Just a day ago, we rode the 2018 Triumph Tiger 800s through the beautiful city of Marrakesh in Morocco. You can read the review of the XRT and the XCA variants here. This adventure bike is available in many variants. To make things easy for you, we break down the variants in detail.
The main mechanicals on all the variants are the same. All of them are powered by 800cc in-line triple cylinder motor that produces 94bhp at 9500rpm and peak torque of 79Nm at 8050rpm. This motor is mated to a six-speed gearbox. The changes come as you go down the features sheet.
The entry-level and mid-spec variants of the road going model, the XR and XRx gets Showa 43mm USD forks with 140mm of travel. The XRt variant gets Showa 43mm forks with adjustable preload and compression with 180mm travel. The top-spec off-road variants, XCx and the XCA are equipped with WP 43mm forks with adjustable rebound and compression. These forks give out travel of 220mm. At the rear, the XR range gets Showa monoshock with adjustable preload whereas the XCx and the XCA get the more premium WP monoshock with 215mm of travel. The wheels and tyres are different for these models too. While the XR runs on 19-inch and 17-inch alloy wheels at the front and rear respectively, the XC runs on 21-inch and 19-inch spoked wheels. The XRs are fitted with Metzeler Tourance tyres and the XCs get Bridgestone Battlewing tyres. For more off-road focused riders, the company will also offer the super sticky Pirelli Scorpion Rally tyres.
The major changes on these variants are seen on the features list. The most affordable Tiger 800 - the XR variant, gets switchable ABS, traction control system (TCS), adjustable seat height, adjustable brake and clutch levers and the 12V and USB power sockets. The XRx is much better equipped than the XR. It gets the amazing five-inch TFT display, LED DRL, adjustable windscreen, LED indicators, center stand, and handguards. It also gets four riding modes, road, rain, off-road and sport along with updated cruise control. The top-spec road going variant, the XRT, gets additional backlight switchgear and five-way joystick. There’s an additional riding mode, rider, where you can customize the riding modes. The TFT display has six different styles to choose from. It also gets all LED lighting along with the auxiliary lights. The heated seats and grips are standard. However, we think these two features won’t make it to India.
The XCx being an off-road variant gets engine protection bars, an aluminium sump and radiator guards. This variant loses out on the custom rider riding modes, but gets the off-road pro mode. It loses out on the all LED lighting and just gets LED DRL. It also doesn’t get the six-screen themes for the TFT display. The heated grips and seats are also not a part of the XCx. On the other hand, the XCA which is the most expensive Tiger available, gets all the above mentioned features along with the six-riding modes.