TRIUMPH TIGER 800 XC (2010-on) Review

Published: 22 November 2010

"The new XC is very much the bigger, burlier brother of Triumph's two new 800 Tigers"

TRIUMPH TIGER 800 XC  (2010-on)

"The new XC is very much the bigger, burlier brother of Triumph's two new 800 Tigers"

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 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.

Engine 5 out of 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.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 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.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 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.

Equipment 4 out of 5

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).

Owners' Reviews

13 owners have reviewed their TRIUMPH TIGER 800 XC (2010-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your TRIUMPH TIGER 800 XC (2010-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.2 out of 5
Engine 4.5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3.8 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

With a tweak or two, damned near perfect all rounder.

23 July 2016 by JD

Easy to pick as an allrounder, but one or two details need work. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Should be 5 from 5, but the screen is very poor, and the larger, explorer screen worse. I chucked that away and fitted a Madstad screen from HPS. Total transformation and now no turbulence and far less noise mean touring work is a pleasure.
Engine
4 out of 5
Light, revvy, very forgiving but I'd like a few more BHP, and a tad more grunt. Great engine and gearbox for the less experienced tho.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
3 out of 5
About standard, but the new one is a better bet if you like 'modes and tweaks'.
Buying experience

Excellent. Triumph have always treated me well, and Triumph Carlisle were excellent during and after sales.

4 out of 5

Perfect for commuting, touring and weekend rides

08 June 2016 by Mr Bean

Beats the problems I had with the 800GSF. My only complaint is filling up can be a bit of pain. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Brilliant.
Engine
5 out of 5
As it's very good at low speed filtering thanks to the engine. Can really shift once you push it in to 3rd and 4th gear, don't try and ride it like a sports bike and thrash first and second. It's not designed for that!
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Keep it clean, and it will always look good. I ride all year round, and it handles it very well.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Fuel efficiency is great. I do roughly 120 miles a week, on my old Street Triple I would have to fill up twice in a week. Now I fill up twice in a month. Only 4 stars because Triumph servicing is a rip off. Take it to a normal garage for a service if nothing major needs doing.
Equipment
4 out of 5
I picked my bike up second hand and it had a lot of extras attached including the touring windshield along with a scott oiler, heated grips, metal stump guard, and Zumo GPS I recommend the high windshield crash bars and hand guards. Luggage, everyone has a personal taste. Mine came with the Triumph ones, but I would buy cheaper options if my bike didn't have them. As the official ones are expensive. The Scott oiler is brilliant on this bike, and I recommend fitting one if you can afford it.
Buying experience

Private

5 out of 5

By far my best bike so far!

05 June 2016 by Gustav

Great acceleration and loves turns as much as I do! :) Have my Tiger 800 XC for almost 3 years now and will keep for many more! Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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4 out of 5

One of the better decisions

28 March 2016 by Rob

One year in and pretty happy with it. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
Brakes feel a bit wooden, but then it's not a GSXR. They work well enough. Suspension is non adjustable and over damped. Can be sorted by progressive springs and oil.
Engine
5 out of 5
Peach. Pulls well, performs as needed.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Build seems good, why silver/grey grab handles on a black framed bike? They mark far too easy.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
45-50 mpg, cheap tyres, usual service costs.
Equipment
4 out of 5
Usual gadgets of the day
4 out of 5

You won't regret this bike

05 March 2016 by Loz

Brisker and livelier than you expect. Comfier too. A great bike. Slight twitch on first gear could surprise newbie riders Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
Brakes fine but could be crisper but that's just a preference
Engine
5 out of 5
A true classic.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Nothing wrong in six months of riding through winter but do spend time cleaning and use anti corrosion spray to make sure
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Only 40mpg with urban, B roads and motorway each day
Equipment
4 out of 5
Fine if you want to pay over the odds to look like a plum but I don't like luggage. Standard top box is very robust and easy to live with so I'm told. Ally sump guard and engine bars do the trick and will get fog lights when I'm plush
Buying experience

Palmers Triumph at Hemel has been ok. Recommended.

4 out of 5

white tigers purr and scratch

12 November 2015 by Loz

The bike is well balanced and solid, responsive and fun when pushed. The induction noise on rapid deceleration is a guilty pleasure too and it's surprisingly flickable in corners for a bike with a 21inch front wheel. Hugely better than its lacklustre... Read more brother the XR unless comfy slippers float your boat. I have slight issue with the annoying ticking clock sound of an otherwise excellent engine but hey... Worth looking at on Youtube for the reviews as they helped me to decide to go for the XC.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Can't fault it
Engine
4 out of 5
See above. I love triples anyway
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
So far... But only time will tell.
Value & Running Costs
3 out of 5
About to find this out but it's not gonna be Ducatti territory
Equipment
4 out of 5
Lots available if you really want to blow your cash on overpriced non essentials but ally sump guard is well worth it and If I win the lottery then I might go all fog lampy.
Buying experience

Triumph dealer in Hemel Hempstead was good and I recommend them. Paid 7250 for lovely white 2yr old with under 4k on it and got fair trade in on my Daytona

5 out of 5

Four months in heaven!

03 September 2015 by Biker Brazil

Fantastic bike! Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
I've been riding for 3 hours the last 5 saturdays and it's just fun. A detail: the riding position is a little bit "sporting", not so sat straight like others big trails.
Engine
5 out of 5
Strong engine. Good in the city and excellent traveling on the road. But you do not have a torque plucked like a XT 660 (my ex-bike).
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
A premium bike in every detail.
Value & Running Costs
2 out of 5
Here in Brazil, the prices of the services are a serious problem...
Equipment
5 out of 5
The XCx model comes with all the equipment you need. If you wanna go on long trips, you can buy the top box or the panniers. I usually use my old bag packed like a top box, and it doesn´t bother my wife - she still has a very good space.
Buying experience

As I said, the price in Brazil is a problem... but motorcycle is passion, so...

2 out of 5

Very Average

13 November 2014 by seniorspanner

Despite all the hype, the motor is undergeared and too revvy, which leads to poor fuel consumption. There is NO WAY it puts out 94 bhp, 64 is more like it. The pannier lower mountings are naff and stick out toofar. The seat is a plank and the... Read more lowrider even worse. The extras needed to bring it up to a practical spec are too expensive and poor quality. The Triumph topbox is nearly as heavy as the bike!! Not my best buying decision!!

Ride Quality & Brakes
2 out of 5
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Engine
2 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
2 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
1 out of 5
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Equipment
2 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Super

03 July 2013 by Empire

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

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
4 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Simply Brilliant!

29 May 2013 by greenturbobob

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... Read more that's it!

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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Read all 13 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2010
Year discontinued -
New price £8,699
Used price £4,800 to £11,200
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £82
Annual service cost £200
Performance
Max power 94 bhp
Max torque 58 ft-lb
Top speed 130 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 43 mpg
Tank range 230 miles
Specification
Engine size 799cc
Engine type 12v transverse triple, 6 gears
Frame type Tubular steel
Fuel capacity 19 litres
Seat height 845mm
Bike weight 215kg
Front suspension 45mm inverted forks, none
Rear suspension Preload
Front brake 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

History & Versions

Model history

2010: Model introduced

Other versions

ABS version, £600 extra

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