Test road Triumph TIger 800 XC
Got to do a 2 hour test ride recently on a Triumph Tiger XC. It was interesting as this bike is everything the Versys is only better in almost every way, and well, more expensive too.
The engine and transmission were spectacular. The transmission shifts smoothly and precisely. The engine sounds are amazing and has a strong linear pull to it putting out 95 HP.
The long travel suspension is firm and well damped. The bike never wallowed at high speeds on pavement and had great pavement handling. The only issue was the tires. A 150 dual sport tire on the rear and a 90/90-21 dual sport tire on the front do not provide the same level of confidence in a corner on pavement leaned over at speed as the 120 and 160 sport touring the Versys rides on. It does not have the pavement handling quirks of the BMW 800 GS. There is a much greater selection of dual sport tires in the rim sizes the Triumph is shod with. This is a much superior off road bike than the Versys without making many trade offs in on pavement performance.
Brakes are great.
Weight is about 20lbs more than the Versys but you do not really feel a difference riding the bike. In fact because the center of gravity feels slightly lower it feels lighter during low speed agility maneuvers. Seat height is about 1/2 inch higher than the Versys.
Build quality is excellent and a level or two higher than the Versys. It exudes quality construction.
My only issue is that while it is ~60% more expensive than the Versys it is maybe only ~20% better. IMO the Versys still has it beat in value, especially if you are not a frequent off road rider.
Last edited by twowheels; 08-11-2014 at 01:05 PM.