Saturday, November 06, 2010
2011 Triumph Tiger 800, 800XC: The adventure continues
The 2011 Tiger 800 and the more off-road-oriented 800XC are Triumph’s first foray into the middleweight ‘adventure’ bike segment. The bikes are fitted with a 799cc three-cylinder engine that produces 94bhp and 79Nm of torque, switchable ABS and 19-inch (Tiger 800) and 21-inch (Tiger 800XC) front wheels. The bike also feature adjustable seat height and handlebar position, coded key immobiliser for added security and a 550w generator that allows fitment of multiple electrical accessories.
The Tiger 800 features a chassis made of steel and Triumph claim the bike is capable of carrying large amounts of luggage and is equally capable on-road and off. With 17-inch (rear) and 19-inch (front) wheels, the bike can take a range of street- and dirt-oriented rubber, depending on intended use. The Tiger’s 19-litre fuel tank also ensures that the bike doesn’t need frequent refuelling.
Other bits on the Triumph Tiger 800 include a 43mm Showa USD fork, twin 308mm floating brake discs at the front (with two-piston floating callipers), switchable ABS (optional), trip computer and optional GPS navigation system. Bash plates, hand guards, extra lights and a range of hard and soft luggage are also on the options list. The bike weighs 210 kilos with a full tank of fuel.
The Triumph Tiger 800XC, which is more off-road-oriented than the Tiger 800, is fitted with a 45mm USD fork, 21-inch front wheel, dirt-spec rubber, high-level front mudguard and hand guards. An adjustable touring screen, centre stand and off-road style engine protection bars and sump guard are all on the options list. With its long-travel suspension optimised for off-road use, the Tiger 800XC is the bet for those with ‘Long Way Round’ type of adventure ambitions.
We don’t find the Tiger particularly exciting, though we’re sure these are practical, useful bikes that will have no dearth of buyers. The Tiger 800 / 800XC are expected to cost US$10,000 - 12,000, depending on the options (ABS, panniers etc.) you choose.
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