Year Of Manufacture 2007 (one of the very last to be made) this really is the model to get!
Following an upgrade in 2005, Triumph upgraded the bike with Mag Wheels, Panniers, Main Stand and heated grips as standard.
In 2006 parts were running short, so rather than manufacture more Triumph decided to install 1050 tiger parts where possible. The Motor received 1050 upgrades mainly to the gear box and cylinder head and also engine cases, the pipe works were re routed for cosmetic reasons.
This resulted in a 955 motor with a much smoother gear change with less back lash than previous models.
I bought this bike 6 months ago , a 2004 wire wheel bike with 18000 miles on it.
I had sold my 2005 Bmw R1200st and was looking for an adventure style bike wanting touring ability and upright riding position .
I paid 3200 quid for it , which is alot less than a bmw GS of the same age, and it really is in nice shape , like new really having spent its life garaged.
It came full loaded , and the previous owner had fitted crash bars and spot lights.
I've since fitted FEL braided steel brakelines , a hyperpro racing shock , ferodo hh pads and an mra vario touring screen.
This bike is great! I've done 5000 miles in six months and love traveling on this bike . the effortless power and torque are amazing . It pulls so much stronger than my bmw 1200 , loaded two up overtakes are easy even up hill.
this is my second triumph 955i , the previous one being a sprint. I'm sold on triumph tripples . great motors for the open road . Thebuild quality on these bikes is much better than a japanese equivalent.
6 months and 5000 miles and I look forward to every ride on this reliable , comfortable and powerful motorcycle that offers massive bang for the buck.
I might be moving back to Canada early next year from London. And I can't take this bike back with me , but I would seriously consider buying another one when I get home.
My last review was in July 11, since that time I have put another 20,000 kms on the clock. I am still very impressed with the Tiger, you may ask why I do not update, well I have thought long and hard about this, and as recently as a month ago was looking at selling my Tiger mid next year (2013) but are really not sure what could replace such a great bike. I have test ridden the Tiger 800, 1050 and 1200 explorer, none of which excited me at all (don’t get me wrong they are great bikes with the triple engines) I have also looked into other bikes that would suit my style and taste, Also have done a lot of research from forums ,test rides etc. The Yamaha TDM 900 , ( more on road than off adventure tourer) this bike has an extremely good reputation for reliability, strong motor, great gearbox, handling, pillion comfort , good tank size and fuel economy. (This is more than likely the bike I would buy if I sold my Tiger 955.)
A year later since my last review here is the following improvements I have done to the bike.
1.I put harder progressive springs in (from IKON SUSPENSION –Australia , cost about 200.00 fitted from the local Triumph dealer),they make the front end more responsive and does not dive under hard braking, and way better for off road.
2. Gel Seat (for front only, got off gum tree for $ 65.00 Aus.) makes long rides in the saddle more comfortable and the seat is narrower at the front which makes it easier to move around. It seems lower to the ground?
3. Cruiser pegs fitted to the crash bars (from Thunderbike) brought from a bike swap meet for $ 5.00, I think they are Harley Pegs, had to do a bit of grinding to fit, took about 1 hour ,but work well on long open roads were it gets a bit boring, can stretch the legs out, and pillion can put their feet on your pegs to do the same.
4. Have put a padded beck rest on rack for wife and kids when they come for a ride, they love it, (fall asleep a lot- don’t know if that’s a good thing?) will be keeping the rack for my next bike.
5. X2 Leather round large pouches from eBay (with Triumph written on them) I use these to put my tool role in one side, and sockets and other stuff in other side. (The 955I does not have a lot of space under the seat.)
6. LED small blinkers off eBay (quite easy to fit) I just replaced the blinker relay with a LED one (relay 7 is the blinker relay).
7. Smaller mirrors from local bike shop, look better than standard ones, needed to replace after bike fell over (originals were to expensive)
8. Head light protector (the name says it all)
9. Volt meter from a 4WD shop came with 12Volt plug I wired up the battery (always on but is led and draws almost nil power and lets me know battery power.
Problems since last report
1. Did an Advanced motorcycle course with stay upright in Bradford raceway Victoria Australia, My brakes failed and I almost ran off the track (overheated the brake fluid), the brakes on the 955 are not the best for high speed braking etc. (are looking at other solutions at present but Adrian’s web site (
) has what looks like a good fix, Also read another forum that did this as well and he rated it. Tiger mods#1Neils bike page
2.Had engine Management light come on,( was not long after turned on GPS-before starting bike) The sensors on the 955,s are very sensitive and will come on if there is a sudden spick in power.( I should of started the bike first) It’s not a big problem, Get Triumph to plug in and reset. Or do it yourself by turning and starting the bike on and off three times, ( this resets the system ) ,It happened to me about 3 times I ended up putting standard plugs back in ,( after spraying out all wiring with electrical spray ) So I think the iridium plugs were the problem ; it hasn’t happened since. " A WORD OF WARNING IF THE BIKE LOSES POWER AND THE ENGINE MANGEMENT LIGHT COMES ON IT IS IN LIMP HOME MODE TAKE IT TO YOUR NEAREST TRIUMPH DEALER ASAP" but if not power loss, its more than likely an over sensitive sensor.
That’s the only 2 problems I have had in the last 12 months (I ride pretty hard but) and it has taking a beating from me.
I lowered seat as per Adrian’s web site if you haven’t already seen it, it’s a very helpful web site (
I am going to put an 855i shock on the 955 and put the spring from the 955i on the 855i shock as I am short and it is a straight swap and lowers the bike 1 inch. As I am only 5,5 tall. I also read this on a forum Girlie Adventure suspension
That is the only thing I do not like about the tiger is not friendly for short people.
1. Since my last review I have ridden the great Ocean road, via Wodonga Vic - then up to the Grampian’s back via the Murray River at Mildura.
2. Black Spur via Seymour Victoria Australia (after track day) up to Maryville across to Woods point, back up the Mansfield and back to Wodonga. (There was about 120 kms of dirt the way I went) I was using Michelin polite 3 tyres and they did the dirt quite well. (Even though they are road tyres), but they do stick like shit on a blanket.
3. Pretty much most of the Victorian high country and coast “I love the twisties”
3. Central west NSW Australia via Wodonga Vitoria (to Bathurst back via Goulburn)
4. I know live in Cairns Queensland Australia and have ridden all the Atherton Tablelands heaps of times and also done a trip down near Townville via Valley of the lagoons.
Riding down to central west NSW via Cairns at Christmas (about 8000, 00 kms return)
Other trips not on Tiger
I also own a DRZ 400 E and are doing a trip to Cape Yoke , ( top of Australia next year) and are hiring a Suzuki DRZ 650 to ride In New Zealand in early December.
Well the Triumph Tiger 955I is a great bike ( if I still have it in a another year will give an update)
This is my second review on this bike ( first was after 6 months ) I have owned the bike know for around 2 years, Since my last review I have put another 20,000 kms on the clock. Done a few more big trips Great Ocean road and Grapations and just about every other part of Victora and southern NSW Australia.I know live in Cairns QLD Australa and have done some quite big rides up This is my second review on this bike (first was after 6 months) I have owned the bike know for around 2 years, since my last review I have put another 20,000 kms on the clock. Done a few more big trips, Great Ocean road, Grapations and just about every other part of Victoria and southern NSW Australia. I now live in Cairns QLD Australia and have done some quite big rides up here. There is a Twisty road up here called the Gilies Hwy about 26 Kms of what is supposed to be one of the best rides in Australia. I have ridden it about 20 times or so know. That’s enough about me so how has the bike been? GREAT, I have done a couple of other mods to the bike .
1. Harder progressive fork springs (common mod on the 955 standard to soft)
2. Not really a mod, but I but Michelin Pilot 3 on the front and rear (very good traction) as 90% of my riding is on road. The 955 are good for dirt roads etc. just not too much real rough stuff.
3. Gel Seat (very comfortable)
OK so after two years I have had no problems with the bike I ride almost every weekend, and trips. If you do not have a lot of money to play with buy a late 2005-2006 tiger. Great bike for a tall person.
here. Thier is a Twistie road up here called the Gilies about 26 Kms of what is supposed to be one of the best rides in Australia. I have ridden it about 20 times or so know. That enought about that the bike how has it been ? GREAT, I have done a capple of other mods to the bike
1. Harder progressive fork springs ( common mod on the 955 standard to soft)
2. Not realy a mod, but I but Michelain Poilt 3 on the front and rear ( very good traction) as 90% of my riding is on road. And they good for dirt roads etc,just not to much real ruff stuff.
3. Gel Seat ( very comfortable )
OK so after two years I have had no problems with the bike I ride almost every weekend, and trips. If you do not have alot of money to play with buy a late 2005-2006 tiger. Great bike for a tall person.