The new 800 XC is very much the bigger, burlier brother of Triumph’s two new Tigers. From the moment you swing your leg on board it’s clearly a taller, seemingly more substantial machine.
The combination of 21-inch wire front wheel (in place of the 800’s cast 19incher), longer travel (by 40mm) 45mm forks (the 800’s are 43mm) and slightly wider (by 32mm), higher, wider and further back bars (by using different bars and risers) make the XC seem like a much more ‘full-size’, macho and full-on, proper, adventure bike where the 800 is the more novice-friendly middleweight.
But with the stroke lengthened to take it up to 799cc, primarily to fatten-up the low and middle stretches of the 10,000rpm rev band albeit at the expense of some top end, turns the Tiger 800XC’s power plant into jewel.
And that, combined with the light clutch, perfectly slick gearbox and impeccable throttle response, makes the Tiger 800XC a doddle to ride.
- Engine type: Liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, in-line three-cylinder
- Displacement: 799 cc
- Bore: 74.0mm
- Stroke: 61.9mm
- Power: 94 bhp
- Top speed: 130 mph
- Max torque: 79NM @ 7850
- Front tire size: 90/90 ZR 21
- Rear tire size: 150/70 ZR 17
- Wheel base: 1545mm