Had this Bike for about 6 months and I have had my ups and downs with it.
The goods points, excellent engine, bodywork seems very good as is the suspension and gearbox.
Off road is great fun on this beast, best to do most of it in 2nd gear as first gear will spin up, but in its standard spec with off road tyres, seemed to outdo a KTM 990 adventurer!! Running it on Karoo3 rear and Mefo front, so 70/30 back 50/50 and I had no problem on any of the November Lanes in kent. Handles mud very well and sand. OK it is a heavy bike with all the crash bars and bash plates, but I am a big bloke.
Must haves for off road, Crash bars, Metal Bash Plate, Pannier frames and Bark busters.
very fast, espically when using it off road, too much power, can be tamed in 2nd gear though.
Expensive to crash, I had a 45mph off on a wet road and the repair bill was £5,800....... and there wasn't that much damaged. Triumph would have done better to add bolt on rear pegs, as the standard ones stick out a long way and get hit if you drop it.
Alarm is playing up a little and sometimes you have to wait for the fuel pump to start up before you can ride off.
All in all a nice bike, that is English, would i buy another, yep!!!
I may be jumping the gun here, however its made a decent first impression! I'm only 19 and yet I'm on my 4th "propper" bike, having never owned an adventure bike or a triple engine I had no idea what to expect. Now straight away I loved it!!! This is the first bike I have legally had full power on ;) Others I have been a bit cheeky and removed it during my two years of 33bhp. That limiter lasted all of 5 weeks until I had a look under the seat of my previous bikes! It has the same uuummmpphhh as the aprilia dorsoduro 750 despite the extra porkyness about it! Handling feels impeccable and as planted as my Sv and Aprilia despite having more weight and a 21 inch front wheel.
This bike is everything that everyone said it would be. Its gem is its engine its smoother than Michael Jacksons moon walk and thank god for the gear indicator on the screen, I was overtaking in 6th gear and it was instant and pulled like it was down in the bottom 3. THE SOUND!!! Get this bike rolling and above 6000 revs its sounds like an F1 car!
Off Road capabilities, its probably best you read someone whos a bit more of a keen off road enthusiast. But its lighter, has more accessible power lower down and off road cause of its less ferocious HP compared to the two I ride out with. Yes as youve guessed one of them has those big lardy yet impeccable Gs Adventures and the other a New KTM 1190 Adventure R, the Gs is to fat and heavy and the KTM seems to just not be able to keep its wheel down and always ends up side ways. The tiger is easy and relaxed. People say its heavy up the top however if your over 6.2 such as myself and dont need to brag about the gym then man handling it is no problem.
Long Distance.. its incredibly comfy and smooth maybe add some heated equipment and better wind protection.
I commute through crew and it shifts and weaves through traffic easily. It was great value for money! Triumph threw in a top box and bash plate for free! Comes with rad guard already (plastic mind) already has its handle bars raised and a super comfy seat as standard! There are lots of Extras Available and Triumph offer 10% parts for the bike and 20% clothing and helmets as long as I go back to them!
To Conclude I'm Chuffed! And I can only see good times ahead! I recommend it highly for any purpose!
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Everything, Engine is just the dogs nads!
cant seem to move switches and gubins on left side of handle bar when moving the bars into a more upright position.
After 7,000 miles the engine is a joy. I commute 80 miles a day - the Tiger 800XC is ideal - if you replace the OEM screen. Problem, is cost of course, how can bikes compete with cars. E.g. Car - tyres 12,000+ miles Bike
So far its been great , I've been all over the alps on it and did 9k in my first year of ownership (only done less mile this last season as i purchased a Tiger Explorer as well) Its now done over 12k and the first Big service was £280 in a half price winter deal with some of the triumph dealers so i consider £560 plus shims to be way over what is reasonable for a bike with no fairing and it has full electronic diagnostic service scan system fitted so it tells you what is wrong .The only problem so far was a gearbox speed sensor packed up in the Alps and the engine warning light come on which is a bit concerning as you don't know the extent of the problem but Triumph in Grenoble France were great and tested it out and told me i could ride it ok but without a speedo so i used the one on my sat nav then the speedo started working the next day and was ok for the rest of the holiday ,but triumph replaced it under warranty (good job they did as it took over 3 hours) only other recalls are for the stand spring and a replacement centre stand as well as the gear shift return spring its also a good job this was a recall as the spring cost 98p and labour oil and gaskets come to over £500 PHEW !!
The motor is brilliant and does not use any oil and is as smooth as a i don't know what ! the build quality is superb (Sad to say its loads better than the Explorer)and the 21" front wheel just makes it so much fun to ride I've done a track day on it and it handled brilliantly . But when touring with full panniers and tent the hugger hits the underside if the seat "not good" even with the suspension on rock hard settings and i don't think the panniers will hold up too well if you drop the bike ? next time i will buy some givi box's. I've fitted the high screen as the original is no good for over 6ft people and I've fitted heated grips and these are excellent and fitted hand guards as well as a bash plate and crash bars and a Arrow can as well as a comfort seat and givi top box and all are good quality accessories, for huge miles i would take my ST1300 Pan European then my Explorer but any ride under a total of 2 thousand miles i will take my 800xc every time as regarding smiles per miles its KING Its a great bike and i would 100% get another one even if triumph can be a little challenging when making any warranty claim as that is a disappointing part of the triumph experience
I don't understand the low scores some give for for reliability ? unless the bike has actually let you down out on the road or trial
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Just a Bundle of Fun and Smiles Never want to put it away
After 6 months and about 6000 miles and I'm starting to really love this bike.
I swapped my '03 Triumph Daytona 955i which was getting long in the tooth and starting to cost me to keep on the road for the more 'sensible' Tiger 800XC. I missed the sheer power and handling of the Daytona to start with, but have adapted my riding style and get just as much fun out of this whether riding to work (most days, winter included), or off for a blast at the weekend.
The engine is, as others have said, a peach. I guess it's a personal preference but I can't get enough of the triple's perfect combination of torque and smoothness. You can pootle through traffic without having to change gear all the time and cruise at motorway speeds in comfort (I have the optional tall adjustable screen which keeps most of the wind off).
The high riding position gives you a great view over traffic and gives you confidence, although the difference in wheel size from a sports bike gets some getting used to, since it doesn't flick around as easily and you feel like you're leaning so much more.
I rode a Speed Triple 1050 for a few days while the Tiger was serviced the other weekend. I had a great time on it, since it reminded me so much of the Daytona, but I thought I was going to get blasted off the back of it on the motorway without any wind protection - I was pleased to get my keys back!
My wife put a deposit on the Tiger Road today, trading in her Kawasaki Z750S- she likes the XC but is too short for it, owning the same model of bike is very 'sad' of us I know, but if the bike is a good 'un then why not?! We're looking forward to a summer of touring; bring it on.