On a gravel trail the XC is certainly capable. Selecting off-road mode gives you ABS on the front but not the rear and enough traction control so slide the rear before the electronics bring it back into line, giving you the confidence to play around on the bike. It’s certainly no lightweight at 248kg dry, which can be a little intimidating for less experienced off-roaders, and its lack of suspension travel does see the sump guard hit the floor over jumps, but it is ok. More experienced riders can select off-road pro, which disables the TC and ABS. On the road it is excellent, just like the XR model.
Yes it’s more powerful than the GS, but that’s not the point, what makes Triumph’s triple stand out is a superb throttle connection and overall feeling of quality. The transition from a closed throttle to a partially open one is incredibly smooth and the triple motor is vibe-free and oh so easy-going thanks to its abundant mid-range as well as pleasingly zingy up the top end. It just feels a classy unit and this impression of refinement is further enhanced by Triumph’s clever use of technology.
The overall level of finish is appears good on the Tiger, but previous generations have suffered a bit when it comes to retaining their looks. Reliability has never been called into doubt, but visually they can look tatty if used and not cared for. Service intervals are pleasingly high with the major one due every 10,000-miles.
With a price tag of £16,950 the XCA is the most expensive adventure bike currently on the market, but the Triumph does boast features its competition lacks. If you want to save a few quid, a slightly lower spec XCX option is available costing £14,950.
The XC comes in two formats – X and A – with the spec increasing alongside the price tag. Both models come absolutely loaded with kit and as standard have cornering ABS and TC, a TFT dash, 5 power modes, semi-active suspension, cruise control, an electronic screen and far more besides. The top of the range A version adds an extra programmable power mode and off-road pro, an up and down quickshifter, adaptive cornering lights, hill start assist and billet machines footpegs to the party. Where the XR models have cast wheels, the XCs gain spoke wheels.