2011-2014 Tri­umph Tiger 800XC

£4000-£7000 94bhp 129mph 215kg (kerb) 799cc in­line triple

RiDE (UK) - - Used Bikes - SI­MON HAR­G­REAVES

“The best mid­dleweight all-rounder”

I’ve de­fended the naked BMW F800R against a Street Triple in th­ese pages. And in the last RIDE I took a faired F800GT to Lux­em­bourg and loved it. But I spent all last year with an F800GS and had to be care­ful not to hurt the feel­ings of F800GS owner Martin: “What cretin would choose one of th­ese in­stead of a Tiger 800XC?” etc. But the gloves are off now, be­cause that’s the re­al­ity.

I bet he men­tions the torque. Back in 2011, when we saw the GS make more torque and only a sniff less power than the Tiger, we were both gob­s­macked. I didn’t be­lieve it then and still don’t. The Tiger feels way torquier; a proper, revvy big bike mo­tor. The GS is asth­matic.

The Tri­umph feels phys­i­cally larger too; more sub­stan­tial and durable. Maybe not as use­ful off road as a GS, but who does that stuff any­way? What mat­ters is I rode a Tiger 800XC to Vi­enna a few years ago and it was per­fect for tour­ing. The GS would be like floss­ing yer bum for a week – and a loaded Tiger won’t weave on knob­blies at speed, ei­ther.

I’ll con­clude the ar­gu­ment with a line from 2011 again: “Mo­tor­ways, town, off-road, even track… it’s pretty good at all of them. The one thing that would make the Tiger 800XC even more all-round would be if it had wings and could fly. It al­ready does ev­ery­thing else.”

The Tri­umph Tiger 800XC gets Si­mon’s vote, as the bet­ter all-rounder

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