pin­strip­ing Tri­umph’s and Tiger on Sport smooth is this sur­faces test’s black the strong sheep. en­gine It looks and classy road-fo­cused with sus­pen­sion make it un­catch­able on smooth tar­mac. But it’s heavy, turns slowly and fast gets clunky on bumpy back roads. It’s se­verely lim­ited, un­like the Tiger 800 XRT. This top-spec 800 is drenched in gadgets, and scam­pers af­ter its XCA sib­ling down trails. But there’s a price to pay. £12,050 is more than Du­cati’s Mul­tistrada 950 and the Honda Africa Twin. Want more bike for your money? Take the Tiger 1200 XRT. There’s the power and cock­pit space for giant jour­neys rid­den in lux­ury, and it’s sur­pris­ingly com­pe­tent off-road. But for to­day’s back yard ad­ven­tur­ing it can’t match the Tiger 800 XCA. Peppy en­gine and nim­ble han­dling de­mol­ish the tight­est of back roads, while the 21-inch front wheel and bash plate let you breeze along Eng­land’s hid­den trails. It’s eas­ily the best back road Tri­umph.

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