Triumph scrambles into new Bond film

Triumph has paid an undisclosed sum to feature in the 25th James Bond film, No Time to Die, but a Ducati Scrambler has stolen some limelight.

The price for product placement in a movie is up to about $A500,000, but for a Bond film it can be a whole lot more.

In fact, Heineken is believed to have paid $A65 Million to get Bond character Daniel Craig to sip their beer instead of a martini in the 2015 film, Spectre.

So we have no idea how much Triumph has paid, although boss John Bloor did confirm the partnership with the producers for No Time To Die, being released in April 2020.

The result is 007 riding a modified Scrambler 1200 in one chase scene.

Bond film No Time to Die
Craig’s stunt double on the Triumph Scrambler 1200

So why is a baddy riding an 803cc Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled in the same chase scene?

Bond film No Time to Die
Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled

Bond film espionage?

Has Ducati snuck in some free screen time in an apt case of Bond film espionage or did they pay, too?

Or is this a deliberate effort by Triumph to make their scrambler competitor look bad by being associated with buddies while their Scrambler is associated with the hero?

Bond movies are usually associated with exotic cars, but motorcycles have also featured over the years.

Most have been BMW vehicles, although there was a run of Ford-owned cars for a while, including Aston Martin.

Bond film No Time to Die
Good to see Bond back in an Aston Martin DB5 for No Time To Die (with a Ducati in pursuit)

Remember the BMW R 1200 C cruiser in the Vietnam chase scene in the Bond film, Tomorrow Never Dies?

Bond film
Bond slides a BMW cruiser

BMW has also dominated the Mission Impossible and Jason Bourne movie franchises.

Ducati is also not shy about product placement with the Venom and CHiPs movies.

And, of course, Triumph has probably the most memorable motorcycle scene from any movie.

Their TR6 was used as a Nazi BMW in the chase scene in 1963 film, The Great Escape.

Former TT racer and larrikin daredevil Guy Mart in plans to replicate that jump on a Triumph Scrambler 1200 this Sunday (8 December 2019).

Guy Martin practises Great Escape jump
Guy practises for his jump attempt


EzySt fuel app offers riders discounts

A new free app called EzySt not only shows you where the cheapest fuel is near you, but also offers special discounts and can find the cheapest fuel on your planned ride route.

Unlike existing fuel price apps and schemes, it is not based on crowd-sourced information, but real-time data from local fuel retailers and Government reporting schemes.

The app is free and will work to show you cheap fuel near you and on your planned ride if you load your route into the map.

EzySt has completed a successful trial in Western Australia and is now available in Queensland and NSW with other states and territories to follow.

Sign up for EzySt dealsEzySt fuel saver app

To access special fuel and other servo deals, you have to sign up.

However, if you value your privacy, you can still use all the other attributes of the app without signing up, such as route selection and choosing your preferred fuel type by RON value.

I entered my email details several days ago and have yet to receive any discount deals.

If you do get a deal, you don’t have to take it straight away, but can save it.

You can also sign out at any time and choose to have the app only work when being used or working in the background all the time, but that will reduce your phone’s battery.

Many riders don’t care about the price of fuel, only the quality for their pride and joy.EzySt fuel saver app


However, if you are interested in exploiting the fuel economy benefits of a motorcycle, this app could save you precious dollars.

EzySt app has been several years in the making and is the brainchild of Sydney-based company The Pricing Project who developed other fuel industry software such as PriceScape and PriceSync.

It is led by former Caltex executives Mick Jarvie and Ben Everitt, and technologist Damian Funnell.

However, it is not limited to Caltex.

Participating retailers include the EG Group (Caltex / Woolworths), independents Puma Energy, Pacific Petroleum, New Sunrise, and several dealers operating under nationally recognised brands.

EzySt is now available through the App Store and Google Play, and can be followed on Facebook at @EzySt.

Fuel economyFuel economy service station helmet pulp ulp premium

Click here if you would like to make more savings by increasing your bike’s fuel economy.

Be aware that using a higher RON value than the manufacturer’s recommendation may not have any fuel-saving benefits.


Frog leaps to save your motorcycle helmet

If you are frustrated with finding somewhere to safely rest your helmet the “Y” shaped Spanish Frog portable helmet support could be the answer.

Inventor Luis de Arquer says the 70 x 80mm Frog comes in two models that you either carry in your pocket or stick to the top of your helmet with a 3M adhesive strip.

They come in multiple colours, some with motorcycle manufacturer logos, and cost €20 (about $A35) each or half price if you support their Kickstarter campaign.

They claim it will ship to early supporters in January and others in February.Frog helmet support

How the Frog works

The Frog supports the helmet in an upside down position without scratching the surface.

As Luis says, you can then put your gloves, phone, glasses and keys inside your helmet for handy storage.

We wonder whether the Aussie police would be upset by sticking it to your helmet as they have fined riders for sticking action cameras to their helmet before, cleaning it makes the helmet non-compliant.

If that’s a concern to you, try the portable pocket device.Frog helmet support

The miniature tripod device won a A’Design Award for its usefulness and ease of use.

It is based on the Euclid Tripod Axiom which means only three points are required to define a flat plane.

Luis says it is stable enough to secure your helmet, but we wonder whether it would withstand a rickety cafe table or someone bumping into your bike with the helmet on the seat or tank.Frog helmet support

If it does work, it would be a handy little device as it can be difficult finding somewhere safe and convenient to hang your helmet on a motorcycle.

By the way, if you are wondering why a Y-shaped item with three legs is named the Frog, it is apparently named after the Brazilan Brachycephalus tridactylus frog which is the only frog in the world with only three legs.


Rossi and Hamilton swap vehicles for race

Multi-world champions Valentino Rossi and Lewis Hamilton will temporarily swap vehicles on Monday (9 December 2019) when they take part in a promotional race at Valencia’s Circuit Ricardo Tormo.

But could the swap be longer term?

Rossi has long wanted to get into four-wheeled racing, especially rallying where he has already had some success.

And Hamilton is a longtime fan of motorcycles, particularly MV Agusta for which he is a brand ambassador and has put his name to four limited-edition models.

Lewis Hamilton with the MV Agusta F4 LH44
Lewis Hamilton with an MV Agusta F4 LH44

After winning nine world titles, Rossi has little to prove on two wheels and likewise six-time F1 champion Lewis has little to prove on four.

While Rossi is contracted to MotoGP for another year, he had a poor 2019 season.

Last month Rossi tested the Ferrari 488 GT3 he will race in the Gulf 12 hour endurance race on 14 December 2019 at Abu Dhabi.

He’s pretty talented on four wheels and has won rallies before.

In 2006, he tested for Ferrari and was just 0.7 seconds off the times set by Michael Schumacher who also tried his hand at motorcycle racing after his first F1 retirement.

Meanwhile, Hamilton is doing a swap of his own switching from Mercedes to Ferrari in 2021.

He’s long shown interest in motorcycle racing and crashed last Saturday at Jerez preparing for the duel with Rossi.

Their “race” has been made possible by their shared sponsor, Monster Energy.

We can’t wait to see the video next week!

As for who will win, it is interesting to check the lap times at the Valencia circuit.

The lap record is held by Jorge Lorenzo with 1:29.40 minutes in 216, while Rossi is the fourth fastest with 1:30.13.

F1 doesn’t race at the track, but has tested there.

The unofficial F1 lap record is held by Anthony Davidson, set in 2006 in a Honda RA106, with a time of 1:08.54, more than 20 seconds faster than the MotoGP bikes.

So that seems to suggest that Vale has the upper hand in the F1 car!


Parking victory for Sydney riders

A decision to charge riders for parking in some Sydney CBD areas has been reversed and riders who copped $82 parking fines have had them waived.

In October we reported on two such riders who were caught out when the jurisdiction of the parking area changed from City of Sydney council (COS) to state government.

Previously the riders were able to park free in the Rocks, Pyrmont and Darling Harbour areas including outside designated bike-only zones as long as they adhered to the time restrictions.

However, the state reclaimed the land in January, according to the council, and installed private company parking meters at the end of August 2019.

The COS website was only changed on 17 September 2019 after several motorcyclists complained, according to Property NSW.

“Disputed infringements issued before the website was updated have been waived,” they say.

After our publication of the unfair fines, they have reversed that decision.

A Department of Planning, Industry and Environment spokesperson told us:

We were recently made aware of inconsistencies between the government and the City of Sydney’s parking policies. We have now revised our parking guidelines and waived infringement notices relating to this discrepancy. Motorcycle and scooter riders no longer need to pay at any of the parking meters in our areas, however, must respect the time restrictions. Our policy is published on The Rocks website.

Day in court

Riders claim parking fines unfair
Jin and his yamaha custom

However, Jin Weng says it is no victory for him after taking a day off work without pay to fight the fine in court.

I pleaded guilty because pleading not guilty requires another hearing date and I can’t afford to take another day off work,” he says.

“Legal aid said it’s unlikely I can claim for my time even if I get a not guilty outcome, this is a shame as the courts should penalise councils and authorities for issuing fines in error otherwise there is no accountability for them to continually do this.

“It is unjust but I can see why most people just pay the fine as its multiple times the cost to challenge.

“I presented my supporting documents to the court and the judge decided on a section 10 1 (A) ruling meaning I am guilty but there is no conviction, or penalty. 

“I wouldn’t call it a victory given that I had to plea guilty to something that shouldn’t even been charged wasting half a day sitting in court.

They clearly did not want to waive my infringement by rejecting my appeal and proceeding with a court prosecution. They even took the time to submit to the courts a prosecution including the judge reading a statement from the prosecutor that I was aware of changes in the area as mentioned in my appeal.

“Will they be reimbursing me for taking a day off to go to court?”

Website update 

Riders claim parking fines unfair Sydney
Andrew and his scooter

Another fined Sydney rider, Andrew Johnstone, missed the change on the website and said the fines were unfair as there was not enough notice provided that the change had occurred.

He says the website has now been changed, but it “seems to say no and maybe”.

Click here for details. 

“Motorcyclists cannot be expected to read the website every day before parking a bike to ensure a road ownership hasn’t changed,” he said.

Andrew is still waiting for his fine to be waived.

Loss of Sydney spaces

The change in Sydney motorcycle parking follows the reduction of CBD kerbside parking last year to accommodate bus, pedestrian and cyclist infrastructure.

It prompted a petition for more motorcycle parking space.

Sydney motorcycle parking petition Emma MacIver
Emma launches petition

Petition organiser and commuter rider Emma MacIver says the city is lagging behind Melbourne and the rest of the world and Motorcycle Council of NSW parking subcommittee claimed council’s lack of consultation with riders on the issue was “disappointing”.

Emma’s petition has gained almost 2000 signatures.

Click here to sign her petition and make council pay attention!


Do you love a parade? Check out these Toy Runs!

It seems a lot of riders love a parade.

This year a group of 3497 Harley-Davidson riders (pictured above) grabbed the world motorcycle parade record in Paris, Texas, breaking the previous record of 2404 in Patras, Greece.

Those records could be challenged by some of the biggest Toy Runs in Australia over the next couple of weekends.

Why do riders live a parade? They love to show off their bikes, make some noise, get involved and be a part of something big.

The greatest treat in riding in any parade is the smiles it brings to the faces of children … and many big kids!


Toy runs also do a lot of good for the community raising cash and donations (toys and non-perishable foods) for groups such as Lifeline, the Salvation Army and St Vincents de Paul.

Click here if your toy run is not on the list below. Please send full details and photos to us via email.

Please do not send details via any other message as they can get lost.

Make sure to tell us where and when it starts, where it goes, how long is the ride and what should riders bring as gifts/donations.

Safe toy runs

Ipswich Toy Run cops Grinch list christmas
Ipswich toy run

Riders are encouraged to dress up and decorate their bikes in Christmas themes, but ensure they are still safe and roadworthy.

Lockyer Ulysses Branch which runs the Ipswich Toy Run warns riders not to throw lollies or high-five spectators as it could lead to a crash.

Police in several states have told us that anyone putting themselves and other road users at risk at these events “will be dealt with accordingly”.

So, no impunity at toy runs just because they aid charity!

Toy Runs list

(Click on the place name for more details)

December 7

charities toy run christmas
2017 Hobart toy run

Hobart: The 40th MRA Toy Run starts at the Derwent Entertainment Centre at noon and finishes on the lawn in front of Parliament House.

Gippsland: The 20th Gippsland Motorcyclists Toy Run starts at Bobber Dave’s Bike Shop, Nefertiti Court, Traralgon, from 9.30am for a departure at 11am. Ride ends at Old Gippstown, Moe, for lunch. Toys and gifts go to the Salvos and Vinnies.

December 8

Brisbane Santa Ride: Riders muster at New Farm Park from 7.30am. All proceeds this year go to the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

Ipswich: The Lockyer Branch of the Ulysses Club holds their 23rd annual toy run from 8am at Brassall Shopping Centre. Remember not to throw lollies or high-five kids!

Adelaide: The 41str Motorcycle Riders Association of SA Toy Run will be held at the Clipsal Track in Victoria at 11am Park, finishing with a fete on Callington Oval.

December 14

Christmas charity toy runs

Canberra: The 39th Annual Motorcyclists Toy Run from the Old Parliament House starts at 8am with a loop ride at 10am. Trophies for the club with the biggest attendance and the largest corporate group entry.

Sale:  The 22nd Annual Keith Hamilton Toy Run starts at 9.30am from the Sale Clock Tower accepts non-perishable food, children’s clothes and toys in the sleigh at the GJ Gardner Homes office.

Gold Coast: Gold Coast Cruiser Club is hosting the Cruizing for Cruz Toy Run from the Salisbury Hotel from 1.30pm and partying into the night.

December 15

ToowoombaMotorcycle Toy Run starts at various meeting points in Goombungee, Oakey, Nobby and Gatton at 10.30am and rides to Picnic Point.  All others meet at Picnic Point at 10.30am. Ride starts at 12.30pm and finishes at the Downs Motorcycle Sporting Club at the Toowoomba Showgrounds. All donations go to the Toowoomba Hospital and St Vincent de Paul.

Melbourne: The 42nd Melbourne Toy Run is a week later this year with starting points all over the city heading to MCAS 16A Keilor Park Dr from 9am to 6pm. All proceeds go to the Salvation Army.


Randy de Puniet to ride the Team ERC Endurance Ducati

Randy de Puniet to Team ERC Endurance for 8 Hours of Sepang

Team ERC Endurance have announced a brand-new line-up for the 8 Hours of Sepang, Randy de Puniet joining Ondřej Ježek and Louis Rossi in the saddle of the Panigale V4R, after the team recently received official backing from Ducati Corse in the FIM EWC.

FIM EWC LeMans Hour Honda Endurance Racing Randy De Puniet
Randy de Puniet

This adds another MotoGP rider to the star-studded list of international riders competing in the 8 Hours of Sepang. Frenchman Randy de Puniet will be on the starting grid in the saddle of Team ERC Endurance’s new Ducati Panigale V4R.

The German team now has official backing from the Italian manufacturer in the FIM Endurance World Championship, with de Puniet, having solid experience in Endurance racing, including two podiums at the Suzuka 8 Hours, in 2014 and 2017, and several seasons with Team SRC Kawasaki and Honda Endurance Racing.

MotoE World Cup test Valencia Final Randy De Puniet
Randy De Puniet in the MotoE championship earlier in the year

Czech rider Ondřej Ježek, a former Supersport World Championship racer, has previously competed in the FIM EWC with Bolliger Team Switzerland and Mercury Racing.

Frenchman Louis Rossi, formerly a Moto2 rider, has competed in the FIM Endurance World Championship since 2016.

Team ERC Endurance’s Ducati will have its first outing on the track in Malaysia on Wednesday 11 December.

8 Hours of Sepang 2019 – Provisional entry list

# Team Bike Rider 1 Rider 2 Rider 3
1 Webike SRC Kawasaki ZX-10R Guarnoni Jeremy Nigon Erwan Checa David
2 Suzuki Endurance Racing Team GSX-R1000 Philippe Vincent Masson Etienne Black Gregg
3 AM Moto Racing Competition ZX-10R Stoll Clement Sarrabayrouse Alex Buisson Dylan
4 Tati Team Beaujolais Racing ZX-10R Techer Alan Denis Kevin Enjolras Julien
5 F.C.C. TSR Honda France CBR1000RR Hook Josh Foray Freddy Di Meglio Mike
6 Team ERC Endurance Panigale V4R Jezek Ondrej De Puniet Randy Rossi Louis
7 YART Yamaha YZF-R1 Parkes Broc Fritz Marvin Canepa Niccolo
8 Bolliger Team ZX-10R Stamm Roman Suchet Sebastien Walraven Nigel
9 Tecmas BMW GMC S 1000 RR Hedelin Camille Masbou Alexis Perret David
10 RS Itoh ZX-10R Yanagawa Akira Ito Kazuki Izutsu Hitoyasu
11 Pachi Hkm Speed Racing S 1000 RR Farid Badrul Hafiq Azmi Haiqal Ahmad
12 Omega Maco Racing Team YZF-R1 Szkopek Pawel Elison James Hanika Karel
13 Team Sugai Racing Japan RSV4RF Sugai Yoshiyuki Byrne Paul TBA
14 Yamaha Sepang Racing YZF-R1 Morbidelli Franco Syahrin Hafizh Van Der Mark Michael
15 Team 202 YZF-R1 Creusot Amandine Wang-Chang Johan Parret Florent
16 BMRT 3D Maxxess Nevers ZX-10R Loiseau Anthony Hardt Jonathan Pilot Julien
17 Transmap Racing With Ace Cafe GSX-R1000 Ooishi Masahiko Hirano Luna Rajini Krishnan
18 Team Kodama YZF-R1 Kodama Yuta Tokudome Kazuki TBA
19 British Endurance Racing Team GSX-R1000 Railton Jonathan Blackshaw Johnny Edwards James
20 Team 33 Coyote Louit Moto ZX-10R Boulom Enzo Gamarino Christian Manfredi Kevin
21 Jma Motos Action Bike GSX-R1000 Cronier Nicolas Cornut Billy Gucciardi Maxime
22 3ART – Moto Team 95 YZF-R Lussiana Mathieu Berchet Morgan Plancassagne Alex
23 BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team S 1000 RR Mykhalchyk Ilya Reiterberger Markus Foray Kenny
24 RAC 41 CBR1000RR Antiga Guillaume Tessels Wayne Bonnot Maxime
25 No Limits Motor Team GSX-R1000 Scassa Luca Kemmer Christophe Vitali Luca
26 Motors Events GSX-R1000 Westmorland James Linfoot Dan Nigon Johan
27 T Motokids YZF-R1 Fukuyama Kyota Yoshida Kazunori Takaya Okuda
28 Bertl K Racing S 1000 RR Thoni Nicolas Dangl Patrick Walchhutter Lukas
29 National Motos CBR1000RR Debise Valentin Okubo Hikari TBA
30 GERT 56 By GS Yuasa S 1000 RR Kerschbaumer Stefan Glockner Lucy Bijsterbosch Pepijn
31 Mototech EWC Team YZF-R1 Fastre Gregory Lonbois Vincent Godfrey Ben
32 Motobox Kremer Favorite Factory 321 YZF-R1 Dehaye Geoffroy Strohlein Stefan Ortiz Greg
33 Og Motorsport By Sarazin YZF-R1 Charpin Mathieu Diguet Julien Hugot Jonathan
34 Yamashina Kawasaki Ken Racing ZX-10R Shinjo Masahiro Nakamura Shuichiro Matsumoto Masayuki
35 Jeg Racing Team GSX-R1000 Leblanc Gregory Uramoto Naomichi Tsuda Takuya
36 Team Plusone S 1000 RR Sekiguchi Taro Sakai Daisaku Nagoe Kousuke
37 Wójcik Racing Team YZF-R1 Rea Gino Bergman Christoffer Maurin Axel
38 Tone RT Syncedge 4413 BMW S 1000 RR Hoshino Tomoya Atsumi Kokoro Ishizuka Takeshi
39 Pitlane Endurance YZF-R1 Pellizotti Maxim Granzotto Clement De La Rosa Gino
40 Sun Chlorella By R2CL GSX-R1000 Konno Yoshihiro Seller Clinton Morais Sheridan
41 Honda Asia Dream Racing With Showa CBR1000RR Zaidi Zaqhwan Izdihar Andi Farid Chantra Somkiat
42 Team LRP Poland S 1000 RR Vincon Dominik Buhn Jan Lewandowski Bartlomiej
43 Energie Endurance 91 ZX-10R Napoli Christian Napoli Frederico Pesek Karel
44 Exteria Kspcs Racing By Empora GSX-R1000 Juda Dominik Novosel Renato Kovacs Balint
45 Moto Ain YZF-R1 Rolfo Roberto Mulhauser Robin Clere Hugo
46 Team Hanshin Riding School ZX-10R Sano Katsuto Okamura Mitsunori Higashimura Isami
47 HRT 100 – Hertrampf Racing Endurance Panigale V4R Nekvasil Marco Bos Bobby Friedrich Arnaud
48 Team Aviobike YZF-R1 Baggi Giovanni Boscoscuro Andrea Rosso Niccolo
49 VRD Igol Pierret Experiences YZF-R1 Alt Florian Marino Florian Simeon Xavier
50 Wojcik Racing Team 2 YZF-R1 Biesiekirski Piotr Pasek Adrian Biesiekirski Piotr


2020 Triumph Tiger 900 / GT / Rally | First Look Review

2020 Triumph Tiger 900 GT Pro and Tiger 900 Rally Pro
For 2020 Triumph has thoroughly updated its middleweight adventure platform, now called the Tiger 900, with a larger engine, a new chassis, new technology, new styling and more. The lineup includes five models; shown on the left is the Tiger 900 GT Pro and on the right is the Tiger 900 Rally Pro.

For the 2011 model year, Triumph launched two all-new models – the Tiger 800 and more off-road-oriented Tiger 800 XC, both powered by a 799cc in-line triple – in what was then a much smaller and less competitive middleweight adventure bike segment, with competition coming primarily from BMW’s F 650 GS and F 800 GS.

2020 Triumph Tiger 900 GT Pro engine
The 2020 Triumph Tiger 900 platform is powered by a larger 888cc in-line triple that makes more power and torque than its 799cc predecessor.

Adventure bikes have been a rare bright spot of growth in
what has been a stagnant decade in terms of motorcycle sales since the Great
Recession. And where there’s growth, competition flows in like the tide in the
hopes of raising more boats. We’ve seen a proliferation of new models and new
technology in the segment, with adventure bikes all but displacing traditional
sport- touring motorcycles and some offering nearly superbike levels of power
and specification.

2020 Triumph Tiger 900 GT Pro
2020 Triumph Tiger 900 GT Pro in Korosi Red

Triumph added a 1,215cc triple-powered Tiger Explorer for 2012, it updated and expanded its Tiger 800 lineup to four models (XR, XRx, XC and XCx) for 2015 and it rolled out no fewer than six Explorer models for 2016. By the time the 2018 model year rolled around, both the Tiger 800 and Tiger 1200 (formerly Explorer) families were comprised of six models each – XR, XRx, XRx Low Ride Height (LHR), XRT, XCx and XCA – offering varying levels of specification and on-/off-road worthiness.

2020 Triumph Tiger 900 GT Pro wheel
All 2020 Triumph Tiger 900 models feature top-of-the-line Brembo Stylema monoblock front calipers. Wheels, ABS/TC, suspension, ride modes, etc. differ by model.

Triumph decided to simplify things somewhat for 2020, with five middleweight Tiger models: Tiger 900, Tiger 900 GT, Tiger 900 GT Pro, Tiger 900 Rally and Tiger 900 Rally Pro. If you’re keeping tabs on the progression of model designations, the Tiger 900 and Tiger 900 GT/Pro models replace the more street-oriented XR models, and the Tiger Rally/Pro models replace the more off-road-oriented XC models.

2020 Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro
2020 Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro in Matte Khaki

The Tiger 900 lineup is powered by a larger 888cc, DOHC, 4-valves-per-cylinder in-line triple that makes a claimed 94 horsepower and 64 lb-ft of torque, with more midrange power and 10% higher peak torque than its 799cc predecessor. Widening the triple’s bore from 74 to 78mm (stroke is unchanged at 61.9mm) yielded an 89cc increase in displacement. The updated engine gets a new 1-3-2 firing order for more character, and Triumph says the Tiger 900 offers class-leading acceleration and a distinctive soundtrack.

2020 Triumph Tiger 900 GT Pro cockpit
The 2020 Triumph Tiger 900 has a 5-inch TFT display, whereas all other models (such as the Tiger 900 GT Pro shown) have a 7-inch TFT display.

Triumph revised the Tiger 900 platform from the ground up,
with a new modular, tubular-steel main frame and a bolt-on subframe, top-of-the-line
Brembo Stylema monoblock front calipers, new bodywork and new LED lighting.

Other new features vary by model:

2020 Triumph Tiger 900
2020 Triumph Tiger 900 in Pure White

Tiger 900

  • Cast wheels, 19-in. front, 17-in. rear
  • Marzocchi 45mm USD fork, non-adj., 7.1-in. travel
  • Marzocchi shock, adj. for spring preload, 6.7-in. travel
  • Seat height: 31.9/32.7 in.
  • Standard ABS
  • Ride modes: Road, Rain
  • 5-inch TFT display
  • Fuel capacity: 5.3 gals.
  • Dry weight (claimed): 423 lbs.
  • Color options: Pure White

Tiger 900 GT

  • Cast wheels, 19-in. front, 17-in. rear
  • Marzocchi 45mm USD fork, adj. for compression & rebound, 7.1-in. travel
  • Marzocchi shock, adj. for spring preload & rebound, 6.7-in. travel
  • (GT Low Ride Height: 5.51/5.95 in. travel)
  • Seat height: 31.9/32.7 in. (GT LRH: 29.9/30.7 in.)
  • Radial front master cylinder
  • Cornering ABS and traction control with IMU
  • Ride modes: Road, Rain, Sport, Off-Road
  • 7-inch TFT display
  • Illuminated switches with a 5-way joystick
  • Electronic cruise control
  • Heated grips
  • Secure mobile phone storage with USB charging port
  • Fuel capacity: 5.3 gals.
  • Dry weight (claimed): 428 lbs. (GT LRH: 426 lbs.)
  • Color options: Korosi Red, Sapphire Black and Pure White, all featuring premium tank badges and contemporary new decals
2020 Triumph Tiger 900 GT Pro
2020 Triumph Tiger 900 GT Pro in Korosi Red

Tiger 900 GT Pro

  • Cast wheels, 19-in. front, 17-in. rear
  • Marzocchi 45mm USD fork, adj. for compression & rebound, 7.1-in. travel
  • Marzocchi shock, electronically adj. for spring preload & rebound, 6.7-in. travel
  • Seat height: 31.9/32.7 in.
  • Radial front master cylinder
  • Cornering ABS and traction control with IMU
  • Ride modes: Road, Rain, Sport, Off-Road, Rider-configurable
  • Triumph Shift Assist (up/down quickshifter)
  • 7-inch TFT display
  • Illuminated switches with a 5-way joystick
  • Electronic cruise control
  • Heated grips
  • Heated seats
  • Tire-pressure monitoring system
  • LED auxiliary lights
  • Secure mobile phone storage with USB charging port
  • My Triumph Bluetooth connectivity
  • Fuel capacity: 5.3 gals.
  • Dry weight (claimed): 437 lbs.
  • Color options: Korosi Red, Sapphire Black and Pure White, all featuring premium tank badges and contemporary new decals

Tiger 900 Rally

  • Spoked tubeless wheels, 21-in. front, 17-in. rear
  • Showa 45mm USD fork, fully adj., 9.5-in. travel
  • Showa shock, adj. for spring preload & rebound, 9.1-in. travel
  • Seat height: 33.5/34.3 in.
  • Radial front master cylinder
  • Cornering ABS and traction control with IMU
  • Ride modes: Road, Rain, Sport, Off-Road
  • 7-inch TFT display
  • Illuminated switches with a 5-way joystick
  • Electronic cruise control
  • Heated grips
  • Secure mobile phone storage with USB charging port
  • Fuel capacity: 5.3 gals.
  • Dry weight (claimed): 432 lbs.
  • Color options: Matte Khaki, Sapphire Black and Pure White, all featuring contemporary new decals and a distinctive white frame inspired by the Tiger Tramontana rally bike
2020 Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro
2020 Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro in Matte Khaki

Tiger 900 Rally Pro

  • Spoked tubeless wheels, 21-in. front, 17-in. rear
  • Showa 45mm USD fork, fully adj., 9.5-in. travel
  • Showa shock, adj. for spring preload & rebound, 9.1-in. travel
  • Seat height: 33.5/34.3 in.
  • Radial front master cylinder
  • Cornering ABS and traction control with IMU
  • Ride modes: Road, Rain, Sport, Off-Road, Rider-configurable, Off-Road Pro
  • Triumph Shift Assist (up/down quickshifter)
  • 7-inch TFT display
  • Illuminated switches with a 5-way joystick
  • Electronic cruise control
  • Heated grips
  • Heated seats
  • Tire-pressure monitoring system
  • LED auxiliary lights
  • Secure mobile phone storage with USB charging port
  • My Triumph Bluetooth connectivity
  • Fuel capacity: 5.3 gals.
  • Dry weight (claimed): 443 lbs.
  • Color options: Matte Khaki, Sapphire Black and Pure White, all featuring contemporary new decals and a distinctive white frame inspired by the Tiger Tramontana rally bike

The 2020 Triumph Tiger 900 Rally and Tiger 900 Rally Pro
will be available in March. The Tiger 900, Tiger 900 GT and Tiger GT Pro will
be available in April. Pricing for the Tiger 900 starts at $12,500; pricing for
the other models is TBD.

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Claudio Domenicali Is The New President Of Motor Valley

Ducati CEO to lead the Association that brings together all the “Motor Valley” brands of Emilia-Romagna.

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A press conference has been held at the Ducati Auditorium in Borgo Panigale to officially announce Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali’s new role as President of the Motor Valley Association. The event was attended by delegates from the district’s companies and international race circuits, Regional Institutes and the media.

The Association unites all the car and motorcycle brands from Italy’s “Motor Valley”, in Emilia-Romagna. Motor Valley – a concentration of brands, private collections, international race circuits and specialized training centers like no other on the planet – works alongside the Region to make the very best of this heritage in terms of tourism.

“Motor Valley brings together a series of brands that are unique, renowned and appreciated around the world for their design, technology and performance, all of them located within a radius of just 150 km. As Ducati, we take pride in being part of this association, just as I am personally proud to take on the Presidency. For me, accepting this role is an act of responsibility and recognition towards an extraordinary part of Italy that has given me so much”, stated Claudio Domenicali, CEO of Ducati and President of Motor Valley. “This Region enjoys an unparalleled academic culture and unmatched motoring and technological skills. It’s also a magnet for enthusiasts, new talent and businesses and as such deserves our wholehearted support.”

Motor Valley encapsulates Made-in-Italy automotive and industrial excellence: it’s a project that highlights the area’s capacity to network and make the most of internationally unique qualities. It concentrates on the car and motorcycle industry, the beating heart of the Region’s economy, on its excellent universities and its truly global appeal.

Dallara, Ducati, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati and Pagani are just a few of these Motor Valley brands, loved by fans all over the world. Motor Valley also includes 15 specialized museums (such as the Enzo Ferrari Museum in Modena, the Ferrari Museum in Maranello, the Automobili Lamborghini Museum, the Ferruccio Lamborghini Museum, the Ducati Museum in Borgo Panigale and the Horacio Pagani Museum in Modena), 16 private collections and 4 racetracks (the “Riccardo Paletti” circuit in Varano de’ Melegari, the Modena racetrack in Marzaglia, the “Enzo e Dino Ferrari” circuit in Imola and the Marco Simoncelli Misano World Circuit at Misano Adriatico).

“Emilia-Romagna’s Motor Valley is a concentrate of talent, know-how, flair, design, industrial prowess, craftsmanship, innovation and research, making it unlike anywhere else in the world”, points out the Region’s President, Stefano Bonaccini. “Its dream brands fly our Region’s flag internationally, attracting visitors from all over the globe. It does so thanks to the effective teamwork between local institutions and private companies that has allowed us to build a fascinating association of 4 international racetracks, 6 specialized training centers, 6 world-leading car and motorcycle makers, 11 museums, 16 collections, 7 key industry players and 188 sports teams that combines culture, entrepreneurship and speed. It’s a district that – together with Food Valley, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the beauty of the Apennine Mountains and the Po Delta – is a global magnet for tourists. It’s also a district that provides work for thousands. It’s intertwined with the Region’s higher education and university network, as highlighted by MUNER – the Motorvehicle University of Emilia-Romagna that offers international automotive-dedicated degree courses, co-organized by the four universities of Emilia-Romagna and its deep-rooted car and motorcycle manufacturers – which is attracting many motivated, exceptional young people to our region from all over Europe and, indeed, the world. Today we welcome an enlightened, forward-thinking entrepreneur to the Presidency, a man whose experience and vision will do much to enhance this unique concentration of passion and expertise even further”.

The Osservatorio Turistico of Motor Valley – a study run by Unioncamere Emilia Romagna, Trademark Italia and Mailander – shows how Motor Valley attracted, in 2018 alone, 1.2 million overnight visitors, injecting over 300 million euros into the local economy (through revenues generated by events at the Imola and Misano race circuits and visits to company museums). Total visitor numbers to the district were about 1.8 million, of whom 44% were Italian and 56% foreign, with 1,190,000 overnight stays by visitors to museums and collections and spectators at racetrack events.

In Emilia-Romagna – Italy’s third most important region in the national car and motorcycle industry, preceded only by Lombardy and Piedmont – the automotive supply chain involves 16,500 businesses and over 66,000 employees, or 10% of the entire national supply chain.

Yet Motor Valley also – and above all – plays a strategic role. A role that sees companies and universities committed at every level. A role that focuses on technological innovation, specialization, research and development, with project members working closely alongside each other.

A tangible example is the MUNER (Motorvehicle University of Emilia-Romagna No Profit per Education) project. In 2017, the four regional universities (Bologna, Parma, Ferrara and Modena-Reggio Emilia) and the industry’s eight top companies, including Ducati, Ferrari and Lamborghini, created the Università dell’Automotive. It holds two courses that aim to train the automotive engineers of the future.

“Global competition is no longer between individual businesses but regional systems” underlined Andrea Pontremoli, CEO of Dallara and President of MUNER, “and regional systems consist of businesses, training facilities and institutions”.

Motor valley simply has to be experienced. And next year will offer a golden opportunity to do so in the form of the second Motor Valley Fest, to be held from 14 to 17 May in the heart of Modena.

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