TRIUMPH TIGER 800 (2010-on) Review

Published: 22 November 2010

"A great bike with excellent ergonomics and a superbly linear and progressive power delivery"

TRIUMPH TIGER 800  (2010-on)

"A great bike with excellent ergonomics and a superbly linear and progressive power delivery"

  • At a glance
  • 799cc  -  94 bhp
  • 40 mpg  -  169 miles range
  • Medium seat height (810mm)
  • £8,099

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

Triumph’s new Tiger 800 is the slightly more basic, more road-orientated and novice-friendly (not to mention cheaper) version of its two, new, three cylinder dual-purpose machines.

The other is the Tiger 800XC. It’s a great bike, too –  impressing immediately with excellent ergonomics, and a superbly linear and progressive power delivery.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

Handling is always a priority with Triumph and on this evidence they’ve succeeded again. The road, 19inch-wheeled, lower, lighter 800, is inevitably the sharper, slightly easier of the two Tigers through the twisties – but not by much.

What’s most impressive is the handling quality given pretty basic components. Their 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, although I prefer the higher stature and more substantial size of the XC.

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 800’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 800 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 both are decent value.

Equipment 4 out of 5

As the more entry-level, cheaper, road-biased option, the Triumph Tiger 800 is visually differentiated from the XC by its cast wheels (19-inch at the front in place of the XC’s 21), lack of ‘beak’ and less sophisticated, shorter travel suspension (although, just to confuse things, XC items like the beak and handguards can be fitted to the 800, too).

Owners' Reviews

5 owners have reviewed their TRIUMPH TIGER 800 (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 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.2 out of 5
Engine 4.6 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.6 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.6 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Step up

25 August 2014 by Anonymous

The Tiger 800 I don't own any more, I traded in on a Triumph tiger sport, before thr 800 I had a Triumph tiger 955i. The 800 is a great bike for those riders that haven't been in the saddle to long, say stepping up from a 250 or something like... Read more that. It makes a great bike for females or shorter male riders, postives for this category of rider are Post 1. Low seat ( 810mm lowest setting) this is without any lowering of suspension either. 2. Gear incataor 3. Low oil window 4. Very smooth tripple engine ( with very easy manageable power) 5. Not to heavy Negatives 1. Handling on the twistes is ok ( not brilliant) 2. Not very exciting to ride 3. No adjustment in front forks Other than that its a great all round motorcycle, that can be used as an all day commuter, weekend rider , long distance touring ( only one up ) , bike has a great range of accessories, couldn't recommend to less experienced and female riders enough.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3 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
3 out of 5

The screen - a nightmare

17 May 2012 by fredwinter

Hired one while in Australia and did a 1500 kms tour with my son-in-law and friends. We were 6 bikes in all. The Tiger is a doddle to ride and handles beautifully. Gear change is slick and controls work well. Seat height fine. But the screen! ... Read more Totally ruined my ride. Unless you can find an aftermarket screen that works, think again before buying. Oh, someone else who rode the bike complained that in traffic there was too much heat around his legs.

Overall Rating 3 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 3 out of 5
5 out of 5

had to have one

18 August 2011 by shorne

Saw it in MCN bike test and went for a test ride.Pulls like a twin revs like a four and handles beautifully. Added a 'beak' etc so now its like the XC. I am so enjoying this bike and its British! 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
4 out of 5

Nice bike, shame about the screen

09 August 2011 by malj90

Engine, clutch & gearbox are a delight. Handles superb, corners well, bit hard on front end over bumpy roads. only real gripe is the screen, even with the adjusters fitted, it was unbearable at speed. Removed it completely, a lot better. Read more

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

Luvvly Jubbly

18 June 2011 by Goulash

Day i bought this, went for an 800 mile trip abroad. Rained all the way and you have to like a bike after that as it never missed a beat. Headlights finally sorted, harsh suspension to start with until i discovered you could adjust it, two clicks off... Read more standard and fine for me. Fuel consumption was great on the trip, over 200 miles to a tank so no complaints there. Handling excellent, engine superb, a great touring machine if you ask me. On a side note to Triumph, can you do something with the screen please? While you're looking at updates, a longer chain guard wouldn't go amiss.

Overall Rating 4 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 5 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2010
Year discontinued -
New price £8,099
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 40 mpg
Tank range 169 miles
Specification
Engine size 799cc
Engine type 12v triple, 6 gears
Frame type Twin steel tube
Fuel capacity 19 litres
Seat height 810mm
Bike weight 210kg
Front suspension 43mm inverted forks, no adjust
Rear suspension Monoshock, preload adjust
Front brake 2 x 308mm discs, twin piston calipers
Rear brake 255mm disc
Front tyre size 110/80 x 19
Rear tyre size 150/70 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

Model history
2010: Model introduced

Other versions

Other versions
ABS version, £600 extra

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