-looking rider and passenger seats.Triumph Motorcycles