January 21, 2021

Triumph’s Small Tiger Gets Bigger, Lighter For 2020

HINCKLEY, ENGLAND – Triumph‘s middleweight adventure model gets a makeover for 2020, with a larger motor and less weight. The rebranded Tiger 900 line announced today will come in five versions. The models will boast “10% more torque than the Tiger 800” which has been around since 2010.

The Tiger 900 models include the Tiger 900, Tiger 900 GT, Tiger 900 GT Pro, Tiger 900 Rally and Tiger 900 Rally Pro. All will be powered by an 888cc inline three-cylinder engine and have a six-speed transmission.

2020 Triumph Tiger 900 GT

The road-oriented Tiger 900, Tiger 900 GT and Tiger 900 GT Pro will have cast wheels with 19′ rubber in front and 17″ in back. The off-road worthy Tiger 900 Rally 900 and Tiger 900 Rally Pro will have tubeless spoked wheels with a 21″ tire in front and 17″ in the rear.

The Tiger 900 lineup will feature up to six riding modes depending on the model. The base Tiger 900 has only two: rain and road. The Tiger 900 Rally Pro has all six: rain, road, sport, off-road, off-road-pro, and rider-configurable.

The MSRP on the base Tiger 900 will reportedly be $12,500, an increase of $500 from the base Tiger 800. The base Tiger 900 weighs in at 423 pounds, which is 16 pounds lighter than the 800cc Tiger 800 thanks to a new modular frame.

Triumph Tiger 900 GT Pro and Tiger 900 Rally Pro

The Tiger 900 models have a 20-liter gas tank, an increase of one liter from the Tiger 800.

Triumph says the engine on the Tiger 900 has “a new unique 1, 3, 2 firing order for greater character and feel.” All models have Brembo brakes. The Tiger 900, Tiger 900 GT and Tiger 900 GT Pro have a Marzocchi suspension, while the Tiger 900 Rally and Tiger 900 Rally Pro have a Showa suspension.

All models have ABS and traction control and all but the base model have an IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) that constantly measures roll, pitch, yaw and acceleration rates.

The GT Pro and Rally Pro models also have shift assist which allows for clutch-less gear changes.

2020 Triumph Tiger 900 GT Pro

Seat height on the Tiger 900 models ranges from 31.9 to 32.7 inches on the base and GT models and from 33.5 to 34.3 inches on the Rally versions. There’s a lower conversion kit on the GT variants which can bring the seat height as low as 29.9 inches.

A narrower seat and handlebars that are more than one-third of an inch closer to the rider will provide a more comfortable upright riding position and more rider control.

The Tiger 900 is expected to start arriving at dealers in the spring.

2020 Triumph Tiger 900 GT Pro

(Photos courtesy of the Triumph)

About Bud Wilkinson

An award-winning print and broadcast journalist, Bud Wilkinson writes the "RIDE-CT" motorcycle column and the "My Ride" vintage car feature for the "Republican-American" newspaper in Waterbury, CT. He studied journalism at Ohio Wesleyan University where he received a B.A. degree. He currently rides a 1987 BMW R 80 RT and a 2014 Triumph Bonneville.