TRIUMPH TIGER 800 XC (2010-2014) Review

Published: 22 November 2010

The XC is very much the bigger, burlier brother

TRIUMPH TIGER 800 XC  (2010-2014)

The XC is very much the bigger, burlier brother

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 base model'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

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 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

18 owners have reviewed their TRIUMPH TIGER 800 XC (2010-2014) 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 (2010-2014)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.2 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.3 out of 5
Engine 4.4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.1 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3.6 out of 5
Equipment 3.9 out of 5
5 out of 5

tiger tiger shining bright

07 November 2017 by Lozmeister

The best in expensive all rounder fun commuter off/on roader you can buy. Even better than softer less involving XCX. Shame that sky high APR will curtail new buy. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
it's a hoot all the time. I'd marry it if I could. ( perhaps too much info). Oh one thing....it's not good for pillions if they weight over 10 stone
Engine
5 out of 5
It's a triple from triumph. Nuff said.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Never let me down in two yrs of all weather riding. Only the chain and tyre pressure needs attention now and then.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
.. Er...triumph ain't cheapest but they are good
Equipment
3 out of 5
I find the extras boring and unnecessary. a bash plate yes other than that I keep it simple
Buying experience

Very Good. Triumph At Hemel Hempstead.

2 out of 5

Look at Benelli or wait for the Yamaha T9 if you want a triple adventure bike.

06 July 2017 by Tristan Baldwin

Beautiful looking and sounding bike, tremendously unreliable & disinterested distributor (KawaSUCKi). Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Smooth engine and good breaks, bike does perform above its weight class. OEM seat is a bit hard for long trips.
Engine
4 out of 5
Nothing sounds as good as a triple, torque throughout the range.
Build Quality & Reliability
1 out of 5
Engine oil leaks, radiator leaks, sensor failures & an engine that burns oil (Kawa believe it is "normal" for four stroke engines to burn oil). Bike also drops second gear regularly, repeated clutch failures.
Value & Running Costs
1 out of 5
As their engines burn oil you have to check and top up your oil every day.
Equipment
3 out of 5
Pretty standard fare.
Buying experience

Dealer purchase - new bike. Complained to KMSA regarding poor dealership service & quality and received condescending & dismissive response.

2 out of 5

03 June 2017 by Alex

The Tiger is a stunning looking bike which rides beautifully but is dreadfully let down by a number of failings too big to ignore. First off is the starter which intermittently fails or encounters problems when the engine is already warm. I thought... Read more this may just be my bike but then heard that a friend of a friend was experiencing the same problem with his Tiger. No faults show on the engine management system and main dealers appear not to know the fix. Second is the temperature at which the engine runs - v.hot! This is not a problem when travelling at any sort of speed. However, in urban areas when getting caught in traffic and on already hot days, the heat from the engine can make you very uncomfortable. Third is the size of the fuel tank which you will hear some people say is not a problem. We took it touring in France recently and found that it was that small that we were constantly worrying about when we might come across the next gas station (rightfully so in some instances) and thus continually filling up. Lastly, the bike is very tightly geared which feels unnecessary & exacerbates the rate of fuel consumption. With its fantastic looks, quality of build (bar the starter), handling, reliability (other than the starter) this should be an award winning 5* bike. In reality, it leaves an awful lot to be desired.

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

One yr on

24 December 2016 by Loz

Does everything well... Yes everything. Buy one. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Fantastic all round. Tracer 900 comes close but lacks build quality finish and a decent seat and has a bizarre gap between seat and tank. TheXc is better than the new Africa twin in my opinion. Not the XCX but the xc certainly.
Engine
4 out of 5
Cannot fault these triple engines and love the induction sound on breaking. Note -the upgrade XCX doEs not sound as good and feels a little weedy in comparison with the XC.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Used all year round in all conditions and there is nothing that has gone wrong or irked me. Truly well built.
Value & Running Costs
3 out of 5
12,000mile service is over £660. I think this is steep but has to be triumph approved.
Equipment
4 out of 5
Oxford roll bag, ally sump guard. Tyre options much of a muchness unless you take to the real mud and then Anekees step in for the job.
Buying experience

Triumph dealer in Hemel Hempstead very good.

5 out of 5

Jack of all trades.

17 December 2016 by JohnD

Everything about the XC works very well, except the screen aerodynamics...bin the triumph screen and go aftermarket. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
I ride on everything from mountain tracks to M roads, and it get on with it well. Brakes are fine, easily powerful enough and I've not experienced any fade.
Engine
4 out of 5
light, fast revving and powerful enough...just. Adrellenin freaks might need more.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
3 years so far and faultless.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
-
Equipment
4 out of 5
Few modern riding electronics, but that suits me. Menus are a bit fiddly and need getting used to.
Buying experience

Triumph dealers are VERY good IME.

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
-
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
-
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.

Read all 18 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2010
Year discontinued 2014
Original price £8,699
Used price £5,000 to £7,700
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £85
Annual service cost £300
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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