Rider magazine 2011 Triumph Tiger 800 and 800XC Road Test Rider

22 Апр 2015 | Author: | Комментарии к записи Rider magazine 2011 Triumph Tiger 800 and 800XC Road Test Rider отключены
Triumph Bonneville 800
Triumph Bonneville 800

2011 Triumph Tiger 800 and Road Test

June 7,

photography by Paul Barshon and Barbanti

[This  2011 Tiger 800 and 800XC Road was originally published as a Ridden in the March 2011 issue of magazine]

With Metzeler knobbies fitted, the Tiger felt very maneuverable and off-road. The larger 21-inch and extra suspension travel rough, technical obstacles ease. This Tiger is with lots of extras.

’s tagline is “Go Your Own Way,” a fulfilled by building motorcycles are, if not wholly unconventional, on the outskirts of mainstream. Ten years bringing back the Bonneville. resurrection was based on motorcycles by three-cylinder engines. In a world of twins and fours, iconic like the Speed Triple.

Daytona 675 and Rocket III laugh in the of symmetric conformity. As rare as are in street bikes, they’re in dual-sports (the Benelli 1130 being a rare mainly due to their excessive The Tiger 900, introduced in was a Paris-Dakar styled adventure powered by the same 885cc triple found in several of street bikes. But, appearances, the Tiger 900 wasn’t cut out for off-road duty.

Eventually it into the Tiger 1050, a ripping adventure-street bike kept the wide handlebars and suspension but tossed the 19-inch front wheel in favor of a 17-inch cast hoop.

matured into a 50,000-annual-unit OEM has gained share during the economic doldrums, Triumph is no satisfied building quirky It wants to compete head-to-head the big boys, and aggressively pursue new Launching a milquetoast machine flounders in the showroom wastes resources, particularly for a small So when Triumph decided to the burgeoning adventure segment, the in Hinckley did their homework.

Just two weeks after unveiled its new Tiger 800 adventure at the Milan show, we spent two riding them in the mountains Barcelona, Spain. Day 1 was a pavement-only on the street-oriented Tiger 800; Day 2 on- and off-road riding aboard the 800XC (cross country).

The 800 combines adventure-bike amenities—upright wide handlebars and long-travel a very capable, street-oriented Saddlebags are optional.

To cook up a new the two main ingredients are the engine and To avoid cannibalizing Tiger sales, Triumph decided to middleweights. Creating a blank-slate is costly and time-consuming. Instead, selected the best candidate its stable of five engines to as a starting point.

The Bonneville’s parallel twin is too heavy and making the Street Triple’s 675cc in-line triple the choice. To produce low-end and good traction in off-road Triumph increased the engine’s from 52.3mm to 61.9mm but the 74.0mm bore unchanged, displacement up to 799cc.

Although the 800 engine has the same layout as the Triple’s mill and uses versions of its cylinder head and bodies, 85 percent of the liquid-cooled, DOHC engine is new. And cam is milder, valve overlap compression ratio lower. The is a lower redline (10,000 rpm vs. rpm) and less top-end (94 vs. 124, claimed), but higher (58 lb-ft vs.

53 lb-ft, claimed) with a flatter spread, particularly at low The airbox was moved under the to protect it from damage and an oil sight glass was added and the was upgraded to an oil-cooled, high-output (645 watts) to power

The Tiger 800 engine, with gasses exiting through a high-mount exhaust canister, is Triumph. It revs easily the same high-pitched whine on other Hinckley triples. The injection is crisp, the throttle direct. True to its mission, the 800 lacks the snap of the Street power builds in a linear user-friendly down low and raucous up A balance shaft eliminates making these bikes for the long haul.

The transmission cleanly and the ratios are sensibly for everything from low-gear, chugging to overdrive-sixth-gear sport Both models have final drive with lash.

For the frame, Triumph for steel rather than aluminum. Steel is tougher, likely to bend than and easier to repair. The over-engine, trellis design echoes Triumphs.

Thus far in our story, the 800 and Tiger 800XC are the same; arise when you start on chassis components, like the suspension. The street-oriented Tiger 800 has a nonadjustable, male-slider fork 7.1 inches of travel. To handle the stuff, the XC has a beefier 45mm male-slider, 8.7-inch-travel fork of a special high-strength alloy.

The 800’s rear shock is adjustable for preload only and has 6.7 of travel; the XC’s remote-reservoir is adjustable for preload and rebound and has 8.5 of travel. Rear suspension on both bikes is progressive, the rate at the end of the … being 30 higher than at the beginning. Tigers have well-calibrated that soaks up rough and delivers a smooth, composed

Their cartridge-style forks are for firm initial damping to seesawing under hard or acceleration, with good The XC felt very capable in conditions that included gravel, dry creek crossings and two-track.

The brakes are identical on models and provide good power and modulation on- and off-road.

The 800 has cast wheels (19-inch 17-inch rear) shod tubeless Pirelli Scorpion road-biased dual-sport tires. can also be fitted with for Triumph’s new accessory tire monitoring system. The Tiger has spoked wheels (21-inch 17-inch rear) with rims shod with Bridgestone Battle Wing tires.

The XC has also been for Metzeler Karoo knobbies, added grip and confidence the off-road portion of our ride. The taller XC weighs more, Triumph claims 462 pounds to ride for the Tiger 800, and 473 for the XC.

Both kitty cats get the claws to keep them out of Nissin brakes, with 308mm floating front with opposed two-piston and a 255mm rear disc a single-piston caliper. The brakes good feel and plenty of but not so much as to overwhelm the bikes in conditions. ABS will be available on models for an extra $800, but we get to sample it on the preproduction bikes we

Off-road aficionados will be to turn off the ABS via the setup menu on bikes’ computers.

The Tigers have aggressive styling befitting their with futuristic dual rally-style windscreens, minimal and standard skid plates. have a Transformers-esque motif lots of sharp angles. The XC, its front mudguard beak, like a complete package; the 800 resembles The Fly.

The XC’s worthiness and aesthetic is further with a larger front spoked wheels, more tires and radiator and brush Due to the longer-travel suspension of the XC, its adjustable height is either 33.2 or inches; the Tiger 800, or 32.7 inches. Both feature motocross-style handlebars, but the are wider (34 inches vs. 31.3).

Triumph Bonneville 800
Triumph Bonneville 800

The XC has bar risers for stand-up riding, also provides more lock for tighter turns. the bolts on the bar riser clamps the bars to be rotated fore or and the risers can be turned 180 degrees to adjust reach.

It’s no that, apart from the the Tiger 800XC closely the BMW F 800 GS, it’s prime competitor. The XC not looks the part, it’s very capable off-road. Can the beat the Germans at their own

Different suspension, wheel and rear wheel position XC’s rear wheel farther back in the swingarm and its has two extra links) result in chassis geometry. The Tiger 800 has degrees of rake, 3.4 inches of and a 61.2-inch wheelbase; the XC has 23.1 of rake, 3.6 inches of trail and a wheelbase.

As its smaller-diameter front shorter wheelbase and reduced would suggest, the Tiger 800 is to negotiate through tight But the XC compensates for its bigger front and more relaxed geometry a narrower front tire vs. 110/80-ZR19) and wider handlebars. of such differences, both are very easy and comfortable to

Their dished horse-saddle are well-padded, seating position is and legroom is generous (rubber in the cleated pegs can be removed for grip and legroom). Stand-up on the XC feels natural and the tank is to grip between your

Both Tigers have fuel tanks that, to Triumph, will take 250 miles between fuel We’ll be the judge of that, we get our sweaty hands on production bikes. Accoutrements include an computer, coded-key ignition 12V socket near the instrument passenger grab handles and a luggage rack. Triumph’s division was heavily involved in the development.

Dozens of items are including hard and soft protective guards, seats, TPMS and cosmetic upgrades. We out the hard saddlebags on the Tiger Like those on the Sprint GT, are designed to sway back and independently of the subframe to avoid the chassis when loads The unsightly boxes, which like Sanford Son -era are bulky and felt cumbersome in winds.

Capacity is 37 liters in the saddlebag, 25 liters in the right (thanks to the high-mount exhaust And Triumph’s apparel division new adventure riding gear, so the Triumph-branded ADV lifestyle will be available through your dealer.

Do I sound kitten Perhaps. Triumph has done an job with its litter of middle­weight

As with all adventure bikes, the 800 and Tiger 800XC strike a between sporting performance, comfort and off-road capability. versatility means they do things well, but few things than other, more motorcycles. But no bike in recent the Suzuki V-Strom 650—was fun and easy to ride from the time I lifted the sidestand.

The have swiped their claws in the face of BMW’s F-series parallel twins—adventure-street F 650 GS, F 800 GS and sport-standard F 800 R. The $9,999 Tiger 800 is more than the F 650 GS, but it is rated for 21 horsepower for a similarly equipped On the other hand, the $10,999 800XC is $400 less the F 800 GS.

And, if Triumph’s claimed wet is to be believed, the XC is nearly 50 pounds and has a more accommodating seat Who will be King of the Jungle? tuned for a Darwinian comparison.

The standard computer is feature-rich and nicely with the analog

2011 Triumph Tiger 800 Specifications

Engine Type: transverse in-line triple

Triumph Bonneville 800
Triumph Bonneville 800
Triumph Bonneville 800
Triumph Bonneville 800
Triumph Bonneville 800
Triumph Bonneville 800


Other articles of the category "Triumph":

Our partners
Follow us
Contact us
Our contacts


Born in the USSR


About this site

For all questions about advertising, please contact listed on the site.

Motorcycles catalog with specifications, pictures, ratings, reviews and discusssions about Motorcycles.