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
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
More info from http://www.triumphmotorcycles.co.za/