Triumph Tiger 800 & Tiger 800XC First Look

November 2, 2010
JC Hilderbrand
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Triumph Tiger 800XC
Triumph Tiger 800
Triumph has released information about the new Triumph Tiger 800XC (top) and Triumph Tiger 800 (above).

Triumph Motorcycles has finally released official information on the much-awaited Triumph Tiger 800 and Triumph Tiger 800XC. The XC version is designed for off-road use where the standard Tiger is for riders who will spend most time on pavement. The engine is a liquid-cooled inline Triple with 12 valves and dual overhead cams. Internal dimensions are 74 x 61.9mm for the bore and stroke which gives a displacement of 799cc. Fuel injection rations the fuel which comes from a whopping five-gallon tank.

Triumph claims the new engine will crank out 94 horsepower at 9300 rpm and 58 lb-ft of torque at 7850 rpm. Delivered through a six-speed gearbox and pushing a claimed ready-to-ride 473 pounds for the XC and 462 pounds for the street version, the Triumph looks to be a sporty ride at the least.

Both machines use a steel trellis frame and two-sided aluminum swingarm. The front brake uses dual 308mm floating discs and twin-piston floating Nissin calipers. Out back is a single 255mm disc and single-piston floating caliper. Both bikes have ABS available as an option. Exhaust exits via a 3-into-1 stainless muffler located on the right side. A luggage platform adorns the back and acts as a passenger handhold and blinkers are triangular front and rear. The instrument display offers a digital speedometer, trip computer, gear indicator, clock switchable ABS (option) and analog tachometer. From here the specifics of each motorcycle start to tailor for the intended riding purpose.

Triumph Tiger 800
The Triumph Tiger 800 has an emphasis on road explorations. Both models have a list of touring accessories.

Triumph Tiger 800
The street adventure model uses cast 10-spoke aluminum wheels with a 19/17-inch front rear combo. A 43mm Showa fork suspends the front end with 7.1 inches of travel. The Showa rear shock uses hydraulically adjusted preload to managed passengers and cargo with 6.7 inches of travel. Seat height is adjustable from 31.9 inches to 32.7 with steering geometry of 23.7 degrees rake and 3.4 inches of trail. The handlebars are narrower than the XC model at 31.3 inches and it’s shorter due to smaller wheels and less suspension travel. Wheelbase is also slightly more compact at 61.2 inches.

The standard Tiger uses a front wheel cover rather than high fender and is available in Crystal White, Phantom Black and Venom Yellow.

Tiger 800XC
The new Tiger is a direct challenger and will be compared to the BMW F800GS. In regards to stance and bodywork, the two machines look fairly similar. The 800XC is available in Crystal White, Phantom Black and Intense Orange. It also has a front wheel cover, though smaller and made of black plastic, which matches the lower fork guards. A stubby front fender protrudes from underneath the headlights and small windscreen. Photos show the XC model with handguards though it is uncertain whether these will be standard issue. 

Triumph Tiger 800XC

Triumph Tiger 800XC
The Tiger 800XC uses a larger front wheel
spoked wheels, heavier suspension and some
other small details to give it more off-road

Switchable ABS is a key component of the XC model allowing riders to have full control over the brakes for off-road riding. Riders will need the ability to fully lock the 17-inch rear wheel and 21-inch front hoop. Aluminum spoked rims house knobby dual sport tires which look to be Metzeler Karoo treads or something similar. Suspension is beefed up with a larger 45mm Showa fork that has 8.7 inches of movement. Unfortunately, PR material doesn’t indicate that it is adjustable in any way. The rear shock has a remote oil reservoir for added capacity and allows a measure of adjustability. Hydraulic preload and rebound settings can be fine-tuned to managed 8.5 inches of travel.

Riders keep a grip on things with a 34-inch-wide handlebar. Steering geometry is slightly different with 23.1 degrees rake and 3.6 inches of trail. Ground clearance will be increased thanks to the larger wheels/tires and the seat height is adjustable between 32.2 and 34 inches.

Triumph has announced pricing will be as follows:

2011 Triumph Tiger 800 MSRP: $9,999 / ABS – $10,799

2011 Triumph Tiger 800XC MSRP: $10,999 / ABS – $11,799

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