The Triumph Tiger has been one of our favourite motorcycles. Whether it was the 800 or the 1200 version, we loved everything about the entire Tiger line-up. In fact, the Tiger 800 was also a ‘Best of 2015’ award recipient. When the mid-segment Tiger 800 got updated to the 900 this year, I rode the motorcycle across Morocco with my media colleagues and other Tiger 800 owners. The manner in which Triumph has managed to improve the motorcycle is highly commendable. The new Tiger 900 is better in every way imaginable. The design, engine performance, chassis, and technology have all been updated to create the perfect mid-segment ADV of current times.
Starting with the engine, the sweet and smooth triple now feels a bit more like a twin. So, while it may be a little gruff, the low-end grunt and mid-range torque delivery are outstanding. The Tiger also comes in the GT and Rally Pro variants. Adventure seekers who wish to stick to the tarmac can opt for the GT line, while riders who wish to venture out on the rough stuff can go for the Rally Pro. This adds more versatility to the Tiger 900 model range, allowing riders the freedom to choose the setup they prefer.
I was mighty impressed with the GT on the tarmac, as its power delivery, throttle response, quick shifter, and handling capabilities were all brilliant. The GT certainly behaves like a sports tourer – in fact, the ergonomics of both models have become a bit more aggressive. The GT isn’t a bad off-roader – and you can take it on some light trails with confidence. Thanks to its electronic suspension, you can adjust the ride to your liking, on the go.
We had the Rally Pro for our test this year, and I must say that it shined on the track. It was the second-fastest motorcycle to lap the BIC – it was even a couple of seconds faster than the bigger Africa Twin. The chassis of the Tiger 900 is perfect, as it keeps the bike well balanced and allows you to lean with control and ease. I’m sure the GT model would have been slightly quicker on the track, but still, there’s no doubt that the Rally Pro behaves like a proper sports tourer.
On the road less travelled, the Rally Pro proves to be a formidable machine and incredibly versatile. Thanks to the six different riding modes, including Off-Road Pro, you can set up the bike for all kinds of terrain. While the Rally Pro misses out on electronic suspension, it still has adjustable front and rear suspension. This is what makes the bike perfect for all kinds of adventure riders. In the mid-segment, the Tiger 900 truly is the best all-round product.
Besides the beautiful ride quality, wonderful all-round performance, and easily manageable ergonomics, the Tiger 900 is also packed with the latest technology and rider aids. You can store your phone and connect it to the on-board system. And what’s really cool for video enthusiasts is that you can even control your GoPro from the bike itself – something that will surely appeal to younger riders. But its overall capability, quality and comfort levels also make the Tiger 900 quite an attractive product for all kinds of riders. Simply put, the Tiger 900 is one of the best motorcycles to have been launched in the country.
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