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The new Triumph Tiger 800 range features a 94bhp@9250rpm, 58lb-ft@7850rpm 800cc in-line triple, claimed to offer 65mpg (up from the previous model’s 55mpg). ABS, traction control and three riding modes are available on the XRx and XCx models, along with cruise control. New styling throughout it complemented by WP suspension on the XC models.

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Here’s what the press release had to say…

The new Tiger 800 is a dynamic Adventure motorcycle designed to deliver whatever you want no matter how you ride. On road or off, the new Tiger’s manners, riding position, handling and responsive engine give the rider everything required to enjoy every ride.

The new Tiger 800 comes in two guises. The Tiger 800 XR is more focussed to the world of road riding whereas the Tiger 800 XC has a more off-road intent. Both models have high levels of standard equipment in a range that now includes range topping x models. The XRx and XCx bring more technology to the segment offering equipment designed to match their purpose.

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RIDER FOCUSSED TECHNOLOGY

Rider focussed technology is what makes this new Tiger stand apart. Technology that has been developed to optimise the ride both on and off-road. This includes:

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Ride-by-wire 

The introduction of a full Ride by Wire system that interacts with the ECU opens up a whole new level of technology. With the inclusion of advanced ABS, traction control, selectable throttle maps, programmable rider modes and cruise control, the new Tiger 800 leads the segment as a technological tour de force and adds new levels of active safety.

 

Switchable ABS

The switchable ABS system is standard on all Tiger 800 models and uses the latest technology to prevent wheel lock-up, ensuring maximum confidence and control in any road condition. On the XR and XC models, the ABS can be turned On or Off.

Riders on the XRx or the XCx can further customise their preferences for the ABS settings via the bikes’ three advanced Riding Modes. When Off Road mode is selected, the ABS is disabled to the rear wheel and the system also allows a level of front wheel slip. This provides riders with a level of electronic intervention under braking whilst optimizing off road enjoyment.

 

Triumph Traction Control

Triumph Traction Control (TTC) is standard across all models. This feature prevents the unexpected spinning of the rear wheel, cutting the engine torque to avoid the loss of lateral grip ensuring maximum confidence and control both on or off road. The rider can select their TTC setting to either On or Off on the XR and XC models.

The higher specification ‘x’ versions provide Road, Off-Road, or Off settings. In the Off-Road mode, the traction control system allows increased rear wheel slip compared to Road mode. Riders can configure their traction control preferences in conjunction with the three Rider Mode settings.

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Throttle Maps

With a choice of four different throttle maps on XRx and XCx models, riders can select the optimum setting to meet both riding and weather conditions.   The throttle maps can easily be changed via the switch cube to provide greater levels of control to meet changing conditions.

The difference between the maps is given by the throttle opening against the butterfly position: the new engine delivers full power with all the maps, but the rider needs a different opening of the throttle to achieve the same response:

  • The Rain map reduces the throttle response to suit wet and slippery situations
  • The Road map represents the standard map, extremely linear and smooth for everyday conditions
  • The Sport map offers a sharper and quicker response with less throttle twist required
  • The Off-Road map provides the optimal throttle response to face dirt tracks and unpaved terrains, perfect to suit the off-road attitude of the new Tigers

 

Three Riding Modes

A key feature on the XRx and XCx models is the ability to configure the bike to the terrain at the press of a button. When riding between road and off-road terrains, a simple press of the mode button followed by the release of the throttle and pull of the clutch lever allows the rider to swap between Road and Off-Road settings. This automatically configures the ABS, Traction Control, and Throttle Maps with the bike still in motion to best tackle the route ahead. There are three models available:

  1. ROAD SETTING – automatically sets the ABS, Traction Control, and Throttle Map to ‘ROAD’ setting
  2. OFF ROAD SETTING – automatically sets the ABS, Traction Control, and Throttle Map to “OFF-ROAD” therefore reducing the ABS and traction control intervention allowing for a level of slip.
  3. PROGRAMMABLE RIDER MODE – this mode is fully configurable and allows the rider to select their chosen settings for ABS, Traction Control, and a choice of 4 x Throttle Maps independently. As an added safety measure, should the rider select a mode that requires ABS or Traction Control to be disabled, simply come to a stop and push the mode button and these features will be deactivated.

 

Cruise Control

The new Tiger is the first bike in the middleweight adventure sector to offer cruise control. Standard on the XRx and XCx models, cruise control makes light work of long rides reducing rider fatigue and optimising fuel consumption.

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Trip Computer

All variants feature trip computers. The range topping ‘x’ models add additional functionality such as journey time, average speed, average fuel economy, range to empty, and instantaneous fuel consumption.

 

MORE EFFICIENT TRIPLE ENGINE

The original Tiger 800 redefined what riders should expect from the middleweight Adventure class and the new Tiger has pushed that further. Delivering an even more satisfying, exciting and rewarding ride, the new Tiger is a more comfortable and refined motorcycle with more mpg, more agility and improved touring capability for 2015.

The Tiger’s 95PS three cylinder engine gives the bike a unique character and sophisticated feel. Inside the engine the raft of changes have reduced mechanical noise and strengthened the premium feel of the triple. The 800cc unit is a rewarding engine that pulls strongly and smoothly from low speeds, delivers a wide spread of mid-range power and still lets the rider use the higher revs, right up to the 10,000rpm limit. Making the most of the engine’s eager character has now been made even easier thanks to a lighter and more precise gear change action, which now uses parts from Triumph’s class-leading Daytona 675 supersport bike.

Fuel consumption has been hugely improved – up by 17% on the “mixed use” cycle (European GTR2 test cycle) to 65mpg, and given the 19 L fuel tank capacity it now has a potential range of 272 miles to a dry tank meaning longer riding between stops. This is a 50 miles improvement per full tank of fuel over the outgoing Tiger 800.

 

RIDE AND HANDLING

The new Tiger has a class-leading chassis which translates to outstanding handling on the road. The Tiger gives plenty of feedback to the rider and has high stability and neutrality, putting the bike exactly where the rider wants it to be on both smooth and uneven surfaces. The XR models are fitted with Showa suspension, calibrated to ensure excellent handling on any surface. The front suspension is a 43 mm Showa USD fork, now anodised black. The rear suspension includes a Showa mono-shock which is preload adjustable, allowing easy adjustment and flexibility to tailor the suspension setting to meet the requirements of every journey, be it a spirited solo ride or a comfortable two-up with panniers adventure.

 

WP suspension has been used to further boost the Off-Road riding qualities of the new XC models. The WP 43mm USD fork, with rebound and compression damping is easily adjustable through dedicated clickers on the fork tops. The rear suspension unit is a WP mono shock adjustable for preload and rebound damping and has a dedicated dirt protector for the RSU body.

 

The wheels emphasize the different personalities of the XR and XC models. The new Tiger XR is fitted with light-weight cast aluminium wheels, 17-inch diameter at the rear and 19-inch at the front, measuring 4.25 and 2.5 inches in width respectively, they ensure superb handling and stability. The XC models feature spoked wheels for superior durability on rough terrain: 17-inch diameter at the rear with 4.25 inches in width and off-road oriented 21-inch diameter at the front with 2.5 inches in width.

 

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STYLE

The new Tiger 800 has been given a new look with a new radiator shroud and tank side panels that have sharp lines and taut surfaces. The new bodywork gives the bike a more prone, dynamic stance but the styling isn’t all just about cosmetic gain, the Tiger’s fuel tank styling also ducts hot air from the engine away from the rider’s legs. The new “Titanium” powder coat finish on the double-tube frame highlights the rugged looks of the frame whilst the semi-matte finish on the engine combined with the bike’s black wheels and handlebars gives the new Tiger a sophisticated, premium look.

 

Practical touches are plentiful. Alongside the adjustable rider seat height and handlebar position the bike gets a large-for-the-class 19 litre fuel tank, a quick-adjust headlight angle lever for 2-up riding, an Auxiliary power socket near the ignition switch and sump guard as standard on all models.

 

ERGONOMICS

Comfort has been improved with both versions getting changes in geometry designed to reduce weight on the wrists and to increase leg room. With both bikes also having adjustable seats and handlebars, the rider has the most comfortable and adaptable riding position in the class.

Weather protection has been improved whilst riding thanks to the combination of the new bodywork which keeps the iconic Triumph ‘raised shoulder’ profile and the new fly screen. On the XRx and XCx the screen is adjustable without tools with the x models also receiving newly-designed hand guards to increase rider protection.

 

SPECIFICATIONS:

                                    TIGER 800 XR TIGER 800 XRx
HORSEPOWER 95PS / 94bhp / 70kW @ 9250rpm 95PS / 94bhp / 70kW @ 9250rpm
TORQUE 79Nm / 58ft.lbs @ 7850rpm 79Nm / 58ft.lbs @ 7850rpm
ENGINE TYPE Liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC in-line 3-cylinder Liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, in-line 3-cylinder
ENGINE SIZE 800cc 800cc
SEAT HEIGHT 810mm-830mm (790-810mm with low seat) 810mm-830mm (790-810mm with low seat)
FRONTSUSPENSION Showa 43mm upside down forks, 180mm travel Showa 43mm upside down forks, 180mm travel
REARSUSPENSION  Showa monoshock with hydraulically adjustable preload, 170mm rear wheel travel Showa monoshock with hydraulically adjustable preload, 170mm rear wheel travel
FRONT BRAKES Twin 308mm floating discs, Nissin 2-piston floating calipers, switchable ABS Twin 308mm floating discs, Nissin 2-piston floating calipers, switchable ABS
REAR BRAKES Single 255mm disc, Nissin single piston floating caliper, switchable ABS Single 255mm disc, Nissin single piston floating caliper, switchable ABS
TANK CAPACITY 19l 19l
WET WEIGHT 213kg 216kg
COLOURS Crystal White,Phantom Black Crystal White,Phantom Black,Caspian Blue
   Standard EquipmentCast wheels

Trip computer

Sump guard

Hazard Lights

Adjustable brake and clutch levers

12v Power supply

 

 XRx Adds Advanced trip computer

Road and Off Road riding modes

Three configurable Rider riding mode

Auto-cancel indicators

Cruise control

Centre stand

Hand guards

Comfort rider and pillion seats

Adjustable screen

Additional 12V auxiliary power socket

 

 

TIGER 800 XC TIGER 800 XCx
HORSEPOWER 95PS / 94bhp / 70kW @ 9250rpm 95PS / 94bhp / 70kW @ 9250rpm
TORQUE 79Nm / 58ft.lbs @ 7850rpm 79Nm / 58ft.lbs @ 7850rpm
ENGINE TYPE Liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC in-line 3-cylinder Liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, in-line 3-cylinder
ENGINE SIZE 800cc 800cc
SEAT HEIGHT 840mm-860mm (820-840mm with Low Seat) 840mm-860mm (820-840mm with Low Seat)
FRONTSUSPENSION WP 43mm upside down forks with adjustable rebound and compression damping, 220mm travel WP 43mm upside down forks with adjustable rebound and compression damping, 220mm travel
REARSUSPENSION  WP monoshock with remote oil reservoir, hydraulically adjustable preload, rebounddamping adjustment, 215mm rear wheel travel WP monoshock with remote oil reservoir, hydraulically adjustable preload, rebounddamping adjustment, 215mm rear wheel travel
FRONT BRAKES Twin 308mm floating discs, Nissin 2-piston floating calipers, switchable ABS Twin 308mm floating discs, Nissin 2-piston floating calipers, switchable ABS
REAR BRAKES Single 255mm disc, Nissin single piston floating caliper, switchable ABS Single 255mm disc, Nissin single piston floating caliper, switchable ABS
TANK CAPACITY 19l 19l
WET WEIGHT 218kg 221kg
COLOURS Crystal White,Phantom Black Crystal White,Phantom Black,Caspian Blue
   Standard EquipmentSpoked wheels

High level front mudguard

Fully adjustable front suspension

Fully adjustable rear suspension

Trip computer

Radiator guard

Sump guard

Hazard Lights

Adjustable brake and clutch levers

12v Power Socket

 XCX AddsEngine protection bars

Advanced trip computer

Road and off-road riding modes

Three configurable Rider riding mode

Auto-cancel indicators

Cruise control

Centre stand

Hand guards

Aluminium sump guard

Additional auxiliary 12 v power socket

 

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