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ADV NewsTriumph Unveils Lighter, More-Powerful Tiger 900 for 2020

Triumph Unveils Lighter, More-Powerful Tiger 900 for 2020

Everything you need to know about Triumph’s all-new Tiger 900 range.

Published on 12.03.2019
After months of spy shots and teaser clips, Triumph has finally unveiled their new Tiger 900 with sweeping changes to the range for 2020. The new machine is completely transformed with an all-new 900cc triple engine, higher-spec equipment, more fuel capacity, optimized ergos, and state-of-the-art rider tech. The Tiger 900 range now makes more power and torque, yet it’s lighter than the previous Tiger 800. Additionally, the off road focused ‘Rally’ model receives tubeless spoked wheels and features more suspension travel than its predecessor – the Tiger 800 XC. Read on for more details about all the new upgrades:

New Tiger Range

The new Tiger 900 marks the end of the old naming convention for the Tigers ( XC, XR, etc.), with the launch of 5 new models:
  • 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 and genuine long-distance travel. 
  • Tiger 900 Rally and Rally Pro – Transformed for maximum off-road adventure and road-focused capability and comfort.

More Powerful 900cc Triple Engine

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.

Tiger 900 more powerful and lighter

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 the previous generation Tiger. Additionally, it gives the new Tiger 900 a much more aggressive, raspy and engaging triple soundtrack.

New Tiger 900 engine
The new 900cc engine is lighter yet pumps out 10% more torque and delivers more power across the entire rev range.

An all-new twin radiator setup is mass optimized with a reduced coolant volume. This improves cooling performance and reduces the ambient heat felt by the rider. 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.

Lighter, All-New Chassis

Now between 10 and 20 pounds lighter than the previous generation depending on the model, the new Tiger 900 delivers a commanding and agile ride. The 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 setup for off-road focused riding.

off road focused Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro
Off-road focused Tiger 900 Rally Pro in Matte Khaki. Both Rally models have received increased suspension and tubeless spoked wheels.

There is high specification suspension across the new 900 range with premium Marzocchi or Showa components tailored to deliver greater capability. In addition, Rally Models have received increased suspension in both front and rear. For maximum rider convenience and comfort, the GT Pro model features 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 setups.

All of the new Tiger 900 models now feature 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.

Triumph Tiger 900 new LED lights

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, designed to deliver 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.

Tiger 900 improved ergos and bigger tank
All models receive a larger 5.3 gallon fuel tank and improved ergos.

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.

Packed With Technology

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

Tiger 900 larger TFT display
  • New 7-inch TFT instruments (GT & GT Pro, Rally & Rally Pro only) – The new larger TFT instruments present rider information in four different styles and colors along with high/low contrast versions for great 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) – 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. (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) – 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 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 & 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).

Accessible and Adaptable

Triumph Tiger 900 GT in Sapphire Black
Triumph Tiger 900 GT in Sapphire Black. The model offers a 29.9 in. low seat option.

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.

2020 Triumph Tiger 900 Key Changes

More Powerful Powerplant

  • New higher-capacity 900cc triple engine.
  • 10% more torque than the Tiger 800 model, peaking at 64 LB-FT at 7,250rpm.
  • More power across the entire rev range, with 9% more in the mid-range.
  • New unique 1, 3, 2 firing order for greater character and feel.
  • Improved acceleration.
  • More characterful and distinctive soundtrack.

Now Even Lighter

  • New lightweight modular frame with bolt-on rear subframe and pillion hangers.
  • New engine is lighter despite boost in displacement.
  • Weight has been reduced between 10 and 20 pounds depending on the model.

Major Chassis Updates

  • Rally models get new fully-adjustable Showa suspension with increased travel.
  • GT models retain the same suspension travel but switch from Showa to Marzocchi.
  • The GT Pro gets an all-new electronic rear shock adjustable for both preload and damping.
  • All models get a new frame with different geometry, along with a subframe that is bolted on rather than welded.
  • Passenger pegs are also now removable.
  • Engine positioning in the frame has been optimized for better weight distribution and a lower center of gravity, without reducing ground clearance.
Tiger 900 Rally Pro Tubeless spoked wheels

State-of-the-Art Electronics

  • Larger 7-inch TFT instruments (GT & GT Pro, Rally & Rally Pro only).
  • New integrated My Triumph connectivity system (GT Pro & Rally Pro only).
  • New optimized cornering ABS and optimized cornering traction control, controlled by an Inertial Measurement Unit (GT & GT Pro, Rally & Rally Pro only).
  • Up to six riding modes: Rain, Road, Sport, Rider, Off-Road and Off-Road Pro.
  • New Triumph Shift Assist, Triumph’s proprietary up and down quickshifter (GT Pro & Rally Pro only).
  • New all-LED lighting with distinctive light pattern.
  • New secure mobile phone storage with USB charging.
Triumph 900 technology

Additional Upgrades

  • New top-specification Brembo Stylema monobloc brakes.
  • Larger 5.3-gallon fuel tank for advanced touring capability.
  • New premium bodywork with new colors and graphics.
  • Tubeless wire-spoke wheels on Rally and Rally Pro models.
  • New slip and assist clutch for all models.

Accessible and Adaptable

  • Available Tiger 900 GT Low Ride Height version with unique suspension and lower seat.
  • Adjustable seat height (0.78 in) on all Tiger 900 models.
  • 65+ dedicated Tiger 900 accessories to complement your adventure.
  • Accessories for added comfort, protection and capability, plus all-new luggage.
  • Two new inspiration kits: Trekker (Touring) and Expedition (off-road).

Accessory Range

Tiger 900 accessories

A range of over 65 genuine Triumph accessories are available for the new Tiger 900 models including 2 kits:

The fully loaded Trekker inspiration kit showcases the Tiger’s even greater touring capability with GIVI Trekker panniers  plus 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 GIVI 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.

New Styling and Bodywork

All-new aggressive styling, re-designed smaller-scale bodywork, revised finishes and cleaner lines give the new Tiger 900 a more distinctive 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.

Colors, Pricing & Availability

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

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

Triumph Tiger 900 in Karosi Red
Triumph Tiger 900 GT Pro in Karosi Red.

Tiger 900 Rally and Rally Pro will be available by March 2020, while the Tiger 900, Tiger 900 GT and GT Pro will be available in April of 2020. The entry-level Tiger 900 starts at $12,500, GT at $14,300, Rally at $15,000, GT Pro at $16,200 and Rally Pro at $16,700.

Triumph Tiger 900 Specs

ENGINE TYPE:Liquid-cooled, 12-valve, DOHC, inline 3-cylinder
BORE X STROKE:78×61.9 mm
MAX POWER:93.9 HP (70kW) @ 8,750 rpm
MAX TORQUE:64 ft-lbs (87 Nm) @ 7,250 rpm
SYSTEM:Multi-point sequential electronic FI
EXHAUST:Stainless steel 3-into-1 header system
FINAL DRIVE:O-ring chain
CLUTCH:Wet, multi-plate
GEARBOX:6 speed
FRAME:Tubular steel frame, bolt-on subframe
SWINGARM:Twin-sided, cast aluminum alloy
FRONT WHEEL:STD/GT Cast alloy, 19″ x 2.5″; RALLY Tubeless spoke, 21″ x 2.15″
REAR WHEELS:STD/GT Cast alloy, 17″ x 4.25″; RALLY Tubeless spoke, 17″ x 4.25″
FRONT TIRE:STD/GT 100/90-19; RALLY 90/90-21
REAR TIRE:STD/GT 150/70R17; RALLY 150/70R-17
FRONT SUSPENSION:STD Marzocchi 45mm USD non-adjustable; GT Marzocchi 45mm USD rebound and compression; RALLY Showa 45mm USD rebound, compression and preload
REAR SUSPENSION:STD Marzocchi preload; GT Marzocchi preload and rebound; GT PRO Marzocchi electronic preload and rebound; RALLY Showa preload and rebound
FRONT BRAKE:Twin 12.6 in floating discs, Brembo Stylema 4-piston monobloc calipers. Radial front master cylinder
REAR BRAKE:Single 10 in disc. Brembo singlepiston sliding caliper
ABS BRAKINGSTD ‘standard’ ABS; GT/RALLY optimized cornering ABS
HEIGHT (W/O MIRRORS):LRH 54.5″-56.5″; STD/GT 55.5″-57.5″; RALLY 57.2″59.1″
SEAT HEIGHT:LRH 29.9″-30.7″; STD/GT 31.9″-32.7″; RALLY 33.5″-34.3″
RAKE:STD/GT 24.6º; RALLY 24.4º
TRAIL:STD/GT 5.25″; RALLY 5.74″
DRY WEIGHT:STD 423.3 lb; GT 427.7 lb; GT Pro 436.5 lb; RALLY 432.1 lb; RALLY Pro 443.1 lb

Author: ADV Pulse Staff

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December 3, 2019 11:24 am

Didn’t Marzocchi’s factory get closed down by their parent Tenneco?

December 4, 2019 8:40 am

I bet Charley is pulling his hair out now for not riding something like the Rally Pro on the Long Way Up..

Tom Schmitz
Tom Schmitz
December 4, 2019 10:01 am

If the new firing order is 1-3-2, what is the next cylinder to fire?

And then, how is it different from 3-2-1?

Tom Schmitz
Tom Schmitz
December 4, 2019 10:16 am
Reply to  Tom Schmitz

What I wonder with this is “What more is at play?”. Are there greater changes such as crank pin angle and what does that mean to the true firing order as expressed in degrees of rotation?

JB (@JB01939694)
JB (@JB01939694)
December 5, 2019 5:33 pm
Reply to  Tom Schmitz

1-3-2 would followed by 1-3-2.

3-2-1 would be followed by 3-2-1.

They may sound a bike different although if it’s anything like my 800 it’ll still sound like a giant ‘dust buster’ handheld vacuum cleaner. Hope this helps.

December 4, 2019 10:53 am

Manufacturers should stop using these dry weight figures- pretty sure this goes up to 500 lbs wet- which is still too much weight for a middle weight adventure bike.

Quin Mar
Quin Mar
December 4, 2019 1:04 pm

The smaller headlights and DRL are a massive improvement imo ! Nice. so much nicer than the older big-bug-eye look or the truck sized lights on Gerald.Kiskas designs. I guess we’ll know after a test ride how it corners compared to the lower CofG fuel-tanks of the Norden 901 or the little ugly 790. WP out and a Showa on the rear in the Rally but no mention of PDS for jumps? What’s weird is that the Euro A2 licence limit of >94hp has been used for USA/AU where this has no tender? I would have expected a separate MAP for the ECU in USA to let this 900 crank out 125hp for the street mode for their sweet triple? Maybe it’s a universal MAP because the sales outside of the EU are limited or a move to reduce warranty issues from higher output wear-n-tear? The matt green Rally is very nice.

André Bossé
André Bossé
December 4, 2019 3:30 pm

I think I’m in love.

JB (@JB01939694)
JB (@JB01939694)
December 5, 2019 5:29 pm

Looks like it’ll be a new 700 Tenere for me.

December 5, 2019 9:50 pm

Nice updates overall, I’m sure the Triumph guys will like them and it’s a bit different then what’s out there in some respects. Seems all the manufacturers are splitting hairs on how one thing one bike does better then another. Personally this isn’t my favorite, I wanted to really like the 800Xc but the motor and weight over the front just felt too much like a street bike. All these bikes are just big pigs anyway. The spec sheet racing nonsense is kinda annoying…..just talking points on the sales floor or banana measuring at Starbucks.


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