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.
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.
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. 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.
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.