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Triumph Tiger 800 & Tiger 800XC First Look

Tuesday, November 2, 2010
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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Clumzer   April 10, 2011 08:20 AM
I compared the tiger xc next to a BMW 800gs at a dealership yesterday. They look like twins but for for a few very different facts. The BMW is much less top heavy and has a much longer front fork. The tigers front end is very very soft, to soft, and feels like it will bottom out off road. Looks like a street fork setup bs the BMW off road fork. Also the tiger is much more top heavy with the large high fuel tank vs bmw's low profile fuel tank design. The tiger does look hot and if I was just going to ride the roads and hwy I'd chose the tiger, but all around the BMW is much more of a true multisport design.
JC -RE: SeattleKIWI  January 6, 2011 08:29 AM
I sure hope so!! We're working with Triumph right now to acquire a test unit. The plan, as usual, is to do a first ride to get acquainted with it and then start putting it up against the F800GS. Can't wait for that one!!
SeattleKIWI... -When will JC get his hands on one ?  January 5, 2011 07:06 PM
I understand these wont hit US shores till March and then come to a show in LA first. will be really good to see MC-USA get their hands on one quick and have a real comparison the the F800. Competition is good and i like that BMW has a real challenger to the GS.. roll on the Triumph 1200xc !
nope not tubeless,but radial tubeless tires,go fig -800xc  December 16, 2010 12:14 PM
direct compettion to a good beemer.
Chris -gsrider  December 7, 2010 08:04 PM
All the adventures are not in Dakar races. The world is a big place. I love the big 3 cylinder tiger engine, and hope that this is another iteration. I've ridden various GS's everywhere, including many thousands of off road adventure miles (OBDR, Great Divide mountain bike route, Mojave Road, parts of the TAT, and countless others), but I'm always open to innovation. I'm going to give it a try when it hits the showrooms, just to compare, but mainly to feel those lovely 3 cylinders purr. I couldn't live or go adventuring on a 450 Dakar thingy. The big Tenere is just the....BIG and heavy. And what do you do when you hit the dirt and can't turn off the ABS?
wiliam morgan -triumphsidehack  November 14, 2010 02:03 PM
WOW " Now I can complete the transformation from BMW and make it all Hinkley products. I finnaly got away from BMW's to pull my hack around by putting a Rocket 3 on my Hedingham. The best tug ever made for sidecaring . Now I can relpace my 1150GS and my Versys with another great triumph product> Thanks Hinkley and keep up the great work by offering innovating and great motorbikes.
< In Indiana >
W. Morgan
Connie baby -like all the rest  November 3, 2010 11:31 PM
When it comes to off road adventure I think about the Scrambler. Parrelel twin, rear twin shocks, low end torque and cool like nothing else look's. I have allways thought of Triumph as the one bike that won't be like the rest, then all of a sudden they come out with something allmost identical. This is nothing like Triumphs responce to cruisers, (Thunderbird.) It will be a good bike, I'm sure, but I was sure it was going to be like no other as has been Triumphs heritage.
2many450s -WTF  November 3, 2010 05:04 PM
Ugly, Ugly, Ugly. I Liked the old one better! Sick and tired of these "adventure" bikes. Not one sold from a dealer makes it to Dakar! Enough Already!!!
Shaitan -Nice but not visually original  November 3, 2010 08:19 AM
No comment about the performance of the bike, but the styling's not new. The 800 looks a bunch like a Benelli tre-k and the 800XC looks a lot like a F800GS. All that open tubular frame just begs to have dirt get into places you can't clean.
Switchback -A few questions remain but can't wait for a ride  November 3, 2010 07:24 AM
I will be riding the BMW and Triumph back to back and may throw in a 1200 for fun. Looks like Triumph has the potential for a much more comfortable ride over the 800GS. They seem to have missed toe boat when it comes to suspension. KTMs are adjustable and shame on both BMW and Triumph for not adding adjust-ability to at least the off road models. Overall it looks like a step up over the 800 GS. I expect an update of the BMW in a model year or two to enhance the sore points.
Bob -Tubeless?  November 2, 2010 03:27 PM
Are the hoops on the XC tubeless like the big GS and Tenere?
Gritboy -Now you're cookin' Triumph!  November 2, 2010 10:13 AM
Very excited to test ride either Tiger 800 model to see if I like 'em better than the Street Triple or Tiger 1050 I rode. If so, I know what Gritboy wants in 2011.