At long last, we finally get to see (clearly) what the Triumph Tiger 800 XC looks like. Triumph hasn’t leaked any good images of the street version (called the Tiger 800), but expect it to look much the same except for a smaller front wheel, street tires, smaller mudguard and less skid plating. You’ve probably already figured this out, but the Tiger XC is meant for those who like to play primarily in the dirt, while the Tiger is meant for those who spend their time on paved roads. Both bikes can do double duty to some degree, but they’re focused on their respective markets.
Both versions of the baby Tiger are powered by a long stroke version of the Daytona 675’s motor, and Hell For Leather estimates that it’ll make around 114 horsepower and 63 ft lb of torque. That should make for an entertaining ride and will pose a serious threat to BMW’s F800GS, which is both heavier and less powerful.
Look for the Tiger 800s to hit Triumph dealers next Spring, with pricing to be announced closer to launch date. Here’s a hint, though: they’ll cost less than a comparably equipped BMW, and should sound a whole lot cooler, too.
Source: Hell For Leather