Call it the Year of the Adventure Bike. On top of all the other new machines from Japan and Europe, we now see the Triumph Tiger 900 series rebooted for 2024, with a host of small changes that should add up to some noticeable improvements on this year’s model.
For next year, there are three sub-models in the series, the Tiger 900 GT, the Tiger 900 GT Pro and Tiger 900 Rally Pro. As the names suggests, the GT is the base model; the GT Pro has been outfitted with some updated parts for more touring comfort, and the Rally Pro has been optimized for off-pavement use.
All three bikes will use the same liquid-cooled three-cylinder engine with T-plane crankshaft design, which revises the firing order for a more “lumpy” feel down-low. This can help with rear wheel traction and also provide the feel of more grunt, while the engine smooths out and builds power like you’d expect as the revs rise.
Speaking of which: Max power is up! Triumph says the new engine makes 66 lb-ft of torque and 106 hp, which is up about 13 percent. Revised top end internals make a big difference here, with new intake and exhaust bits. There’s also a new titanium Akrapovic exhaust which cuts weight, and Triumph’s marketeers will tell you it sounds pretty good, too!
Along with a boost in power, all these changes mean emissions are cleaned up, an important consideration in today’s regulatory framework. Fuel economy also improves a bit; Triumph claims the bike can do 4.7L/100 km. That works out to a range of ~425 km from the 20-liter tank which all models share.
The bikes shares some other updates across the three-machine lineup, including a new safety system that detects abnormally quick deceleration. In such an event, the bike will auto-engage the four-way flashers. There’s also a marker light system for improved visibility—the indicator LED bulbs will remain on at all times, at diminished brightness. This makes it easier to see the bike.
A new windscreen offers 50 mm of adjustability, and you can tweak its setting with one hand. All these bikes also get a new damped handlebar mounting system. There’s a new 7-inch TFT screen that connects to your phone via Bluetooth; the dash also has a USB-C charger, along with the 12V plug and the under-seat 5V charger that the previous machines had.
Triumph lists no major changes to the chassis; frame and suspension on these models appear mostly unchanged. Up front, a set of Brembo Stylema brake calipers will slow you down, and of course they are tied to leaning-sensitive ABS and traction control. The settings of these electronic systems are governed by which ride mode you’re in; traction control can also be turned off independently. Also, the ABS system ties into a linked braking system that applies rear brake pressure when you hit the front brake lever. This is intended to improve bike handling and reduce stopping distance; Triumph says this linked braking system will only turn off when ABS is turned off.
And now for some bike-specific details:
Triumph Tiger 900 GT
The base model comes with a 19-17 wheelset; cast rims are standard, as this is really intended for pavement first, and only easy unpaved roads. Manually-adjustable Marzocchi fork and shock are standard, with 180 mm of wheel travel in front and 170 mm of travel in back. The seat height adjusts from 820 m to 840 mm.
Wet weight for the GT is 219 kg. The price tag in Canada is $16,995.
Triumph Tiger 900 GT Pro
This is basically the same as the GT mechanically, with the addition of a Marzocchi shock with electronically-adjustable preload.
Otherwise, the updates are mostly comfort-related, not that that’s a bad thing! Heated grips and heated seat are standard on the Pro model (including separate controls for the pillion seat). The quickshifter is standard, allowing clutchless shifting in either direction (an option on the standard GT). Wet weight is 222 kg, and seat height is the same as the standard GT.
Canadian MSRP for this model is $19,925.
Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro
This version is intended for off-road use. That should be immediately obvious from the 21-18 wheelset, running spoked rims that are compatible with tubeless tires. Instead of the Marzocchi suspension of the GT models, this gets manually-adjustable Showa suspension with 240 mm of wheel travel up front and 230 mm of travel in rear.
Jacked-up suspension means a taller seat, adjustable between 860 mm and 880 mm.
The heated bits of the GT Pro are also standard on the Rally Pro, and the quickshifter.
Wet weight on this bike is 228 kg. In Canada, the MSRP for 2024 is $20,195.
Triumph already has a long list of dozens of accessories for these bikes, including crash bars, foglamps, luggage racks and bags, and an accessory seat that lowers the saddle height. Full details on that in the days to come; your local dealer will be happy to help you order those parts. Note that you don’t have to buy each part individually. Triumph has bundled various packages of farkles together to make ordering easier and a bit cheaper.