TRIUMPH TIGER 800 XR (2015-on) Review

Published: 05 August 2015

Triumph have put some serious thought into the new Tiger and made a good bike even better

TRIUMPH TIGER 800 XR  (2015-on)

Triumph have put some serious thought into the new Tiger and made a good bike even better

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

Triumph have done an excellent job of bringing the three-cylinder adventure bike up to date and have put some serious thought into making an already good bike even better. The XRx is the premium, more road-orientated model of the Tiger range, with the XC bikes being slightly more suited to off-road riding.

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5

The XRx is a nice place to be, with a comfortable seat that's adjustable and a height adjustable screen too. It features a smaller, 19 inch front wheel that makes it handle better on the road compared to its XC cousin. The gearshift mechanism has used parts from the Daytona 675R, which makes gear changes effortless, and the Tiger’s switchable ABS brakes have also been upgraded giving more bite than before. The handlebars have been moved forward, upward and are now wider, which makes it less of a stretch and more comfortable when mile-munching.

Engine 5 out of 5

The triple of the previous models has always been smooth but now it’s even silkier, with a more progressive power delivery that won’t bite your hand off if you snap the throttle open. The x versions of the Tiger 800 feature three riding modes - Road, Off-Road and Rider - which automatically sets the ABS, traction control and changes the throttle map. The Hinckley firm have also refined the engine. This is the second generation of the three-cylinder motor, which originally derived from the street triple and features the introduction of ride-by-wire, 17% better fuel economy, more precise gear changes and reduced emissions.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

The Tiger feels premium, with neat touches such as logos on the casings, a titanium powder-coated finish on the frame, a matt engine finish and black wheels and handlebars. As it’s a new model with revised engine, it’s too early to say on the reliability of the machine yet.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

You get a lot for your money and a bike that works well both on-road and off. Although slightly less focussed with off-road riding than the XCx, it’ll still work in the dirt if you want it to, and it’s cheaper than its wilder brother. The specification of the XRx and the revamped engine will see the Tiger do a claimed 65mpg. With the 19-litre tank, this should see a range of up to 270 miles between pit-stops.

Equipment 4 out of 5

Being a premium model, you’d expect the XRx to come with an array of things to play with and thats exactly what you get.. The XRx has cast wheels (with a 19in front) that help it to handle slightly better on the road. Both models come with ABS, traction control, cruise control, centerstand, handguards, adjustable screen, adjustable seat, two 12V power sockets and self-cancelling indicators. The XRx also gets comfort seats for both the rider and pillion, letting you stay on the road for longer.

Owners' Reviews

4 owners have reviewed their TRIUMPH TIGER 800 XR (2015-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 XR (2015-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.3 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.5 out of 5
Engine 4.3 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.5 out of 5
Equipment 4.8 out of 5
4 out of 5

Tiger XRT - a good all rounder

12 April 2017 by Tom

Very impressive bike. A good balance between tourer and country lane blaster. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
At its best on country lanes but also works well filtering through traffic in town and reasonably well on motorways.
Engine
4 out of 5
For an 800 it's a strong performing unit. Plenty of power up to about 80 but as wind resistance grows the acceleration becomes more laboured... (on the autobahn of course....). Having recently tried the bigger 1050 Tiger Sport, it doesn't compare in pure power, but on a spin round the back lanes it loves to be revved and the light weight 800 is tremendous fun.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
All the parts feel very well put together. Nicely finished. I've had a couple of tyre pressure sensor problems but were quickly and efficiently rectified by my local dealer under warranty.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Just had a £200 first year service with no extras. MPG seems good with a nice lengths between fill ups.
Equipment
5 out of 5
It has everything. I purchased with the metal black panniers and top box set. Plenty of space and easy to attach and remove. The heated grips and seat work well. Cruise control is brilliant. I've added a couple of extras... A Madstad touring screen which is absolutely brilliant and a highly recommended upgrade to either of the stock screens, especially for motorway speeds. I've also added a powered SWMotech tank bag which connects to a special connector tank ring and let's you charge devices in the tank bag. Lights could be better overall but not terrible. I might try some extra bright replacement lamps.
Buying experience

Very good. Purchased from Destination Triumph and excellent service from beginning to end including servicing.

4 out of 5

MR

04 April 2016 by Daniel

Great power, comfy handles well but a bit on the big side keep scratching it when i park under the porch as well as poor turning circle and hard steering lock to engage in addition to dirty wind noise no matter what position i put the adjustable... Read more screen in.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Flattens out the bumps in the road and braided lines as standard with brembo disks and 2 pot brakes are excellent.
Engine
5 out of 5
That 3 cylinder howl is magic.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Everything from the cnc machined parts to the powder coating is really good.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Pricey bike to buy as well as high insurance despite the alarm.
Equipment
5 out of 5
Traction control, abs, cruise control, heated grips, centre stand all good things to have.
Buying experience

Good i got mine on finance as with the extras it comes to £10,500

4 out of 5

So this is not a big one .

14 January 2016 by Gary Cox

yep if they are not 5 4 feet tall. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
It's a all day job for one up , two it depends on the temperament of the pillion , plenty of rear seat space . It's the perfect bike for touring it's not taxing , or an ego bending bike so l always feel it can master all my demands Just don't forget the front wheel is a little on the thin side for Amsterdam .
Engine
4 out of 5
Maybe a little more sound , it's a triple your never out gunned
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Make sure they battery is always tip top .
Equipment
4 out of 5
It's got heated seats , and the fact the last thing on a bike that gets cold is your back side , it's pointless . The higher screen , when buying this bike you should get the chose of screen at know extra cost . You should be able to get the black metal top box to match panners . I had to buy a tank protector , now that was a over seight by triumph not to have put it on the XRT at the price
Buying experience

Trouble is if your buying the XRT , everyone knows you have done your research , so everyone knows the score . I part ex a Yamaha f j r , and if l had part ex a more desirable bike , maybe l could have got a better deal on the few extras l need .

5 out of 5

Triumph Tiger 800 XRx

09 August 2015 by Gwilym

Awesome. Better than I hoped for and a cut above my old Tiger 955I. It is like riding a 600 with the power of a 1000. It handles so well. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
I can ride for the length of the tank (220miles) in comfort and with no problems. A quick stretch when filling up and I can repeat again. Very comfortable. I have not (and don't intend to) carry a pillion so can not comment on this
Engine
4 out of 5
Pulls like a train. A bit snatchy on the throttle at times as tall 1st gear but that may well be me. A doddle at low speed control
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
So far nothing has gone wrong
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
MPG is consistently 55-60 with a top box and I am not shy with the throttle
Equipment
5 out of 5
Loads of equipment. I have tried the Cruise Control and not sure I like it so I don't use it much. It works well but is alien to me to have nothing to do with my right hand.
Buying experience

Bought from a dealer. From seeing it, through test drive and riding away was a couple of hours. Hadn't intended to buy it. Took old bike in for service and got distracted by seeing this.

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2015
Year discontinued -
New price £8,600
Used price £5,800 to £10,900
Warranty term -
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £85
Annual service cost £150
Performance
Max power 94 bhp
Max torque -
Top speed -
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 65 mpg
Tank range 270 miles
Specification
Engine size 800cc
Engine type Liquid-Cooled, 12V, Inline Triple
Frame type -
Fuel capacity 19 litres
Seat height 810mm
Bike weight 216kg
Front suspension -
Rear suspension -
Front brake -
Rear brake -
Front tyre size -
Rear tyre size -

History & Versions

Model history

2010: Triumph Tiger 800 introduced
2015: Triumph Tiger 800 XR range introduced 

Other versions

There are a total of four new Tiger 800s for 2015. First there’s the road-going XR, then the more offroad- focused XC which has spoked wheels and WP suspension. But there’s now an upgraded version of each: the XRx and the XCx. That ‘x’ suffix adds rider modes, cruise control and accessories. Prices start at £8499 for the XR and £8999 for the XC, increasing to £9499 for the XRx and £9999 for the XCx.

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