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"

  • At a glance
  • 799cc  -  94 bhp
  • 43 mpg  -  230 miles range
  • Medium seat height (845mm)
  • £8,699

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.

Value & Running Costs 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

6 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.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.3 out of 5
Engine 4.3 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.2 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 3.8 out of 5
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!!

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

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

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

My best Triumph yet.

09 March 2013 by spareman

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... Read more 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.

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

2012 Black XC in CANADA

13 August 2011 by VicWestRider

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... Read more 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

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

GREAT RIDE

24 May 2011 by juangra

Excellent motorcycle, reliable, powerful and great handling. Read more

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
Read all 6 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2010
Year discontinued -
New price £8,699
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
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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