Yes, we are here!

In times like these our hobbies become lifesavers. At MOTORCYCLE CLASSICS, we have been tracking down the most interesting and rare classic motorcycles and collections for more than 15 years. That includes researching and sourcing the best books on collectible and rare bikes available anywhere. Our online store is open and we are here to answer any questions you might have. Our customer service staff is available Monday through Friday from 8a.m.-5p.m. CDT. We can be reached at 1-800-880-7567 or by email. Stay safe!


Off-Street Cred: 1993-1998 Triumph Tiger 900

Comparing the Triumph Tiger 900 with the other big adventure bikes of its day, theBMW R100GS and Cagiva/Ducati 900 Elefant.

| March/April 2020

1993-Triumph-Tiger-900 

Triumph Tiger 900

Years Produced: 1993-1998
Power: 85hp @ 8,000rpm
Top Speed: 130mph (period test)
Engine: 885cc (76mm x 65mm) liquid-cooled, DOHC, 12-valve triple
Transmission: Straight-cut gear primary, 6-speed, chain final drive
Weight/MPG: 455lb (dry), 38mpg (avg.)
Price then/now: &9,895 (1995)/$3,500-$8,000

It took quite a while for us on the left side of the pond to catch on to adventure bikes: it’s fair to say that the U.S. motorcycle market was about cruisers, dirt bikes and street standards until the late 1990s. Though Honda’s Africa Twin, Yamaha’s Super Tenere and BMW’s R100GS were all top sellers in continental Europe, only the Beemer ever made it to the U.S. So when the first generation 650cc Cagiva Elefant arrived in 1984, U.S. testers couldn’t get their heads around it — especially its weight: “twice that of a 250 motocrosser,” said Cycle magazine in December 1985, noting, “when 454lbs of motorcycle gets away from you, the chances of snatching it back are slim.”

But by the early 1990s, there was some indication that the U.S. market might catch on. The 1993 Triumph Tiger (shown) was aimed squarely at German and French buyers, and it wasn’t until 1995 that the Tiger made it to these shores.



The new Triumph company also had a steep hill to climb to dispel conventional Triumph lore about oil leaks, flaky electrics, marginal reliability and poor finish. Perhaps because of this, the first-generation Hinckley Triumphs were substantially overbuilt, while adopting well-proven technologies, quality components and fastidious quality control. The machines were assembled in a brand-new factory built on a green-field site with the latest machine tools and production methodology. Fortunately, Triumph owner John Bloor had deep pockets.

Though with a very different stance and styling, the Tiger was still based on Triumph’s modular motorcycle concept introduced in 1990. It used essentially the same 885cc 3-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC 12-valve engine with 6-speed transmission as the 900 Trident, Sprint, Daytona and Speed Triple, but was retuned for torque.



The sound and the fury: celebrate the machines that changed the world!

Motorcycle Classics JulAug 16Motorcycle Classics is America's premier magazine for collectors and enthusiasts, dreamers and restorers, newcomers and life long motorheads who love the sound and the beauty of classic bikes. Every issue  delivers exciting and evocative articles and photographs of the most brilliant, unusual and popular motorcycles ever made!

Save Even More Money with our RALLY-RATE plan!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our RALLY-RATE automatic renewal savings plan. You save an additional $5.00 and get 6 issues of Motorcycle Classics for only $29.95 (USA only).

Or, Bill Me Later and I'll pay just $34.95 for a one year subscription!




Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter


click me