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Title: Tiger 900 poll
Post by: matt748 on June 28, 2020, 10:18:04 AM
Hi guys. Just for a bit of fun, I thought a poll might be interesting.
For info, Iím on a 800XRX and donít intend to upgrade for the foreseeable future. Reason: Iím happy with mine, itís paid for, itís been modified to what I want.
The new 900: Iíve not ridden it, but Iím not keen on the looks or the TFT. By all accounts it rides really well but thereís not enough there (for me) to upgrade.

Matt :)
Title: Re: Tiger 900 poll
Post by: Admin on June 28, 2020, 10:35:20 AM
Only problem with the question/options is that it excludes new purchasers who haven't had the bike before or come from something else.   :038:

Something like "Will you purchase the new 900" (or something along those lines) might have been better instead of saying "upgrade".

Also, some people might not have a negative view of the 900 but might be happy with what they have at the moment as well.

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Title: Re: Tiger 900 poll
Post by: PapaTom on June 28, 2020, 10:36:03 AM
Same here.
I could have written that exact same post.

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Title: Re: Tiger 900 poll
Post by: Tigermainia on June 28, 2020, 10:36:39 AM
*Originally Posted by matt748 [+]
Hi guys. Just for a bit of fun, I thought a poll might be interesting.
For info, Iím on a 800XRX and donít intend to upgrade for the foreseeable future. Reason: Iím happy with mine, itís paid for, itís been modified to what I want.
The new 900: Iíve not ridden it, but Iím not keen on the looks or the TFT. By all accounts it rides really well but thereís not enough there (for me) to upgrade.

Matt :)

 :0461: I have an '18 XRt and it also doesn't appear to be enough to warrant a change.  :152: :031:
Title: Re: Tiger 900 poll
Post by: matt748 on June 28, 2020, 10:52:09 AM
*Originally Posted by Admin [+]
Only problem with the question/options is that it excludes new purchasers who haven't had the bike before or come from something else.   :038:

Something like "Will you purchase the new 900" (or something along those lines) might have been better instead of saying "upgrade".

Also, some people might not have a negative view of the 900 but might be happy with what they have at the moment as well.

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I  guess thereís never a perfect poll, but feedback is the breakfast of champions :)
Poll amended.
Title: Re: Tiger 900 poll
Post by: rubbertoe on June 28, 2020, 12:57:28 PM
I've had about 15 large bikes over my lifetime. Always one at a time. Each time I sell one and get something new it is for something very different than anything I've ever had. I doubt I could ever be interested in the 900.
Title: Re: Tiger 900 poll
Post by: ChrisD on July 01, 2020, 03:51:23 PM
I had a Tiger 800 which I had 5 years and loved it. I tried the later one and didn't think it was worth changing to as my old one felt better. Then I moved to a Tiger 1050 sport and couldn't get on with the handling but loved the power. I kept it less than a year. I test rode a 1200 DVT Ducati Multistrada and was smitten. Light like the Tiger 800 but with mega power and handling. I have however had an engine issue, which I am in the process of getting sorted. I am a bit pee'd off about it so am looking at the Tiger 900 so a test ride is on the cards I think.
Title: Re: Tiger 900 poll
Post by: KildareMan on July 02, 2020, 09:31:45 AM
I just don't see the 900 as that much of an improvement over my '11 800. Another 9/12 and I'll be into double digits ownership.  :300:
Title: Re: Tiger 900 poll
Post by: FROGY46 on July 02, 2020, 10:04:30 AM
 my third T800
number one MK1 2011 roadie ,number two MK2 XRX 2017 and today MK3 XRT 2019 maybe  still a T800 but what a change staff in the factory a very very good.
I test the T900 last week for me a new bike maybe .
Title: Re: Tiger 900 poll
Post by: Paulhere on July 02, 2020, 10:24:17 AM
There's a good road test/review of the new 900 Rally Pro in this weeks MCN, they say it's a good road bike but prefer the KTM790 Adventure R for any off road but could be down to the tyres. They seem to like the 900 overall. But their average 43mpg & 137miles brimmed to reserve light, :005: won't go down well with riders on here who quote 65 - 70mpg from their 800's.
Title: Re: Tiger 900 poll
Post by: fac191 on July 02, 2020, 11:25:32 AM
I read the MCN test aswell. LOL the mpg figures. I think the worst bit was them complaining about the vibes at any speed as i think that has ruined what should have been a fantastic bike. There is no way that engine should have vibes that are intrusive like that. My 2012 Roadie did have some vibes which went away with Rox anti vibe risers but i have a dodgy hand which picks them up. Just for the record my 2015 Super Tenere which had 3,300 mls on it when i got it had no vibes and that engine is not considered run in till 5 to 6 thou. And its a 1200 twin with the same type of set up as the 900. Its a real shame as potentially its a great piece of kit but i think alot of people will be put of by the vibes. I think triumph have lost their way somewhat with this bike and what made the original such a hit with owners. All the original bike needed was some more power, modern brakes and an overdive 6th gear for relaxed cruising most of which it didnt get. However it makes the 2nd gen model a really great used buy with so many around. I hope they get it sorted out as i really like the bike and would have considered one if and when i need to drop down to something lighter.
Title: Re: Tiger 900 poll
Post by: Newhorizons on July 02, 2020, 11:59:50 AM
Had a look at one in the dealers at the weekend... pro rally or something like that

Has a few neat bits like the front brakes (4 pot Brembo), folding gear and brake, showa suspension (if that makes a difference??) but walked away thinking like $24/25000 Aus is really really expensive.

And the engine crash plate is CRAP.

But just cant get over the width of the radiator and tank/fairings.... its HUGE

I have stripped my plastic covers, moved indicators and fitted a radiator protector and side panels to reduce the bulk narrow the bike and minimise lay down damage ... so with the crash bars and the bark busters I can drop it  (accidentally of course) but know that its not going to be significant damage or costly.

The 900 ooozes 'precious', and don't ride me off road.

Wouldn't walk past my 2015, then spend a few grand cleaning it up to find out I have less power, worse fuel consumption , need to be really careful filtering or scared to take it off road.

At the least they could have redesigned the tank in plastic, come down the sides to reduce weight, incorporated some radiator protection, provided a really good engine/sump  protection system, changed the angle of the rear muffler to allow for throw over bags ... so many little things that 'we' have to fix as part of the investment.

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Title: Re: Tiger 900 poll
Post by: Tallpaul on July 02, 2020, 12:31:53 PM
I sat on one at the factory in March and it certainly felt lighter whilst stationary, comfortable too. Almost regretted buying a used 18 plate 800XR in January, but the more I ride it, the more I like it.  It's a lot of money to swap to the 900 and I will be waiting at least until next year before I make any change. I will keep watching the ride reports and will be interested to see how early buyers get on with the new 900 regards fuel economy and reliability.
Title: Re: Tiger 900 poll
Post by: ChrisD on July 04, 2020, 03:06:13 PM
Theres a good test and follow up of the GT Pro by the Missenden Flyer on You Tube. He loves it.

I like the look and will reserve judgment until i have ridden it.
Title: Re: Tiger 900 poll
Post by: Kennydies on July 06, 2020, 10:20:48 AM
Hi,
I have just joined the forum to understand the feedback on the new 900.  I am on the tracer GT at the moment and am looking at something different.
The only problem I have is that our local dealership just went bust and the the nearest one is 45 mins away which is a pain.

Has anyone got any deals on the 900 at all or is it too new?
Title: Re: Tiger 900 poll
Post by: ChrisD on July 06, 2020, 10:38:01 AM
45 minutes that's Luxury!! My nearest is over an hour away.

I doubt that there will be deals at the moment. I have noticed that Triumph usually have deals in the Autumn. But Free accessories, low finance etc. I doubt there will be a reduction in list price, given that the 900 is new out and that a lot of people buy on PCP
Title: Re: Tiger 900 poll
Post by: Kennydies on July 06, 2020, 11:41:44 AM
It is a rough decision.  The Tiger explorer is coming fully loaded as an offer at the moment which puts it in the same price bracket at the tiger.

I was just wandering is anyone managed to get anything off the list price. 
Title: Re: Tiger 900 poll
Post by: boldie on July 06, 2020, 11:55:32 AM
I was offered £300 of off the Rally pro. They donít have an issue selling them so thatís about the best I could get.
Title: Re: Tiger 900 poll
Post by: Kennydies on July 06, 2020, 11:59:22 AM
£300 is still something.  That would pay for accessories.
I am also waiting for GIVI to release the kit for the 900.
I would prefer not to have proprietary luggage so it can be moved the the next bike and GIVI is a lot cheaper
Title: Re: Tiger 900 poll
Post by: boldie on July 06, 2020, 12:05:41 PM
Triumph dealer told me the expedition pack is made my Givi but just called the outback range? I took his word for it but havenít investigated myself.
Title: Re: Tiger 900 poll
Post by: Kennydies on July 06, 2020, 03:22:08 PM
Looks like the GIVI accessories are in the manufacturing process:

https://www.givi.co.uk/my-motorcycle/bike/triumph/tiger-900-20

Title: Re: Tiger 900 poll
Post by: Whoa on July 07, 2020, 09:38:04 AM
no problem with the 900 , like my 800
Title: Re: Tiger 900 poll
Post by: Rocket on July 07, 2020, 05:37:55 PM
Had 2 test rides of the GTPRO , loved it and ordered one.

Vibes are not that bad. Bike reviews are over-stating the issue. The new engine isn't as smooth as the old one but the vibes are tolerable.  I decided I could live with them (and I hate tingley vibes) .

The mpg from a mix of motorway cruising, scratching around the twisties,  and town work was just over 55mpg. Same as my GS.

The engine is more punchy and sounds better, plus the bike feels light so is more flickable. The brakes are sharper, and the ergonomics and comfort are good too - bars felt a tad closer than the 800 and the screen worked (hooray!). 

The quick-shifter is an absolute delight. Once tried, you wont want to go back.

IMO, these are all worthy changes over the 800 and make it feel a different bike.  It does it for me at least.


Title: Re: Tiger 900 poll
Post by: fac191 on July 08, 2020, 06:21:57 PM
Lol it might be a bit easier to keep up with you on the 900 then.
Title: Re: Tiger 900 poll
Post by: Rocket on July 09, 2020, 06:55:14 AM
I wouldn't bank on it  :001:
Title: Re: Tiger 900 poll
Post by: fac191 on July 09, 2020, 07:05:33 AM
May be when your running it in then.
Title: Re: Tiger 900 poll
Post by: Billberg on August 01, 2020, 10:59:47 AM
Im with Rocket on this. The great British tradition of running something down. I had a 15 xcx loved it. Got a Rally pro, yes it is a bit vibey but the sound from the engine/exhaust & the punch it has out of the corners more than makes up for it. The handling is much sharper & more nimble. I do sometimes wonder if the doom mongers actually read the piece by the lead engineer about why they made the changes, all made sense to me. As for MCN & the fuel consumption, I'd be interested to know how they got it so low, mines not fully run in yet but I wouldn't be going any quicker if it was, the thing has so much grunt you don't need to rev it. I'm getting 220+ from a tank full!
Anyway I'm delighted with my purchase😉
Title: Re: Tiger 900 poll
Post by: fac191 on August 01, 2020, 12:20:58 PM
Dont forget some people pick up vibes more than others so they are a much bigger issue.
Title: Re: Tiger 900 poll
Post by: boldie on August 01, 2020, 02:49:48 PM
As long as it's right for you that's all that matters :300:.
Title: Re: Tiger 900 poll
Post by: fac191 on August 01, 2020, 03:15:40 PM
I agree however considering the 800 was their best selling bike and vibes can put people off i dont think it the way forward for this bike.
Title: Re: Tiger 900 poll
Post by: snowblue on August 01, 2020, 04:35:09 PM
I agree.We can talk about how vibes mean more to some riders than others all day long. There's no magic machine,they ALL vibrate (except perhaps an electric bike), so IMO if you're after a new ride,including the 900, then go a book a demo ride.  Some dealers will agree to a 2 hour demo. Once again, my choice would be,if at all possible, to demo the 'short list' bikes  back to back. All bikes are expensive, so choose wisely,and try not to get bogged down with, 'analysis paralysis '....life's too short.
Title: Re: Tiger 900 poll
Post by: Colinhitch on August 01, 2020, 08:47:43 PM
Just back from Scotland, 5 day trip on my Rally Pro. 1574 miles no vibes for me, 900 miles till 6k service, Lake District and Wales next!