473 lbs with 94 hp.
Adjustable seat height for the vertically challenged.
5 gallons of gas gives respectable endurance &
Suspension absorbs the rough stuff flawlessly.
Brakes are stellar and will bring you to a full stop when
6 speed Trans is geared perfect for adventurous riding.
None on a quality of build level. Nice Bike.
For some of us that have been around awhile and have seen
Triumph MC during the old days, you have to admire how far this company has come
over the years.
I look back and I can remember when I saw the last 500cc
Triumphs delivered to North America. That was a sad day for me, and I am very
excited to see what has come recently from Britain.
Of course my first choice for a Triumph Ride Review was the
new Triumph Tiger 800XC. This adventure touring segment is one that needs a
close look at. I was considering the Tigers big brother, the Tiger 1050, but
after checking out the specs on the Tiger 800Xc, this machine was what I wanted
for riding out here in South West Montana.
The bikes light weight of 473 lbs is propelled forward at
breath taking speeds by it's 94 hp motor. The six speed gear box is spaced
perfectly for spirited riding.
The tires that come on this bike work great on pavement and
you can even manage the occasional adventure on hard packed gravel roads if you
so choose to do so. If I were to do more gravel roads then paved I would change
up to a more aggressive off road style of tire. Just make sure you match the
speed rating with the oem so you don't have any tire issues while
The suspension on this bike is second to none, and eats up the
asphalt when the going gets rough. Of course you are going to say that your
roads are never rough, right!
The seat is very interesting, and can be set at two different
levels. This will allow you to touch the ground with your feet easier if you
like a lower riding position. Also I have read in a previous review of the Tiger
that seat was uncomfortable, and that was wrong! I have put in access of 200
miles plus on short rides with no monkey butt, and no cramping. This says a lot
for the overall geometry of the bike. I have ridden BMW's that were not as rider
friendly as the Tiger.
My time on this bike has been relatively short due to my other
obligations of reviewing atv's, but my time in the saddle has reaffirmed to me
that Triumph is right up there with the rest of the adventure touring
I have successfully travelled the back roads of South Western
Montana, and have come away from every ride with a huge grin on my face. This
bike takes the corners like a pro, stops on a dime, and accelerates like a run
away freight train.
The bottom line is if you plan on joining the many that live
to ride Adventure Touring Style, and need a bike that will get you there and
back safely, then the Triumph Tiger 800XC is one to check out.