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Triumph Tiger 900 GT review – The friendly big ADV | First Ride | Autocar India

The Triumph Tiger 900 GT replaces the old Tiger 800XRx in India. And as Rishaad Mody discovers, the 900 is a vastly different motorcycle that’s better in nearly every respect.

Over the last eight or so years the triumph tiger 800 has grown to become india’s most popular big adventure bike naturally then you’d assume that this new 900 has some really big shoes to fill but what this bike has done is taken those old shoes and thrown them right out believe me when i tell you the triumph tiger 900 is a completely different bike compared to

Its predecessor the very first thing you’re going to notice is that even though the spec sheet doesn’t suggest it this bike feels smaller lighter and just so much easier to manage compared to the 800. you’ll find that the tiger 900 looks slimmer than before when viewed head-on but it also appears to have a taller stance from every other angle a browse through

The spec sheet will confirm that the new tiger is indeed wider taller and has a longer wheelbase than the tiger 800xrx that it replaces but believe me it just doesn’t feel that way in person and that’s because triumph has worked hard to reduce the top heavy feel of the old bike and they’ve done this even while increasing the fuel tank capacity from 19 to 20

Liters triumph has achieved this by moving the new engine forward and lower down a new split radiator setup as well as a smaller oil sump have helped them to do so without making big sacrifices in the ground clearance overall the company claims a 6 kg drop in dry weight but it feels more like 10 or 15. continuing the theme is a slimmer new windscreen that can

Be adjusted on the move this one allows more air to reach the rider and it doesn’t create as much helmet buffering as the old one now triumph really excels at quality and attention to detail and this bike is no exception finish levels are great and even the under seat area is neatly designed the new exhaust sits closer to the bike which will improve luggage

Fitment and the large grab handle looks practical but it’s also nicely designed and well finished in the modern era full of electronic devices you’ll be happy to know that there are two power outlets available as well as a usb charging port under the rear seat i really like what triumph has done with the ergonomics the seating position is upright spacious and

Comfortable and most impressive that seat height is just 810 mm tall now if you’re a tall rider you want to raise it you can do that by 20 mm somehow though triumph has made this work with a standing position that works for a tall rider like myself as well what i don’t like though is that my knee tends to rub against this plastic panel here under braking now

That sounds like a small thing but when it keeps happening through the day it does get a little irritating the seat height remains the same as the old tiger 800 xrx and on paper this number is identical to something as small as a ktm 125 duke of course the tiger is a much bigger wider and heavier motorcycle so it obviously won’t be as effortless to manage but

That low seat height will be a huge help for shorter riders now before we move on to what is the biggest talking point of this motorcycle let’s set a frame of reference first you see the three-cylinder triumph tiger was always a bit of an anomaly in the adventure bike world pretty much every motorcycle with serious off-road capability uses either a single or twin

Cylinder engine because off-road riding prioritizes low and mid-range grunt the previous tigers actually managed to do this quite well with their sports bike derived 800 cc triple cylinder engine but with the shift of the 900 triumf has made some massive changes this new engine not only gains 88cc but it also gets a new firing order and that has completely

Changed its character particularly in the way it sounds so when you start this engine up it sounds a lot like the old tiger 800 it has that whistle although this is now a lot deeper and raspier but when you get on the move and especially at slow speeds under 5000 rpm this engine actually sounds more like a twin than an inline 3. to the rider’s ears the new

Engine sounds nothing like its predecessor and those of you who love the sport spike scream of the 800 will be disappointed at first i was too but with time i’ve started to enjoy the deeper new sound and i think it matches the character of an adv bike very well on paper the 88 cc increment brings no power gains while torque increases by just 8 newton meters

Clearly the main goal for triumph was to meet the euro 5 and bs6 emissions norms but you will feel an improvement when you ride the bike this new engine brings noticeable gains in the low and mid range grunt and overtaking certainly seems more effortless than before it’s something that tiger 800 customers will recognize and appreciate but despite what triumph

Claims this engine’s mid-range performance still isn’t quite as strong as a twin cylinder engine now just like the new engine sound reminds of a twin cylinder so does the way it feels it now produces a mild pulsation that can be felt in the bars and foot pegs and below 5000 rpm you could say that it adds a sense of character and life to the motorcycle the

Problem is that this new engine just isn’t as happy to rev as the 800 used to be once you cross 120 kph that pulsation in the bars and pegs well it turns into a vibration and this is something that only builds with speed to be fair it isn’t harsh but it’s clearly noticeable and it’s also something that we’ve never experienced from the tiger before at this point

It’s also worth talking about engine heat the old tiger’s chassis would get really hot in heavy traffic and while the tiger 900 runs quite hot too it doesn’t seem as bad because you don’t come in direct contact with the hot frame strangely though at highway speeds the new split radiator sends a steady blast of hot air directly onto your left knee we haven’t been

Able to take this bike on a long tour so i can’t tell you that hot airstream persists for long durations but it is something i’m keen to evaluate regardless of the heat what’s clear is that the new triumph tiger is a significantly quick machine even more so than the bike it replaces so you’ll be happy to note that it gets a significant upgrade in the braking

Department the tiger 900 comes with brembo stylima brake calipers which are the top unit stuff you’ll find only in the world’s best superbikes like the panigale v4 now the reason i’m telling you about this is because it’s a perfect example of why worshipping a spec sheet will never give you the full answer what the spec sheet won’t tell you is that the tiger

900 uses a jjuan master cylinder and that the initial bite is very gentle this is a good thing because super sharp brakes and off-road riding especially on road tyres is a combination that’s about as terrible as drinking and driving the advantage of the styleema calipers in this application is that they offer great feel and progression as you build pressure on

The lever so no they’re not superbike brakes but they are a huge improvement over the old ones and a very good fit for this motorcycle another welcome change is that the new trellis frame is slimmer and no longer comes in contact with the rider’s knees which was an annoyance with the old bike triumph has also moved to a bolt-on rear subframe as well as bolt

On rear foot peg holders both of which used to be welded onto the previous tiger the front indicators have also been moved inwards which will make them far less prone to braking when the bike inevitably falls over something else to appreciate on this motorcycle is the new higher spec suspension by mara zaki the old tiger 800 xrx had almost no adjustability in

Its show or suspension but the 900 gt gets compression and rebound damping adjustability in its usd fork and a fully adjustable rear shock the rear also gets a convenient remote pre-load adjuster which is a great addition since adjusting the preload on the old bike was a very tedious affair i find that the new suspension works really well although it is set

Up a little more firmly than the old bike of course the new adjustability will allow you to bring in some more suppleness if you like and speaking of comfort triumph tigers have always had excellent seats and this one does too with spacious and well padded purchase for both the rider and the pillion on the road the tiger 900 gt is very comfortable and it’ll

Cover ground at high speeds in a completely effortless manner the handling has improved too and the bike now has a more connected confidence inspiring feel from the front end and those foot pegs don’t ground down as easily as they used to now it’s still no multi-starter 950 in the corners but this bike is more fun engaging and involving than the old 800xr as

For bad roads well you can throw it at the worst india has to offer and the tiger will just shrug it off with its alloy wheels 19-inch front end and road biased metzeler tires the gt is the road focused version in the tiger lineup but it can still take on a fair amount of off-roading there’s decent suspension travel and ground clearance available and the bike

Gets a light plastic guard for the sump you can have a lot of fun jumping and sliding this bike about and it’ll easily take on a trip to ladakh as well but if you really want to go hardcore with your off-road riding then you’ll want the tiger 900 rally with its spoked rims additional ground clearance and 21 inch front wheel for most casual adv riders though the

900 gt is more than capable enough another big improvement with this generation change is that the mid-size tiger finally gets an inertial measurement unit what that does is it brings cornering sensitivity to the traction control and the abs systems what most customers are going to enjoy though is that new 7-inch tfe display it’s huge it’s the biggest unit i’ve

Seen on any motorcycle so far and it’s almost like having a small television unit right in front of you no triumph isn’t going to let you stream netflix on this display but there is a lot you can do with it that includes managing your music and you can even control your gopro action camera through the display but you will have to buy an accessory module to enable

This feature there are four different screen display modes to choose from but they’re all quite strange in their layout and you will take some time to get used to them the 900 gt we have here is the lowest spec model in the india lineup but it’s still very well equipped with things like a powerful led headlamp heated grips and cruise control in the off-road

Riding mode you can fully deactivate the rear abs and the traction control system which is all you really need the only electronic feature i found myself missing was a quick shifter at 13.7 lakh rupees ex-showroom the tiger 900 gt costs about 40 000 more than the tiger 800 xrx and it gives you a whole lot more for the price at the same time triumph has shown

That it can do some seriously aggressive pricing most recently with the street triple r it would be great to see the british company do something similar for the popular tiger range as well so you’re getting decent value for your money and while the engine hasn’t made a great first impression i’m happy to admit it’s something that’s growing on me not the other

Way around the tiger 900 gt is a capable appealing and most importantly approachable motorcycle for a wide range of riders ultimately it’s a really nice bike for our conditions and a very easy one for me to recommend that you go try out you

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