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First Official Photo of Triumph Tiger 800 XC

Triumph has finally stopped some of the teasing and revealed a single official photo of the Tiger 800 XC, which will be on the showroom floor in Milan in early November. This is the offroad version of two new 800s. The other will lack knobby tires and a 21 inch front wheel, but will also debut in Milan. No specs or details, yet.


  1. MD says:

    Dont underestimate the big BMW’s.

    Check this out- there are two more days on top of this one.

    Desert GS ride with Daryl Beattie
    Day 1

  2. Ruger says:

    The best thing about the Hinckley Triumphs is their rock-solid reliability.
    That, along with price puts this bike ahead of any of the BMWs.

  3. Mike says:

    I tour and commute on a 650 VStrom now. I was looking for something with a bit more power that could handle the occasional far-from-home foray off road without getting too banged up, since my VStrom even with skid plate and engine guard feels a bit out of its element on Colorado jeep trails. This Triumph might be just the ticket.

  4. memphis blue says:

    Hilarious to see it parked on some rocks reminiscent of Erzberg or something, as if it would actually be capable of tackling any serious off-road riding at all.

    It’s for the street…and most buyers will never touch its tires to anything as gnarly as a gravel road.

  5. jimbo says:

    Don’t you pity the fool who recently bought an F800GS?

  6. Artem says:

    Why are those boys in glasses are with shaved heads. I’m tired about that.
    Long haired are supposed to be that strong even without glasses.
    Don’t tell that shaved head is practical.
    I am not long haired, yet…
    Do not like the style.

    • delRish says:

      their heads are not shaved you dope.

    • FV says:

      Why are you looking at the guys in the picture? Its a picture of the bikes. And yes, shaved heads are practical, I haven’t owned a comb or brush in years, just a pair of clippers.

      • Artem says:

        Very simple. There are too much shaved heads in advertising.
        They are looking like soldiers. Soldiers is the war. War is big lie, big blood and bid dust.
        I’ dont like all that stuff.

  7. star boy says:

    Looks like it will trump the Super Tenere.

  8. Austin ZZR 1200 says:

    Yup, here it is, my next bike (barring a the introduction of a lighter, bored-out wee-strom).

  9. sreve says:

    i am guessing this will have a nice motor but with a marginal suspension and sadly a too high c of g. You can fix the suspension. The bmw with underseat tank and ktm with low side tanks and a v configuration will be easier to ride in sand etc. If i get one of these it wont see much dirt and if possible, as rumor suggests, it will have cams from the daytona and make upwards of 130 hp. So the perfect setup for me would be tiger 800,ktm 690 and a husky 310

  10. Eric says:

    I love my 07′ Tiger. But it is not an off road piece at all. After 40 years of riding, and owning many brands, I am shocked that Triumph has developed so well interms of reliability, and grin factor. Go figure!

  11. Ted Sanderson says:

    Gee, for a company that used to pride itself on “Going Their Own Way”, I’m dissapointed to see them launching a knock-off of BMW’s GS. They could have at least made it look a little more different than the BMW!

    • MikeD says:

      I don’t know, i think is something like the Concord and the Russian TU144 planes, both look a lot the same because their mission was the same. Form follows function.

      • Cajun58 says:

        Interesting analogy this is very apparent in the off-road world where motocross bikes for example are virtually identical to each other.

  12. Tim says:

    I think that this class of bikes are all designed from the wrong perspective. It seems that they all are designed by street riders. Maybe these companies should hire a couple of dirt riders to help design these bikes.

    It’s never enough to just add 21” wheels and knobs.
    A good large trail bike should have a full cradle frame. A hardened bash plat that is connected to the frame. The pipes should not be under the seat as some on suggested. And they should not be under the motor either.
    None of the parts should stick out the side like the radiator guard does here. And the gas tank does too. One needs to think ahead to see what might break when the bike goes down. All off road bikes go down. No since having a bike that leaves half of it’s part on the trail after a fall. The frame has the look of a street bike frame. I wander just how long before that gets tweaked?
    The list here could go on and on.

    However from a all road touring perspective. It looks like a nice bike.

    • MikeD says:

      Ur rigth and ur rigth, BUT…this is not a PARIS-DAKAR Bike for HARDCORE Racers just regular Joes & Janes, sooo…FAT CHANCE.
      How many people are really going to go to a Goat Trail with this “probably” 400-lbs thing? 1-2?(out of their minds)
      Fire Roads and in a hurry.

      • Cajun58 says:

        Actually I would take exception with one comment and that is the need for a frame cradle to attach a bash plate. Both KTM and BMW rally racers use frames without a cradle and don’t have problems with damaged engines. Yamaha has made dirtbikes with cradle-less frames for many years and I know from experience that these also function well under off-road use.

  13. Steve says:

    I think the photo is pretty hilarious. The 2 models they have shown here look like they have never ridden a motorcycle, letalone that motorcycle to whatever remote, hilly, rocky location they are trying to portray.

    • MikeD says:

      LOL. I got the same Vibe first time is saw it. Like A STUDIO Photo. LOL.

    • Tim says:

      I don’t know. I’ve put hundreds of thousands of miles on motorcycles in the last ten years and I am every bit as good looking as these two models – I mean riders. 8^)

      • Scott in the UK says:

        I dunno – what does a motorcycle rider look like then? I ride a bit and I’m a slightly overweight short baldy fella with a big nose. We all like that then? 🙂

  14. S Calwel says:

    OK, it has the tough, GS like, look that is probably necessary. I hope they were innovative enough to build in obvious improvements to set the Tigers apart from the BMW’s.

    A friend on a 60,000+ mile R1200 GS and me on a 9,000 mile F800 GS just completed a 700 mile trip on California Coast and Coastal Range over super twisty roads. We had long stretches in second, third or fourth gear with 10% straightaways. If you have been there, you would feel the Alps are a waste of money. Ukiah to Fort Bragg to Eureka then Redding to mention the interesting parts. All was on pavement. Auto traffic was very light but about half the bikes we saw were BMW’s. This is the type of riding the bikes must do well.

    Over half of the 10 or so bikes I have owned over the past 20 years have been BMW’s, ditto my riding buddies. We do not have BMW tattoos, they have just offered what we want in a bike. Triumph can make a serious dent in the GS market with a better bike. Let’s hope they did their homework.

    PS: The suggestion that they mount the exhaust under the seat is the type of innovation they should have done.

  15. Tim says:

    The best thing about Triumphs, besides the sweet triple engines (the best all around engines in motorcyling) is thier price. Triumph gives you a lot of bike for your money. One has to wonder how they do it when you look at what other European brands charge.

    If this comes in at around $10,000 or $11,000, which wouldn’t shock me based on other Triumph prices, it will be a very tough value to beat. I like the BMW 800GS motor, but no way it can compete with an 800 Triumph triple. The F800GS’s, at least where I live, are coming in at around $14k plus. My prediction is that there will be a surplus of 800GS’s once this bike arrives with a significantly lower price.

    • Ted Sanderson says:


      They do it by building most of their bikes in Thailand.

      • Tim says:

        Not true. They have parts and pieces manufactured in other countries – Thailand, Taiwan, etc. – but the vast majority of their bikes are made/assembled in the UK. Those few that are assembled in Thailand are primarily the air cooled twins destined for the Asian markets. BMW, Harley Davidson and every other manufacturer does the same thing – possibly to higher or lower levels.

        • Ted Sanderson says:

          No true. The build most of their bikes for the US there as well. Just look at the VINS in any dealership and you’ll see.

          • Scott in the UK says:

            Who cares??? I don’t care if they are built in Thailand, Lapland or Swaziland as long as the quality is there. Its only 50 years ago when things in Japan were disparaged over here in the UK and we know what happened to the UK motorcycle and car industries.

            If its good, its good.

  16. EZMark says:

    I don’t think an undertail exhaust was an option.
    It looks like there may be a fuel tank under the seat.
    Would make sense if you want 5 or 6 gallons of fuel and an airbox big enough for an 800cc triple.

  17. Cranky Bob says:

    Finally, something new. I’d rather push a Triumph than ride a BMW or Ducati!

  18. Norm G. says:

    BMW should be afraid… VERY afraid. while i love the looks, fit and finish of the F8GS for sure, the character of it’s parallel twin (fired like the bigger boxer) is no match for the symphony sung by a big bore version of the 675 triple. hell, they could’ve left this @ 675cc’s and i would still buy it. 🙂

  19. Will it come to the US?

    • J yasord says:

      The Dealer rep for the Puget Sound confirmed it’s coming to the US in “Spring”, though couldn’t confirm ABS.. Anyone have any better info on the ABS? It’ll make or break the bike for me in rainy Seattle..
      On a sad note for those of you eagerly awaiting Aprilia’s entry into this competition, the Tuareg( also due in Milan). Aprilia USA wrote me an email response saying “there are no plans to bring the Tuareg to the US at this time.”. So all of you who’d like to see a v-twin adventure bike write Aprilia and let them know! They’re listening and respond:))

  20. Ziggy says:

    A BMW 800, but not for queers

  21. kawatwo says:

    I’m looking forward to the street version. It looks like they have kept it light. If they can make it wour 450~460 pounds with that 800 triple it should be quite a ride. I would also like to know the seat heights of the two. I guess I have to have patience.

  22. Tim says:

    Comparing this to a KTM, (or anything else for that matter), when no one has even seen one, let alone ridden one, is just silly. Unless one needs to get an early start on the justification of spending too much on whatever they’re currently riding.

  23. Gary says:

    that exhaust system sure looks like it would eat into the luggage capacity.

    • Josh B. says:

      Yeah, I’d assume it’s high mount for this XC offroad bike, and probably lower for the street version, perhaps?

      • MikeD says:

        Nope, it’s both Versions up there. Look hard at all the Photos. RHS Bag is pretty much there to even the looks with the Left one( like on the old Tiger955&1050 and like the new VFR1200 a big chunk of usable space was “wasted”; for looks sake? JMHO )

        It Should have been Undertail, nothing but wasted space there and super high and away from the elements.

      • JayDaytona 675 says:

        I’d much rather have a little less luggage space than an undertail exhaust. I’ve got the Daytona and have adapted the Street Triple ‘lowboy’ exhaust to it in an effort to take the heat out from under the seat. It is very hot guys. Believe me… this is the way to go.
        These are both XC’s btw. Spoke wheels on XC, cast wheels on the street version.

    • Cranky Bob says:

      I don’t ever remember needing luggage when I went out on my DR350S. Why not try roughing it like for a real adventure?

      • Tim says:

        Point taken but these bikes seem to be designed for some touring as well as “adventure” riding – whatever that means to each individual. If the mission was the same as that of a decades old dual sport bike then 800 cc’s is serious overkill. Suppose I want to ride to Deadhorse or Guatamala, two-up. It’s a romantic notion to throw a Jim Bronson style bed roll on the handlebars and hit the open road but I see me needing a little more carrying capacity than that.

  24. Jason says:

    Tire looks to be a Conti TwinDuro, but I could be wrong.

    Front fender might be a problem IF someone were to actually take it off road, but I’d say well below 50% will ever see heavy-duty off road use.

    Personally, I love the exposed sub-frame – more of a raw, hard-core look. IMHO, the lads from Hinckley nailed this one! It’s a shame the same can’t be said of the new Speed Triple…

  25. Nick says:

    Mmmmmmm pretty! I am assuming this will be both lighter and cheaper than the BMW.

    Now the real dilemma… Do I get the XC version because it looks wicked cool, or do I be honest with myself and go for the street version as that more closely matches up to my riding style, and short inseam.

  26. RAD says:

    This is a very welcome sight .
    I will let them get the first year bugs out .
    Then I will have to pick one up.

  27. Thoppa says:

    Looks good except for the lack of side panels to keep the frame clean and give it a finished look. An “almost tasty” but not quite. The F800 also has great gas mileage so I’ll be interested to see if the Trumpet can match it. Seems unlikely given the higher output and extra cylinder.

  28. Old town hick says:

    Looks very cool from here, and I think the BMW F800GS has was clearly an influence in Triumph’s decision to take this segment seriously. The 800 street legal enduro segment is the perfect place to go from 650 singleness.

  29. Scooter Scum says:

    Hope they put a reasonable sized “adventure” tank on the beast. Anybody recognize the tire model? Would love to have it on my KTM 950 Adv.

    • tepi says:

      The tyres look like Metzeler Karoo of Karoo T, i’m not absolutely sure. The rear doesn’t last on the 950, the front is o.k.

      The bike doesn’t look too impressive (to a 950 Adventure-rider). A BMW-wannabe. I hope it has the performance that the GS lack. For example no long-travel off-road bike should have a damper rod front fork like the Beemer has. I would guess that the Triumph isn’t any better in this recard.

  30. Paul says:

    Looks like a Beemer….

  31. Tim says:

    I, for one, am very anxious to see one in the flesh. The 800 XC has the potential to be the perfect balance of on/off road capabilities for my style of riding. I sincerely hope Triumph doesn’t decide to skip the Seattle IMS again this year.

  32. Clark says:

    Hmm, that low front fender is going to be a problem when mud packs up in that knobbie. I would have assumed a high fender on this model and a low on the street model.

    • bart says:

      ‘ya beat me to it on the low front fender!

      KTM did that on the early 950’s and it WILL put you down(did me twice!)in mud or a small rock/stick that gets jammed up there near the fork tubes.

      Triumph: Raise the front fender now before the lawsuits/warranty claims hit, is an obvious design/safety flaw.

      • Cajun58 says:

        Every bike in this category has a low front fender why would the Triumph be more of a problem then any of those.

    • todd says:

      the fender is meant for people who don’t like to clean their bikes much. If you were to actually go off-road on one of there (not many will) I’m sure there are maybe two or four screws holding the fender on.

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