Triumph Tiger 800 XC pictures released

Thursday, October 21, 2010, 11:10 by Auto Correspondent

Triumph has released the first official picture of the new adventure bike they’ve been touting for a while now, the Triumph Tiger 800 XC.

The 800 XC sports rugged, macho, off-roading looks with twin headlamps and a small front beak. Two versions of the machine will be available, one meant for off-road excursions dubbed the XC and one b(i)ased for the road. Both bikes can do double duty to some degree, but they’re focused on their respective markets.

Clad with knobbie tires, tubes, and a 21 inch front wheel, bash guards and mud-catching fenders, the Triumph Tiger 800 XC will differ from its road warrior cousin the Triumph Tiger 800, which will have a 19 inch front tire, sans tubes.

triumph tiger xc 800 photoTriumph had already revealed that the 2011 Triumph Tiger 800 will have a steel frame, and you can expect the larger motor to have more horsepower and torque compared to the Triumph Daytona 675. Both versions of the baby Tiger are powered by a long stroke version of the Daytona 675’s motor, and Hell For Leather magazine estimates that it’ll make around 114 horsepower and 63 ft lb of torque. That should make for a thriller of a ride and will pose a serious threat to BMW’s F800GS, which is both heavier and less powerful.

In the background of the photo Triumph has released, we get a glimpse of some of the aftermarket parts for the adventure bike. A high-mounted Arrow exhaust is clearly visible, and of course there will be the additional brush guards and belly pans. We also expect to see a variety of luggage options from Triumph as well.

The one thing we still are clueless about is the powertrain, suspension, and transmission specs, because Triumph is still keeping mum on those. Word around the biking industry is that the Tigers will also feature ABS, what with every bike released this year full of high technology. However, ABS on an adventure-oriented bike is not the most obvious option, so we’ll have to wait and see what route the British manufacturer takes.

Look for the Tiger 800s to hit Triumph dealers next Spring, with pricing to be announced closer to launch date. Here’s a hint, though: they should’ll cost less than a comparably equipped BMW F800 GS. That is, less than $12,000.

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