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London Motorcycle Show: TRIUMPH Bike Highlights

Published: 11 February 2015

Outside of all of the talks, presentations, live interviews and riding shows taking place, there is - of course - a mountain of beautiful, new, 2015 bikes to lust over.

If you've seen this week's MCN you'll probably still be drooling over the official Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show supplement.

We've taken a look at what each manufacturer is bringing and pulled out our own, particular highlights...

 


 TRIUMPH TIGER 800 XC/XR

  • Triumph Tiger 800 XC, £8999, XCx £9999
  • Power 94bhp @ 9250rpm
  • Weight 218kg
  • Seat height 840-860mm
  • Triumph Tiger 800 XR, £8499,XRx £9499
  • Power 94bhp @ 9250rpm
  • Weight 213kg
  • Seat height 810-830mm


Triumph have given the Tiger 800 range a significant revamp for 2015, with two distinct models giving road riders, and true adventurers, more tailor made options to choose from.

The new Tiger 800 XR is aimed at road riders, while the XC version is for riders who need, or want, a more dual-purpose option. Both the XR and XC boast an ‘X’ model as does the Street Triple. These bikes are higher-spec than the standard bikes, while all models in the new range have switchable ABS.

Traction control is a new addition to the Tiger 800 range and is now standard on all models. But, as with the ABS, owners of the ‘x’ models have more fine-tuning options via the three riding modes on each machine.

All four benefit from restyled frontlights and side panels, which bring them more into line with the styling of the bigger Triumph Explorer 1200. It’s not just a style makeover and some electrickery though, Triumph are also claiming that the 95bhp triples are more fuel efficient than before.

Internal tweaks to the engine have reduced mechanical noise and friction, there’s a lighter and more precise gear change action, and a claimed 17% improvement in mpg – delivering an average of 65mpg, and a theoretical tank range of 272 miles.

The XRx and XCx models’ three riding modes control the throttle map, traction control and the ABS systems. XR models are fitted with Showa suspension, with front suspension comprising a 43mm inverted fork, now anodised black. The Showa monoshock at the back is adjustable for preload, and hanging from each end are light-weight cast aluminium wheels, 17in rear/19in front, so a vast array of tyres are available.

The more-dual-purpose XCgets WP suspension, with a 43mm inverted fork, adjustable for rebound and compression damping via clickers on the fork tops. The rearshock is also WP shock, adjustable for preload and rebound damping.

It uses spoked wheels for strength and flexibility on rough terrain, with a17in rear and 21in front to halp guide the nose over tougher terrain.


 

TRIUMPH will be displaying a whole host of new metal on stand M90 at the London Motorcycle Show from February 13th, 14th and 15th.

Tickets are available on the door and more information can be found atwww.mcnmotorcycleshow.com

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