Triumph updates Tiger with extra displacement

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Words: Nile Bijoux
17 Dec 2019

Triumph has been busy this year, providing the Moto2 race series with engines and lavishing its road-going models with updates at the same time. We’ve seen the Street Triple get an update, there’s a new Rocket 3 coming and now the Tiger 800 has been given some love.

The name change to Tiger 900 gives away the biggest change, that being a displacement increase to 888cc for the inline-three. Power has stayed the same at 70kW but torque has been bumped by ten per cent to 87Nm, arriving 750rpm sooner at 7250rpm. The new donk is also Euro5 compliant, making it the most enviro-friendly Tiger yet.

A new split-radiator design has allowed engineers to move the engine forward in the chassis by a smidge over 40mm, helping the front wheel weight bias. The chassis itself has had a redesign, including a new bolt-on aluminium rear subframe, ultimately dropping weight by 7.25kg to 192kg dry.

Triumph has done away with the confusing battery of letters denoting the various Tiger 800 versions, the range now consisting of the Tiger 900, 900 GT and 900 Rally. As you can probably deduce, the 900 is the base model, the GT is for the road and the Rally is what you’ll see out on the trails.

The base and GT models use Marzocchi suspension, front and rear, with 180mm of travel in the forks, and 170mm of travel in the rear shock. The standard model makes do with preload adjustment on the rear shock only. Opting for the GT gets fully adjustable Marzocchi suspenders, while the top-tier GT Pro uses electronic suspension pieces.

Meanwhile, the Rally gets fully adjustable Showa suspension, with 240mm of travel up front and 230mm in the back.

Braking is sorted by Brembo Stelma calipers on all models, biting twin 320mm discs. All Tiger 900 models get cornering ABS bar the base version, which uses regular ABS.

We haven’t been told local pricing yet but we expect that information in the near future, ahead of a launch in the first half of next year.

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