This Tiger gets its power from a revised 800cc in-line three engine. This engine produces 94bhp at 9500rpm and peak torque of 79Nm comes in at 8050rpm. The gearbox is the same six-speed that transfers power to the rear wheel via chain drive. The engine has been heavily reworked to perform well in both, on-road and off-road conditions.
The most impressive part of this engine is its tractability. 40kmph in sixth gear is possible, without any unnecessary noise from the engine. This is possible as 90 per cent of the torque kicks in at 2500rpm. The power delivery is linear and smoother. There’s a nice punch each time the throttle is opened. The throttle response is pleasant and also crisper.
The Tiger XCx has good road manners. Even with a weight of around 200kg, the bike manages to pull through tight places with ease. The straight line stability is impressive, even in wet conditions. The credit goes to the electronics too. It’s not a great handler in the corners, but it manages to put a smile on your face each time you lean in.
Off-the road, the Tiger XCx feels at home. The 21-inch front spoke-wheel make life easy during trail riding and jumps. The Bridgestone tyres works decently well off-road, but in case there’s need for more grip, switch to Pirelli Scorpion Rally tyres which are a bit pricey.