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Hey, all, I rode the 800XC today, and wanted to share my first impressions.
I have been a big fan as many know, of the Tiger 1050 after riding one last year. I thought that would be my someday machine. I now have a new someday machine, the Triumph 800XC.
The little ride was only about 20-30 minutes. Long enough.
OMG This machine is in another level, make that several levels above anything I have ever thrown a leg over. Power everywhere, feels like a 450 MX bike offroad, rides as smooth as a Versys on road. Ride one, ride one as soon as possible, but only if you want another bike. Don't get me wrong, you know what a Versys fan I am. I would not suggest that anyone trade for one, you would miss the "versatility" and be sad you parted with the Kaw.
This is not a comparison of the Versys and the Triumph; it is the simple fact that this is a machine that was designed, no mods needed, to leave everyone else behind you.
I won't mention speeds, just suffice it to say I was only concerned when I glanced down at the speedometer. Fast, all the time.
After a few miles down the highway, I was immediately impressed with the smoothness, the quiet exhaust note, the overall civility of the Triumph. Finally, a dirt road was found so I could get just a taste of the other side of this true dual sport machine.
I carefully, and I stress that, carefully, turned on to the gravel/dirt county road. Unfortunately, this part of southern Missouri has straight fence line roads, no curves at all for miles, so the only turn I made in a couple of miles was to turn around.
Keep in mind that I am test riding a 12,000.00 motorcycle, so I was again, extremely careful in how I rode the Triumph.
I took it very easy thru the first 3 gears. In fourth, well beyond any chance of anything crazy happening, I cracked the throttle open.
Instant wheelspin, instant acceleration, all under control, bike stayed true, it just made the countryside blur a bit.
Same type of acceleration thru the remaing gears.
It's kinda like someone decided to take the best of a dirtbike and make it ride on the highway like a BMW.
Ride one. It is so far above and beyond the Tiger 1050 that it should have it's own category. I'll call it "category AWESOME" !!
I know some will think this is over the top, that I am selling out on the V, etc. Not the case I assure you. There is still no machine that, for the price, offers as much as the Kawasaki KLE Versys. I sadly sold mine, miss it a ton, and hope to have another one someday. This is not a comparison between the two, and if you are an individual looking at buying a Versys, PLEASE, do not let this review sway you away from the best motorcycle I have ever owned.
If, you have 12 grand, and are in that market, you owe it to yourself to ride one. OKAY? Thanks and this is the best FORUM anywhere! Later, Element.
Regular Triumph 800