Triumph Tiger 800
2010 - present. 799cc, OHV, DOHC, liquid-cooled, in-line triple, adventure bike
2015 Triumph Tiger 800: Pros
ABS: If your wife won't forgive you, ABS will.
Traction control: It's the future. Get over it.
Handling: Precision gymnastics mile after mile.
Looks: All design elements work together. Near faultless.
Economy: 45 -55mph attainable, and at fun speeds.
Braking: Excellent. Nice feel and feedback.
Stainless exhaust: Need we explain the advantages?
Comfort: Great rider seat, sensible pillion pad.
Grab handles: Pillions are people too.
Side boxes. Not our favourite, but very practical.
2015 Triumph Tiger 800: Cons
Weight: 462lbs before you load up the luggage and pillion.
Saddle height: Better than some Trumpets. But it's up there.
Revvy: Too many revs too easily wound up. Sensitive stuff.
Screen: Problem airflow for many riders. Buy a hacksaw.
Cleaning: Lots of nooks and crannies for road muck and bugs.
▲ Don't be mislead by the pedestrian photograph above (courtesy of Triumph). These Tiger 800s are gluttons for tarmac and gobble it up at very high speeds. If you need to cross the odd continent in comfort and style, with a lot of excitement thrown in, forget the plane, train and automobile. These motorcycles are a very persuasive mode of rapid modern transport.
▲ Launched in 2010, this is the Tiger 800 for 2011. Very similar to the Triumph Tiger 1200 Explorer, this smaller cat has a 799cc Liquid-cooled triple engine pumping out a claimed 93 - 95hp (as opposed to 135hp for the 1200 Explorer) and chain drive (as opposed to shaft). The 800 is a revvier bike than the 1200 Explorer and, due to its lighter weight, offers better (i.e. less ponderous) handling. Many riders complain about the screen, and more than a few riders have chopped the plastic down or removed it completely. Beyond that, it's a terrific bike that will get you anywhere at 80 - 90mph two-up, with effortless luggage-laden cruising and great back road performance. The cast wheels and lack of a front "beak" tells you that this is the standard road model.
▲ 2015 features include Heated handlebar grips, moulded hand guards ("wind tunnel tested") and risers that raise the handlebars 30mm for taller riders looked to enhance the ergonomics. Triumph, like rival manufacturers, has spent a lot of time and money getting the detail right. And on this Tiger, the detail doesn't disappoint.
▲ Spotlights, high-low saddle options and a comprehensive set of panniers plus top box on this 2015 bike. This is luxury motorcycle touring at a very competitive price. And need we remind you that the world class Tiger 800s are British? Check the model prices below.
▲ 2015 Triumph Tiger 800 XRX. Triumph model coding is increasingly confusing. For this year, there are two basic 800s; the 800XR road model, and the 800XC off-road. But both are available as "X" versions (and with sub-variants). Hence XRX (road, uprated edition) and XCX (off-road, uprated edition). The "X" features include revised rider modes with settings for ROAD, OFF-ROAD and RIDER. The "X" models are also equipped with cruise control, an auxiliary power socket, a revised trip-meter, and hand guards. You can think of this bike as a baby Explorer. But despite the similarities, when it's on the move it's a horse of a very different colour. Some call the 800 series "riders bikes" as distinct from "tourers bikes". However, all the members of this Tiger family are excellent. Try 'em for size, and don't come complaining to us if you love 'em equally.
XR Triumph Tigers for 2015
▲ 2015 Tiger 800 XR, £8,600 Tiger 800 XRX, £9,700 Tiger 800 XRX Low, £9,700 Tiger 800 XRT, £10.700
XC Triumph Tigers for 2015
▲ 2015 Tiger 800 XC, £9,100 Tiger 800 XCX, £10,200 Tiger 800 XCX Low, £10,200 Tiger 800 XCA, £11,200
Maximum power: 94bhp (70kW) @ 9300rpm
Cooling system: Liquid
Trail: 3.39 inches (86.2mm)
Maximum power: 94bhp (70KW) @ 9,250 rpm
Fuel system: Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection
Cooling system: liquid
Length: 87.1 inches (2215mm)
Trail: 3.63 inches (92.4mm)
Note: Triumph is, apparently, claiming the same weight for the 2015 Tiger 800 as the 2010 model despite the changes.
Triumph Tiger 800 review & road test
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