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Triumph Rocket 3 botches tablecloth trick

A decade ago, BMW’s S 1000 RR pulled off the old tablecoth trick, ripping it right from under the crockery, cutlery and glassware, but now Triumph has botched the same trick with their Rocket 3.

We’re not sure what they are trying to proved by failing at the same trick.

However, the title of their video and the accompanying text gives us a clue:

With the world’s largest production motorcycle engine, and the highest torque of any production motorcycle you can buy, Triumph Motorcycle’s Rocket 3 R takes on the iconic tablecloth trick, with a twist…

Old trick

Now here is how BMW perfected the tablecloth trick in 2010.

And in 2016, Mythbusters had a go.

Obviously Triumph is trying to show what a brute the Rocket 3 is.

The original 2.3-litre Triumph Rocket III has now become the 2.5-litre Rocket 3 with the biggest capacity and most torque of any production bike in the world.

The Rocket III had the biggest capacity engine of any production motorcycle with a 2294cc triple, delivering 221Nm of torque and 109kW of power.

Now, the TFC Rocket 3  has 134kW of power and 225Nm of torque, while the base R and GT models will have slightly less output at 221Nm of torque at 4000rpm and 124kW of power at 6000rpm.

This is not the first time Triumph has made a humorous video using the Rocket.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Triumph launch Trekker GT e-bike

Triumph started in 1889 as a bicycle company and now they are returning to bicycles with an e-bike called the Trekker GT.

They are not the only motorcycle manufacturer looking to ebikes as a supplement to their motorcycle business.

Ducati and even Harley-Davidson are getting into the ebikes trend.

It all comes as some riders are calling for ebikes to be registered before they dominate bike lanes, chew up available parking space and lawless riders give all motorcycle and scooter riders a bad name.

The move to add ebikes also comes as Triumph Motorcycle recently announced it would slash 400 jobs globally, blaming the pandemic for falling sales.

Triumph also made bicycles in the 1970s, but this is a modern pedal-assisted electric model with some hi-tech features such as digital instruments.

Triumph Trekker GT ebikeTrekker GT weighs just 2.88kg and is powered by a 250w 60Nm Shimano Steps E6100 motor and Shimano E8035 504Wh battery, all neatly hidden in the front stem of the frame.Triumph Trekker GT ebike

It was designed in-house and will be available in Europe with other markets to follow.

There is no word yet on price.

Triumph Trekker GT E-bike tech specs


6061 Hydro-formed aluminium frame with integrated lockable battery


RockShox Paragon forks with 65mm travel


Shimano Steps E6100 250w motor

Fully integrated Shimano E8035 504Wh battery


Shimano hubs & Alex Volar rims 27.5”


Schwalbe Energizer Green Guard 27.5 x 2.0 tyres

Rear Mech

Super-silent Shimano Deore Shadow 10-speed rear mechanism


High-performance Shimano Deore M6000 180/160 brakes


Ultra-comfortable Selle Royal Vivo saddle


Triumph branded lock-on grips

Standard-fit Specification

LED lighting, full length mudguards, side stand,
pannier rack & ABUS Proshield lock

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Triumph Motorcycles to slash more jobs

Triumph Motorcycle will slash 400 jobs as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and their plan to move more production from Hinckley to Thailand.

The British company announced in February that it would cut 240 of its 2500-strong global workforce with 50 of the 1000 employed at Hinckley to go as it moved production offshore to target rapidly growing Asian markets.

Jobs slashed

Now the global job cuts have been increased to 400 with 240 to go in the UK after a pandemic sales slump over the past three months.

In Australia, Triumph sales were only down 6.5% in the first quarter, but Triumph says some countries have recorded up to a 65% loss in sales.

Chief Executive Nick Bloor said the crisis has caused “significant damage” to the global motorcycle market and it was a “challenging time” for the company.

“These are not easy decisions to make, especially when individuals’ livelihoods are affected,”he says.

“However, regrettably the scale of impact of Covid-19 necessitates us to restructure now in order to protect the long term health and success of the Triumph brand and business.”

Global manufacture

Thailand Triumph factory trialsThailand Triumph factory

In 2002, Triumph opened its first factory in Thailand where it now has three facilities making about 80% of last year’s total of 60,131 bikes.

There are also factories in Brazil and India supplying for the local markets.

In January, Triumph announced an agreement with Baja to build a range of 200-750cc motorcycles in India.

Proposed Triumph 250Proposed Triumph 250

Sales downturn

“Sales in the larger 500cc plus motorcycle segment, in key markets such as France, Italy, Germany, the USA and the UK have fallen by between 40 and 65 per cent over the past three months during what would normally be the peak season for sales,” the company said in a statement.

“Although Triumph sales have outperformed this significant decline to some degree, the market is forecast to remain considerably down on pre-Covid 19 levels as a direct result of the economic conditions created by it.”

Triumph’s factory in Hinckley, Leicestershire, mainly makes engine components. It will become a research and development centre, but continue to build their new Triumph Factory Custom (TFC) motorcycles.

Production will be wound down from about 6500 a year to about 4500.

Triumph Thruxton and Rocket 3 TFC ace diamondTriumph Thruxton and Rocket 3 TFC

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Triumph screens 007 Scrambler edition

Triumph has announced a new Scrambler 1200 007 Edition to cash in on its star billing in the 25th James Bond film, No Time to Die, to hit the screens in November.

The British company would have a paid a tidy sum for their first 007 film product placement which included the Scrambler 1200 and Tiger 900.

Tiger 900Tiger 900

But the limelight has been dimmed a little. They claim they are the only motorcycle in the partnership, but there is also a Ducati Scrambler in the trailer.

And the film was to have been screened in April before this limited edition model was released.

However, the film’s release has been pushed back to November because of the pandemic.

007 editionTriumph Scrambler 1200 Bond 007 limited edition

The Bond 007 edition Scrambler 1200 is limited to 200 units and costs a whopping $A27,100.

That compares with the road-based XC at $20,300 (plus on-road costs) and the off-road-oriented XE at $21,700.

Each Bond Edition motorcycle has a unique billet riser clamp with laser-etched individual edition numbering and comes with a special Bond Handover Pack that includes a numbered certificate of authenticity hand-signed by Triumph’s CEO Nick Bloor.

Of course, there is 007 branding, a special 007 “shutter” startup screen message, black anodized mudguards, grab rail, sump guard, and infills, black powder-coated swingarm and sprocket cover, an Arrow muffler with carbon fiber tips, a stainless steel headlight grilled, and black rear wheel adjusters.   

There are no performance updates, except the muffler.

The engine is the same 1200cc parallel-twin with 66.2kW of power and 110Nm of torque.

Product placement

Bond film No Time to DieFilming No Time to Die

The price for product placement in a movie can be 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 to have the modified Scrambler 1200 and Tiger 900 included.

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

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

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

Bond rode a three-wheeled Honda US90 in 1971’s Diamonds Are Forever, a Cagiva W16 in 1995’s Goldeneye and a BMW R 1200 C cruiser in the Vietnam chase scene in the ’97 Bond film, Tomorrow Never Dies.

Bond filmBond slides a BMW cruiser

There was also a Honda Montesa Cota 4RT in the 2008 Quantum of Solace and Aussie stunt rider Robbie Maddison road a Honda CRF2050R across Istanbul rooftops in 2012’s Skyfall.

Meanwhile, BMW has dominated the Mission Impossible and Jason Bourne movie franchises and Ducati has not been shy about product placement with the Venom and CHiPs movies.

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 jumpGuy practises for his jump attempt

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

2020 Triumph Scrambler 1200 Bond Edition | First Look Review

2020 Triumph Scrambler 1200 Bond Edition.
2020 Triumph Scrambler 1200 Bond Edition.

In December 2019, Triumph announced a partnership with EON Productions, the company behind the forthcoming 25th James Bond Film, “No Time To Die.” To celebrate this iconic collaboration, Triumph is proud to introduce the first ever official motorcycle directly linked to the Bond franchise.

The 2020 Scrambler 1200 Bond Edition is a limited-edition Scrambler 1200 XE motorcycle featuring a unique 007 design scheme and limited to a production of just 250 models worldwide, with only 30 marked for the United States and a mere five for Canada.

Read more about what it’s like to ride the Scrambler 1200 XE here.

The Scrambler Bond Edition features distinctive 007-themed paint and bodywork, including a real leather seat with embossed logo, a unique TFT instrument startup screen, blacked-out finishes with special accents and an Arrow silencer with carbon fiber end caps. As a limited-edition model, it also has a numbered plaque and comes with a special Bond handover pack.

Otherwise, this is a top-spec Scrambler XE model, with six ride modes including Off-Road Pro, IMU-based cornering ABS and traction control, an assist clutch, keyless ignition, heated grips, cruise control and Öhlins suspension with 9.8 inches of travel are all standard.

The 2020 Scrambler 1200 Bond Edition is available at Triumph dealers now at a U.S. retail price of $18,500.

Source: RiderMagazine.com

Triumph recalls Trophy over brake issue

Triumph Australia has issued a recall over a potential brake failure in its 2013-2017 Trophy and Trophy SE models.

This brake recall is not linked to the forthcoming global recall over Brembo brakes.

This is a new issue involving incorrectly routed wires exiting the ignition switch may be damaged by contact with the front brake hose.

According to the official recall notice issued through the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, “if the wires are damaged, motorcycle lighting may be lost unexpectedly or the engine may stall”.

This could increase the “risk of an accident or injury to the rider and other road users”.

Triumph Australia will attempt to advise Trophy owners to bring in their bikes for a free repair.

The vehicle identification numbers (VINs) of the 173 affected Trophy models are listed at the end of this article.

Even though manufacturers and importers contact owners when a recall is issued, the bike may have been sold privately to a rider unknown to the company.

Therefore, Motorbike Writer publishes all motorcycle recalls as a service to all riders.

In Australia, recall notices are issued by the manufacturer and the Department of Infrastructure through a voluntary industry code under the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

While any recall is not good news for the manufacturer, it shows that they are largely diligent in fixing problems.

If you believe there is an endemic problem with your bike that should be recalled, contact the ACCC on 1300 302 502.

To check whether your motorcycle has been recalled, click on these sites:

• Australia


• New Zealand

• Canada

Affected VINs

SMTV2H11E9D567509 SMTV2H10E9D587196 SMTV2H11E9F686418
SMTV2H11E9D571991 SMTV2H10E9D587506 SMTV2H11E9F687203
SMTV2H11E9D572011 SMTV2H10E9D587709 SMTV2H11E9F691353
SMTV2H11E9D572104 SMTV2H10E9D587751 SMTV2H11E9F691539
SMTV2H11E9D572163 SMTV2H10E9D587774 SMTV2H11E9G718076
SMTV2H11E9D572177 SMTV2H10E9D588217 SMTV2H11E9G718946
SMTV2H11E9D572190 SMTV2H10E9D588265 SMTV2H11E9G718996
SMTV2H11E9D572445 SMTV2H10E9D588330 SMTV2H11E9G721576
SMTV2H11E9D572450 SMTV2H10E9D588345 SMTV2H11E9G736541
SMTV2H11E9D572495 SMTV2H10E9D588704 SMTV2H11E9G738973
SMTV2H11E9D572548 SMTV2H10E9D588771 SMTV2H11E9G739578
SMTV2H11E9D572564 SMTV2H10E9D588789 SMTV2H11E9G741382
SMTV2H11E9D572665 SMTV2H10E9D588807 SMTV2H11E9G742158
SMTV2H11E9D572712 SMTV2H10E9D589037 SMTV2H11E9H769667
SMTV2H11E9D572741 SMTV2H10E9D589130 SMTV2H11E9H770155
SMTV2H11E9D572747 SMTV2H10E9D589984 SMTV2H11E9H771367
SMTV2H11E9D572805 SMTV2H10E9D590485 SMTV2H11E9H771972
SMTV2H11E9D572811 SMTV2H10E9D593102 SMTV2H11E9H772517
SMTV2H11E9D572816 SMTV2H10E9D593240 SMTV2H11E9H772774
SMTV2H11E9D572824 SMTV2H10E9D593287 SMTV2H11E9H773006
SMTV2H11E9D572846 SMTV2H10E9D593343 SMTV2H11E9H773171
SMTV2H11E9D572859 SMTV2H10E9D593418 SMTV2H11E9H774939
SMTV2H11E9D572878 SMTV2H10E9D593440 SMTV2H11E9H774979
SMTV2H11E9D572894 SMTV2H10E9D594048 SMTV2H11E9H775150
SMTV2H11E9D572907 SMTV2H10E9D594124 SMTV2H11E9H775278
SMTV2H11E9D572917 SMTV2H10E9D594278 SMTV2H11E9H775448
SMTV2H11E9D572935 SMTV2H10E9D594377 SMTV2H11E9H777199
SMTV2H11E9D573229 SMTV2H10E9D594471 SMTV2H11E9H777232
SMTV2H11E9D573238 SMTV2H10E9D594707 SMTV2H11E9H777244
SMTV2H11E9D573265 SMTV2H11E9E623011 SMTV2H11E9H777251
SMTV2H11E9D573273 SMTV2H11E9E623067 SMTV2H11E9H777704
SMTV2H11E9D573290 SMTV2H11E9E623155 SMTV2H11E9H777724
SMTV2H11E9D573296 SMTV2H11E9E623951 SMTV2H11E9H777808
SMTV2H11E9D573316 SMTV2H11E9E624008 SMTV2H11E9H778150
SMTV2H11E9D573318 SMTV2H11E9E624025 SMTV2H11E9H778175
SMTV2H11E9D573406 SMTV2H11E9E624850 SMTV2H11E9H778282
SMTV2H11E9D573416 SMTV2H11E9E624904 SMTV2H11E9H778317
SMTV2H11E9D573431 SMTV2H11E9E625124 SMTV2H11E9H778334
SMTV2H11E9D573471 SMTV2H11E9E625223 SMTV2H11E9H778343
SMTV2H11E9D574179 SMTV2H11E9E625278 SMTV2H11E9H778372
SMTV2H11E9D580664 SMTV2H11E9E625325 SMTV2H11E9H778559
SMTV2H11E9D580685 SMTV2H11E9E626029 SMTV2H11E9H778614
SMTV2H11E9D580702 SMTV2H11E9E626201 SMTV2H11E9H778645
SMTV2H11E9D580713 SMTV2H11E9E626213 SMTV2H11E9H778758
SMTV2H11E9D580723 SMTV2H11E9E626809 SMTV2H11E9H778802
SMTV2H11E9D580734 SMTV2H11E9E627534 SMTV2H11E9H778837
SMTV2H11E9D580742 SMTV2H11E9E628205 SMTV2H11E9H778875
SMTV2H11E9D580847 SMTV2H11E9E630252 SMTV2H11E9H778926
SMTV2H11E9D580871 SMTV2H11E9F663725 SMTV2H11E9H779092
SMTV2H11E9D580898 SMTV2H11E9F664142 SMTV2H11E9H779187
SMTV2H11E9D580917 SMTV2H11E9F670239 SMTV2H11E9H779281
SMTV2H11E9D580943 SMTV2H11E9F670638 SMTV2H11E9H779662
SMTV2H11E9D580980 SMTV2H11E9F671139 SMTV2H11E9H779759
SMTV2H11E9D580992 SMTV2H11E9F671853 SMTV2H11E9H779798
SMTV2H11E9D581001 SMTV2H11E9F677172
SMTV2H11E9D581005 SMTV2H11E9F677630
SMTV2H11E9D581017 SMTV2H11E9F678821
SMTV2H11E9D581025 SMTV2H11E9F679270
SMTV2H11E9D581147 SMTV2H11E9F682941
SMTV2H11E9D581174 SMTV2H11E9F683371

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

India the next motorcycle powerhouse

The $A31m cash sale of Norton Motorcycles to India’s TVS Motor Company marks India’s turning point towards becoming the next motorcycle powerhouse.

Click here to read more about the historic sale.

Respected market analysts GlobalData say the sale to India’s third-biggest motorcycle manufacturer with sales of more than 750,00 a year significantly marks TVS motorcycles’ entry into the global mid and high-capacity premium bikes.

GlobalData Senior Automotive Consultant Bakar Sadik Agwan says it will “strengthen the India-based brand’s position in international markets”.

“TVS, which has presence in over 60 markets globally, gets an opportunity to foray into high-powered and premium bike segments,” he says.

“The TVS-Norton deal now makes it quite evident that India two-wheeler makers are keen towards opportunities to scale globally and expand horizontally through tech-partnerships and acquiring manufacturing know-how of ‘classic’ motorcycles.”

In other words, the sale marks a turning point where India could become the next motorcycle powerhouse.

Indian powerhouse

tvs factory powerhouseTVS factory

The Indian motorcycle market is already the largest in the world with sales of a gob-smacking 21 million last year.

That eclipses China which has dropped from 27.5m in 2008 to 17m last year.

But most of the bikes sold in India and exported are low-capacity models with low profit margins per vehicle.

TVS, which is India’s second-biggest exporter of motorcycles behind Royal Enfield, now has the ability to enter the higher profit large-capacity premium market.

This is yet another example of how India is becoming the new motorcycle powerhouse.

Many of the world’s leading motorcycle brands are now firmly established in India with production and assembly factories, joint projects and large dealerships, including BMW, Ducati, Harley-Davidson and Triumph.

Norton had also begun forging links with the Indian company Kinetic Group to jointly produce and sell Norton motorcycles in India. That deal may not go through now.

Fellow British brand Triumph has been working for some years on a global partnership with Pune-based Bajaj Auto to build mid-capacity (200-750cc) motorcycles. Their partnership formally started in January.

In 2016, Indian auto manufacturer Mahindra & Mahindra acquired historic British brand BSA, but the revival of the venerable marquee seems to have stalled after their revival of the Jawa name encountered initial production hitches.

Jawa Classic LegendsMahindra relaunches Jawa in 2018

Mahindra also owns France’s Peugeot Motorcycles.

It should be remembered that another iconic British brand, Royal Enfield, gradually became Indian and under Eicher ownership has become one of the most successful brands in the world with sales of more than 800,00 a year.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Triumph recalls Thruxtons over side stand

A spokesman for the Australian distributor, Peter Stevens Importers, confirmed in late January that Australian bikes were affected.

They said customers were being contacted “as information comes to hand”.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has only now posted the official notice with the 804 VINs of affected Thruxtons (attached at the end of this article).

Triumph Thruxton and Rocket TFCThruxton TFC

The sidestand recall apparently affects 2016-2018 Thruxtons, 2016-2019 Thruxton R, and 2020 Thruxton TFC models.

It seems the spring may vibrate through resonance, weakening it and causing it to break.

If this happens, it could allow the side stand switch to activate and shut off the engine.

The replacement spring sits inside a rubber sleeve, preventing the resonance.

Owners should contact an authorised Triumph Dealer for a replacement spring to be fitted free of charge.

Bonneville recalls

The “Bonneville” range has been the subject of several embarrassing recalls since they were introduced in 2016:

Even though manufacturers and importers usually contact owners when a recall is issued, the bike may have been sold privately to a rider unknown to the company.

Therefore, Motorbike Writer publishes all motorcycle and scooter recalls as a service to all riders.

If you believe there is an endemic problem with your bike that should be recalled, contact the ACCC on 1300 302 502.

To check whether your motorcycle has been recalled, click on these sites:

• Australia


• New Zealand

• Canada

VINs of affected Thruxtons

SMTDAD34H4G747563 SMTDAD34H4G764083 SMTDAD34H4H827106
SMTDAD34H4G747571 SMTDAD34H4G764086 SMTDAD34H4H827142
SMTDAD34H4G747580 SMTDAD34H4G764092 SMTDAD34H4H827212
SMTDAD34H4G747586 SMTDAD34H4G764095 SMTDAD34H4H828644
SMTDAD34H4G747595 SMTDAD34H4G764102 SMTDAD34H4H828663
SMTDAD34H4G747602 SMTDAD34H4G764104 SMTDAD34H4H828682
SMTDAD34H4G747610 SMTDAD34H4G764113 SMTDAD34H4H830294
SMTDAD34H4G747620 SMTDAD34H4G764117 SMTDAD34H4H830350
SMTDAD34H4G747626 SMTDAD34H4G764121 SMTDAD34H4H830388
SMTDAD34H4G747635 SMTDAD33H4G765816 SMTDAD34H4J833589
SMTDAD33H4G750126 SMTDAD33H4G765866 SMTDAD34H4J833596
SMTDAD33H4G750136 SMTDAD33H4G765923 SMTDAD34H4J833598
SMTDAD34H4G750140 SMTDAD33H4G765953 SMTDAD34H4J833605
SMTDAD33H4G750145 SMTDAD33H4G766042 SMTDAD34H4J833607
SMTDAD34H4G750150 SMTDAD33H4G766071 SMTDAD34H4J835076
SMTDAD33H4G750152 SMTDAD33H4G766115 SMTDAD34H4J835104
SMTDAD34H4G750157 SMTDAD33H4G766164 SMTDAD34H4J835131
SMTDAD33H4G750161 SMTDAD33H4G766228 SMTDAD34H4J835213
SMTDAD34H4G750218 SMTDAD34H4G766242 SMTDAD34H4J835237
SMTDAD33H4G750227 SMTDAD34H4G766246 SMTDAD34H4J836436
SMTDAD34H4G750230 SMTDAD34H4G766249 SMTDAD34H4J836458
SMTDAD33H4G750233 SMTDAD34H4G766251 SMTDAD34H4J836477
SMTDAD34H4G750237 SMTDAD34H4G766254 SMTDAD34H4J836496
SMTDAD33H4G750240 SMTDAD34H4G766257 SMTDAD34H4J836521
SMTDAD34H4G750243 SMTDAD34H4G766263 SMTDAD34H4J841241
SMTDAD33H4G750246 SMTDAD34H4G766266 SMTDAD34H4J841260
SMTDAD34H4G750249 SMTDAD34H4G766269 SMTDAD34H4J841310
SMTDAD33H4G750252 SMTDAD34H4G766272 SMTDAD34H4J841525
SMTDAD34H4G750255 SMTDAD34H4G766273 SMTDAD34H4J841539
SMTDAD33H4G750257 SMTDAD34H4G766276 SMTDAD34H4J841585
SMTDAD33H4G750268 SMTDAD34H4G766281 SMTDAD34H4J841602
SMTDAD33H4G750282 SMTDAD33H4G767492 SMTDAD34H4J841620
SMTDAD33H4G750293 SMTDAD33H4G767503 SMTDAD34H4J841872
SMTDAD33H4G750306 SMTDAD33H4G767529 SMTDAD34H4J841880
SMTDAD33H4G750325 SMTDAD33H4G767561 SMTDAD34H4J841891
SMTDAD33H4G750344 SMTDAD33H4G767582 SMTDAD34H4J841897
SMTDAD33H4G750366 SMTDAD34H4G767598 SMTDAD34H4J841905
SMTDAD33H4G750383 SMTDAD34H4G767604 SMTDAD34H4J842096
SMTDAD33H4G750401 SMTDAD34H4G767607 SMTDAD34H4J842534
SMTDAD34H4G751107 SMTDAD33H4G767608 SMTDAD34H4J842543
SMTDAD34H4G751112 SMTDAD34H4G767611 SMTDAD34H4J842552
SMTDAD34H4G751117 SMTDAD33H4G767613 SMTDAD34H4J842558
SMTDAD34H4G751126 SMTDAD34H4G767615 SMTDAD34H4J842661
SMTDAD34H4G751132 SMTDAD34H4G767619 SMTDAD34H4J842671
SMTDAD34H4G751138 SMTDAD34H4G767627 SMTDAD34H4J842680
SMTDAD34H4G751143 SMTDAD33H4G767632 SMTDAD34H4J842691
SMTDAD34H4G751151 SMTDAD34H4G767635 SMTDAD34H4J842947
SMTDAD34H4G751156 SMTDAD34H4G767638 SMTDAD34H4J843906
SMTDAD33H4G751597 SMTDAD34H4G767642 SMTDAD34H4J858121
SMTDAD33H4G751610 SMTDAD33H4G767646 SMTDAD34H4J858378
SMTDAD33H4G751627 SMTDAD34H4G776036 SMTDAD34H4J858383
SMTDAD33H4G751639 SMTDAD34H4G776041 SMTDAD34H4J859440
SMTDAD33H4G751690 SMTDAD33H4G776047 SMTDAD34H4J859449
SMTDAD33H4G751712 SMTDAD34H4G776051 SMTDAD34H4J859455
SMTDAD33H4G751733 SMTDAD34H4G776061 SMTDAD34H4J860680
SMTDAD34H4G752652 SMTDAD33H4G776064 SMTDAD34H4J860687
SMTDAD34H4G752655 SMTDAD34H4G776068 SMTDAD34H4J860698
SMTDAD34H4G752659 SMTDAD34H4G776071 SMTDAD34H4J860883
SMTDAD34H4G752662 SMTDAD33H4G776074 SMTDAD34H4J861702
SMTDAD34H4G752665 SMTDAD34H4G776080 SMTDAD34H4J861714
SMTDAD34H4G752668 SMTDAD34H4G776083 SMTDAD34H4J861722
SMTDAD34H4G752670 SMTDAD33H4G776086 SMTDAD34H4J861731
SMTDAD34H4G752673 SMTDAD34H4G776089 SMTDAD34H4J861739
SMTDAD34H4G752677 SMTDAD34H4G776093 SMTDAD33H4J862678
SMTDAD34H4G752683 SMTDAD33H4G776100 SMTDAD34H4J862843
SMTDAD34H4G752689 SMTDAD34H4G776103 SMTDAD34H4J862899
SMTDAD34H4G752693 SMTDAD34H4G776106 SMTDAD34H4J863022
SMTDAD33H4G752695 SMTDAD33H4G776109 SMTDAD34H4J863045
SMTDAD34H4G752697 SMTDAD33H4G776121 SMTDAD33H4J863490
SMTDAD34H4G752702 SMTD21HF6GT776203 SMTDAD33H4J863494
SMTDAD34H4G752706 SMTD21HF2GT776215 SMTDAD34H4J863513
SMTDAD34H4G752713 SMTDAD34H4G778734 SMTDAD34H4J863537
SMTDAD34H4G752718 SMTDAD34H4G778738 SMTDAD34H4J863564
SMTDAD34H4G752724 SMTDAD34H4G779979 SMTDAD34H4J864805
SMTDAD34H4G752727 SMTDAD34H4G779985 SMTDAD34H4J864852
SMTDAD33H4G752849 SMTDAD34H4G779993 SMTDAD34H4J864857
SMTDAD33H4G752926 SMTDAD34H4G780010 SMTDAD33H4J865606
SMTDAD33H4G752938 SMTDAD34H4G780018 SMTDAD33H4J865634
SMTDAD33H4G752950 SMTDAD34H4G780031 SMTDAD33H4J865649
SMTDAD33H4G752962 SMTDAD34H4G780036 SMTDAD34H4J866071
SMTDAD33H4G752975 SMTDAD34H4G781233 SMTDAD34H4J866211
SMTDAD33H4G752991 SMTDAD34H4G781241 SMTDAD34H4J866346
SMTDAD33H4G753000 SMTDAD34H4G781480 SMTDAD34H4J866378
SMTDAD33H4G753013 SMTDAD34H4G781489 SMTDAD34H4J868185
SMTDAD33H4G753030 SMTDAD34H4G781499 SMTDAD34H4J868580
SMTDAD33H4G753047 SMTDAD34H4G781520 SMTDAD34H4J869793
SMTDAD33H4G753076 SMTDAD34H4G782255 SMTDAD34H4J869949
SMTDAD33H4G753123 SMTDAD34H4G782956 SMTDAD34H4J870087
SMTDAD33H4G753146 SMTD20HF5GT783265 SMTDAD34H4J871888
SMTDAD33H4G753216 SMTDAD34H4G783387 SMTDAD33H4J873010
SMTDAD34H4G754153 SMTDAD34H4G783390 SMTDAD33H4J874995
SMTDAD34H4G754157 SMTDAD34H4G783394 SMTDAD33H4J875017
SMTDAD34H4G754165 SMTDAD34H4G783396 SMTDAD33H4J876028
SMTDAD34H4G754168 SMTDAD34H4G783401 SMTDAD33H4J876051
SMTDAD34H4G754175 SMTDAD33H4G783787 SMTDAD33H4J878179
SMTDAD34H4G754180 SMTDAD34H4G783802 SMTDAD33H4J880528
SMTDAD34H4G754186 SMTDAD34H4G783822 SMTDAD33H4J880631
SMTDAD34H4G754196 SMTDAD34H4G783866 SMTDAD33H4J883207
SMTDAD34H4G754200 SMTDAD34H4G783884 SMTDAD33H4J885340
SMTDAD34H4G754205 SMTDAD34H4G783903 SMTDAD33H4J885348
SMTDAD34H4G754210 SMTDAD33H4G783924 SMTDAD33H4J887138
SMTDAD34H4G754215 SMTDAD34H4G783942 SMTDAD72H4K901673
SMTDAD34H4G754219 SMTDAD34H4G783979 SMTDAD72H4K901697
SMTDAD34H4G754224 SMTDAD33H4G784038 SMTDAD34H4K903158
SMTDAD34H4G754229 SMTD21HF2GT784332 SMTDAD34H4K903164
SMTDAD34H4G754238 SMTD21HF7GT784343 SMTDAD34H4K903174
SMTDAD34H4G754241 SMTDAD34H4G784846 SMTDAD34H4K903939
SMTDAD34H4G754244 SMTDAD34H4G784875 SMTDAD34H4K903944
SMTDAD33H4G754898 SMTDAD33H4G784908 SMTDAD34H4K903951
SMTDAD33H4G754905 SMTDAD33H4G785099 SMTDAD72H4K904254
SMTDAD33H4G754914 SMTDAD33H4G785180 SMTDAD34H4K904980
SMTDAD33H4G754920 SMTDAD33H4G785657 SMTDAD34H4K904985
SMTDAD33H4G754926 SMTDAD33H4G785774 SMTDAD34H4K904990
SMTDAD33H4G754930 SMTDAD34H4G786748 SMTDAD34H4K906274
SMTDAD33H4G754937 SMTDAD34H4G786776 SMTDAD34H4K906282
SMTDAD33H4G754983 SMTDAD34H4G786783 SMTDAD34H4K906292
SMTDAD33H4G754991 SMTDAD33H4G786912 SMTDAD34H4K906764
SMTDAD33H4G754997 SMTDAD33H4G786927 SMTDAD34H4K906966
SMTDAD33H4G755004 SMTDAD34H4G787504 SMTDAD34H4K907031
SMTDAD33H4G755010 SMTDAD34H4G787520 SMTDAD34H4K907064
SMTDAD33H4G755014 SMTDAD33H4G788303 SMTDAD34H4K907096
SMTDAD33H4G755021 SMTDAD33H4G788312 SMTDAD34H4K907155
SMTDAD33H4G755027 SMTD20HF6GT788328 SMTDAD34H4K907187
SMTDAD33H4G755197 SMTDAD34H4G789194 SMTDAD34H4K907224
SMTDAD34H4G755332 SMTDAD34H4G789203 SMTDAD34H4K907258
SMTDAD34H4G755555 SMTDAD34H4G789213 SMTDAD34H4K907291
SMTDAD34H4G755558 SMTD21HF4GT789256 SMTDAD34H4K907343
SMTDAD34H4G755560 SMTDAD34H4G789416 SMTDAD34H4K907378
SMTDAD34H4G755562 SMTDAD33H4G789760 SMTDAD72H4K907593
SMTDAD34H4G755565 SMTDAD33H4G789830 SMTDAD34H4K907712
SMTDAD34H4G755567 SMTDAD34H4G790412 SMTDAD34H4K907728
SMTDAD34H4G755570 SMTDAD34H4G790417 SMTDAD34H4K907745
SMTDAD34H4G755571 SMTDAD34H4G790423 SMTDAD34H4K907761
SMTDAD34H4G755573 SMTDAD33H4G791062 SMTDAD34H4K907778
SMTDAD34H4G755575 SMTDAD33H4G791067 SMTDAD34H4K907796
SMTDAD34H4G755579 SMTDAD34H4G791959 SMTDAD34H4K907875
SMTDAD34H4G755580 SMTDAD34H4G791962 SMTDAD34H4K907892
SMTDAD34H4G755584 SMTDAD34H4G791965 SMTDAD34H4K907949
SMTDAD34H4G755585 SMTDAD33H4G792107 SMTDAD34H4K907980
SMTDAD34H4G755588 SMTDAD33H4G792115 SMTDAD34H4K907982
SMTDAD34H4G755590 SMTDAD34H4G792753 SMTDAD34H4K908001
SMTDAD34H4G755593 SMTDAD34H4G792758 SMTDAD72H4K908216
SMTDAD34H4G755594 SMTDAD34H4G792763 SMTDAD72H4K912997
SMTDAD34H4G756682 SMTDAD33H4G793581 SMTDAD72H4K913007
SMTDAD33H4G756707 SMTDAD33H4G793598 SMTDAD72H4K913039
SMTDAD34H4G757022 SMTDAD34H4G794578 SMTDAD34H4K913157
SMTDAD34H4G757025 SMTDAD34H4G794583 SMTDAD34H4K913219
SMTDAD34H4G757029 SMTDAD34H4G794588 SMTDAD34H4K913296
SMTDAD34H4G757032 SMTDAD34H4G796567 SMTDAD72H4K913749
SMTDAD34H4G757033 SMTDAD34H4G796572 SMTDAD34H4K913925
SMTDAD34H4G757040 SMTDAD34H4G796576 SMTDAD34H4K913944
SMTDAD34H4G757044 SMTDAD34H4G797506 SMTDAD34H4K913961
SMTDAD34H4G757050 SMTDAD34H4G797508 SMTDAD72H4K914090
SMTDAD34H4G757053 SMTD20HFXHT797907 SMTDAD34H4K914736
SMTDAD34H4G757058 SMTDAD34H4H798606 SMTDAD34H4K914815
SMTDAD34H4G757064 SMTDAD34H4H798609 SMTDAD34H4K915343
SMTDAD34H4G757069 SMTDAD34H4H799059 SMTDAD34H4K915365
SMTDAD34H4G757074 SMTDAD34H4H799072 SMTDAD34H4K917232
SMTDAD34H4G757079 SMTDAD34H4H799083 SMTDAD34H4K917404
SMTDAD34H4G757084 SMTDAD34H4H799092 SMTDAD34H4K917415
SMTDAD34H4G757089 SMTDAD34H4H799102 SMTDAD34H4K917418
SMTDAD34H4G757095 SMTDAD34H4H799110 SMTDAD34H4K917436
SMTDAD33H4G757134 SMTDAD34H4H799128 SMTDAD34H4K917569
SMTDAD33H4G757139 SMTDAD34H4H799136 SMTDAD34H4K917831
SMTDAD33H4G757143 SMTDAD34H4H799143 SMTDAD34H4K917836
SMTDAD34H4G758470 SMTDAD34H4H799150 SMTDAD44H4L953086
SMTDAD34H4G758477 SMTDAD34H4H799155 SMTDAD44H4L953098
SMTDAD34H4G758481 SMTDAD34H4H799161 SMTDAD44H4L953107
SMTDAD34H4G758492 SMTDAD34H4H799165 SMTDAD44H4L953116
SMTDAD34H4G758495 SMTDAD34H4H799172 SMTDAD44H4L953126
SMTDAD34H4G758499 SMTDAD34H4H800132 SMTDAD44H4L953137
SMTDAD34H4G758503 SMTDAD34H4H800402 SMTDAD44H4L953146
SMTDAD34H4G758508 SMTDAD34H4H800413 SMTDAD44H4L953156
SMTDAD34H4G758514 SMTDAD34H4H800422 SMTDAD44H4L953163
SMTDAD34H4G758520 SMTDAD34H4H800444 SMTDAD44H4L953209
SMTDAD34H4G758525 SMTDAD34H4H800454 SMTDAD44H4L953216
SMTDAD34H4G758530 SMTDAD34H4H800470 SMTDAD44H4L953225
SMTDAD34H4G758537 SMTDAD34H4H800483 SMTDAD44H4L953231
SMTDAD34H4G758542 SMTDAD34H4H800491 SMTDAD44H4L954606
SMTDAD33H4G758606 SMTDAD34H4H800518 SMTDAD44H4L954609
SMTDAD34H4G760054 SMTDAD34H4H800530 SMTDAD44H4L954614
SMTDAD34H4G760058 SMTDAD34H4H800541 SMTDAD44H4L954619
SMTDAD34H4G760065 SMTDAD34H4H800562 SMTDAD44H4L954625
SMTDAD34H4G760068 SMTDAD34H4H800574 SMTDAD44H4L954630
SMTDAD34H4G760072 SMTDAD34H4H800591 SMTDAD44H4L954636
SMTDAD34H4G760074 SMTDAD34H4H800596 SMTDAD44H4L954643
SMTDAD34H4G760080 SMTDAD34H4H800608 SMTDAD44H4L954652
SMTDAD34H4G760084 SMTDAD34H4H800615 SMTDAD44H4L954660
SMTDAD34H4G760088 SMTDAD34H4H800650 SMTDAD44H4L954665
SMTDAD34H4G760093 SMTDAD34H4H800660 SMTDAD44H4L954671
SMTDAD34H4G760099 SMTDAD34H4H800676 SMTDAD44H4L954677
SMTDAD34H4G760101 SMTDAD34H4H800680 SMTDAD44H4L954682
SMTDAD34H4G760107 SMTDAD34H4H800689 SMTDAD44H4L954689
SMTDAD34H4G760112 SMTDAD34H4H800693 SMTDAD44H4L954696
SMTDAD34H4G760114 SMTDAD34H4H800702 SMTDAD44H4L954702
SMTDAD34H4G760119 SMTDAD34H4H800706 SMTDAD44H4L954707
SMTDAD34H4G760125 SMTDAD34H4H801742 SMTDAD44H4L954717
SMTDAD33H4G760151 SMTDAD34H4H801756 SMTDAD44H4L954723
SMTDAD33H4G760155 SMTDAD34H4H801762 SMTDAD44H4L954730
SMTDAD34H4G761467 SMTDAD34H4H801771 SMTDAD44H4L954736
SMTDAD34H4G761471 SMTDAD34H4H801775 SMTDAD44H4L954743
SMTDAD34H4G761476 SMTDAD34H4H801786 SMTDAD44H4L954749
SMTDAD34H4G761485 SMTDAD34H4H801791 SMTDAD44H4L954755
SMTDAD34H4G761489 SMTDAD34H4H801797 SMTDAD44H4L954759
SMTDAD34H4G761492 SMTDAD34H4H801802
SMTDAD34H4G761498 SMTDAD34H4H801831
SMTDAD34H4G761501 SMTDAD34H4H801838
SMTDAD34H4G761506 SMTDAD34H4H801849
SMTDAD34H4G761509 SMTDAD34H4H801862
SMTDAD34H4G761514 SMTDAD34H4H801887
SMTDAD34H4G761519 SMTDAD34H4H801904
SMTDAD34H4G761523 SMTDAD34H4H801912
SMTDAD34H4G761527 SMTDAD34H4H801925
SMTDAD34H4G761531 SMTDAD34H4H801932
SMTDAD34H4G761536 SMTDAD34H4H801943
SMTDAD33H4G761549 SMTDAD34H4H801965
SMTDAD33H4G761554 SMTDAD34H4H801973
SMTDAD33H4G762917 SMTDAD34H4H801987
SMTDAD33H4G762951 SMTDAD34H4H801996
SMTDAD34H4G762984 SMTDAD34H4H802011
SMTDAD34H4G762988 SMTDAD34H4H802498
SMTDAD34H4G762994 SMTDAD34H4H802569
SMTDAD34H4G763012 SMTDAD34H4H802578
SMTDAD34H4G763015 SMTDAD34H4H802589
SMTDAD34H4G763016 SMTDAD34H4H802594
SMTDAD34H4G763020 SMTDAD34H4H802608
SMTDAD34H4G763022 SMTDAD34H4H802614
SMTDAD34H4G763024 SMTDAD34H4H802631
SMTDAD34H4G763026 SMTDAD34H4H802635
SMTDAD34H4G763028 SMTDAD34H4H802644
SMTDAD34H4G763029 SMTDAD34H4H802653
SMTDAD34H4G763033 SMTDAD34H4H802668
SMTDAD34H4G763035 SMTDAD34H4H802677
SMTDAD34H4G763037 SMTDAD34H4H802690
SMTDAD34H4G763039 SMTDAD34H4H802699
SMTDAD33H4G763804 SMTDAD34H4H802743
SMTDAD33H4G763820 SMTDAD34H4H803163
SMTDAD33H4G763850 SMTDAD34H4H803292
SMTDAD33H4G763879 SMTDAD34H4H803295
SMTDAD33H4G763913 SMTDAD34H4H803991
SMTDAD33H4G763939 SMTDAD34H4H804136
SMTDAD33H4G763958 SMTDAD34H4H804330
SMTDAD33H4G763973 SMTDAD34H4H804389
SMTDAD33H4G763989 SMTDAD34H4H804412
SMTDAD33H4G764016 SMTDAD34H4H805241
SMTDAD34H4G764058 SMTDAD34H4H805259
SMTDAD34H4G764063 SMTDAD34H4H805279
SMTDAD34H4G764066 SMTDAD34H4H805301
SMTDAD34H4G764073 SMTDAD34H4H805352
SMTDAD34H4G764077 SMTDAD34H4H805360
SMTDAD34H4G764083 SMTDAD34H4H806268
SMTDAD34H4G764086 SMTDAD34H4H806278
SMTDAD34H4G764092 SMTDAD34H4H806423
SMTDAD34H4G764095 SMTDAD34H4H806446
SMTDAD34H4G764102 SMTDAD34H4H806468
SMTDAD34H4G764104 SMTDAD34H4H806497
SMTDAD34H4G764113 SMTDAD34H4H807939
SMTDAD34H4G764117 SMTDAD34H4H807950
SMTDAD34H4G764121 SMTDAD34H4H807961
SMTDAD33H4G765816 SMTDAD34H4H809459
SMTDAD33H4G765866 SMTDAD34H4H809476
SMTDAD33H4G765923 SMTDAD34H4H809623
SMTDAD33H4G765953 SMTDAD34H4H809634
SMTDAD33H4G766042 SMTDAD34H4H809690
SMTDAD33H4G766071 SMTDAD34H4H811065
SMTDAD33H4G766115 SMTDAD34H4H811086
SMTDAD33H4G766164 SMTDAD34H4H811108
SMTDAD33H4G766228 SMTDAD34H4H811138
SMTDAD34H4G766242 SMTDAD34H4H811154
SMTDAD34H4G766246 SMTDAD34H4H812600
SMTDAD34H4G766249 SMTDAD34H4H812810
SMTDAD34H4G766251 SMTDAD34H4H812824
SMTDAD34H4G766254 SMTDAD34H4H812833
SMTDAD34H4G766257 SMTDAD34H4H812924
SMTDAD34H4G766263 SMTDAD34H4H814974
SMTDAD34H4G766266 SMTDAD34H4H814994
SMTDAD34H4G766269 SMTDAD34H4H815013
SMTDAD34H4G766272 SMTDAD34H4H815031
SMTDAD34H4G766273 SMTDAD34H4H815060
SMTDAD34H4G766276 SMTDAD34H4H816770
SMTDAD34H4G766281 SMTDAD34H4H816801
SMTDAD33H4G767492 SMTDAD34H4H816821
SMTDAD33H4G767503 SMTDAD34H4H816832
SMTDAD33H4G767529 SMTDAD34H4H818105
SMTDAD33H4G767561 SMTDAD34H4H818367
SMTDAD33H4G767582 SMTDAD34H4H818391
SMTDAD34H4G767598 SMTDAD34H4H818416
SMTDAD34H4G767604 SMTDAD34H4H819995
SMTDAD34H4G767607 SMTDAD34H4H820600
SMTDAD33H4G767608 SMTDAD34H4H820988
SMTDAD34H4G767611 SMTDAD34H4H820999
SMTDAD33H4G767613 SMTDAD34H4H822800
SMTDAD34H4G767615 SMTDAD34H4H822811
SMTDAD34H4G767619 SMTDAD34H4H822820
SMTDAD34H4G767627 SMTDAD34H4H823600
SMTDAD33H4G767632 SMTDAD34H4H823618
SMTDAD34H4G767635 SMTDAD34H4H823641
SMTDAD34H4G767638 SMTDAD34H4H825159
SMTDAD34H4G767642 SMTDAD34H4H825181
SMTDAD33H4G767646 SMTDAD34H4H825203

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Triumph winds down Hinckley production

Triumph Motorcycle will move more of its production from Hinckley in the UK to Thailand in a bid to target rapidly growing Asian markets.

In 2002, Triumph opened its first factory in Thailand where it now has three facilities making about 80% of last year’s total of 60,131 bikes.

There are also factories in Brazil and India supplying for the local markets.

And last month Triumph announced an agreement with Baja to build a range of 200-750cc motorcycles in India.

Proposed Triumph 250Proposed Triumph 250

Hinckley factory

Their factory in Hinckley, Leicestershire, mainly makes engine components and will become a research and development centre.

It will continue to build their new Triumph Factory Custom (TFC) motorcycles with production wound down from about 6500 a year to about 4500.

Triumph Thruxton and Rocket 3 TFC ace diamondTriumph Thruxton and Rocket 3 TFC

They will lay off about 50 workers on the assembly line, paint shop and weld shop.

However, they will add about 20 design engineer jobs in their upgraded R&D facility.

Thai advantages

Apart from the cost advantages of making bikes in Thailand, most major component suppliers are nearby, including an Ohlins factory.

Australia also has a free trade agreement with Thailand, which keeps a lid on prices.

Triumph boss Nick Bloor says the move is part of “Triumph’s next wave of strategic growth”.

“We want to maximise the growth opportunity for the brand globally, particularly in the Asian markets,” he says.

“This is why we are increasing our design resources here in the UK, and focusing our mass-production capabilities in Thailand.

“There will still be manufacturing capability in the UK but the role of our facility in Hinckley will be reconfigured to enable us to create a more flexible and high-value capability.”

Leicestershire automotive jobs have taken a big hit in recent weeks with Norton Motorcycles closing down and going into administration amid allegations of fraud, misappropriated government funding and unpaid taxes.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

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2020 Triumph Tiger 900 GT Pro
The 2020 Triumph Tiger 900 is not just an updated model, it’s an entirely new machine. The engine, suspension, chassis, brakes and electronics are all new, with a re-style to boot. Photos by Kingdom Creative.

There was a lot to like about Triumph’s Tiger 800 when it was first released in 2011 in two variations, a standard street-oriented model and an off-road XC variant. As a road-going middleweight ADV tourer the Tiger 800 was formidable and competent, but its rev-happy 799cc triple and tall gearing, especially in first, hobbled its off-road capability, despite numerous changes and adjustments made over the next eight model years. The nomenclature of the ever-expanding lineup got confusing as well — what’s the difference between the XRx and XRT again?

Read our Road Test Review of the 2011 Triumph Tiger 800 here.

Read our Road Test Review of the 2018 Triumph Tiger 800 XCA here.

Thankfully, in addition to a complete overhaul (including a bump in displacement to 888cc — hence the new 900 designation), Triumph has simplified the model names of its five-member 2020 Tiger 900 family. There’s the street-oriented, cast-wheeled base model, plus GT and GT Pro variations of it, and the dirt-oriented, tubeless spoke-wheeled Rally and Rally Pro. After spending two and a half days riding the GT Pro and Rally Pro at the press launch in Morocco, it’s clear that these littermates are actually two very different animals, indicative of each one’s improvement in specializing in its unique mission.

2020 Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro
The 2020 Tiger 900 lineup, but especially the off-road-oriented Rally and Rally Pro, are set to make quite a splash (get it?) in the middleweight ADV touring market.

All five models share the core changes for 2020, encompassing the engine, chassis, suspension, brakes and electronics. First up is the DOHC, 4-valve-per-cylinder, Euro 5-spec in-line triple, bored out from 74 to 78.0 x 61.9mm and featuring a new “T-plane” triple crankshaft (a first in the motorcycling world, near as we can tell) and a new firing order that bestows the triple with V-twin-like character down low while maintaining its top-end power.

Starting and revving the two engines (in a 2019 Tiger 800 and 2020 Tiger 900 GT Pro) back-to-back, the difference in sound is undeniable, and from the saddle the new 900 has low-end grunt it previously lacked; Triumph claims a 10% increase in peak torque and up to 12% more midrange horsepower.

Tiger 800 vs 900 engine
The new triple has a larger displacement than before, but is physically smaller thanks in large part to a redesigned oil sump that increases ground clearance. Previous-gen Tiger 800 engine shown at left, new Tiger 900 engine at right.
Triumph T-plane crank
The new T-plane crank has a unique firing order (1,3,2 at 180/270/270 degrees) that creates a V-twin-like rumble. While it primarily bestows the Tiger 900 with an awesome soundtrack, it’s also said to provide a small bump in low-end power and thanks to a new balance shaft it’s just as smooth as the previous 800.

Other engine changes include new Nikasil-plated Siamese aluminum cylinder liners, new camshafts, a new balancer shaft for the new firing order, new pistons and con rods, reduced oil volume and lightweight magnesium engine covers. Overall Triumph says the powertrain is 5.5 pounds lighter than before, and thanks to a new split radiator that reduces heat blown onto the rider’s leg (a common complaint with previous-gen Tiger 800s) and improvements to the sump design, the engine sits 1.7 inches lower in the frame and is tilted 6.8 degrees farther forward than before, for a lower center of gravity and increased ground clearance.

Contributing to the new Tiger’s overall weight loss is a new, lighter tubular steel chassis that includes a bolt-on aluminum subframe and pillion footpeg brackets. Triumph’s claimed dry weight figure for the 2020 Tiger Rally Pro is 443 pounds…add about 32 pounds for a full 5.3-gallon gas tank plus other fluids and the new model is considerably lighter than the 505-pound Tiger 800 XCA we tested in 2018.

2020 Triumph Tiger 900 GT Pro
The Tiger 900 GT Pro is the sports car of the lineup, carving corners and chewing up gnarly pavement with equal aplomb.

Apart from the engine, the other major updates are to the suspension and brakes across all five Tiger 900 models. The street-oriented variants (base model, GT and GT Pro) get a 45mm USD Marzocchi cartridge fork with 7.1 inches of travel, non-adjustable on the base model and adjustable for compression and rebound damping on the GT and GT Pro, and a rear 7-inch-travel Marzocchi shock with manual preload adjustment on the base model, full manual adjustment on the GT and electronic preload and rebound damping adjustment on the GT Pro. Four preload settings are available for the GT Pro’s electronic rear shock — rider, rider + luggage, rider + pillion and rider + pillion + luggage — and damping adjusts based on the selected riding mode. More on those below.

The Rally and Rally Pro models get a fully adjustable 45mm USD Showa fork with 9.4 inches of travel and a Showa rear shock adjustable for preload and rebound damping, with 9.1 inches of travel. Swapping back and forth between the GT Pro and Rally Pro during our on-road photo stop, where we rode the same set of corners multiple times, was like riding two completely different motorcycles. The GT Pro, with its 19-inch front wheel and shorter suspension, is lower and sportier, while the Rally Pro, rolling on a 21-inch front wheel, feels like the taller adventure bike that it is — not difficult to handle, but softer and more plush when pushed hard in the turns.

2020 Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro
The Tiger 900 Rally Pro is no slouch in the corners, but it’s off-road where its updates truly shine. Apart from a clutch lever that engages at the far end of its throw, requiring some acclimation in technical terrain, this new Tiger is a newly potent ADV machine straight off the showroom floor.

Notably, all five models, including the base model, get top-of-the-line Brembo Stylema front calipers, normally only found on flagship-level superbikes, with larger 320mm front discs and a new radial front master cylinder. The base model includes ABS, while the other four have cornering ABS with three settings: Road, Off-Road and Off.

The cornering ABS, as well as the rest of the Tiger 900’s electronics, is based around a Continental 5-axis IMU that offers up to six riding modes, each with full power and various throttle response maps and ABS and traction control settings. The base model Tiger 900 gets Rain and Road modes only; the GT and Rally add on Sport and Off-Road. The GT Pro also adds a rider-configurable mode, and the Rally Pro adds Off-Road Pro, which shuts off ABS and traction control entirely and uses a dedicated off-road throttle map. By contrast, the regular Off-Road mode available on the GT, GT Pro and Rally maintains light ABS intervention on the front wheel and controls rear wheel spin, fine for basic dirt or gravel roads but a liability in sand or when climbing steep, loose hills.

Brembo Stylema brakes
“Unobtanium” Brembo Stylema brakes are standard on all Tiger 900 models, including the base model–definitely a category-leading specification.

We rode the Rally Pro on our full day of off-road testing in Morocco, and after briefly experimenting with Off-Road mode, I spent the rest of the day in Off-Road Pro, enjoying the more direct connection I felt with the bike. The new Showa suspension was a revelation: plush and responsive, and it seemed to get better the faster we pushed. Even for this novice-to-low-intermediate ADV rider, the new Tiger 900 Rally Pro was confidence inspiring and remarkably easy to handle on the rough, loose, often-sandy Moroccan trails.

Throttle response was linear and not at all snatchy, and I even felt comfortable enough to purposely break the rear end loose at times in a power slide — something I’ve never wanted to attempt on a big adventure bike in the past. Triumph had spooned a set of chunky Pirelli Scorpion Rally tires onto the tubeless spoked rims, which certainly contributed to my confidence; street-oriented Pirelli Scorpion Trail IIs are equipped as standard.

2020 Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro
This loose dirt road was among the smoothest we encountered on our Moroccoan adventure ride. I put my Rally Pro into Off-Road Pro mode, disabling ABS and traction control, for optimum feel and hill-climbing ability.

I also found the Rally Pro to be surprisingly comfy for stand-up riding. I’m 5 feet, 9 inches, and its low, forward footpegs (they’re a tad farther back on the base model, GT and GT Pro), new narrower waist and handlebar that’s now nearly half an inch closer to the rider balanced me in a natural standing position that kept my arms relaxed and torso upright. Dropping the seat into the lower of its two positions (33.5/34.2 inches) and dialing some sag into the suspension also let me get the toes of both feet on the ground, or one whole foot with a minor weight shift.

Getting to the off-road riding required 200 miles of on-road adventure though, and in Morocco the emphasis is on “adventure.” Triumph figures most buyers will aim to take these bikes onto the less-beaten path, and the street-oriented GT Pro we rode was up to the challenge. With its seat in the higher of two positions (31.9/32.7 inches — a low ride height variant of the GT is available with a 29.9/30.7-inch seat) and the windscreen, easily adjustable with one hand, in the highest of its five settings, I sat in a buffet-less pocket of air, feeling just a bit of flow on my shoulders and arms.

2020 Triumph Tiger 900 GT Pro
With its seat in the higher of two positions and the windscreen at the top of its five-position range, I found the Tiger 900 GT Pro to be comfortable enough for an all-day ride, and the tall handlebar meant standing to stretch my legs on occasion was easy.

Jenny’s Gear
Helmet: Arai XD4
Jacket: Klim Artemis
Pants: Klim Altitude
Boots: Sidi Adventure Gore-Tex

The Marzocchi suspension soaked up the many pavement irregularities, including one stretch of packed gravel topped with a light coating of mud, yet was confidently sporty when we hit the twisty foothills of the lower Atlas Mountains. Thanks to its new balance shaft, the T-plane crank 900 proved to be just as smooth as I remember the old 800 to be, with no buzziness in the pegs, grips or seat, and only a pleasant growl at idle.

Apart from the minimally-equipped base model, all Tiger 900 models include a wealth of touring creature comforts: a 7-inch full-color TFT display (with Bluetooth connectivity on the GT Pro/Rally Pro), heated grips, cruise control, hand guards and a 12V charging plug. The GT Pro and Rally Pro add a quickshifter, LED fog lights, a centerstand, a tire pressure monitoring system and heated rider and pillion seats. The Rally Pro also includes engine protection bars and an aluminum skid plate. Pricing starts at $12,500 for the base model Tiger 900, with the GT Pro coming in at $15,000 and the top-line Rally Pro at $16,700. 

Tiger 900 TFT screen
The Tiger 900 GT, GT Pro, Rally and Rally Pro get a new 7-inch TFT with four different display styles and Bluetooth connectivity to your phone, GPS and GoPro. It also uses the My Triumph app on your phone to offer turn-by-turn navigation using the innovative new What3Words app.

So just like back in 2011, there’s a lot to like about the new litter of Tiger 900s — more than ever, if you ask us. They’re more capable and mission-specific, and ready to throw down the gauntlet in the popular middleweight ADV ring. As soon as we get our hands on a tester here in the U.S. you can look forward to a more in-depth exploration of these new Tigers’ capabilities.

2020 Triumph Tiger 900 GT Pro (left) and Rally Pro (right).
2020 Triumph Tiger 900 GT Pro (left) and Rally Pro (right).

2020 Triumph Tiger 900 Specs

Base Price: $12,500
Price as Tested: $15,000 (GT Pro)/$16,700 (Rally Pro)
Website: triumphmotorcycles.com
Engine Type: Liquid-cooled, transverse in-line triple, DOHC w/ 4 valves per cyl.
Displacement: 888cc
Bore x Stroke: 78.0 x 61.9mm
Transmission: 6-speed, hydraulically-actuated wet assist-and-slipper clutch
Final Drive: O-ring chain
Wheelbase: 61.3 in. (GT Pro)/61.1 in. (Rally Pro)
Rake/Trail: 24.6 degrees/5.25 in. (GT Pro)/24.4 degrees/5.74 in. (Rally Pro)
Seat Height: 31.9/32.7 in. (GT Pro)/33.5/34.2 in. (Rally Pro)
Claimed Dry Weight: 437 lbs. (GT Pro)/443 lbs. (Rally Pro)
Fuel Capacity: 5.3 gals.

Source: RiderMagazine.com