The x versions of the Tiger 800 are lavished with a choice of three riding modes - Road, Off-Road and Rider - which automatically sets the ABS, traction control and changes the throttle map. The switchable ABS brakes have also been upgraded giving more bite than before and the Rider mode is programmable and allows the traction control and ABS to be turned off should you wish to kick the back out in the dirt.
The Hinckley firm have also refined the engine for the Tiger this year. 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.
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.
You get a lot for your money and a bike that works well both on-road and off. The specification both x models is high 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.
The Tiger XCx comes laden with a high specification as would be expected with a premium model. It features spoked wheels (with a 21in front) to help it more readily deal with going off-road while its XRx brother has cast wheels with a smaller 19 inch front. Both models come with ABS, traction control, cruise control, centerstand, handguards, adjustable screen, adjustable seat, two 12V power sockets and self-cancelling indicators. The XCx is also fitted with engine protection, a heavy duty sump guard and fully adjustable WP suspension.