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’

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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.

Twelve dis­ci­ples

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.

Af­ter Eight

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.

TFT dash is on all Tigers bar the base XRS Range-top­ping Tiger 800 XRT is a ma­jor step for­ward

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