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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.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2015
Year discontinued -
New price £8,600
Used price £6,000 to £12,300
Warranty term -
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £91
Annual service cost £240
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.

Owners' Reviews

8 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 4.5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.3 out of 5
Engine 4.5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.8 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.5 out of 5
Equipment 4.8 out of 5
5 out of 5

2018 TRIUMPH TIGER 800 XRT

07 March 2019 by Rocky tiger boy

A great everyday bike or commuter with touring capability. The XRT is well-equipped, a little pricey but well built with good reliability. A very easy bike to handle, even two-up. It's quite good looking compared to most adventure bikes and very manageable for shorter riders (I'm 5'7). I would highly recommend this bike.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
The suspension has its limits but is really not bad on the XRT model, which has a fair bit of adjustability. Works well on British roads and is very easy to ride and very forgiving. Brakes are Brembos and do a good job, the ABS works well without intruding on rider.
Engine
5 out of 5
Excellent engine, very reliable and smooth with a good amount of torque though not eye-popping. Power is good for most riders. The triple sound is excellent and engine rides well in all gears at any RPM.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Fantastic all-round bike that does everything well. Good two-up bike and great for round town riding and commuting. A very easy bike to ride with a nice TFT screen that handles like a dream and returns reasonable economy.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Annual service costs about £300-£400. Not too bad on petrol, does (as triumph say) around 200 miles to the tank very reasonable running costs.
Equipment
5 out of 5
The XRT model is a well specced-out bike. Great (informative) TFT screen. Traction control ABS and riding modes all work well and as expected. Heated seat works really well (XRT model only) though heated grips not as good but are all standard on XRT model.
Buying experience

Bought from Carl Rosber Triumph, Croydon who were very helpful and would recommend them highly. They were very friendly (all staff) and very easy to deal with and helped through every stage of ordering and buying bike.

5 out of 5

2018 Tiger 800 XRT

13 February 2019 by Daved

This is a great all round bike and is easy to ride with great handling. I use it mostly two-up and it does the job very well. It is an excellent everyday, do everything bike and is great round town. The power is not brilliant, but not bad either. This really is a good bike for riding daily to work and going out for a weekend blast. It's light, easy to ride, forgiving, easy to filter, has great power delivery and really is a very decent all rounder.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
The brakes could be better, but that's not to say they're bad. The suspension is very good when adjusted correctly. I put it as recommended in handbook for either two-up or solo and it works very well. The tyres are ok, but not brilliant. The comfort is very good, I was worried about the size as I'm only 5’7", but can flat foot on the bike no problem. It's not got a great turning circle, but is easy to move around.
Engine
4 out of 5
I'm slightly disappointed with the power of the engine, but the delivery is fantastic and very smooth. The bike rides well at any speed in any gear with no jerkiness and the engine is very reliable, too.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
The bike is very well put together with excellent reliability and oozes quality. Everything is well made and the paint and finishes are really good. In fact, all fit and finish is higher end quality.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
It's a good price to insure and quite good on petrol. As I said before, I use it mainly two- up and easily get around 180 miles out of a tank. No major problems since bought in September 2018.
Equipment
5 out of 5
The Tiger has a great TFT dash. I got triumph luggage with the bike, which is good quality but I found top box to be too small so I swapped for a Givi 58 litre one. I got a tyre pressure monitor with the bike but is not accurate at all. All the fixtures and fittings are excellent: crash bars, rack and pannier rails. The XRT is the one to go for with plenty of equipment. The back-lit switches all work well and are quality items.
Buying experience

I bought from Carl Rosner Triumph, Croydon and have to say this really is the best service i have ever had from a motorcycle dealer. I cannot recommend Carl Rosner enough, there was no big sell but great honest answers to all questions I had. They had all the time in the world for me and it was the excellent service that made me buy from there. Rob Ford helped me all the way through the purchase and was knowledgable and very helpful.

4 out of 5

The Tiger 800 XRT is a great all rounder

04 February 2019 by ram678

This is a really good, do it all, bike. I've done 9800 miles since collecting it in March 2018 and was off the road for all of April and part of May due to a prostate cancer operation. I use the bike on trips to mainland Europe for MotoGP rounds and load it up as I camp as well as using some hotels. It cruises nicely at 80 mph and still returns over 60 mpg which is impressive. Sticking (or nearly) to the new 50 mph French main road limit I regularly see over 70 mpg. I had a Tiger 1050 previous to this 800 and I do miss the shear grunt of the bigger engine but the 800 is not lacking in go, it's very smooth power, you just have to rev it a bit more if you want to get a shift on. I love the TFT dash and the cruise control.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Ride quality is excellent, I've done a few 10 hour, 500 mile days and felt no aches and pains. Brakes are OK, not exceptional, I had hoped for more from Brembo. They stop you OK but the initial bite is not that good and the pressure needed is more than was required on my Tiger 1050 with Nissin radial brakes. I did have SBS pads in the 1050, I'll put them in the 800 once the originals wear out.
Engine
5 out of 5
Exceptional engine, for an 800 it is not lacking in any area. It's smooth and just pushes through the rev range with no flat spots, surging or any other glitches. It's the strongest point of what is a very good bike in all areas.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Really well put together. No problems so far, but I would be disappointed if there were with a new bike.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Triumph are not the cheapest for servicing and parts but Three Cross Motorcycles, my local Triumph dealer are very good, friendly and efficient. I can't ask for more.
Equipment
5 out of 5
As the top of the range model, the XRT has nearly everything you need fitted as standard. Panniers come as an extra and if you are touring they are needed. The 37 litre expedition panniers are very good and the exhaust side one doesn't stick out too much, although you do have to remember it when filtering. I fitted a hugger as the shock and back end gets very dirty without one and also a fender extender as the front mudguard is a bit short. Also, a chain oiler that does wonders for chain life and adjustment.
Buying experience

I bought from Three Cross Triumph who where very good. My 800 XRT was first one they sold in 2018. I paid the advertised price but had discounts on parts and clothing. I also got an acceptable trade in on my Tiger 1050.

5 out of 5

Tiger 800 XR - my reactions

20 May 2018 by emsbut

Comfortable seating position with a great engine.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
XR ride quality isn't as good as the XCX version as the suspension is slightly harder.
Engine
5 out of 5
Silky smooth, powerful and quick response.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
2018 version finish quality is much better than previous versions.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
-
Equipment
4 out of 5
XR version has less tech equipment. It's essentially a great, simple road bike.
Buying experience

Great dealer.

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.

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 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.

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.

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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