The Tiger leaves its trail on the monsoon hit roads and tracks of our country
I’m taking on a whole new adventure with my side kick – the new Triumph Tiger 800XC. Or is it the other way round? Either ways, the plan is to kick some serious dirt, hit some severe trails and cause splashes while riding through water logged ditches. It’s just another day to office during monsoons.
The name Tiger isn’t new for the iconic British motorcycle manufacturer, but none of the older Triumph Tigers have been as hungry for adventure as the new Triumph Tiger 800XC. And boy does it grab eyeballs.
The 800XC is unlike any other bike plying on the roads. This allows me instant gratification - gives me instant celeb status with its great styling. Our test bike looks lovely in the matt khaki green hue, along with its beak-like front mudguard, dual head lights, and a small wind screen which appears as if the Triumph Tiger is ready to take on any kind of adventure.
Ergonomics is ideal for long hours of touring, or day long trail riding, or both in our case. The wide and adjustable handlebar, position of the rubber-less footpeg and large supportive seat creates an upright but comfortable riding position.
Rear seats are extremely comfortable too, with plenty of room and a pair of chunky grab-rails and well positioned footrests. But one ends up scraping the oversized grab-rails with the riding boots everytime the rider alights the lofty bike. There’s decent underseat storage and plenty of useful tools in the toolkit. Plus the seat height can be raised further by 20mm (Oh God No!) if needed, without any tools.
Equipment-wise the Triumph Tiger 800XC comes with very basic clocks compared to other modern bikes. It gets a digital speedometer with trip meter, gear position indicator, fuel gauge and service indicator, along with an analogue tachometer. Other features include a coded key immobiliser for security and a high output alternator to power optional accessories like spotlights or electrically heated grips in case you plan a trip up North.