Triumph Tiger 800 XC spied ready for adventure

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Here’s the latest spy photo of the Triumph Tiger 800 XC. It’s sort of amazing how closely this thing mimics the BMW F800GS. The extended front fender, black air intakes on top of the tank, abbreviated front mudguard, the blacked-out engine, the little screen bolted to the dual headlights, all pure BMW. Of course, the Triumph has one thing the Bavarian doesn’t: an 800cc three-cylinder engine that actually promises to be exciting to use.

Below you’ll find a gallery with every Triumph Tiger 800 shot to date and there’s an exhaustive amount of information on both models on their tag page here.


Photo via 0300

  • jamesat49

    How is a fully laden motorcycle, parked in a public area able to be “spied” on. Sounds like a dangerous mission.

  • MichaelMM

    “It’s sort of amazing how closely this thing mimics the BMW F800GS. The extended front fender, black air intakes on top of the tank, abbreviated front mudguard, the blacked-out engine, the little screen bolted to the dual headlights, all pure BMW.”

    Yeah, no kidding on that one! I though I was looking at an F800GS for a hot second. That is, of course, until you see three primaries instead of two.

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

      Absolutely agreed. Maybe I can use that as my reason for not being excited about it.

  • miles_prower

    Like Johndo said previously, Triumph should paint that frame charcoal or black. Even with bike loaded, the frame still stands out too much — and it isn’t a pretty frame like you’d see on a Duc or MV.

    Regardless, I’ll be heading to my local Triumph dealer (Riverside) to test-ride it when it’s available.

  • Chuluun

    Oof, that really is too close to the F800GS for comfort. I doubt you’ll get your black/charcoal frame because right now the frame is about the only thing that will differentiate this from a Beemer from a distance. Unless you’re riding it of course, in which case no one will see the frame. They’ll just hear the engine and know it’s a Triumph.

  • Johndo

    They’ve teased us so long that I’m now considering buying 2 used bikes instead of one do it all new bike.

    • MikeD

      LMAO…priceless.

  • Dodgy

    Don’t any ‘spies’ have decent cameras?
    Maybe they spend most of their time seeing (and taking out of focus photographs of) UFOs?

  • MikeD

    Checking my own pulse…wait…WAIT…nope,feeling nothing anymore when i look at it.
    Is there something as “too much exposure” ? LOL.

    • Johndo

      I think there is. When you launch a product over a year period, you better knock people’s socks off when you unveil the product. Are expectations were very high and now all people are saying is it looks like a BMW and the frame looks awkward. Not 100% I won’t buy one, but I’d say the more time passes the less I feel I’m gonna by one.

  • http://www.motomag.gr Vassilis Karachalios

    The picture was taken in Athens, Greece, late July 2010. Triumphs’ tester rode all the way down to Greece, traveling fully laden. Yes, the absence of camouflage is strange, but hey, maybe they actually hoped for some spy shots. At that time there was a fuel shortage in Athens (a strike), and the small gas can helped him reach the ferry to Italy…