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Triumph Tiger 800 XRx [2017]

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Key specs
  • Displacement800 cc
  • Transmission6 Speed Manual
  • Kerb Weight216 kg

Last known Avg. Ex-showroom price

₹ 12,29,877

Triumph Tiger 800 XRx [2017] is now discontinued in India.

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Triumph Tiger 800 XRx [2017] Summary

Tiger 800 XRx [2017] key highlights

Engine Capacity 800 cc
Transmission 6 Speed Manual
Kerb Weight 216 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 19 litres
Seat Height 830 mm
Max Power 94 bhp

About Tiger 800 XRx [2017]

The Tiger XRx 800 is part of Triumph’s adventure motorcycle series. While the entire Tiger range is known for its ability to tackle various terrains, the XRx, specifically, is more of a long distance tourer than a dedicated off-roader.

The Tiger XRx uses the 800cc three-cylinder engine that produces 94bhp and 79Nm. The six-speed transmission delivers the power to the rear wheel via a chain drive setup. A tubular steel trellis frame underpins the motorcycle that uses Showa 43 mm upside down forks at front and Showa monoshock at the rear with preload setting for two-up touring.

Like all the adventure motorcycles, the XRx also gets mainstand that is useful during long rides. With the new European regulations the motorcycle gets ABS that can be turned-off manually. The biggest highlight of the XRx is the ride by wire technology – this basically reduces the function of the accelerator cable, thereby reducing the moving parts and also increasing the precision of the throttle input.

The XRx gets 19-inch cast aluminium wheels at the front and similar 17-inch wheels at the back. The stopping power is provided by twin 308 mm discs with twin calipers at the front and single 225 mm disc at the rear.

While the XRx does not have much competition in the 800cc segment apart from other models in the Tiger series, there are few adventure motorcycles across the range. The Benelli 600 GT is an entry-level adventure motorcycle, while the Kawasaki Versys and the Suzuki V Strom are for those looking for more power.
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Triumph Tiger 800 XRx [2017] Review

Meet one of the more popular adventure touring motorcycles in the country, the Triumph Tiger 800. This one is the mid-range XRx model, which means unlike the top-spec XCa, there's no 21-inch front wheel, no wire-spoke rims, no heated seats or grips, and no LED fog lamps.

What is it?

Meet one of the more popular adventure touring motorcycles in the country, the Triumph Tiger 800. This one is the mid-range XRx model, which means unlike the top-spec XCa, there's no 21-inch front wheel, no wire-spoke rims, no heated seats or grips, and no LED fog lamps.

But, the basics remain in place. It uses a 3-cylinder 800cc unit, a tubular chassis, long travel suspension, dual disc front brakes and a decent suite of electronics. We will get to that in a bit. First, let's answer the thing that must be bugging you the most – Is there really something new about the XRx for us to review it now, a year after it was launched? Well no. As with most things Triumph, it just took us this long to get one.

But, now that we have it, here’s what we were missing.

 

How does it ride?

The Tiger XRx won't instantly blow your mind. But, spend sometime riding it, and its tall stance and bulky aura dissolves away into kilometres of relaxed travel. Firstly, the seat height at 790mm is quite accessible for the average Indian. You can raise it to 810mm by moving a couple of rods under the seat as well.

Then the seating triangle – the relation between the seat, the handlebar and the footpegs – is oriented towards comfort over all else. The bars are wide but not too far forward; the footpegs are neutrally positioned; and the seat apart from being low is also large and luxurious. Seating for the pillion is equally good, barring the higher perch, of course.

 

And then when you start rolling, the Tiger’s lovely weight distribution makes it feel much lighter than it really is. It weighs 191kg dry. Add the prerequisite 19-litres of fuel and a few other litres of liquids like oils and a coolant and you are looking at a running weight of around 215kg. So, it’s not exactly light. But, on the move, even at crawling bumper-to-bumper pace, it feels more like an 180kg motorcycle. So, its maneuverable and not too bad to filter through traffic with either, thanks to good leverage on the handle bar and good visibility.

The only catch when commuting on the Tiger XRx is the weather. If it’s cold the XRx feels great; nice and warm like a good cup of coffee. But, in every other season, with the kind of heat it generates around the rider’s thigh area, it’s more like a barbeque oven. And I have mildly roasted thighs to show for it. But, of course, in the spirit of good taste we haven’t carried a picture of it; you see, I don’t have Deepika Padukone’s legs.

The engine – the 800cc, liquid cooled, inline triple – is,otherwise, a good fit for the city. It has good low and mid range torque that completely takes away the need for constant shifts. It has a near seamless and linear throttle response, giving the rider better control. And even if you have to shift, the clutch isn’t too heavy and the gearshifts are decently precise and weighted. The Tiger, especially at 3,000rpm and beyond, almost behaves like an automatic; just roll on the gas and pick those gaps.

This torquey nature of the triple also gives the Tiger XRx good legs for touring. Shift to 6th by 60kmph and from then on it’s a calm but quick ride. Every time you open the throttle thereon the bike just squats and shoots ahead. But, don’t expect it to set your pulses racing. The XRx might make 94bhp and 78Nm of peak torque. However, with its running weight as part of the equation, it’s no surprise that this Tiger isn’t exactly the leaping, attacking kind. The power, all across the engine’s rev range in that sense is more accessible than intimidating.

What you should be mindful of is that even with all the talk about the Tiger XRx being a long distance adventure and touring machine, it still doesn’t have the refinement or smoothness expected in a motorcycle that you’d be spending long hours on. There’s never a ‘no-vibe’ moment on the XRx. Under 5,000rpm there’s a constant tingle at the handlebar and tank. But as the revs keep rising, so do the vibrations. And by the time the engine is bouncing off the rev limiter, things get quite buzzy.

 

Anything else I should know?

Since we are on the topic of touring, the Tiger XRx comes with a manually adjustable front windscreen. In its lowest setting, the rider too must crouch quite a bit to avoid wind buffeting. After the first 15 minutes on the highway, I went for the tallest setting and left it there. Even then, I had to tuck my head in a bit, and I am not exactly very tall.

Also part of the XRx package is the electronic suite. To start with, the rider can choose between three different riding modes. There’s Road that runs a regular throttle map with ABS active on both wheels and traction control setting at its most alert. Then there’s the Off-Road mode. The throttle map gets lazier here while the ABS only works on the front wheel and the traction control allows the rear wheel to slip and slide till the engine hits 5,000rpm.

Now we did take the XRx on a few trails and the Off-Road mode helped. With the traction control cutting in later, we could jump the bike and make direction changes on power. Plus, with the rear ABS off, coming down slippery slopes was a lot easier than in Road mode. The only issue we had here was the lack of suspension travel and its tendency to bottom out. This was in the stock suspension setting of course, which when dialed up for stiffness should prevent the suspension from collapsing under the bike’s own weight quickly.

There’s also a Rider mode. As the name suggests, it’s customisable. The rider can choose from four throttle maps – Rain, Off-Road, Road and Sport with increasing levels of throttle sensitivity and response. The rider can also choose to run ABS and traction control settings in either the fully alert Road setting or the less intrusive Off-Road. Or switch them off completely for that matter. Additionally, the Tiger XRx gets a comprehensive but boring looking instrument cluster. Touring friendly luggage racks, two power sockets and cruise control come as standard as well.

Why should I buy one?

There’s a lot to like about the Triumph Tiger 800. It is comfortable, easy to ride, has a torquey engine good for touring duties, and there’s some smart electronics in there too. Plus, if you end up showing it a few corners or a dusty trail, the XRx doesn’t mind these much either. And it’s good for two-up riding.

Our challenge with the Tiger then hovers around three things. The engine heat is just too much on a regular day to use it as an all-round motorcycle. The engine, though torquey, isn’t silky enough to make touring a glorious affair. And finally, the brakes lack the progression to handle the sort of performance the Tiger can deliver.

No wonder, the Tiger XRx feels a little dated.

Where does it fit in?

At Rs 12.6 lakh ex-showroom in Mumbai, the Tiger XRx has varied competition. There’s the Ducati Hyperstrada at Rs 12.3 lakh. It has a larger engine and better city centric performance. One can also look at the Rs 12.7 lakh Honda CB1000R, which again isn’t as touring friendly as the Tiger, but packs in way more in terms of dynamics and engine capacity. And then there’s the Indian Scout Sixty. A cruiser which does the long distance thing really well and isn’t a pain to ride in the city or around bends (for most part). But of course, it’s not dirt friendly at all. And at Rs 12.9 lakh, it is more expensive too.

But, the biggest threat for the Tiger 800 will be the upcoming Ducati Multistrada 950. It will be priced at Rs 11.5 lakh. So, it will not only be cheaper but more desirable than the Tiger as well.

Photography by Kapil Angane

Gear check

 

1-Arai Axces-II helmet: The entry-level Arai helmet one can officially buy in India. It is great on fit, quality, safety, comfort and even visibility.

Price: Rs 48,000

2- Sena 20S Bluetooth set: Sena’s top of the line 20S is a one-stop solution for all one’s music and communication needs. It is expensive but I love it.

Price: Rs 20,999

3-Rjay Octane II Jacket: Extremely light with fantastic ventilation, the Octane works like a charm in Indian weather conditions.

Price: Rs 8,500

4-Ixon RS Circuit HP gloves: Not the best full-glautlet gloves I have used but the Ixons do a fair job be it comfort or protection.

Price: Rs 8,000

5-Café Racer Moto Kevlar Jeans: These Kevlar lined denims offer adequate breathability and are comfortable even on long rides.

Price: Rs 4,500

6-Forma Adventure boots: Forma has got the touring, commuting and some bit of off-roading handiness bang on with the Adventure boots. I like them.

Price: Rs 16,000

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Specifications

  • Power & PerformancePower & Performance

    Fuel Type Petrol

    Max Power 94 bhp @ 9,250 rpm

    Max Torque 78 Nm @ 7,950 rpm

    Cooling System Liquid Cooled

    Transmission 6 Speed Manual

    Transmission Type Chain Drive

    Emission Standard --

    Displacement 800 cc

    Cylinders 3

    Bore 74 mm

    Stroke 61 mm

    Valves Per Cylinder 4

    Compression Ratio --

    Ignition Digital CDI

    Spark Plugs 1 Per Cylinder

    Clutch Wet, multi-plate

    Fuel Delivery System Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection

    Fuel Tank Capacity 19 litres

    Reserve Fuel Capacity --

    Riding Range Maximum distance a petrol bike can travel on a full fuel tank and an electric bike can travel on a full charge --

    Mileage - ARAI --

    Mileage - Owner Reported BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. --

    Top Speed --

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  • Brakes, Wheels & SuspensionBrakes, Wheels & Suspension

    Braking System CBS, IBS, SBT, UBS, HBS - Combined braking of both front and rear wheel | ABS - Anti-lock braking system which can be just for front wheel (single channel) or both wheels (dual channel) or can be switched off (switchable) | E-ABS - Electronic assisted braking system | Standard - Cable operated --

    Front Brake Type Disc

    Front Brake Size 308 mm

    Rear Tyre Size 150/70 R17

    Tyre Type Tubeless

    Radial Tyres Yes

    Rear Brake Type Disc

    Rear Brake Size 255 mm

    Calliper Type Twin-piston front, single-piston rear

    Wheel Type Alloy

    Front Wheel Size 19 inch

    Rear Wheel Size --

    Front Tyre Size 100/90-19

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Front Suspension Showa 43mm upside down forks, 180mm travel

    Rear Suspension Showa monoshock with hydraulically adjustable prel

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  • Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight 216 kg

    Overall Length 2,215 mm

    Overall Width 829 mm

    Wheelbase 1,530 mm

    Ground Clearance --

    Seat Height 830 mm

    Overall Height 1,350 mm

    Chassis Type Tubular steel trellis frame

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Features

Odometer --

DRLs (Daytime running lights) --

Mobile App Connectivity --

Pillion BackrestNo

Pillion GrabrailYes

Pillion SeatYes

GPS & Navigation --

USB charging port --

Front storage box --

Under seat storage --

AHO (Automatic Headlight On) --

Speedometer Digital

Fuel Guage Yes

Tachometer Analogue

Stand Alarm Yes

Stepped Seat Yes

No. of Tripmeters 2

Tripmeter Type Digital

Low Fuel Indicator Yes

Low Oil Indicator Yes

Low Battery Indicator Yes

Pillion FootrestYes

Digital Fuel GuageYes

Start TypeElectric Start

Shift LightYes

KillswitchYes

ClockYes

Electric System12V DC

BatteryMaintenance Free

Headlight TypeMulti-Reflector Type

Headlight Bulb Type--

Brake/Tail Light--

Turn SignalYes

Pass LightYes

Additional features--

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Triumph Tiger 800 XRx [2017] User Reviews

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  •  5Triumph tiger is a real winner when it comes to touring. Love eve 1 year ago by Dev Roy, Bangalore

    Review: The bike is just awesome, no wonder people across the globe just loves it. I did around 4.5k in a single trip of 21 days and it dint fail to amaze me all the while. Of course you are comfortable in long distance, for pillion it may be little problematic in long

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    • Used it for

      Tours

    • Owned for

      3-6 months

    • Ridden for

      5000-10000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      23 kmpl

  •  5What a machine!!! 3 years ago by Mohd. Zafar, Mumbai

    Had an amazing riding experience riding this bike. Thanks to rebel motorcycles pvt ltd, banjara hill, hyderabad for giving me an opportunity to ride two of their bikes (another being tiger xca). A farm house perfectly designed to see these bikes performed at there best,

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    • Used it for

      Occasional Commute

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      Never owned

  •  5A tiger in its own right !! 3 years ago by Rajesh

    Buying experience - bought this from harbour city motors - chennai . Buying experience was good , except for one bad apple sales exec who made the experience bitter.Riding experience - amazing is an understatement . Well refined package and has the works on the go.Looks

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      Everything

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      > 1 yr

    • Ridden for

      5000-10000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      25 kmpl

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  •  5Best bike but too pricey! 3 years ago by Atul Pai, Bangalore

    1. Never purchased this bike but have seen in many of the youtube videos but only if i test ride it i will understand.2. Never rode the bike though but as the saying goes you like it only then u buy it otherwise do not, hence if i like the bike i can buy it but i'll hav

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Triumph Tiger 800 XRx [2017] News

  • Ducati Multistrada 950 Competition Check
    Ducati Multistrada 950 Competition Check
    15 June 2017
    Neil Nair

    Over the years the name ‘Multistrada’ has become synonymous with adventure touring. As Ducati launched the Multistrada 950 in India, we take a look at how it plays against its rivals, the Triumph Tiger XRx and the Honda Africa Twin.

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  • Five things you should know about the Triumph Tiger 800 XRx
    Five things you should know about the Triumph Tiger 800 XRx
    02 May 2017
    Vikrant Singh

    We have already reviewed the Tiger 800 XRx. You can head HERE to get a detailed breakdown on the motorcycle. But, if you much rather have a quick espresso than a grande latte, then here’s a low-down the five things you absolutely must-know about this Triumph.

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