2023 Triumph Tiger 900 GT Low | Tour Check Overview



The next evaluate of the 2023 Triumph Tiger 900 GT Low comes from Reg Kittrelle, founder and writer of Thunder Press and Battle2win journal and writer of the Unrepentant Curmudgeon column at Rider‘s sibling publication, American Rider.


The Tiger 900 GT Low and I discovered the biggest nest of “tar snakes” I’ve ever seen close to Bluff, Utah. Thankfully, the cool climate made them pleasant.

“She was tall, stunning in her personal method, and slightly intimidating. I knew we’d do issues I’d by no means carried out earlier than.”

Unrequited love? Nope, not this time. “She” was a brand new 2007 Ducati Multistrada 1100 S and certainly one of Bologna’s first entries into the rising journey bike section. I wanted that Ducati. 

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BMW is credited with creating the journey – or ADV – bike with the introduction of the R 80 G/S in 1980. The bike’s success pushed different OEMs into providing their variations. What appealed to me then – and continues to take action in the present day – is the flexibility of ADVs. Their motors are normally giant, fast, and quick. Their long-travel suspensions properly gobble up less-than-perfect pavement. They’re totally unafraid of grime roads, but they’ll deal competently with a observe day. They’re snug and might seemingly carry all the pieces.

2023 Triumph Tiger 900 GT Low Deadwood South Dakota
Creekside Campground close to Deadwood, South Dakota. The tepee had a cot and a heater.

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By my depend, I’ve owned 4 ADVs, every with a definite character. That Multistrada? A pur sang sportbike in an unpleasant go well with. Subsequent was a Buell Ulysses, a enjoyable, torquey brute. Then there was a KTM 990 SM-T, a headstrong beast that didn’t perceive the idea of gradual. My present – and favourite – is a 2012 Triumph Tiger 800 XC. Purchased new in 2011, it’s the bike I’ve owned the longest. That’s additionally the yr the street-oriented Tiger 800 and off-road-ready Tiger 800 XC shared Rider’s Bike of the Yr award.

Historical past apart, what has introduced me right here is Rider’s supply of a 2023 Triumph Tiger 900 GT Low for a cross-country journey I had deliberate. Gee, I most likely had to consider that for all of 10 seconds.

Too Quick for an ADV?

As a lot as I favor ADVs, they’ve one vital downside for us shorter riders. By design, ADVs have tall seats as a consequence of their long-travel suspension and 19- or 21-inch entrance wheels. This presents an issue for me since I’m 5-foot-7 with a 30-inch inseam.

2023 Triumph Tiger 900 GT Low Mount Rushmore
Mount Rushmore by no means fails to awe, irrespective of what number of instances you see it.

My 2012 Tiger had a 33-inch seat top, barely permitting me to place one toe on the bottom. I wanted a extra assured really feel than that, so I lowered it an inch within the rear by way of a “canine bone” hyperlink on the shock, and I lowered the entrance finish by 1.5 inches by transferring the fork tubes increased within the triple clamp. These modifications allowed for the ideas of each of my large toes to the touch down. Moreover, I put in risers that moved the handlebar up and again to place me in a extra upright, snug place. 

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The 2023 Tiger 900 GT Low

The “Low” model of the Tiger 900 GT places each my ft flat on the bottom. To attain its decrease seat top of 29.9 inches, suspension journey has been diminished 1.6 inches in entrance and 0.75 inches on the rear in comparison with the usual Tiger 900 GT, which has a seat top of 31.9 inches in its lowest place. Provided that the GT Low is a street-oriented bike, the discount in journey and floor clearance has a negligible influence.

2023 Triumph Tiger 900 GT Low Flaming Gorge
Utah’s Flaming Gorge was simply certainly one of dozens of spectacular views my journey afforded me.

Moreover, the handlebar’s rise and pullback place me the place I wish to be. Additional contributing to the consolation quotient are heated grips and a properly padded and supportive seat that remained snug even after lengthy hours on the street. The Tiger Low matches me as if I had been that legendary common rider round which bike ergonomics are designed.

The Tiger was fitted with Triumph’s accent Expedition panniers: 37-liter top-loaders constituted of 1.5mm aluminum with polymer reinforcements. I significantly appreciated the six brackets on the lids that made it straightforward to strap on extra gear. 

2023 Triumph Tiger 900 GT Low
The accent Expedition panniers are cavernous and durable.

All of which means the bike matches my easy definition of an ADV: a motorbike that may comfortably take me to distant locations carrying a lot of stuff. 

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A Unfastened Plan

I picked up the Tiger in Southern California, loaded my gear, then headed east. As I’d be tenting most nights, my cargo included a sleeping bag, a tent, and an air mattress. I normally wish to cook dinner my very own meals, however on this journey, I opted for eating places and only a small range for making espresso.

2023 Triumph Tiger 900 GT Low St. Joseph Missouri
AOK Campground in St. Joseph, Missouri. It rained that night time, so the cover over the picnic desk was welcome. On the again of the bike is SW-Motech’s PRO Rackpack tailbag.

My journey adopted a free plan. There have been folks and issues I wished to see, however my route was extra influenced by whim and climate than design.

With solely 210 miles displaying on the odo, I handled the primary a number of hundred miles as a break-in experience. By the point I hit Las Vegas, the preliminary little bit of engine roughness smoothed out, and I might start to take pleasure in one of many sweetest motors present in a motorbike body.

From Vegas, I headed north to Interstate 70 in Utah, then east to Colorado. The interstate in Utah has an 80-mph pace restrict, so 90-mph visitors move shouldn’t be uncommon. At one level, I used to be handed by a semi-truck doing 90-plus. This velocity investigation on my half confirmed that the highest pace on this ’23 mannequin was noticeably increased than my 2012 Tiger 800 XC whereas having the identical claimed 94 hp, maybe because of the 900 GT weighing 50 lb much less and that includes a redesigned Triple.

2023 Triumph Tiger 900 GT Low Monarch Pass Continental Divide Colorado
Colorado’s Monarch cross was the literal excessive level – 11,312 ft – of my journey. Secured on the Tiger’s tank is a SW-Motech tank ring and PRO Metropolis WP tankbag.

Mid- to upper-range acceleration was wonderful, however preliminary grunt – as from a cease – was lower than I anticipated. Not gradual, simply slower. At any pace, the Tiger was completely steady, and the adjustable windscreen eradicated practically all buffeting. An exception to this was in elements of Kansas the place the crosswinds tried their damnedest to unseat me.

Persevering with east, the Tiger ate up Kansas and Missouri on the way in which to the Mississippi River, the place I turned north to Dubuque, Iowa. Simply east of there, I met up with a bunch of mates in Galena, Illinois, certainly one of my deliberate stops for a weekend.

2023 Triumph Tiger 900 GT Low Mississippi River
Dam #7 (imaginative, that) on the higher Mississippi River, with Wisconsin on the best, Minnesota on the left.

Digital Bits on the 2023 Tiger 900 GT Low  

Monitoring nearly each facet of my journey was a 7-inch TFT show. Simple to learn even in direct sunshine, the sprint presents nearly too many choices and controls. After fidgeting with varied screens, I selected one which saved my pace and mpg numbers forefront.

2023 Triumph Tiger 900 GT Low
The Triumph’s TFT display screen was readable in any mild. Nevertheless, observe the poor excuse for a tach under the pace readout.

I used to be significantly impressed with the gasoline consumption. I constantly noticed 54-55 mpg at regular interstate speeds, and mileage on backroads and round city was at all times above 40 mpg. With a 5.3-gallon tank, that interprets to 285-290 miles of vary on the freeway and 210-plus in any other case.

One function I discovered to like was the Tiger’s experience modes, together with Road, Off-Street, Rain, and Sport. I used Rain greater than I wished to however appreciated its softened throttle response on moist and icy roads, decreasing attainable tire slippage (cornering-optimized ABS and traction management additionally assist). Sport labored the alternative, giving a noticeably sharper throttle response. 

Ambushed by the Climate

Leaving Illinois, I drifted as much as Wisconsin after which headed west by Minnesota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. The climate turned from sunny to cloudy and stormy, however between the rain drops, I used to be in a position to get in some nice driving in South Dakota’s Black Hills. The worst climate I hit was in Utah between Duchesne and Inexperienced River, the place rain, hail, ice, and a little bit of snow greeted me.

2023 Triumph Tiger 900 GT Low Utah
The lids of the Expedition panniers have helpful lash factors for securing cumbersome gear like my tent.

The hailstorm was essentially the most vicious I’ve skilled, with the stones knocking my head round like a cueball. At practically 10,000 ft elevation, the sprint flashed purple and displayed an ice alert. That had me questioning simply what the hell I used to be doing! I slowed even slower than the gradual I used to be going and at last made it to Inexperienced River solely to search out {that a} flash flood had inundated my campground. That night time’s motel was a really welcome sight, however so as to add insult to damage, the restaurant subsequent door had beer however no tequila, my most well-liked post-ride medication.

2023 Triumph Tiger 900 GT Low Hoover Dam Lake Mead
Inbuilt 1935, Hoover Dam holds again Lake Mead. Of the numerous instances I’ve been right here, that is the bottom water degree I’ve seen.

From Inexperienced River, the climate improved, and I rode in sunshine south to Quartzite, Arizona, then west to Orange County, California, to return the Triumph. This number of climate put the Metzeler Tourance Subsequent tires to the take a look at, and I rode confidently on each moist and dry roads. Whereas I did minimal off-pavement driving on this journey, my expertise exhibits they do a good job on grime and gravel surfaces.

By the journey’s finish, I’d spent 23 days visiting 14 states and logged about 5,500 miles in a full menu of climate, together with a few flash floods and people ferocious Kansas winds. Temperatures ranged from 31 levels in Minnesota to a nasty stretch of 106 levels in Kansas, with altitudes as much as 11,312 ft over Colorado’s Monarch Move. 

2023 Triumph Tiger 900 GT Low South Dakota
Dignity of Earth and Sky, a 50-foot stainless-steel sculpture that represents the Native American tradition of South Dakota, soars over the Missouri River close to Chamberlain. {A photograph} doesn’t start to point out simply how gorgeous this murals is.

It’s the Little Issues

Not all the pieces in regards to the 2023 Triumph Tiger 900 GT Low was to my liking. The TFT sprint display screen is a marvel of electronics, however it’s about 2 inches too low, requiring you to look down farther than you need to, and the tankbag I used obscured a part of the display screen. Additionally, the ignition swap is buried in a gap atop the triple clamp, making it tough to entry with heavy gloves and particularly inconvenient with a loaded tankbag.

Triumph persists in becoming DIN-style energy retailers. Not many generally used units, akin to a GPS, heated gear, or telephones, include a DIN plug. One in every of these retailers is situated beneath the sprint display screen and on the left facet slightly below the saddle. There’s a USB outlet beneath the seat, however that’s hardly useful.

Tail of the Tape

2023 Triumph Tiger 900 GT Low
At the least I can inform my spouse I attempted to purchase her some Navajo jewellery.

It’s no shock that this latest Tiger 900 is greater than a worthy successor to my 2012 mannequin. The modifications have been evolutionary, taking the perfect of the unique and honing it to a world-class degree. It’s narrower, lighter, and extra succesful and has a bunch of options unavailable on my bike. The very best praise I pays the 2023 Triumph 900 GT Low is that it could be greater than welcome to once more take my previous self to distant locations carrying a lot of stuff.

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2023 Triumph Tiger 900 GT Low Specs

Base Worth: $14,700

Worth as Examined: $16,365 (Expedition panniers w/ mounts)

Web site: TriumphMotorcycles.com

Guarantee: 2 yrs., unltd. miles

Engine Sort: Liquid-cooled, transverse in-line Triple, DOHC w/ 4 valves per cyl.

Displacement: 888cc

Bore x Stroke: 78.0 x 61.9mm

Horsepower: 94 hp @ 8,750 rpm (manufacturing unit declare)

Torque: 64 lb-ft @ 7,250 rpm (manufacturing unit declare)

Transmission: 6-speed, hydraulically actuated slip/help moist clutch

Remaining Drive: Chain

Wheelbase: 60.8 in.

Rake/Path: 24.1 levels/5.1 in. (Low model)

Seat Peak: 29.9/30.7 in. (Low model)

Dry Weight: 425 lb

Gasoline Capability: 5.3 gal.

Gasoline Consumption: 46.4 mpg

Estimated Vary: 246 miles