Tiger 800 XR & XC / Tiger 1200 XR & XC
TRIUMPH SHARPEN CLAWS New 1200 and 800 families get big boost of new tech and performance ‘The 1200 is now 10kg lighter thanks to over 100 engine and chassis changes’
While the Tiger 800 has been a star performer for Triumph, the big Explorer has been left behind, despite recent updates which included the addition of WP electronic suspension on the top models. But both Tiger families have been to the beauty salon to get a serious visual makeover that’s underpinned by engine, chassis and tech updates.
A whole lot of Xs
There are extensive options, with six variants available of the Tiger 1200, and six Tiger 800s, too. Each family of 1200s and 800s comprises four road versions (XR, XRX, XRX low, and range-topping XRT), while the off-road focused XC comes as an XCX and a top-spec XCA. All spec parts are available as options to make your own bespoke bike. The 1200 ‘low’ has a 815-835mm seat height, while the 800 ‘low’ is 760-780mm.
Devotees of the Explorer, and new buyers alike, have got more motivation than ever to consider a new Tiger 1200. The Explorer name is dropped, along with around 10kg of mass thanks to more than 100 refinements. With six versions on offer, it’s the rangetopping XRT road version and XCA dual-purpose option that are likely to get the most attention. Each bike is dripping in spec, from the first press of the keyless ignition to the semi-active electronic suspension, cornering lights, Arrow titanium silencer, heated grips and seats, six-axis IMU, cornering ABS and six riding modes.
The 1200 is visually sharper and the reduction in bulk is complemented by a leap in finish that supports its claims of premium positioning. This is a leaner, fitter and more attractive animal.
Following on from the original 800’s rampant success, the new model gets even more changes than the 1200 – with Triumph claiming more than 200 chassis and engine upgrades. Most riders might not notice the shorter first gear or faster revving engine immediately, but they will notice the step up in quality, and that 5in slab of TFT dash nestling behind the single-handed manually five-way adjustable screen.
The Eight takes a lot of benefits from the Twelve, from the dash to the backlit switchgear, to the new Off-road Pro riding mode for the XC models, the addition of LED lighting, and the same three-touch cruise control. The engine is much-updated and now develops 94bhp and is claimed to be more responsive and sporty in delivery – aided by that shorter first gear.
The 800 has trulycome of age.