TRIUMPH TIGER 900 (1993-1998) Review

Published: 24 November 2006

A versatile tourer and inter-city commuter with the same rear wheel power as a BMW R1150GS

Triumph Tiger motorcycle review - Riding

A versatile tourer and inter-city commuter with the same rear wheel power as a BMW R1150GS

  • At a glance
  • 885cc  -  84 bhp
  • 44 mpg  -  230 miles range
  • Medium seat height (850mm)

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

The Triumph Tiger is a versatile tourer and inter-city commuter with the same rear wheel power as a BMW R1150GS. The Triumph Tiger is handy in the bends, rides easily and the wide seat, 24-litre tank and good screen put long-distance commuting and touring well within its capabilities.

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

The Triumph Tiger’s one weak spot is its brakes. Not the twin-piston items themselves but the colossal fork dive that is a feature of every squeeze of the lever. In fact braking distances are on a par with the rest of the giant trailile class, but the Triumph Tiger’s inspire precious little confidence. It’s hard on pads, too. Other than that is handles well, swinging through bends with ease, so long as you don’t push those soft forks too hard.

Engine 4 out of 5

The Triumph Tiger’s smooth in-line DOHC triple is the perfect companion for effortless mile-munching. The three 36mm carbs fuel efficiently and without fuss. With a genuine 75bhp at the back wheel and a healthy 60ftlb of torque it’s not short of shove, either. If you want to give the Triumph Tiger even more pep you can fit the CDI and cams from a Speed Triple, Daytona or Trident of a similar vintage.

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5

The Triumph Tiger's finish is generally good. However, once the black finish on the engine starts to flake it deteriorates quickly. Check the rims and spokes for corrosion, the downpipes for rust (the cans are stainless) and the starter sprag clutch for graunching when you hit the button – a sure sign of trouble ahead with your Triumph Tiger.

Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5

The Triumph Tiger’s a cheap, no-nonsense antidote to motorway commuting woes. For the chap with a 50-mile round trip the Triumph Tiger's unbeatable, with a tank range that’ll see you through from Monday to Sunday without a refill. Find a Triumph Tiger 900 for sale

Insurance group: 13 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 3 out of 5

The Triumph Tiger’s clocks are rugged and basic – speedo, tacho, water temp and digital clock. There’s a range of Triumph Tiger luggage on the market but official stuff can be hard to find.

Owners' Reviews

5 owners have reviewed their TRIUMPH TIGER 900 (1993-1998) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.8 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.8 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

wish i'd never sold it.

05 February 2013 by steman83

Owned a 1994 tiger, as mcn said massive fork dive but you do get used to it. Excellent riding position.rear shock went and was quite exspensive to sort out, at the time I struggled to find after market extras ie hard panniers ect, mine was the old... Read more shape and I believe they were the best. I'm 6ft and I found it super comfy! I took it off rd a couple of times and I was supprised, it handled gravel and light dirt reasonably well, then I got stuck in some deep mud and couldn't lift it out due too it being so top heavy. That said you really don't feel the weight when its moving. My fuel ave mpg was nothing like mcn's quoted mpg, around 150 to a tank but this is probally as I used to ride hard. Top speed was more too, I (know a friend ;-) ) who had 132mph but anything past 100mph and you do get a speed wobble, the front lifts which can be fun... All in all I wish I'd neve sold it! Awesome bike and I would definetly recomend one to anyone! I'm currently looking at getting either another 900 or a Africa twin. Try one you'll never look back!

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

My Review

28 June 2002 by GeneralSNAFU

Great riding position, I am 6' 2" wind noise Very loud, ear plugs a must. Paint on engine has not survived 2 winters of use flaking in places. Paint on fairing flaking. Gearbox notchey. Great torque leave in top all day. Easily capable of getting... Read more your knee down, handles well.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
3 out of 5

My Review

08 March 2002 by richardhammond

Fantastic midrange, really effortless travelling on A roads. Comfortable for 150 miles, then the saddle starts to dig in. High riding position is great in traffic: eyeball to eyeball with transit drivers when filtering. Read more

Overall Rating 3 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

My Review

03 October 2001 by Dixie2

Just come back from 4000 mile trip to Bosnia & Croatia on it. Faultless, only problem was a puncture. Incredibly comfortable over long distances, suspension great over sub standard roads, cruises at 100 on motorways (excellent screen), scratches... Read more round mountain roads, attracts attention everywhere, gets 200 plus to a tank. Still thinking about getting the new 955 version, but this one in yellow is a cracking bike.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

My Review

07 May 2001 by ballmick

Bought brand new. Got knocked off three miles from leaving showroom. £4500 damage to bike and accesories. Two months before back on road. Since accident everything is all o.k. Never been on a bike that accelerates so quick and easy. Handles very well... Read more in wet and dry but the braking is just a little too soft. Comfort wise is not very good at all. Seat is too hard, only last an hour before bum goes dead. The riding position is great, can see a lot more than on most bikes. I am going to try the new 2001 model as it has a lot more power than this one. Have owned jap bikes before but after this one I am going to stick with Triumph as the reliability and build quality is much better. well done john bloor.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 1993
Year discontinued 1998
Original price -
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 13 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 84 bhp
Max torque 61 ft-lb
Top speed 119 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 15.2 secs
Average fuel consumption 44 mpg
Tank range 230 miles
Specification
Engine size 885cc
Engine type 12v in-line triple , 6 gears
Frame type Tubular steel cradle
Fuel capacity 24 litres
Seat height 850mm
Bike weight 209kg
Front suspension Preload
Rear suspension Preload
Front brake Twin 276mm discs
Rear brake 255mm disc
Front tyre size 110/80 x 19
Rear tyre size 140/80 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

1993: Triumph Tiger introduced.
1995: Triumph Tiger gains black painted swingarm.
1998: Triumph Tiger superseded by new bike powered by a re-tuned version of the T509 Speed Triple motor.

Other versions

None.

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