TRIUMPH TIGER 900 (1993 - 1998) Review
At a glance
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Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
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.
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Since the British firm's rebirth, a slow climb from its financial woes had been made possible by using as many shared parts as possible across the range. The Triumph Tiger 900 represented a brave departure from this strategy, and they pretty much nailed it.
Released to compete with the BMW GS, Honda Africa Twin and Yamaha Super Tenere in the rapidly developing adventure bike market, the Triumph had its work cut out but it more than held its own.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
The Triumph Tiger’s one weak spot was its brakes. Not the twin-piston items themselves but the colossal fork dive that accompanied every squeeze of the lever.
In fact, braking distances were on a par with the competition, but the Tiger’s inspired precious little confidence. It was hard on pads, too.
The ride was soft and plush at lower speeds and swallowed potholes and speed humps seamlessly. Things got a little more interesting at speed and although the Tiger was capable in the corners it certainly got your heart pumping.
Ultimately, things rarely felt entirely out of control but the ride doesn’t hold up compared to modern adventure bikes.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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.
The engine was the star of the show, with a particularly strong midrange and a top speed of over 130mph.
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.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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 vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
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.
The Triumph Tiger’s clocks are rugged and basic – speedo, tacho, water temp and digital clock. There was a range of Triumph Tiger luggage on the market but official stuff was hard to find.
You didn't get TFT dashes or riding modes in the early 90s and Bluetooth was still a Danish sailor. The tank was made of plastic, a point of contention at the time but the finish was still good.
|Engine type||12v in-line triple , 6 gears|
|Frame type||Tubular steel cradle|
|Fuel capacity||24 litres|
|Front brake||Twin 276mm discs|
|Rear brake||255mm disc|
|Front tyre size||110/80 x 19|
|Rear tyre size||140/80 x 17|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||44 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£96|
|Annual service cost||-|
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How much to insure?
|Warranty term||Two year unlimited mileage|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||84 bhp|
|Max torque||61 ft-lb|
|Top speed||119 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||15.2 secs|
|Tank range||230 miles|
Model history & versions
The Triumph Tiger 900 was introduced in 1993, but the Tiger name stretches back to the 1930s.
In 1995, Triumph painted the swingarm black and then added fuel injection in a further update. The Tiger 900 was superseded by a revised version with a re-tuned version of the T509 Speed Triple motor in 1998.
Owners' reviews for the TRIUMPH TIGER 900 (1993 - 1998)
7 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.
Summary of owners' reviews
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bought new for my 40th birthday. its never let me down and we have done some great rides together. now also have a 2016 tiger explorer xrt but the steamer is my sentimental favourite.
great motor, heaps of character
air filter system hard to work on and carbys difficult to remove.
equipped well for the day
best bike ever especially when you're 6'7"
only problem was a puncture
use anakee 3 tyres great match to bike
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 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!
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 your knee down, handles well.<br>
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.
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 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.<br>
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 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. <br>