Riding bikes is what we do, and the dude abides, so I am out here in Moab, Utah swinging a leg over the new Triumph Tiger 800 XCa – the British brand’s fully loaded middleweight off-road focused adventure-touring bike.
Kitted with extra goodness, the XCa is the more premium counterpart to Triumph’s other off-road 800cc model, the Tiger 800 XRx…and if you are confused by Hinckley’s alphabet soup, don’t worry, you are not alone.
To be clear, the Tiger 800 XCa is the fully-loaded off-road model, complete with a 21″ front wheel and 17″ rear wheel. It includes also things like a heated seat and grips, an aluminum radiator guard, and LED lighting,
New for the 2018 model year is a bevy of updates, namely a revised dash and smoother three-cylinder engine. Triumph says that there are over 200 changes to the Tiger 800, though you would have a hard time seeing them. This truly a model refresh, not a new machine.
Still, these are welcomed updates to the class-leader, and I have high hopes for riding the XCa on Moab’s dusty and dirty trails – the previous edition was a very capable off-roader, after all.
Per our new review format, we will be giving you a live assessment of the new Triumph Tiger 800 XCa right here in this article (down in the comments section), and there we will try to answer any questions you might have.
So, here is your chance to learn what it’s like to ride the Triumph Tiger 800 XCa, before even my own proper reviews are posted. As always, if I don’t know an answer, I will try to get a response from the Triumph personnel. So, pepper away.
Spec-Sheet Comparison of Relevant Models to the Triumph Tiger 800 XCa:
|Triumph Tiger 800 XCa||BMW F850GS ADV||Honda Africa Twin DCT||KTM 1090 Adventure|
|Horsepower||95 hp||95 hp||94 hp||125 hp|
|Torque||58 lbs•ft||68 lbs•ft||68 lbs•ft||80 lbs•ft|
|Weight||518 lbs (wet)||504 lbs (wet)||534 lbs (wet)||507 lbs (wet)|
|Engine||Triple / 800cc||Parallel Twin / 853cc||Parallel Twin, 998cc||V-Twin, 1050cc|