TRIUMPH TIGER 900 GT PRO (2020 - on) Review

Highlights

  • A decent step up over the previous Tiger 800
  • Clever new engine tech adds character
  • GT Pro is pick of the range for road riders

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Annual servicing cost: £250
Power: 94 bhp
Seat height: Medium (32.7 in / 830 mm)
Weight: Medium (437 lbs / 198 kg)

Prices

New £12,800
Used £10,000 - £12,000

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
5 out of 5 (5/5)

The 2020 Triumph Tiger 900 has big shoes to fill. For many the Triumph Tiger 800 was the adventure bike ideal; lighter and more manageable than larger capacity adventure models, but still capable of big two-up distances, daily commuting or light trail duties.

Since its launch in 2010 Triumph have made 85,000 of the 800s. It was significantly revamped in 2014 and 2018, but this time round they started from scratch. The new 900 is a completely fresh motorcycle.

The design brief for the new bike meant it needed to be more agile, but more stable too. More powerful, but lighter. Better on and off-road, more comfortable, with longer range, reduced servicing costs, better equipment and a wider range of accessories. That’s quite a wish list.

The new bike makes a really impressive package, and the GT Pro (renamed simply GT in 2021) is arguably the pick of the bunch for riders who’ll never venture off tarmac. Revised engine characteristics and extra power make it more engaging and better for pillions than the old bike, and the chassis dynamics are better all round, but maybe the most impressive thing is that, despite sharing no components with the outgoing 800, it still feels like a mid-range Tiger, just a better mid-range Tiger.

Watch Triumph Tiger 900 video review on MCN

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
4 out of 5 (4/5)

A glance suggests that not much has changed with the chassis – the main section is still a tubular steel trellis, but the rear subframe is now removeable and made of aluminium. A crash damaged subframe will no longer write off the bike.

The new frame and new fuel tank have also allowed the bike a narrower waist and added an extra litre to the fuel capacity. On the GT, the two position seat offers 810 or 830mm seat heights, but because it's narrower at the front, the standover stance is improved to make life easier for shorter riders. And if you really need it there is a low seat option too (760-780mm).

Despite the changes the riding position feels very similar to the old XR models; you sit into the bike, but the bars are now slightly closer to the rider. The new screen has five-position adjustability with a 50mm height range using a simple push and lift arrangement. It works really effectively and it's easy to imagine doing long days on the bike.

The really clever part of the chassis is more to do with weight distribution. Customer demands for more ground clearance, greater stability and more agility seem impossible to square, but splitting the radiators allows them to be moved higher, allowing the engine – itself re-packaged with a smaller sump and reduced oil capacity – to be moved forward.

So, although the engine’s mass is lower in the frame to drop the centre of gravity, ground clearance is better too, thanks to that smaller sump.

The result of all this smart packaging is that the 900 GT is utterly stable at speed, but has better low speed agility than the 800. It’s a neat trick, and it means that the GT can switch from speeding down smooth A roads to scratching along a badly surfaced and twisting B without drama.

But that’s also helped by the electronically adjustable shock absorber fitted to the GT Pro. On a pot holed Moroccan route or on the equally lumpy North Circular, you just tweak the ride from the comfort of your saddle and without slowing down.

Triumph's claimed overall weight of 198kg is dry, so the bike will be a chunk heavier than this fully-fuelled and ready to go.

Triumph Tiger 900 GT Pro front wheel

Engine

Next up: Reliability
4 out of 5 (4/5)

The really clever part of the new engine is the crankshaft. Every previous Triumph triple, right back to the pre-Hinckley Trident in 1968, has featured a 120° crank layout. The new Tiger has a 90°-90°-180° arrangement of the crankpins that Triumph are calling a T plane crank. This allows a firing order that feels and delivers power more like a twin.

Cylinders one and three fire close together, then a pause then the second cylinder, then a pause, then repeat. The theory is that this makes the engine more tractable at low speed, improving agility. It sounds different too.

When combined with an increase in capacity of 100cc, it means that the new engine delivers more torque and better response at lower rpm, with more power across the rev range. On the road the 900 feels more characterful than previous Tigers, there’s a more visceral feel throughout the range, but impressive mid-range performance (and Triumph quote a 10% increase in torque across the rev range compared the old 800).

Throttle action is smooth, even from a closed throttle and there’s decent mid-range shove, so you don’t need to rattle the gear lever to make progress, though that’s no hardship with the excellent quickshifter that’s fitted as standard to the Pro models. The whole powertrain is 2.5 kilos lighter than the previous model, and further clever engineering means that it is more compact too.

Triumph Tiger 900 GT Pro engine

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Overall build quality looks convincing, but there are some flimsy looking bits of plastic on the bike, like the covers on the accessory kit fog lights. Triumph reliability and build quality are usually strong. Oil capacity is reduced because of the smaller sump, but that shouldn’t affect reliability.

Our Triumph Tiger 900 GT Pro owners' reviews show a few buyers have had reliability issues with their bike, noting poor-quality parts as the root cause. We'd recommend you check any potential purchase extremely closely - particularly if it's for a secondhand bike.

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
4 out of 5 (4/5)

The air filter can now be accessed without removing the tank, which now doesn’t need to be removed until the big 12,000 mile service, saving a lot of servicing time.

The mid-capacity adventure sector is crowded but the well-equipped Tigers look like decent value against the BMW F850GS (prices starting at £10,170) and KTM 790 Adventure (£11,299). Yamaha’s Ténéré 700 is cheaper, but doesn’t have bells, whistles and power of the Tiger.

The Tiger has been around the UK's toughest test route, the MCN250, twice. You can see how it got on below:

Triumph Tiger 900 GT Pro vs Yamaha Tracer 9 GT vs BMW F900XR

Triumph Tiger 900 GT Pro, Yamaha Tracer 9 GT, BMW F900XR

All three bikes here are not only brilliant they demonstrate that if you want not just all-round ability but also more gizmos, gadgets (plus practical goodies such as centrestands, heated grips and adjustable screens) you no longer have to buy a £14K+, 1000cc+ adventure behemoth.

The BMW F900XR is in many ways the best bike here. It’s easy, engaging, effective, there’s nothing to really criticise and you can spec it up to any level you want. But its twin is clattery compared to its rivals’ triples, in our test bike’s spec is more expensive than the Tracer and it lacks the Yamaha’s panniers and potency.

The Triumph has the most of everything. It’s the largest, most long-legged and pillion-friendly and its screen, dash and spec mostly betters the Yam. But it’s also the most sedate, least sparkling and is £1000 more expensive.

But the new Tracer 9 GT, although not perfect, has nearly all of those goodies and more (panniers, 10-way adjustable heated grips ferchrissakes), is the cheapest of the bunch yet also has an exciting

‘X factor’ not even the tempting XR can match. Yes, its dash is derisible, its screen is lacking and its switchgear annoys, but for a £12k all-rounder it really has got it all.

Triumph Tiger 900 GT Pro vs Ducati Multistrada 950 S

Triumph Tiger 900 GT Pro vs Ducati Multistrada 950 S

What you’re looking at here are two of the most desirable adventure-shaped sports tourers. One’s a V-twin, the other a triple and both are designed, in theory at least, to handle a spot of light off-roading.

On the face of it they’re very much alike. Triumph’s new Tiger 900 GT Pro and the Ducati Multistrada 950 S are both generously equipped, power and torque are similar (the Ducati edges it slightly), they have 20-litre tanks with 220-mile-plus fuel ranges and they’re both designed to waft their occupants big distances in comfort and skip serenely through backroads.

The Tiger 900 was new for 2020 and replaced the uber-successful Tiger 800. It might look uncannily similar to before, but the bodywork is new, as is the chassis, electronics and its 88cc bigger inline three-cylinder engine, which makes the same 94bhp, but has 6lb.ft more torque and a new ‘T-plane’ crank layout.

Its thrumpy, V-twin-like irregular firing order is designed to let the Triumph’s rear tyre find grip in the dirt, but on the road its character change is a lot more subtle than when the R1 went from screamer to crossplane crank. It’s still the smooth, long-legged, raspy, easy to manage triple we’ve come to know and love.

It also comes with an astonishing level of standard kit: a cinematic 7in Bluetooth colour dash, five rider modes, cornering traction control and ABS, semi-active Marzocchi rear shock (and mechanically adjustable forks), superbike-spec Brembo Stylema calipers, an up/ down shifter, heated seats and grip, illuminated switches, grips and cruise control.

There’s no question it’s ultra- polished, easy and supremely comfortable, but it doesn’t instantly wow the Gore-Tex off you, or slap you around the face with a wet glove, mainly because it’s relatively heavy (well over 220kg with fuel – ‘middleweight’ is a slight misnomer) and modestly powered. Instead, it’s a slow burner and longer you spend with the Triumph the better it becomes.

Rain follows us just about the whole way around the test (although it’s dry on our photography day) and the conditions tip the balance towards the Ducati. It’s plusher, more sure- footed and has better weather protection. It would beat the Triumph in a dry weather fist fight, too, but throw some dirt into the mix and the Tiger would clear off into the distance.

Equipment

5 out of 5 (5/5)

All but the budget 900 come with a high level of equipment and electronics; the dash screen is an easy to read seven-inch TFT instrument with a range of display styles and heated grips, cruise control and mobile phone charging are standard as is the reassuring cornering ABS and traction control. The GT also has four riding modes.

In addition the GT Pro gets that electronically adjustable shock absorber, quickshifter, LED fog lights, centre stand, tyre pressure monitoring and heated rider and pillion seats. It’s a seriously well-equipped motorcycle, and that’s before you start ticking boxes in the fat accessory catalogue. Trekker and Expedition kits are available according to your choice of hard luggage options.

Triumph Tiger 900 GT Pro paniers and top bag

Specs

Engine size 888cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, in-line 3-cylinder
Frame type Tubular steel frame, bolt on sub frame
Fuel capacity 20 litres
Seat height 830mm
Bike weight 198kg
Front suspension Marzocchi 45mm upside down forks, manual rebound and compression damping adjustment, 180mm travel
Rear suspension Marzocchi rear suspension unit, electronically adjustable preload and rebound damping, 170mm wheel travel
Front brake 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. Optimised cornering ABS.
Front tyre size 100/90-19
Rear tyre size 150/70-R17

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 55.4 mpg
Annual road tax £101
Annual service cost £250
New price £12,800
Used price £10,000 - £12,000
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Top speed & performance

Max power 94 bhp
Max torque 64.17 ft-lb
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1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range -

Model history & versions

Model history

The first Triumph Tiger 900 was launched in 1993 and was in the vanguard of the large trail bike movement that would become the immensely popular adventure bike market. That bike eventually grew and evolved into the Tiger 1200 with the 'middleweight' Triumph Tiger 800 filling out the range.

This Tiger 900 is the next generation of that smaller capacity model.

Other versions

There are five models in the new range, the basic version (no price yet available in 2021), the GT (£11,500) and the GT Pro (£13,200) have cast wheels with a 19 inch front wheel and road tyres and an electronically adjustable shock absorber.

The Rally (£12,100) and Rally Pro (£13,500) feature wire spoked wheels with a 21 inch front, Pirelli Scorpion Rally tyres, longer travel suspension, greater ground clearance and wider handlebars.

A cheaper, lower-spec A2-ready Tiger Sport 850 is also an option, and now the Tiger 660 Sport is available featuring the engine from the popular Trident.

Finally, a Triumph Tiger 900 Bond Edition was introduced to the range alongside the latest James Bond film, No Time to Die.

Owners' reviews for the TRIUMPH TIGER 900 GT PRO (2020 - on)

22 owners have reviewed their TRIUMPH TIGER 900 GT PRO (2020 - on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your TRIUMPH TIGER 900 GT PRO (2020 - on)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4.6 out of 5 (4.6/5)
Engine: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Value vs rivals: 4.3 out of 5 (4.3/5)
Equipment: 4.6 out of 5 (4.6/5)
Annual servicing cost: £250
5 out of 5
26 September 2022 by Stuart

Year: 2022

Annual servicing cost: £180

High spec equipment. Handlebars vibrate at high revs.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5

A little vibby at high revs.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5

Buying experience: Easy.)

5 out of 5 Triumph Tiger shear quality
05 September 2022 by Brian R

Year: 2022

Annual servicing cost: £165

Best - solid bike great for touring and commuting alike. Great tech. Worst - uncomfortable seat, dives under braking

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Pulls like a train and great on twisties or cruising. Hard seat and 2/3 hours before numb bum, organised gel inserts fitting 28/09/2022

Engine 5 out of 5

Nothing to disliked

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Nearly 6000 miles to date and no problems at all

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Guesstimate as service not until 8/9/2022

Equipment 5 out of 5

GT pro loaded with kit Metz tyres tramline and new tyres to be sourced Michelin road 5/6’s Accessories- Givi touring screen, hugger, bar risers, upper tank guard

Buying experience: Dealership bought from new Paid full price but got lower engine guards thrown in

5 out of 5 A lovely bike, great for 2 up touring.
12 August 2022 by Rick Mayenne

Year: 2022

Annual servicing cost: £191

I came back to biking this year in France after 3 years of no bikes in the UK. I love the bike as does my Mrs on the back. The engine has plenty of get up and go, the quick shifter is good however I tend to use the clutch for 1st to 2nd shifts, especially in town. Yep, a good buy.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Great rider modes, great comfort and good brakes.

Engine 4 out of 5

The power is fine, even two up. My only gripe is the engine feels very buzzy through the handlebars. I guess that's partly due to the engine firing order, and more likely due to me being away from biking for 3 years and hanging on too tightly. The last ride felt much better.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

I've only been able to ride it for 600km so far, bloody surgery got in the way, but so far so good.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

The price for the 1st service coming up is €191, its France so it'll always be a little pricey.

Equipment 5 out of 5

I love the display, the quick shifter and the semi active suspension.

Buying experience: I bought from Nantes Triumph, dealer was great. I bought a bike they had in the show room, I had to wait for a few weeks for extras to be fitted, but it worked out perfect for my schedule.

4 out of 5 Great tourer but uncomfortable seat
25 July 2022 by Ridge rider 1

Year: 2022

Uncomfortable seat, front end dives on braking. Good quality finish and great all rounder

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Numb bum after two hours

Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Sensor failure on quick shifter

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5

Buying experience: Dealership bought Good to deal with

5 out of 5 Great all rounder go anywhere built for any rider
14 January 2022 by Daz

Year: 2021

Annual servicing cost: £100

Would definitely recommend the triumph tiger gt pro to everyone, as I have tried so many bikes and have been riding for many years it a great all rounded bike

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Only used it on tarmac so far and light off road, I find it doesn't have any issues and tyres are good ,but some say they are poor .the brakes are excellent as they are brembo

Engine 4 out of 5

Great engine but would like a little more bhp but it will do everything I need with beautiful 3 cylinder grut and torque

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Excellent quality and build quality, had it less than a year but have used it all year though each season, time will tell

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Haven't had a main year service yet but the first service was only £50 bargain and great customer care with the dealer too

Equipment 5 out of 5

Triumph tiger gt pro is the best on the market for equipment for the price out beating BMW equivalent

Buying experience: Bought the bike from main dealer in Wales, i part ex a bike and had a great deal on the triumph tiger only downside had to wait nearly 4mths , but on a positive note had a new plate.

5 out of 5 Triumph Tiger 900 GT lrh model
27 December 2021 by Geoffrey Flowers

Version: Low Ride Height

Year: 2020

Annual servicing cost: £500

Brilliant all rounder, does everything ( except race )

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Bike at it's best in any situation, with riding modes ( rain, road, sport - i don't ride it off road ). I use rain mode a lot, because of the road condition around here, and the traction control is brilliant. I can feel the difference in the ride modes. Brembo brakes have great feel and are powerful enough, without being scary - sharp. I don't find the ABS intrusive, just glad it's there. comfortable for tank range of 200+ miles, but the low seat i found fairly hard, and i've had mine re-padded.

Engine 4 out of 5

Power delivery progressive , and engine responsive in any gear. Because of engine reconfiguration for this 900model, there is a definite "buzz" to the engine at higher revs that you can feel, but i don't find it intrusive.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Triumph dealer servicing fairly expensive. Dealer service changed chain rub strip on swingarm pivot at 6000 miles service. I thought this should last longer.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Heated grips are great. Screen is big, lots of info available ( most of which i don't need ) - i wish there was a screen that just emulated analogue revs, speed, fuel & temps, with a big digital speedo!

Buying experience: Great service from the dealer in trying times ( Oct.2020 ). Waiting list for most new bikes. I had to wait 4 weeks. Retail £11,100 at the time - I paid £11,000.

4 out of 5 Tiger 900 GT series review
18 December 2021 by Gordon Waltham

Year: 2020

Annual servicing cost: £360

Tramlines (similar to the Tiger 800 XR series) Quickshifter sometimes selects false N on upshift from 1st to 2nd

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Comfort is very good especially wind protection

Engine 5 out of 5

Excellent overall power delivery

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Nothing to report

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Service interval is 10,000 miles, but, in fact you have to have an annual service .

Equipment 4 out of 5

Positives: Heated grips - good, Heated seat - really good, Cruise control - good, Centre Stand - good and really easy to use. Screen - really good, no buffeting, Power Sockets - good (un-switched DIN, switched DIN, USB A)Negatives: Crossply front tyre not good, and very limited alternative Instrument screen could be better (suggest Tiger 1200 style)

Buying experience: Bought EX Demo from dealer at about £1,000 of list price

5 out of 5 Great all rounder that puts smile on your face
18 December 2021 by Eran Pasternak

Version: GT PRO

Year: 2021

Annual servicing cost: £300

A great bike, very accessible, intuitive and easy to ride. Lots of power if needed and still restrained. Feels very stable and confident. Small things to improve (subjective point of view): Basic (banal) colors, seat isn't tight to the bike (if choosing the 830mm), RPM indicator isn't readable (for those who need it). I would definitely recommend it. My best ever bike (Rode: ducati scrambler, Suzuki DR 650, Yamaha XT 600.... (oh yeah 😅) and Kawasaki sport bike).

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

I ride it mainly in urban areas and every two weeks go for a trip. Very comfortable in traffic and a great all round bike. Lots of power that comes with confidence. Very agile and easy to ride. Great sound of the engine. Rode it for almost four hours and didn't feel tired.

Engine 5 out of 5

Great power delivery. The quik shifter is awsome. Lot's of torque and still restrained when loosing the throttle. The Clutch is soft and zero gear errors. Great brakes.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

A bike of a high quality. Built very well. Nothing broke yet (two months, 1,000 miles). The only thing that didn't work properly was the tire pressure indicator and the dealer fixed it on my first service.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

As a premium bike the costs are above the average.

Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5 SPM. Smile per mile
18 December 2021 by Jim (Shay) D'Arcy

Year: 2021

Buetifully balanced ride and moveability solo and with pillion even with full luggage. Comfortable for rider and passenger. Smile per mile 10 out of 10

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Rider and pillion 400 miles with fuel stop only and comphy to carry on.

Engine 5 out of 5

Great character!

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

6 months 5500 miles all weather conditions still looking great

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5

Std equipment includes triumph assist gear change which I initially thought was a waste. How wrong! I love it up and down 👍

Buying experience: Great buying experience at Pidcock Triumph

4 out of 5 Tiger 900GT
17 December 2021 by Jim

Version: GT

Year: 2020

Great fun to ride, sounds good too

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Comfortable to ride long distance. Good all round bike to own.

Engine 5 out of 5

Quick if need to be and light to manoeuvre.

Reliability & build quality 3 out of 5

Cam chain tensioner failed in under 800 miles and had to be replaced. Failed again at 18 months old and needs replacing again! This so far replaced under m/f guarantee but I will have to pay for this after July 2022.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Very good fuel consumption if not thrashed.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Bought GT not GT PRO and just added a centre stand.

Buying experience: Standard price at time of purchase from dealer.

5 out of 5 Great All-rounder
10 December 2021 by Kevin Bucks

Year: 2021

Annual servicing cost: £180

Plenty of grunt, a comfortable and lively ride, instills confidence and provides lots of fun.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5

Buying experience: Nearest Triumph dealer was excellent during the test ride and buying process - but very slow in responding to emails afterwards.

5 out of 5 Real world long distance bike
06 September 2021 by Tigers eyes

Version: GT pro

Year: 2021

Annual servicing cost: £180

Excellent all rounder. Previous bike was a high mileage triumph Explorer (Gen1) Tiger has better ride quality and is so much more nibbled better equipped due to lighter weight and so much more enjoyable to live with a lighter bike. Proper long distance companion.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Ride quality is outstanding. Remaining completely composed over broken surfaces. Suspension can be firmed up on the move. Easy preloaded adjustment for luggage/pillion done on tft screen Narrow front tyre does tend to drop in quickly when turning in but same as all bikes of this type. Holds a line well even over bumps with enough ground clearance. Feels like it will handle any road surface with ease and confidence.

Engine 5 out of 5

Super useable power. Drive from low revs is fantastic with enough top end to be exciting. Very smooth even when high gear/ low speed in town - almost no transmission lash. Light controls make it really nimble, I don't miss the bulk of my previous triumph Explorer! Sounds fantastic on stock exhaust- may have to get an aftermarket can just for the enjoyment.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

No issues

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

First service at 600 milesMake sure dealer updates bluetooth module to unlock navigation and pair with phone appGetting approx 200 miles per tank even with some enthusiastic riding.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Better equipped than some flagship bikes. Knocks spots off Africa Twin, ktm 790/890 or tracer 9gt for standard equipment. Cheaper than equivalent BMW F850gs. GT pro has everything as standard (heated rider + pillion seats, grips, centre stand, fog lights, bluetooth phone connection, radiator shields fitted as standard- why is this not on every bike?) I purchased triumph branded panniers which are rebadged givi trekker cases. Bike came supplied with additional pannier locks matching ignition key. **triumph headlight guard involves headlight + screen removal- powerbronze version fits with 4 bolts with no disassembly.** Headlight is awesome- I commute at night often and this is the best I have come across better than BMW LEDs as more detail in light spread.

Buying experience: Bikes in short supply from dealers, but good deal on pcp. Dealers very helpful. Make sure bluetooth module is unlocked or navigation won't work even though phone is connected for music/calls. Dealer update at 1st service.

5 out of 5 I love it...
23 August 2021 by G_o_g

Year: 2021

Annual servicing cost: £200

Easy to ride, good range of aftermarket gear already. engine is a peach, just enough off-road ability to mean that tracks, etc, down to farms or campsites are not a problem at all, lowish seat height and lightweight, British (which may not matter to some), Well kitted with useful stuff like heated seats and grips, aux lights, illuminated switchgear, active suspension for the most part (all can be adjusted from the seat) and great ride and handling especially of poor roads.Downsides, fuel consumption is mid to low 50's - worse than the old 800. Inbuilt sat-nav is great for A to B but no map means a separate unit for me for touring. Still got that joystick by the indicator. The Metzeler tyres aren't the best for me - a little hard and tend to tramline a bit sometimes. Minor issues though and highlighted because the bike is otherwise so good.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Should have 6 out of 5. Has the knack of being really fun to ride hard as well as lazily. Jack of all trades and master of long distance touring for me. Ride on dodgy roads is really nice but you can firm up the suspension if you want to play a little. I'm not a lightweight and rarely move it from the default. Riding position is perfect...

Engine 5 out of 5

A great engine. Looking forward to aftermarket pipes but stock exhaust isn't too bad at all. Loads of torque right where you need it and doesn't get too breathless at high revs but doesn't come on song at the top end the way the other Triumph triples do. Doesn't need to frankly. Can be a little bit vibey but never worse than a twin and usually better - excellent cruise control helps a lot. Also throttle can be a little sensitive in second at low revs - no issue once you've learnt it.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Early days but nthing at all yet...

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Varies per service - VERY cheap to insure

Equipment 5 out of 5

Favourite feature has to be the way the bike is solid, confidence-inspiring and just so capable at whatever you ask it to do (whether you meant to ask it to do that or not). It's a bit like having a Brother or Dad that just seems to know everything and can do it too.

Buying experience: Very good service from Destination Triumph - I got £500 knocked off as it was pre-registered with 267 miles on it. Happy with that as I got it straight away. Doubt you'll find many discounts on GT Pro's yet.

4 out of 5 Tiger 900 gt
04 June 2021 by Jim

Year: 2020

Comfortable and good fun to ride. A little vibey at certain revs.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Ride and brakes good. Good all round bike to own.

Engine 4 out of 5

Plenty of power

Reliability & build quality 3 out of 5

Cam chain rattle soon after first service. Needs a new cam chain tensioner. Triumph very slow to get replacement organised..

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Getting about 60 mpg so fairly good.

Equipment 4 out of 5

GT version adequately equipped but should have a centre stand as standard. Rear hugger/mud guard should also be standard but isn’t.

Buying experience: Dealer purchase good.

3 out of 5 Look carefully before you give this kitty a home
18 March 2021 by Eric in Virginia

Version: GT PRO

Year: 2020

Annual servicing cost: £600

Best: Power characteristics, handling in corners under power, features such as running lights, heated grips and seat, cruise control that locks in at a low 19 mph, useful in monitored USA school zones, delightfully easy to set on centerstand. *The large countershaft sprocket will enhance chain life.*Great fuel economy. Accurate fuel gauge.*Excellent brakes.Worst: Lots of gripes. *First gear is far too tall and 6th is too short. Dropping 2 or 3 teeth on the rear sprocket would give it longer legs and quell some engine vibration but would exacerbate the too-tall first gear. My BMW 3-series car will creep at 4 mph at idle, easing stop and go driving. Tiger is 8 mph idling with the clutch out.*Clutch engagement point is narrow and out at the end of lever travel.*19-inch front wheel eliminates some of the better sport touring rubber. 17 would be better as a dirt parking lot is as far off road as most Tigers will roam.*33 inches between the grip ends is far too much for this little old Yankee. On the freeway sometimes I feel like I'm riding a barrel. If anyone has found narrower and slightly higher aftermarket bars please let me know.*Bike tramlines, demanding full concentration to keep it in the lane. Hopefully replacing those wretched Tourances with better tires will remedy the overly nimble handling.*High exhaust limits aftermarket saddlebag choices.*Triumph clearly has some great engineering talent. But why do they persist with the clumsy steel mounting hardware for the plastic saddle bags? My 2011 Multistrada had simple openings at the edge of the seat that studs on the bags cleanly plugged into.*I miss an analog tach and simple odometer.*Some underseat storage space for a tool roll is needed. First bike I've owned where my tool kit won't fit.*The navigation leaves much to be desired. If yours does not work at all, notify the dealer. My dealer failed to activate it until I spoke up.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Brakes are fantastic! 100 miles may be it for me.

Engine 5 out of 5

Great linear power.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Seems well built, although some of the plastic wire insulation where small bundles of a few wires fit into handlebar mounted switches looks too short. A little flimsy plastic here and there.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

I've only ridden it 1500 miles. 600 mile service was $305. Greater service will be much more, fluids, valve adjustment, etc.

Equipment 4 out of 5

Cruise control is user friendly. Centerstand easy to use. I dislike the Metzler Tourances so much that i will replace them long before the are worn out. I put crash bars on it, low and high, mainly because I'm 65 and a parking lot tip over seems likely. But they add significant weight, perhaps 20 lb. I like a light bike and I'm having second thoughts about the bars.

Buying experience: I paid list, $15,200. discount on the accessories. 2020s are now available here for $1000 off.

3 out of 5 Very Good Motorcycle
03 December 2020 by Mr Bill

Year: 2020

Annual servicing cost: £200

The good ,It has a great seat height for a 30" inseam and the suspension is perfect controls and power a good too, a very comfortable ride. The bad the tach display's are useless and hard to read the motor vibration can be numbing at times dependent on speed and it no longer sound's like a triple but a Ducati a shame.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

The ride is great the brakes are a bit spongy, usually ride 200kms without a break no problem, it has great passenger accommodation's the wife loves it as it's not cramping.

Engine 3 out of 5

Vibrates a bit too much the power and gear box are good

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

It has been perfect so far, just the Triumph my ride software is clunky to use.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Nothing out of the ordinary

Equipment 5 out of 5

Bags and other parts are good quality.

Buying experience: The dealer here was great to work with

4 out of 5 The Tiger with a rattlesnake tail
03 November 2020 by ShakeRattleNRoll

Version: GT Pro

Year: 2020

Overall this bike could be all you need, a great commuter, tourer and scratcher. The good - The gearbox is sublime with up/down quickshifter providing seamless gear changes at any engine revs. The semi active suspension on the rear is also very good and generally a very comfortable bike. The new TFT is huge, this is both a good point and perhaps bad. The bad - personally I find the new engine characteristics provide a vibration and resonance that make my hands numb, as a consequence I find myself stopping every hour, which in the purpose of buying the bike to do some touring, defeats the object and becomes an expensive garage ornament. Vibration can be felt through the pegs but doesn’t give noticeable concern unlike those coming through the bars. The screen is ok some buffeting but this is eliminated with adding an additional top screen. The ugly - it’s purposeful is best to describe, it’s neither a good looker or ugly, just ok. Whilst the TFT is functional and great in some respect it’s also far too big and trying to find how many miles the bikes done is just a fleeting glimpse at start up.

Ride quality & brakes 3 out of 5

Have I mentioned the engine vibration, I’ll not go there again! Yes, an hour and then I need to get off, must be just me! Foam grips helped a little, the anti-vibration bar risers also a little but didn’t cure. I just expected better for £14k bike, I certainly didn’t expect to find a cure to an engine resonance problem when I purchased in the middle of the covid lockdown. The ride position is exceptional, all day comfortable and when the temperature drops the heated grips and seats do a fabulous job. I find the seat really comfortable but then coming from a MT10 it’s not difficult.

Engine 3 out of 5

Extremely reliable so far but clever engineering it may well be but it’s no Yamaha R1 or MT10 which offer similar engineering feats but smooth with no vibration or blurred mirrors.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

2000 miles into owning this bike all has been as expected for a £14k bike (panniers included). Quality is good aside from the vibration/resonance created by the new engine characteristics. A recall for the rear reflector as the spring retainers were awful. Also I find a brake binding squeal at low speeds which should be subject to recall at the price these bikes cost. The pannier seals leaked on the one and only time I’ve ventured on a weekend away, it did rain heavy but I expected better.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

The first 600 mile service was kindly provided by the dealer. I’ve not had any further servicing and probably don’t intend to have any completed during my ownership. I’ll sell well before the next service. Generally, the running costs are good 55 mpg provides good tank range.

Equipment 4 out of 5

These new Tigers have pretty much everything you need in terms of electronic wizardry. Im not a fan of the Bluetooth connectivity, just as well as I’ve tried and tried but no, can’t get this to work and connect so I’ve given up trying. Heated grips and seat are very good as is the quickshifter which is sublime.

Buying experience: Far from impressed, but to be fair Covid lockdown didn’t help and discussions on the ‘character’ of the engine less so. I guess some dealers just don’t like hearing about observations, experiences or complaints, once the balance is paid and the bikes departed the showroom. Triumph suggested the engine vibration was ‘character’ which is fine, perhaps this is ‘clever’ engineering.

4 out of 5 Triumph for Triumph
31 October 2020 by Mad Dog Biker

Year: 2020

A great bike which deserves 5 stars, and only misses out due to lack of functionality in the My Triumph app.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5

Power delivery is smooth and linear. Brakes give plenty of feel and inspire confidence.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Ridden in all weather, traffic and road conditions without missing a beat. A real joy to ride and even the after ride cleaning is not a chore.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

200 + miles to a tank of fuel is achievable, making long distances in the saddle a breeze.

Equipment 4 out of 5

The quick shift is a joy to use The main stand is easy to use. The GoPro integration is great but limited to one camera. The navigation is ok, but does not allow the setting or saving of locations such as home location, so this needs to be input each time you start a journey.

Buying experience: Bought from Bridge Motorcycles in Devon, who provide an excellent service.

5 out of 5 Perfect all rounder
24 October 2020 by The jolly judge

Year: 2020

Jack of all traits as long as you stay on tarmac. Commuting, two up touring, carving twisties, it does it all!

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Very comfortable but the screen could be a bit wider and maybe an 4 cm taller. No buffeting though. Low centre of gravity compared to the 800 and the brakes are superbike standard.

Engine 5 out of 5

An absolute gem, plenty of useable power through the rev range, fueling is impeccable and the quickshifter/blipper works very well. It even sounds good with stock exhaust.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

No issues so far but only done 300 km since i got it early july

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

See above, only done the first sevice. Not as frugal as my old V-Strom 1000, 5,3 litres/100 km.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Everything you need and more. The only possible upgrade would be hill hold control (who needs it ?) and semiactive suspension (ridden the multistrada 950 s, no noticeable difference in comfort as far as suspension matters, the Tiger superior in riding position if youre 180 cm (5 ft 11) or taller.

Buying experience: Bought it from a dealer. No complaints.

5 out of 5
09 October 2020 by Colin Ford

Year: 2020

Suspension

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
3 out of 5 Triumph design takes a leap forward but quality still has to catch-up.
03 October 2020 by Kingfisher99

Version: GT PRO

Year: 2020

Best : Improved low-end performance Worst: Build quality not as good as the 800. Supply chain problems. - Accessories unavailable exacerbated by failed delivery promises from Triumph factory. Would recommend friends wait until Triumph has resolved quality and supply chain problems before buying a 900.

Ride quality & brakes 3 out of 5

Pulls well in low gears. Best cruising speed 60-70mph. Vibey at motorway cruising speeds.

Engine 3 out of 5

Improved low-end torque over the 800 makes it more fun to ride. Vibes are instrusive on high speed long distance cruising.

Reliability & build quality 2 out of 5

My GT PRO has a gradual oil leak on the RH engine casing. Triumph are unwilling to fix it so I carry oil around with me, just like the old days! This is poor customer service on what is supposed to be a premium bike.

Value vs rivals 3 out of 5

Fuel economy good (over 50MPG) Not had first service yet, so service cost unknown.

Equipment 3 out of 5

Bike is well equipped but lack of ESA on front suspension and hard to read tacho on TFT screen are disappointing.

Buying experience: Dealer experience very good on purchase. No discount due to lack of availability of GT PROs

5 out of 5 Red beauty
01 June 2020 by Zsozso

Version: Korosi red

Year: 2020

Annual servicing cost: £100

Very Easy to handle. Turns, brakes, accelerates perfect. Good lights. Comfort level is high! Very good balance. Looks great.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5

Bull.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5

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