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Triumph Tiger 800 XC
Triumph Tiger 800 XC

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Manufacturer Triumph
Model Tiger 800 XC
Price 7,749
Engine Size 799
Engine Type Liquid cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, in line 3 cylinder
BH Power 94bhp
Torque 58ftlb
Gears 6
Final Drive X ring chain
Seat Hight 845mm to 865mm
Fuel Capacity 19L
Dry Weight 215kg (wet weight)
Front Suspension Showa 45mm upside down forks, 220mm travel
Rear Suspension Showa monoshock, adjustable preload, rebound and damping. 215mm travel
Front Tyre Size 90/90 21
Rear Tyre Size 150/70 17
Brakes Front Twin 308mm floating discs, 2 piston floating caliper, ABS optional
Brakes Rear Single 255mm disc, single piston floating caliper, ABS optional


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Average user rating from: 10 user(s)

Overall rating: 
 
8.7
As a Long Distance Tourer:
 
8.3   (10)
Off Road Capability:
 
7.4   (10)
Around Town:
 
8.9   (10)
Additional Equipment Availability:
 
8.9   (10)
Reliability:
 
8.1   (10)
Handling:
 
9.2   (10)
Engine:
 
9.7   (10)
Value for Money:
 
9.1   (10)
 
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Overall rating: 
 
8.9
As a Long Distance Tourer:
 
9.0
Off Road Capability:
 
7.0
Around Town:
 
9.0
Additional Equipment Availability:
 
10.0
Reliability:
 
8.0
Handling:
 
9.0
Engine:
 
10.0
Value for Money:
 
9.0
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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.

Bad Points.

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!!!

si

Review Information Motorcycles

Time owned 6 months
I liked Engine, off roading
I Disliked Alarm
Would you buy again Yes
In one line Excellent fun bike, that IS happy off road
Grin Factor (0=crap 10=I loved it) 10
 

First and Only

Overall rating: 
 
9.6
As a Long Distance Tourer:
 
9.0
Off Road Capability:
 
9.0
Around Town:
 
10.0
Additional Equipment Availability:
 
10.0
Reliability:
 
9.0
Handling:
 
10.0
Engine:
 
10.0
Value for Money:
 
10.0
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Arran22 Reviewed by Arran22
September 13, 2013
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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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Time owned 1 week
I liked Everything, Engine is just the dogs nads!
I Disliked cant seem to move switches and gubins on left side of handle bar when moving the bars into a more upright position.
Would you buy again Yes
In one line phenomenal!
Grin Factor (0=crap 10=I loved it) 10
 

So Far So Good

Overall rating: 
 
8.9
As a Long Distance Tourer:
 
8.0
Off Road Capability:
 
7.0
Around Town:
 
10.0
Additional Equipment Availability:
 
8.0
Reliability:
 
9.0
Handling:
 
10.0
Engine:
 
10.0
Value for Money:
 
9.0
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Reviewed by David Farrell-Shaw
August 03, 2013
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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

 

Brilliant Little Bike

Overall rating: 
 
8.5
As a Long Distance Tourer:
 
7.0
Off Road Capability:
 
7.0
Around Town:
 
8.0
Additional Equipment Availability:
 
9.0
Reliability:
 
8.0
Handling:
 
10.0
Engine:
 
10.0
Value for Money:
 
9.0
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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

Review Information Motorcycles

Time owned 2 Years
I liked The Fun Factor and Motor
I Disliked Service Costs
Would you buy again Yes
In one line Just a Bundle of Fun and Smiles Never want to put it away
Grin Factor (0=crap 10=I loved it) 9
 

Great all-rounder

Overall rating: 
 
8.8
As a Long Distance Tourer:
 
9.0
Off Road Capability:
 
5.0
Around Town:
 
8.0
Additional Equipment Availability:
 
10.0
Reliability:
 
10.0
Handling:
 
9.0
Engine:
 
10.0
Value for Money:
 
9.0
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Reviewed by Ian
April 10, 2012
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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.



 
 
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magwa
Well I'm interested in one and will be selling My BMW 1150GSA for a Triumph 800XC.
After I've had a test ride I'll add my review
magwa , December 16, 2010
At last . .
Steve T
At last a non-journo gives us their thoughts - thanks for that.

I'll be awaiting the outcome of my own test ride before I part with any money - which could be some time given the sad efforts the local (70+ miles away) Triumph dealer put's into attracting punters into their showroom.
Looking forward to reading Magwa's take on the machine, given his eclectic taste in riding machines smilies/grin.gif
Steve T , December 16, 2010
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africajim
I'd like a second opinion, mainly because it's not a GS, and that's one of the main reasons I'm planning on buying one.
As for 5 out of 10 for reliability? At what point did it break down? Because it might break down? I look forward to seeing a review from someone who isn't comparing it to their GS.
africajim , December 16, 2010
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Breva
Another reason you should not buy a demo bike, "60mph in 1st and almost a ton in 3rd - 10,000 red line" smilies/cry.gif
Breva , December 17, 2010
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OB1
I've tested both versions of the new Tiger and I tested the BMW F800 GS a couple of weeks before. I did a write-up for the local RAT group and dealer's Facebook page which also got printed in MCN's letter page just before Christmas.

I wanted to compare all three bikes because I was originally thinking about buying the GS back in July 2010 but then I heard about a mid-sized Tiger waiting in the wings! I'm glad that I waited as, even though the GS is a good bike, the XC Tiger is so much more. I felt none of the "coughing" below 3,000 rpm (town riding at 30mph is 3,000 rpm in 3rd gear) - a triple is going to have more oomph (did I spell that right?) than a twin every time!

At the end of the day, I tested all three bikes so that I could make a valued decision on where to spend my hard earned cash. Even though I thought that the road version of the Tiger (they need to call it something - XC is so easy!) might be better because of the 19" wheel and lower suspension, I have placed an order on the XC vesion as it just felt more substantial that the other two bikes.
OB1 , January 10, 2011
I've tested it and ordered one!...
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Just test ridden the 800XC yesterday - fantastic round town, very capable on the motorway, in short a good all rounder. Looks great and an excellent finance deal offered over 3 years. I'm parting with a Fireblade for this so that must say something. The BMW F800GS felt strong but not as smooth or flexible as the Tiger. My delivery has been quoted as end of February, but told they are making limited numbers. Can't wait for the delivery!
Scottboy , January 16, 2011 | url
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Having recently tested the xc in the wintry blast in Newcastle yesterday i can comment on some positives and negatives;
Bearing in mind I am 6 ft 1in`
The positives - The Engine is a dream in any gear silky smooth and very responsive. The clutch and gearbox are positive and easy to use.
Suspension is epic especially speed bumps - takes them for fun.
Handling is light with little weight or feel on the 21` front, however this is an advantage in slow moving car parks and Mongolian trails !

Now the bad points ( my point of view)
The plastics are poor but they pale into insignificance compared to the child like switch gear and even more pathetic indicator control switch which does not self cancel and has to be manually returned to the middle position to cancel.
The seating position is good however as the pegs are too high and too far back this is causing lack of free movement to your feet making the foot cramp earlier than it should ;this is even after the peg rubbers and seat were adjusted.Aftermarket accessories will sort it though.The other gripe is the size of the grip.Could be a tad bigger- again aftermarket watch this space.Mirrors - get new ones on day of delivery.
Screen - get one that fits and works.

Thoroughly impressive and cant wait to get one and improve it even more.
Paul dyson , March 10, 2011
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Dick Dastardly
Just taken delivery of my 800 XC. Having read all the above including the "review" The bike is totally different to whats here. Will review when I have put a few more miles on. Only managed 200 today as the heavy rain and wind was against me.
Dick Dastardly , March 10, 2011
Reliability
RTW2009
Africajim re your comment "At what point did it break down? Because it might break down?"
Ridden on normal roads I have no doubt the XC will go forever. However what I did say was that no one has "crash tested" in Mongolia or the Road of Bones and if you are doing that sort of trip (which I did in 2009)you will come off even if your name is Si Pavey! I have a Thruxton too and the gear linkage broke on that after 1500 miles on the road and the linkage on the XC is made of the same stuff and very exposed if you come off on rocky terrain so if you do get one make sure you lay it down on the right hand side!
I had seven offs in Mongolia on the 800GS and picked up a few scratches and one of our guys put his down the road in Canada at around the ton after an altercation with a low flying goose! Picked it up kicked the mud off and away he went. The goose was less fortunate...21000 miles and two flats and a blown headlight bulb which BMW repalced under warranty! (I didnt believe it either!)
I've done a review on the 800 on this site which probably wont change your mind but then if you stick to reading stuff you know you are going to agree with then your horizons will be "limited" as opposed to the other thing.
Regards
Clive
RTW2009 , April 05, 2011
ISSUE 5 TIGER REVIEW
springbok160
Dave Cook did almost exactly what i did, or I did most of what he did. I agree with almost all of what he says, like rave reports through the press, delivery times, accessories not being avalable etc etc.But the one thing I found very user friendly was the seat. When doing standy-uppies for a while the foward facing seat ears/cheeks or whatever are great for gripping with the knees. Bend zee knees, aka skiing !The suspension is too hard for off roading, and they recommend harder ?? Also It could do with one less tooth on gear box sprocket for real slow plodding, and a shock protector flap at the rear wheel, and dont say 'hugger', they're for sporty bikes! I bought a £5 trials gear shift at an autojumble, chopped off the folding bit and welded it onto the Tiger gear shift Job Jobbed..Apart from that, what a goersmilies/grin.gifsmilies/grin.gif
springbok160 , June 17, 2011
Triumph luggage
rorymd
I've just come across this review that includes mention of Triumph's panniers. Well, not so much the panniers but the mounting points. Para 4:

http://www.cycleworld.com/2011/06/15/two-days-of-the-tiger-special-feature/

Cheers,
R.
rorymd , April 11, 2012

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