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

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Overall Ratings ★★★★★

Ride:★★★★★
Look:★★★★★
Value for money:★★★★★

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.

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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.

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Raw Data

TIGER 900

TIGER 900

GT

TIGER 900

GT PRO

TIGER 900

RALLY

TIGER 900

RALLY PRO

Engine TypeLiquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, in-line 3-cylinder
Capacity888 cc
Bore Stroke78 x 61.9 mm
Compression11.27:1
Max Power95.2 PS / 93.9 bhp (70 kW) @ 8,750 rpm
Max Torque87 Nm @ 7,250 rpm
SystemMultipoint sequential electronic fuel injection
ExhaustStainless steel 3 into 1 header system, side mounted stainless steel silencer
Final DriveO-ring chain
ClutchWet, multi-plate
Gearbox6 speed
FrameTubular steel frame, bolt on sub frame
SwingarmTwin-sided, cast aluminium alloy
Front WheelCast alloy, 19 x 2.5 inSpoked Tubeless, 21 x 2.15 in
Rear WheelCast alloy, 17 x 4.25 inSpoked Tubeless, 17 x 4.25 in
Front Tyre100/90-1990/90-21
Rear Tyre150/70R17150/70R17
Front SuspensionMarzocchi 45mm upside down forks, non-adjustableMarzocchi 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 SuspensionMarzocchi rear suspension unit, manual preload adjustment, 170mm rear wheel travelMarzocchi 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 travelShowa rear suspension unit, manual preload and rebound damping adjustment, 230mm wheel travel
Front BrakeTwin 320mm floating discs, Brembo Stylema 4 piston Monobloc calipers. Radial front master cylinder, ABSTwin 320mm floating discs, Brembo Stylema 4 piston Monobloc calipers. Radial front master cylinder, Optimised Cornering ABSTwin 320mm floating discs, Brembo Stylema 4 piston Monobloc calipers. Radial front master cylinder, Optimised Cornering ABS
Rear BrakeSingle 255mm disc. Brembo single piston sliding caliper, ABSSingle 255mm disc. Brembo single piston sliding caliper. Optimised cornering ABS.Single 255mm disc. Brembo single piston sliding caliper. Optimised cornering ABS
Width Handlebars830mm930mm930mm935mm935mm
Height (Without Mirrors)1410-1460mm1410-1460mm (1385-1435 mm LRH)1410-1460mm1452-1502mm1452-1502mm
Seat Height810-830mm810-830mm (760-780mm LRH)810-830mm850-870mm850-870mm
Wheelbase1556mm1556mm (1545mm LRH)1556mm1551mm1551mm
Rake24.6 º24.6 º (24.1 º LRH)24.6 º24.4 º24.4 º
Trail133.3mm133.3mm (130.0mm LRH)133.3mm145.8mm145.8mm
Dry Weight192 kg194 kg (193 kg LRH)198 kg196 kg201 kg
Tank Capacity20 L20 L20 L20 L20 L

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