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Triumph Releases Official Photos of Tiger 800 and 800 XC

Feast your eyes! Triumph has decided to release official photos of the new Tiger 800 and Tiger 800 XC (pictured at the bottom) in advance of the official unveiling next month. The photos show a narrow and apparently light dual-purpose machine, with the road oriented version featuring a 19 inch front wheel and the off-road oriented version featuring a spoked 21 incher. The beefy frame looks overbuilt (particularly, the welded on subframe) to deal with the rigors of off-road riding, touring, passenger and luggage.

This bike has generated tremendous interest, but the photos are all we have at this point. All of the official specifications will be released later, including pricing and availability information.

The large displacement dual purpose category is certainly becoming more popular here in the United States (it is already popular in Europe). This lighter, more nimble version of Triumph’s Tiger looks set to be a big hit, both here and abroad. We are pleased to see Triumph decided to put a 19 inch front wheel on the street version, similar to Suzuki’s V – Strom. This will give the bike a touch of off-road capability together with the ability to suck up bad street surfaces. Brakes, fit and finish all appear to be top-notch. The bike should certainly be quite light for the category, given the big head start Triumph had with the sportbike-based engine.

 Triumph, along with Kawasaki, appears to be one of the few manufacturers willing to push new model development during the current poor economy, and it should continue to pick up market share as a result. Hinckley promises much more to come in the near future.


  1. Morgan says:

    This engine would be perfect for my “dream Triumph”. Something in between Bonneville and Street Triple. I.E. A naked bike with up to date mechanicals but slightly retro styling. Think 900 Thunderbird Sport updated but way lighter and more powerful. They could bring back the Trident name for it. How about it Triumph?

  2. Terp says:

    The specifications of the Tiger 800 match up much more closely with the V-Strom 1000, which is priced at $9799. I can understand wishing the Tiger 800 would compete with the 650 on price, but it’s in a completely different league.

  3. Tommy See says:

    Thanks for the calculations
    If Triumph is just after the BMW market
    they will not be successful.
    They have to go after the 650 V-Strom as well.
    My thoughts are $10,999 Canadian
    Cheers TC