Triumph had initially planned to bring in the Tiger 900 in April, but the ongoing lockdown has forced it to delay the bike by a month. The new Tiger 900 will be brought into India as a CKD and will replace the Tiger 800.
At the launch of the 2020 Street Triple RS, Triumph announced that the Tiger 900 will make its way to India. The British bikemaker intended to launch the new Tiger in April, but it has been delayed due to the ongoing lockdown. While the lockdown is scheduled to be lifted on 3rd May, the launch of the adventure tourer may get delayed even further if the curfew continues.
Triumph will bring the Tiger 900 to India as a CKD. With the 900, the XR and XC variant nomenclature has been replaced by GT and Rally. Both come in Standard and Pro trims. Aside from the variant names, there’s a lot that is new in the Tiger 900. For starters, it gets a new 888cc three-cylinder liquid-cooled motor that now produces 92.6bhp and 87Nm, and it is lighter than the old unit by 2.5kg. To improve the low-end performance, the firing order has also been changed to 1-3-2. Although reasonably well equipped at the time of launch, the Tiger 800’s electronics package was starting to feel a bit outdated. The new offering gets cornering ABS, bi-directional quick-shifter, rider modes, and more. The Rally Pro trim will also feature an off-road-focused mode that will switch off ABS and traction control.
The Tiger 900 also features an all-new chassis and suspension. While the GT Pro sits on Marzocchi springs, the off-road biased Rally Pro gets Showa-sourced suspension at both ends. The brakes have been updated too. Both models now also come with a 7.0-inch colour TFT screen with Bluetooth connectivity and turn-by-turn navigation. Additional features include heated seats and grips and tubeless tyres with wire-spoke rims on the Rally Pro. The Tiger 900 also sports an all-new design that makes it look sleeker and sharper than before.
When launched, the Tiger 900 is sure to demand a premium over the model it replaces. We got a chance to ride both the bikes earlier in February. Follow this link for a detailed review.