Triumph has given its popular Tiger 800 model a major overhaul for 2018, pitching its middleweight adventure tourer head to head with the new BMW F850GS and Honda Africa Twin in the highly competitive class.
As before, there are two core versions of the 800, the street orientated XR and a more capable off-road variant, the XC, with various levels of equipment to make a total range of six models in total.
The British company claims to have made more than 200 upgrades to the engine and chassis, creating a more responsive motor and even greater agility.
Following on from last year’s class leading Street Triple, the big leap forward looks to be in the electronics. Like the roadster, the Tiger features full colour TFT instruments on the mid-spec versions and more riding modes than you can shake a stick at. In total there are six different mappings, including a specific off-road mode, on the range topping XCA.
While the steel frame remains the same, high-specification Brembo front brakes, new suspension (Showa on XR, WP on XC) and a five way adjustable screen take the bike up a notch in terms of spec. The styling has also been updated, with a greater use of premium finishes/ Like the out going model, there is a two-position seat height (810-830mm on XR models, 840-860mm on XC models) with a low ride height XRx model variant at 760mm. All models make 94bhp, the same as BMW’s new F850GS and the Honda Africa Twin and you’ll be able to see the bikes for yourself at Motorcycle Live, later this month, when the prices and availability dates should be announced.
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