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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

The new 800 XC is very much the bigger, burlier brother of Triumph’s two new Tigers. From the moment you swing your leg on board it’s clearly a taller, seemingly more substantial machine.

The combination of 21-inch wire front wheel (in place of the 800’s cast 19incher), longer travel (by 40mm) 45mm forks (the 800’s are 43mm) and slightly wider (by 32mm), higher, wider and further back bars (by using different bars and risers) make the XC seem, for a 6’3” rider like me, a much more ‘full-size’, macho and full-on, proper, adventure bike where the 800 is the more novice-friendly middleweight.

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 800XC’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 800XC a doddle to ride.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The road, 19inch-wheeled, lower, lighter 800, is inevitably the sharper, slightly easier of the two new Tiger 800s through the twisties – but the XC isn’t far behind.

The differing dimensions and geometry of the off-road version means it needs to be levered and then tipped into corners a tad more deliberately, the rider feels a touch more remote from the front end and there’s slightly more dive and settling from the longer travel forks, but it’s absolutely no problem and you only notice when switching from one to the other.

The suspension 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.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Triumph Tiger 800XC’s modern switchgear, thorough clocks, tapered bars, mirrors and screen are all a level above the offerings of its BMW rival.

While a plethora of accessories (see p?), such as tall screen, sat nav holder, posh levers, are available to take things further still (although the heated grips are a little bulky and clunky compared to the seamlessly integrated BMW versions).

Triumph Tiger 800 XC (2010-current)

Detail Value
New price £8,699
Dealer used prices
£6,220 (2011) - £8,980 (2014)
Private used prices
£5,880 (2011) - £8,080 (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 5
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 for many, the full-sized XC looks better, due to its size and stature, and, with genuine off-road ability, has more strings to its bow. Both are decent value.

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Model History

2010: Model introduced

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 215 kg
Seat height 845 mm
Fuel capacity 19 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range 230 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group of 17
Engine size 799 cc
Engine specification 12v transverse triple, 6 gears
Frame Tubular steel
Front suspension adjustment 45mm inverted forks, none
Rear suspension adjustment Preload
Front brakes 2 x 308mm discs, two-piston calipers
Rear brake 255mm disc, single piston caliper
Front tyre size 90/90 ZR 21
Rear tyre size 150/70 ZR 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(5 reviews)

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    Empire

    Average rating rating is 4

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    sports pipe - hard panniers - spot lights - heated grips - Now excellant all rounder - go anywhere any time - and its English Try it = ........

    03 July 2013

  • Simply Brilliant!

    greenturbobob

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I have owned my Tiger 800 XC for a little over a month now and put over 2000 miles on it! I cant keep off it. Everything about this bike is truly excellent. The ride, handling, comfort, engine, everything! My only grip is a noisy screen, but that's it!

    29 May 2013

  • My best Triumph yet.

    spareman

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I came to the Triumph Tiger 800xc after having previously bought a new Moto Guzzi. What a difference. Coming from a sluggish motor that ran out of puff just when I needed it, the Tiger's motor is a revelation. The Tiger has an engine that produces an almost electric-motor spread of torque, and there is more than enough power for legal road speeds. And the handling; Anyone who thinks that the larger front wheel inhibits the handling of the 800xc has obviously never had the dubious pleasure of lugging a heavy old Guzzi round the bendy bits. It took me a while to stop over steering the Tiger at first because it is so light and agile. Now I trust it to go wherever I want it to. Even though I bought my Tiger 'nearly new' second hand, I have had nothing but positive experiences from Triumph, unlike the other lot, who just take your money and wash their hands of you.I am so glad that I bought this bike and returned to the Triumph fold. This is my third Triumph and the best one yet.

    09 March 2013

  • 2012 Black XC in CANADA

    Ken MCCOLL

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    First trip put on about 500km in 2 days. Took a Ferry over the Channel from Vancouver Island to Washington, USA. Went up Hurricane ridge (Olympic Mountains)approx 7000ft elevation. Paved, winding road, used my tiger driving lights in the fog. Awesome handling even with my wife on the back. Yeah hah. Then some twisty NIGHT RIDING, the Triumph light system turns up the night brightly. Even got in a bit of beach riding on in the sand, 1st low speed tip over. Now with about 1200km just put an ARROW exhaust on my 2012 XC800 without the silencer plug. Sounds AWESOME, and feels 10 lbs lighter. Engine torque is good all the way from 2000 rpm, midrange up to 6000rpm is strong, a couple of times have gone to 8000rpm for a few seconds. SWEET. Lots of great comments by coworkers, friends and complete strangers. Waiting to pick up my Triumph Tank bag and 50 litre tail bag. Nothing gone wrong, gave it a 4 as have had bike for only 10 days. BEST all around bike of the TEN assorted road, dual sport & motorcross bikes I have owned. Keep up the great work TRIUMPH. Note: The header pipe seems to run noticably hotter than when with the stock pipe, Savage motorcycles did load in the proper tune for the Arrow pipe too. Gas mileage is not great, hopefully will get better as bike gets more mileage. Cheers Ken

    13 August 2011

  • GREAT RIDE

    juangra

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Excellent motorcycle, reliable, powerful and great handling.

    24 May 2011

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nordicbiker

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I have had a look at the street version (too much ice on the roads up here in the north for mc riding) and can only find one point for critisism, but a serious one: has nobody realized yet, that the suspension system is totally exposed? All dirt thrown up from the back wheel will land on the damper and the links! And worse: a part of the levers sticks out below the bike, even when the optional aluminium plate is installed! OK, not many users will take the Tiger offroad, but I am doing about 30-50% of my riding here in Sweden on unpaved roads, so I wonder how long the suspension system will withstand the constant spray of sand and dirt! And one big stone in front of the back wheel might acutally knock it out completely! This is supposed to be an adventure bike, according to the marketing, so it should be able to take some beating!

I am really surprised that not one test mentions this serious design flaw!

17 January 2011 17:03

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XC look a good un

The XC will be deliverd mid feb. i have ordererd my XC (£300 refundable deposit on a test ride mid December)you get the basic bike and the sadly extras soon add up centre stand high screen sump guard heated grips etc soon take it to over £9k or £10k if you have them all. The comment about the panniers is a fair point as i had a look at them and canceled my order for triunphs own panniers as they are of a very poor quality and for £500 just simply not good enough,i will have a look at Hepco or Givi's new enduro panniers,tourtechs Zega Pro at £1000 for 2 45ltr side boxs with fittings is a bit too much.
but i am looking forward to getting my Tiger

05 December 2010 22:01

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