2020 Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro. on-Road and Off-Road Review

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In a Nutshell

The Triumph Tiger 900 is not just an updated Tiger 800. It’s a completely new bike, a new generation, and it’s the most adventurous Tiger ever produced.

The Triumph Tiger 900 Range is consisting of two main versions: the street-oriented GT and GT Pro and the more adventurous Rally and Rally Pro. Of course, there’s also a standard Tiger 900 available.

We got our hands on the Tiger 900 Rally Pro, the top-spec version with all the goodies and fancy electronics. Since it’s coming with street tires as standard, we swapped them for some knobbies and went on a high altitude unpaved road in the Carpathians – one of our favorites in Romania.

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What We Liked

The Triumph Tiger 900 feels lighter in off-road. It’s more nimble, the standing riding position is better, with more control over the bike. Everything is very well put together, and everything is where it should be. The knee contact area doesn’t feel edgy as before, the engine is position lowered without affecting the ground clearance, and the radiator is split into two parts. It’s a very nice upgrade in the ergonomics sector.

The Triumph Tiger 900 frame is new, with a bolted-in aluminum subframe and detachable passenger foot-pegs. This was a must in the adventure-motorcycling sector, and it’s a big improvement over the previous version.

The air-filter is easier to access. You just have to take down the seat and use a screwdriver that you can find under the seat.

The new Triumph Tiger 900 comes with tubeless spoked tires and the Rally Pro version is offering all the tech you might wish for – IMU, riding modes, heated seat for you, and passenger. Also, you’re getting some fancy Brembo Stylema calipers.

The engine comes in larger volume and features a different firing order (1,3,2), and feels more responsive and with more grunt than before.

What We Disliked

Although offering more grunt than before, the Tiger 900 triple engine doesn’t feel as good as a twin, especially in off-road. You have to work a bit with the throttle, and there’s no engine brake to help you on steep slopes. Also, it’s not revving as fast as the old triple and it’s not so fun to ride it.

Although featuring the biggest TFT dash on the market, with different layouts, I couldn’t find one to match my preference. My problem is the way Triumph arranged the info – it’s hard to spot some essential information such as the riding mode or the tire pressure. By the way, the tire pressure sensor was always blinking. I thought it was something broken, but then I learned that, unless having the exact tire pressure mentioned in the manual, the red sign on the dash won’t disappear.

When turning off the engine in off-road, the engine automatically goes to the street riding mode, unless pressing two buttons. It’s also uncomfortable to switch the riding modes from street to off-road while on the go.

The new headlight doesn’t offer as much light as before, so you need some auxiliary lights if riding during the night.

Raw Data

TIGER 900

TIGER 900

GT

TIGER 900

GT PRO

TIGER 900

RALLY

TIGER 900

RALLY PRO

Engine Type Liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, in-line 3-cylinder
Capacity 888 cc
Bore Stroke 78 x 61.9 mm
Compression 11.27:1
Max Power 95.2 PS / 93.9 bhp (70 kW) @ 8,750 rpm
Max Torque 87 Nm @ 7,250 rpm
System Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection
Exhaust Stainless steel 3 into 1 header system, side mounted stainless steel silencer
Final Drive O-ring chain
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Gearbox 6 speed
Frame Tubular steel frame, bolt on sub frame
Swingarm Twin-sided, cast aluminium alloy
Front Wheel Cast alloy, 19 x 2.5 in Spoked Tubeless, 21 x 2.15 in
Rear Wheel Cast alloy, 17 x 4.25 in Spoked Tubeless, 17 x 4.25 in
Front Tyre 100/90-19 90/90-21
Rear Tyre 150/70R17 150/70R17
Front Suspension Marzocchi 45mm upside down forks, non-adjustable Marzocchi 45mm upside down forks, manual rebound and compression damping adjustment, 180mm travel (140mm GT LRH) Showa 45mm upside down forks, manual preload, rebound damping and compression damping adjustment, 240mm travel
Rear Suspension Marzocchi rear suspension unit, manual preload adjustment, 170mm rear wheel travel Marzocchi rear suspension unit, manual preload and rebound damping adjustment, 170mm wheel travel (151mm LRH) Marzocchi rear suspension unit, electronically adjustable preload and rebound damping, 170mm wheel travel Showa rear suspension unit, manual preload and rebound damping adjustment, 230mm wheel travel
Front Brake Twin 320mm floating discs, Brembo Stylema 4 piston Monobloc calipers. Radial front master cylinder, ABS Twin 320mm floating discs, Brembo Stylema 4 piston Monobloc calipers. Radial front master cylinder, Optimised Cornering ABS Twin 320mm floating discs, Brembo Stylema 4 piston Monobloc calipers. Radial front master cylinder, Optimised Cornering ABS
Rear Brake Single 255mm disc. Brembo single piston sliding caliper, ABS Single 255mm disc. Brembo single piston sliding caliper. Optimised cornering ABS. Single 255mm disc. Brembo single piston sliding caliper. Optimised cornering ABS
Width Handlebars 830mm 930mm 930mm 935mm 935mm
Height (Without Mirrors) 1410-1460mm 1410-1460mm (1385-1435 mm LRH) 1410-1460mm 1452-1502mm 1452-1502mm
Seat Height 810-830mm 810-830mm (760-780mm LRH) 810-830mm 850-870mm 850-870mm
Wheelbase 1556mm 1556mm (1545mm LRH) 1556mm 1551mm 1551mm
Rake 24.6 º 24.6 º (24.1 º LRH) 24.6 º 24.4 º 24.4 º
Trail 133.3mm 133.3mm (130.0mm LRH) 133.3mm 145.8mm 145.8mm
Dry Weight 192 kg 194 kg (193 kg LRH) 198 kg 196 kg 201 kg
Tank Capacity 20 L 20 L 20 L 20 L 20 L

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