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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

Triumph’s new Tiger 800 is the slightly more basic, more road-orientated and novice-friendly (not to mention cheaper) version of its two, new, three cylinder dual-purpose machines.

The other is the Tiger 800XC. It’s a great bike, too –  impressing immediately with excellent ergonomics, and a superbly linear and progressive power delivery.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Triumph’s middleweight triple was already a gem, both in 675 and Street Triple guise. But with the stroke lengthened to take it up to 799cc, primarily to fatten-up the low and middle stretches of the 10,000rpm rev band albeit at the expense of some top end, turns the Tiger 800’s powerplant into an easy, seamless, idiot-proof jewel.

And that, combined with the light clutch, perfectly slick gearbox and impeccable throttle response, makes the Tiger 800 a doddle to ride

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Handling is always a priority with Triumph and on this evidence they’ve succeeded again. The road, 19inch-wheeled, lower, lighter 800, is inevitably the sharper, slightly easier of the two Tigers through the twisties – but not by much.

What’s most impressive is the handling quality given pretty basic components. Their set-up is such that, overall, on road, both are more than capable of mixing it with sports bikes and are a real blast to ride, while at the same time being decently stable, comfortable, distance machines, although I prefer the higher stature and more substantial size of the XC.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

As the more entry-level, cheaper, road-biased option, the Triumph Tiger 800 is visually differentiated from the XC by its cast wheels (19-inch at the front in place of the XC’s 21), lack of ‘beak’ and less sophisticated, shorter travel suspension (although, just to confuse things, XC items like the beak and handguards can be fitted to the 800, too).

Triumph Tiger 800 (2010-current)

Detail Value
New price £8,099
Dealer used prices
£5,550 (2010) - £8,080 (2014)
Private used prices
£4,990 (2010) - £7,270 (2014)
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Engine size 799 cc
Power 94 bhp
Top speed 130 mph
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4
Engine rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 4 rating is 4.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Too early to say on the reliability front, but neat touches abound, such as a little switch to lower the headlamp for pillion use, the clever seat height adjusters, plenty of bungee hooks and decent underseat storage.

The quality seems good, especially with the clocks, paint etc and, with a claimed 250-mile potential range and raft of accessories is immensely versatile.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

You pays your money, you takes your choice… the cheaper 800 version of the two Tigers ticks virtually every box and is probably, unless you specifically NEED some off-road ability, the more logical choice, but both are decent value.

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Model History

Model history
2010: Model introduced

Other Versions

Other versions
ABS version, £600 extra

Specifications

Top speed 130 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 94 bhp
Max torque 58 ft-lb
Weight 210 kg
Seat height 810 mm
Fuel capacity 19 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group of 17
Engine size 799 cc
Engine specification 12v triple, 6 gears
Frame Twin steel tube
Front suspension adjustment 43mm inverted forks, no adjust
Rear suspension adjustment Monoshock, preload adjust
Front brakes 2 x 308mm discs, twin piston calipers
Rear brake 255mm disc
Front tyre size 110/80 x 19
Rear tyre size 150/70 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(4 reviews)

  • The screen - a nightmare

    fredwinter

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    Hired one while in Australia and did a 1500 kms tour with my son-in-law and friends. We were 6 bikes in all. The Tiger is a doddle to ride and handles beautifully. Gear change is slick and controls work well. Seat height fine. But the screen! Totally ruined my ride. Unless you can find an aftermarket screen that works, think again before buying. Oh, someone else who rode the bike complained that in traffic there was too much heat around his legs.

    17 May 2012

  • had to have one

    shorne

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Saw it in MCN bike test and went for a test ride.Pulls like a twin revs like a four and handles beautifully. Added a 'beak' etc so now its like the XC. I am so enjoying this bike and its British!

    18 August 2011

  • Nice bike, shame about the screen

    malj90

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Engine, clutch & gearbox are a delight. Handles superb, corners well, bit hard on front end over bumpy roads. only real gripe is the screen, even with the adjusters fitted, it was unbearable at speed. Removed it completely, a lot better.

    09 August 2011

  • Luvvly Jubbly

    Goulash

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Day i bought this, went for an 800 mile trip abroad. Rained all the way and you have to like a bike after that as it never missed a beat. Headlights finally sorted, harsh suspension to start with until i discovered you could adjust it, two clicks off standard and fine for me. Fuel consumption was great on the trip, over 200 miles to a tank so no complaints there. Handling excellent, engine superb, a great touring machine if you ask me. On a side note to Triumph, can you do something with the screen please? While you're looking at updates, a longer chain guard wouldn't go amiss.

    18 June 2011

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Update

Now that the bike has been around for a while, can the review be updated and the stats boxes be completed?

26 June 2014 19:41

chrisdavis3d

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bought this in May, really good bike.  but i came off it 2 months into owning it, just a minor coming off at low speed no other cars & it went down on its side. bike didnt look  damaged. Turns out the rear pegs which stick out a bit are connected as PART of the frame. as these stick out a bit they are inevitably going to be the first things to hit the road. The frame cracked & the bike was a write off. so i think its a bit of a design flaw really!!  you could effectivly drop it on your driveway & write it off.

so just something to be aware of. In terms of the ride though, i couldnt fault it! i had done 2500 miles in those 2 months commuting 70 miles a day. very nice bike!!

29 July 2011 16:22

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