2020 Triumph Tiger 900 GT & Tiger 900 Rally
Huge news out of Triumph Motorcycles this morning with the 2020 Tiger 900 officially announced in five variants a standard Tiger 900, Tiger 900 Rally – with up-spec Rally Pro, plus a Tiger 900 GT – also with a GT Pro version available. The 2020 Tiger 900 is expected to arrive in Australia in March, with pricing yet to be announced.
Featuring a new 900cc triple-cylinder powerplant the Tiger 900 boasts 10 per cent more torque than the 800, alongside a nine per cent power boost in the mid-range, while Triumph also introduce a new 1-3-2 firing order for a new character and better feel, which should be particularly noteworthy with a new exhaust soundtrack.
Other updates include a host of new chassis components, higher spec brakes, new LED lights, new bodywork and much more.
2020 Triumph Tiger 900 features
- New 900cc triple engine
- 10% more torque – 87 Nm at 7,250 rpm
- More power – 9% more in the mid-range
- New 1,3,2 firing order
- New lightweight modular frame
- Brembo Stylema monobloc brakes
- New 20L tank
- New 7” TFT instruments (GT/Rally)
- Updated cornering ABS & traction control (GT/Rally)
- New LED lighting & DRL
- Updated styling & bodywork
900cc Euro5 triple-cylinder
The new ‘900’ powerplant is an 888cc liquid-cooled 12-valve DOHC in-line three-cylinder, with a bore and stroke of 78 x 61.9mm, with compression run at 11.27:1. Triumph are promising an increase in peak torque by 10 per cent, alongside nine per cent more mid-range power, with a 1-3-2 firing order for a whole new engine character that according to Triumph boosts both tractability and throttle response.
The boost in capacity comes via a 4 mm increase in bore which helps boost torque from 79 Nm to 87 Nm. Peak twist now arrives 800 rpm earlier at 7250 rpm while peak power remains unchanged at 94 horsepower, although Triumph have promised that 10 per cent mid-range boost.
Triumph also promise more responsive acceleration, with faster with 0-60mph, 0-110mph and 6th gear roll on times, although they haven’t shared the exact improvement.
A new twin-radiator is also featured, allowing a reduced coolant volume with better cooling performance, particularly as felt by the rider, while allowing for a stylish radiator shroud setup that highlights the three-into-one header setup.
Tiger 900 chassis
The 2020 Tiger 900 is also up to 5kg lighter than the outgoing model, depending which variant you choose, with a new modular steel trellis frame and bolt-on aluminium sub-frame.
Suspension is offered by either Marzocchi on the Tiger 900 GT, or Showa on the Tiger 900 Rally, with the Marzocchi setup including a set of 45mm USD forks with compression and rebound damping. The standard GT features a rear shock with preload and rebound adjustment, with 170mm of travel.
The GT Pro on the other hand features an electronically adjustable unit that also offers preload and rebound damping. The electronic rear shock will be controllable via a special menu on the TFT display, with nine levels of damping control and four preload settings.
A lower seat height version on the standard GT also looks like it’ll run a shock with a shorter 151mm travel.
On the Tiger 900 Rally and Rally Pro a set of Showa 45mm USD forks offer preload, rebound and compression adjustment alongside a longer, more off-road orientated 240mm of travel and are matched to a Showa rear shock, featuring preload and rebound adjustability, with 230mm of travel.
This puts the Rally suspension in a similar category to the 790 Adventure R which boasts 245mm travel, while the new Tenere 700 offers 210/200mm but only offers a single model variant.
A standard Tiger 900 model will also be offered, featuring non-adjustable Marzocchi 45mm forks and a Marzocchi rear shock with preload adjustment only.
Brakes have also seen an update across all models, with the Tiger 900 boasting Brembo Stylema four-piston monobloc calipers and a radial master-cylinder. Rotors are 320mm items, while the standard Tiger 900 includes ABS, with updated cornering ABS found on the GT and Rally variants.
The new tubular steel frame with bolt-on sub-frame and cast aluminium swingarm help deliver great agility and capability, while ergonomics have also been optimised for touring and off-road riding, with a narrow seat, 10mm closer handlebars and more upright seating position.
Each model also features footpeg positions to match the intended riding type, alongside a height adjustable seat with the standard and GT models offering a 810 or 830mm range. The Rally in comparison runs a 850 or 870mm seat height due to the longer travel suspension.
The standard Tiger 900 and GT models also run a rake of 24.6 degrees with a trail of 133.3mm, while the Rally models feature a rake of 24.4 degrees and trail of 145.8mm. All models feature the slightly larger 20L fuel tank, with the Tiger 900 weighing in at 192kg dry, the GT at 194kg, GT Pro at 198kg, the Rally at 196kg and the Rally Pro at 201kg.
The Tiger 900 and Tiger 900 GT variants will all come fitted with cast alloy wheels, with a 19 x 2.50 inch front and 17 x 4.25 inch rear, clad in 100/90 – 19 and 150/70 – 17 inch rubber.
The Tiger 900 Rally and Rally Pro will feature spoked tubeless rims with a 21 x 2.15 inch front and 17 x 4.25 inch rear. Tyres will be a 90/90 – 21 front and 150/70 – 17 inch rear.
Tiger 900 Electronics & Rider Aides
The Tiger 900 GT and Rally variants all feature a new 7 inch TFT display compared to the standard models’ 5inch item, with the My Triumph connectivity system found standard on the up-spec GT Pro and Rally Pro models.
Both GT and Rally models also include an updated and optimised cornering ABS and cornering traction control system with a Continental IMU which measures roll, pitch, yaw and acceleration.
Up to six riding modes are on offer, although how many you’ll get access too depends on the model variant, with the standard Tiger 900 featuring just Rain and Road modes.
Both base Rally and GT models offer Rain, Road, Sport and Off-Road, while the GT Pro adds a rider configurable mode, and the Rally Pro does the same plus Off-Road Pro.
All Tiger 900s will also include new LED lighting and daytime running lights (DRL), with auxiliary fog lights standard fitment on the GT Pro and Rally Pro models.
Triumph’s Shift Assist is also found on the Tiger 900 GT Pro and Rally Pro models, and is available as an accessory on all other Tiger 900 models.
Other features include a secure department for a mobile phone, also allowing USB charging, on the GT and Rally models, situated under the seat, while the GT Pro and Rally Pro models include heated seats and a TPMS or Tyre Pressure Monitoring System as standard.
GT and Rally models also include a five-way joystick on the switchblock, with electronic cruise control and heated grips as standard.
2020 Tiger 900 styling and colours
Triumph are showing off new styling for the Tiger 900, with more aggressive and cleaner bodywork, as well as the pronounced beak and smaller headlight setup.
The Tiger 900 will be available in Pure White, with the Tiger 900 Rally and Rally Pro to be available in Matt Khaki, Sapphire Black and Pure White, with a white frame.
The Tiger 900 GT and GT Pro will be available in Korosi Red, Sapphire Black and Pure White.
The Tiger 900 GT Low Ride Height, or LRH, offers a 760 to 780mm seat height care of a dedicated suspension setup and lower seat.
Triumph are also promising an accessory range of over 65 items, with a Trekker kit including Trekker panniers, top box and back rest, sliding carriage kit, tank pad and screen deflector.
An Expedition kit aimed at more off-road orientated riding includes Expedition panniers, 40 litre roll bag, headlight guard, fork protectors, aluminium radiator guard, upper engine bars and LED fog lights.
2020 Triumph Tiger 900 / Tiger 900 GT, GT Pro / Tiger 900 Rally, Rally Pro Specifications