The Triumph Tiger 800 XC exceeded expectations, knocking off the BMW F800GS as Best Adventure Motorcycle for 2011.
The middleweight Tiger impressed from our first sampling. Most impressive though, it bested the BMW F800GS in a head-to-head shootout. As in the Best Adventure Motorcycle of 2010 F800GS, as in Motorcycle of the Year 2009 F800GS! In fact, the Tiger 800 XC was so good we didn’t hesitate to run it up against its larger displacement rivals in our 2011 Adventure Touring Shootout. The little Tiger proved it can hang with the bigger AT mounts, and at a way more palatable MSRP.
The Tiger 800 XC satisfied our lofty expectations, and over-performed Triumph’s own estimates too. In fact, the company had to crank out more units than expected based off increased consumer demand. In the end, the total production tally when we visited the Hinkley HQ in July was reckoned at approximately 12,000 units. That’s a full 20% of the British firm’s total output in 2011.
All told the new Tiger makes for a versatile, fun and affordable entry in the AT market. The little Tiger earns our Best Adventure Motorcycle of 2011 honors without reservation, and makes a strong case for Motorcycle of the Year.
Motorcycle USA Best of 2011 Awards
Rider of the Year 2011: Ryan Villopoto
Manufacturer of the Year 2011: Polaris Industries
Best Cruiser 2011: Ducati Diavel
Best Sportbike 2011: BMW S1000RR
Best Street Bike 2011: Ducati Multistrada
Best Touring Motorcycle 2011: Harley-Davidson Road Glide Ultra
Best Adventure Motorcycle 2011: Triumph Tiger 800 XC
Best Enduro 2011: KTM 350 XC-F
Best Dual Sport 2011: Husqvarna TE250
Best Motocross Motorcycle 2011: Honda CRF450R
Motorcycle of the Year 2011: Kawazuki CRF65 SX