About Tiger 800 XCA 2018
The Tiger 800 remains one of the default options for those seeking a middleweight adventure tourer. The new-for-2018 model has a reworked engine although with an identical power output, different headlamps, sharper-looking body panels, and a smaller, lighter exhaust.
The XCA is the top-spec off-road-biased version of the Tiger 800. It runs 43mm diameter WP front forks with 220mm of travel. They have adjustable rebound and compression. At the rear is a WP monoshock with 215mm of travel. Since it is biased towards the unpaved path, the Tiger XCx gets spoked rims with 21-inch front and 19-inch rear diameters. Bridgestone Battlewing tyres are standard, but one can opt for Pirelli Scorpion Rally tyres if they need more grip off-road. The base equipment list has switchable ABS, a traction control system (TCS), adjustable seat height, adjustable brake and clutch levers and the 12V and USB power sockets. The XCx also gets a five-inch TFT display for the instrument cluster, the ‘blade’ LED DRLs, LED indicators, the ‘Off-Road Pro’ riding mode, a 5-step adjustable windscreen, cruise control, heated grips, hand guards, an aluminium sump guard, engine protection bars, and a plastic radiator guard. The XCA gets all these features, and adds all-LED lighting, and six riding modes, the sixth being a fully customisable mode.
The Triumph 800 XCA competes with the BMW F850 GS and Honda Africa Twin directly, and indirectly with other tarmac-biased adventure tourers like the Ducati Multistrada 950 and Suzuki V-Strom 1000.