After three long years of a non-dirt-capable Tiger, Triumph is finally going to build the bike it should have all along: a badass, medium-capacity, lightweight, three-cylinder performance bike that should shred deserts as easily as it does rainy English highways. It’s coming in two versions: the more road-oriented Triumph Tiger 800 and the dirt-focused Triumph Tiger 800 XC. They won’t be fully unveiled until next Tuesday, but here’s 33 pictures and three videos of England’s new adventurer.
Just about all this material comes from Triumph, which has been slowly teasing and leaking material since July, including “spy” shots that have appeared in various magazines. The shot of the bike’s tank, taken through one of the peep holes the bike was displayed in at Triumph Live was taken for us by a friend and the document that gave us the bike’s name was published by CARB.
Both bikes will be largely identical with the exception of wheels and other small changes intended to alter their focus more towards the road or dirt. The XC comes with a 21-inch front wheel, tubes and more engine protection than the 19-inch front wheel and tubeless tires of the plain 800. A longer front mudguard on the XC will visually separate it.
The Tigers will be powered by a version of the three-cylinder engine from the Triumph Daytona 675, stroked out to 800cc and tuned for torque. Both are expected to weigh around 200kg/440lbs (wet) and use chain drive.