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ADV BikesTriumph Tiger 800 Gets Upgrades All-Around for 2015

Triumph Tiger 800 Gets Upgrades All-Around for 2015

Better suspension and electronics create a significantly improved package.

Published on 11.04.2014

A new Triumph Tiger 800 range for 2015 was announced today at the EICMA show in Milan, Italy. Introduced in 2010, the Tiger 800 has long been a fierce competitor to the middle-weight class-leading BMW F800GS. While the two bikes have similar design briefs, the F800GS usually wins out in official comparison tests. However, the Triumph Tiger 800 sets itself apart with a more charismatic 95 HP three-cylinder engine. The spirited motor delivers a wide spread of mid-range power and produces a satisfying exhaust note right up to a 10,000 rpm redline.

Improvements Across the Triumph Tiger 800 Range
While the Triumph Tiger 800 has always outgunned the BMW F800GS with 9 extra horsepower, it has also been considerably less fuel efficient. Now with a new Ride-by-Wire throttle system, the Tiger receives a 17% improvement in fuel economy, without decreasing horsepower. According to Triumph, the new motor delivers 65 mpg (up from 55 mpg) at highway speeds. This now puts it on par with the fuel efficiency of the BMW F800GS and with a .8 gallon (3 liter) larger fuel tank, the Tiger can travel even further. Triumph claims the 5 gallon (19 liter) fuel tank gives the Tiger 800 a potential range of 272 miles, an additional 50 miles over last year’s model.

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The Triumph Tiger 800’s new Ride-by-Wire system increases fuel efficiency by 17%.

The new Ride-by-Wire system on the 2015 Triumph Tiger 800 opens up new opportunities for advanced electronics safety and performance upgrades. A new on/off switchable ABS system and Triumph Traction Control (TTC) is standard across all models, ensuring maximum confidence and control in any road condition.


Ergonomics have been redesigned to put less weight on the wrists and increase leg room, while the bodywork and windscreen have been improved for better wind protection. New radiator shrouds use air ducts to carry heat away from the riders legs as well.

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Improved ergonomics on the Tiger 800 reduce stress on wrists and increase leg room, while new shroud vents carry engine heat away from the riders legs.

New Triumph Tiger 800 Model Names
The Triumph Tiger 800 is available in two basic forms. The Tiger 800 XR is the more road-oriented touring bike and the Tiger 800 XC is designed for off-road use. The Tiger 800 XC differentiates itself with an ADV styled beak, wire spoked wheels with 21″ front/17″ rear (instead of 19″ front/17″ rear cast aluminum), a radiator guard and fully adjustable long-travel suspension.

The 2015 Triumph Tiger 800 XC receives a new 43mm WP USD fork with rebound and compression damping adjustment, replacing last year’s non-adjustable Showa fork. The XC also replaces its Showa rear shock with a WP unit that includes rebound damping and preload adjustment. Suspension travel is unchanged for 2015 with 220mm in front and 215mm in the rear.

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The Triumph Tiger XC gets an all new fully adjustable WP suspension for 2015, replacing last year’s Showa suspension.

Higher Spec ‘x’ Models for 2015
New higher specification ‘x’ versions are available for both the Tiger 800 XR and XC models. The Tiger 800 XRx and XCx add more sophisticated technology and components to the base XR and XC models. Range topping ‘x’ models receive an advanced trip computer that adds journey time, average speed, average fuel economy, range to empty, and instantaneous fuel consumption.

A new electronic cruise control helps reduce rider fatigue and optimizes fuel consumption. Three riding modes allow control over the throttle maps, ABS, and traction control. Ride modes can be set to on-road, off-road or custom programmable settings. The road-oriented Triumph Tiger XRx also gets a more comfortable rider and pillion seat, while the off-road oriented XCx gets better protection with engine crashbars and an aluminum skidplate. Auto-cancel indicators, handguards, centerstand, hand adjustable windscreen and a second 12v power socket round out the package.

With major updates to the electronics, suspension and fuel range, the Triumph Tiger 800 is heating up the competition in the middle-weight adventure bike category for 2015. These key improvements could be just what Triumph needs to finally move ahead of BMW F800GS and become the category leader.

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Triumph Tiger 800 XC off road

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2015 Tiger 800 XRx in the city

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Author: Rob Dabney

Rob Dabney started a lifelong obsession with motorcycles at the age of 15 when he purchased his first bike – a 1982 Honda MB5. Through his 20’s and 30’s he competed in off-road desert races, including the Baja 250, 500 and 1000. Eventually, his proclivity for exploration led him to dual sport and adventure riding. Rob’s never-ending quest to discover what’s around the next bend has taken him on Adventures in Latin America, Africa, Europe, Asia, and throughout the American West. As a moto journalist, he enjoys inspiring others to seek adventure across horizons both near and far.

Author: Rob Dabney

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November 5, 2014 12:06 pm

Very cool improvements! It will be interesting to see if BMW strikes back with a revamped F800GS in the near future.

November 19, 2014 3:49 pm
Reply to  Mark75

BMW F800GS Adventure has been updated; example huge gas tank.
6.3 gallon, expect 55 mpg @ 55 mph…according to a review.
Ride safe and often.

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Marcus Veytia
Marcus Veytia
February 14, 2015 12:03 pm

All the improvements are welcomed. I have a 2012 XC, which I have placed 30,000 miles on. My Tiger is hibernating now, and unaware that I have a twinkle in my eye for these improvements. Thanks for the straight-forward, succinct article. I do have one qualitative comment on the overall comparison with the BMW F800GS, however.

When I was researching motorcycles (prior to selecting the Tiger), reviews placed the BMW F800GS as slightly advantaged in the dirt, but well behind in tarmac performance. The overall conclusions from the test riders were almost always in favor of the Tiger. Now, to comment on the new upgrades.

The heat around the legs has always been a noticeable discomfort and any modification to remedy that condition is highly welcomed.

Access to the turning off the ABS for off-road travel was previously cumbersome to accomplish. The new improvements in ABS controls are another welcomed upgrade.

The ergonomics with the rider position and handlebars was also a discomfort and I had to get handlebar risers to allow me to ride more comfortably in the standing position; I wonder if the “fix” has changed that issue.

The cruise control is a great addition. I would have loved to have it during my cross-Canada-USA trip.

The article states that the new 5-gal tank capacity is an increase of 0.8 gals (3 litres). Triumph must have reduced the tank size, since my 2012 model came with a 5 gal. (19 litre) tank. The improvement in fuel-efficiency was a worthwhile achievement, and with the larger fuel capacity, gives greater reach into the back-country. And speaking of the back-country, bravo for the engine guards and aluminum skid-plate for the XC.

The new turn-signal cancelling function is a great safety feature. I don’t know how many times I forgot to turn it off.

My final comment is for the shocks. I had an issue with the spring pre-load adjuster screw for the rear shock – it seized. Triumph graciously replaced it since it was still under warranty. I hope the new shocks are better.

Although, there’s a twinkle in my eye for the improved Tigers, I will keep my 2012 – she’s still a beauty and fun to ride!

Rob Dabney
Rob Dabney
February 14, 2015 12:08 pm
Reply to  Marcus Veytia

Great insights Marcus. Thanks for sharing. Let us know if you get the new Tiger!

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