Triumph Tiger 800XC

What is it?

The Triumph Tiger 800XC is the dual-purpose version of the road-biased Tiger 800. On the XC a larger-spoked front wheel (21” vs 19” alloy) and adjustable rear suspension with more travel (215mm vs 180mm) allow this bike to explore the path less travelled.




The engine is based on the 675cc unit that powers the Street Triple and Daytona 675, but many of its components have been redesigned. To endow it with more low-rev torque, Triumph increased the stroke, giving it a 799cc capacity. It worked.


Style, instruments and equipment

The overall finish on the bike is excellent – some argue even better than on a BMW. Some souls even mistook it for a BMW 800GS. The instrument panel displays speed, trip, time, engine temperature, fuel level and gear selected in digital format. The engine rev counter is analogue “clock” style and redlines at 10 000r/min. The seat can be lowered by 20mm from a height of 865mm to 845mm. The addition of hand guards, a radiator guard and a higher front mudguard on the XC also set it apart from the “standard” 800. A 12V power supply can power your GPS or cellphone.








Crikey. Standing at a robot you can’t help blipping the throttle. The responsive three-cylinder engine growls like an angry panther and a drunken banshee. When I blasted down the highway, all the petrol heads in Midrand seemed to crawl out of their holes for a “dice”. Or maybe it was my imagination, as this bike makes you feel like you’re on a racer.

Off road it handled well, but the engine, with its speed-bike pedigree, felt almost too responsive. The brakes were more than up to the task (the bike can be ordered with or without ABS).

Ride and Handling

The ride was comfortable, with commuting and longer stints on highways an absolute pleasure. The screen almost completely shielded me from the buffeting effect of the wind, but then again, I’m no giant.

Likes / Dislikes

Like: Confident handling on tar and gravel.

Dislike: Stubborn gear shifts.

Verdict and rating

Approaching perfection and a godsend if you don’t want a BMW. Rating: 8

Also consider

BMW F 800 GS, KTM 990, Honda XL700V Transalp.


Specifications –
Triumph Tiger 800XC

  •  Engine  799cc, four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, in-line 3-cylinder. Four valves per cylinder
  • Gearbox  Six-speed, chain drive
  • Power  70kW@9300r/min
  • Torque  79Nm@7850r/min
  • Weight  215kg (wet)
  • Seat height  845 – 865mm
  • Ground clearance  165mm
  • Fuel capacity  19 litres
  • Fuel consumption (city and highway combined)  5,9 litres/100 km
  • Tank range  400km
  • Warranty and servicing  Two-year unlimited mileage, service interval of 10 000 km (first service 1 000 km)
  • Price  R104 500 (R109 500 with ABS brakes)
  • Rode by Bikeroutes  November 2011
  • Review by  Bert Kirsten


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2 thoughts on “Triumph Tiger 800XC

  • August 30, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    innovative, good looking,(unlike the draadkar, poss. the ugliest bike in 100 years)triumph havent run out of ideas yet.

  • September 11, 2012 at 9:58 am

    ok, firstly that bike is way too clean for an offroad bike. I will put some pic’s up of what the Triumph Tiger 800xc should look like and where the bike should be ridden. I am yet to find any offroad buddies who ride Triumph. Please Please join me on your Tigers


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