Triumph Tiger 800 spied on petrol station forecourt

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Sure, we’ve already seen a full shot of the Triumph Tiger 800 XC, but this spy photo gives us a better, close up look at the non-XC’s rear. Note how humungous that pillion seat is and how the grab rails are also impossibly large. This should be an excellent bike for taking passengers, especially if you clip a top box to that expansive rear rack.

You can easily tell this is the non-XC Triumph Tiger 800 by the lack of a protruding front mudguard, the 19-inch front wheel and the tubeless tires.

With all this passenger/luggage room and that huge exposed subframe, this looks like it’s going to be an extraordinarily practical motorcycle. Add the upright riding position, flat bars, big fairing and mid-size engine to the non-knobbly tires and what we’re looking at is probably going to be an extraordinary sports tourer and practical commuter bike more than it is the traditional idea of a big, heavy adventure tourer. Off-road duties will, of course, be handled by the XC and its 21-inch front wheel and tubed tires.

via BMW Sport Touring

  • stoolpigeon

    Word is one of the hardest parts of the 800′s development was finding tyres able to match its eager engine and chassis with the need for skinny adventury-looking front rubber. At least one tester left a bike and himself stuck under the armco after riding right off the edge of the tyre.

  • pauljones

    I find it interesting that this is pretty much the motorcycle that everyone clamors for in virtually every post; it’s small, light, nimble, comfortable, practical, and versatile.

    And yet, other than Wes, there doesn’t seem to be much enthusiasm for this thing.

    • kbick675

      It is a shame. Though I am all about this bike and will hopefully have one sometime next year.

    • http://www.twitter.com/beastincarnate Beast Incarnate

      I feel the same way about how poorly naked bikes sell in the US. They combine the performance of supersports, to an extent, with comfortable ergonomics. They’re wonderful bikes, but that doesn’t seem to matter. If it’s not clearly a cruiser or rocket, it’s a serious uphill climb.

  • MikeD

    Next…YAWN…

  • ForgottenOne

    It’a shame they didn’t put a 17 inch on the front so there were better tire options, that was my biggest conplaint on the last 955 Tigers, coupled with the not so good front forks I never really felt confident with it in corners. The 1050 solved all of that, granted it wasn’t the best you could buy but it had much better feel. Hopefully they put a 17 on the 1200.

    • MikeD

      I was here too wishing really hard for a 17″ Hoop up front for the street version but being “Adventure” bikes…fat chance(NONE) of happening.

      EVEN LESS Chance on the Tiger1200(really wishing to be wrong),most probably won’t. Is not like a 17″ front can’t handle hard packed soil(fire road?) or gravel.

      Who goes MUD BUGGIN with these 2wheeled elephants anyways? (^_^ )

  • Chuluun

    Agree with pauljones, when so many new bikes seem like pointless technical exercises and answers to questions no one asked, we should really be making more fuss when a maker really listens and responds to what riders are saying.

    I was on the point of buying a V-Strom a while back, a very good bike, but a few niggles put me off — bulk, some indifferent components, slightly geeky looks, worry that sometimes I’d want more power. I’d guess this Triumph answers all those concerns.

    Obviously it’s going to cost more than a V-Strom and is more likely to directly challenge the GS, but if Triumph can price it to draw sales away from the Suzuki too they’re onto a big, big winner here.

  • Johndo

    What differentiates this bike to the V-Strom, GS and others, is it’s engine. If a manufacturer tried to build a bike with the most boring sound in the world, the result couldnt beat a v-strom or GS. They are great bikes, but where is the grin factor??

    Here I think it will be a joy to ride, comfortable, practical, reliable, and will sound awesome. Only think I could ask for based on that picture is please give the option (or make them all like that) of having a charcoal or black frame. I don’t like how the frame stands out too much. Too many lines, curves, just looks too busy. Put it black or charcoal and that’s one pretty good looking bike considering its practical side.

  • StormRider

    How difficult would it be, and how stupid would it be, to lower this by a couple inches?
    At 5’ 5” anything with a seat height over 30” is too tall for me. This, being the road variation, doesn’t need as much ground clearance, but I’m sure there are a lot of other things to consider.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      It’s likely totally possible, lowering is a straight forward process. But yes, it will impact the handling by altering suspension angles and the CG.

      Why not just shop for something a little smaller? An older TransAlp or similar is likely viable for you.

      • StormRider

        I was just curious more than anything. I’ll be looking to upgrade from from S40 next year and I’m not sure what’s out there for shorter bikes other than cruisers and some BMWs with lowered seats and suspensions. I could be happy with a cruiser (blasphemy, I know), but I was just wondering other options might be.
        Thanks for point towards the TransAlp.