Test Triumph Tiger 800

The Triumph Tiger 800 XR ist the entry-level Tiger 800.

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It shares whatever with ns Tiger family apart from one or two components.

It is currently priced from just RM 56,900 and buyers wollen receive free Triumph aluminium panniers.

Sometimes sie worked hard to do everything right, however somehow, misfortune has a way des tracking freundin down. But then you suddenly realize the it’s nur a higher power telling sie that she mortal, and things sort themselves the end once sie acknowledge that. So, what’s that gott to carry out with this Triumph Tiger 800 XR 2500-km test? Plenty, as you’ll see bei a while.

The Test

It began out with the invitation to die GIVI Malaysian Adventure 2019. It was my dritter GIVI Adventure und this was bei our an extremely own backyard! However, places were limited, dafür I offered kommen sie ride my very own beaten up and rotting Kawasaki ER-6f.

As the days counted down zu the anfang of the event, ich discovered that the front forks to be leaking (again) und some von that oil had snaked into the brake calipers. If it is not badewanne enough, the voltmeter showed that ns coil was undercharging ns battery again (third coil, replaced less than a year ago). Worse, there was no time zu repair it.

Oh dear. Ich prayed that the bike would tonnage the trip.

Then one day, ich received a speak to from Triumph Motorcycles Malaysia. “We’ve gott a Triumph Tiger 800 XR zum you zum the ride. That a brand-new unit.”


Hoooo-wheee! ich would be happy to ride even die second-generation Tiger 800, permit alone die brand-new third-generation XR.

That mine friends, zu sein the power von prayers.

Riding ns Triumph Tiger 800 XR

The XR is the entry level model bei the Tiger 800 range. Everything on the bike including ns engine, frame, suspension, brakes, bodywork ist shared with the other Tigers. The hauptsächlich differences are the smaller windscreen and instrument cluster.


Its instrument cluster ist the exact same unit offered on die previous Tiger, straße Triple 675 and current straße Triple 765 S. As such, there is Triumph Traction regulate (TTC) with the energie set in the equivalent von “ROAD” mode an the XRx/XRa and XCx/XCa. ABS zu sein standard.

As with die XRx, die forks space non-adjustable while the rear shock is adjustable zum preload.


So, it’s a simple bike that doesn’t require ns ride to spend 20 minute to set up before rojo out. All you need to do is jump on and go.

I choose up the brand-new bicycle with nur 4-km on the odometer and proceeded zu break it in by riding to Ipoh to startseite the build des Mizuki with nett of speed organizers Asep and Dani.


Getting on die XR the zuerst time felt prefer putting top top a well-worn glove. Whatever was in place where it should be. Die controls, seat position, footpegs… ich just reached out und they to be there instead von having to adjust myself back und forth kommen sie find die right position.

The engine’s torque made sure that the bike never stumbled zu get going and every equipment clicked into lage positively. I didn’t once catch a false neutral.


The cycle already ich renne weg beautifully wie man it was feuer new. Riding an the sun could sometimes induce sleepiness but not so with this bike. Die engine made just the ideal amount des buzz und the exhaust had actually a nice booming klasse to it zu keep freundin company.

I enjoyed ns ride instead des spending deswegen much energy thinking about how ns bike feels and what it would certainly do. I guess it displayed Triumph’s slogan, “For ns Ride.”


I logged nur over 560 km weil das the trip and sent die bike back to Triumph zum servicing. At the same time, ns crew fitted die GIVI accessories zum the adventure.

It was equipped through GIVI’s Trekker Dolomiti aluminium top und side cases, Tankloc tank bag, screen and crash bars when i picked it trost again. That would’ve added weist least in extra 20 kg to die bike, most of it at ns back.


The GIVI Malaysian Adventure 2019 take it 10 days zu complete und covered slightly much more than 2000 km. (Please click here weil das the article.)

The erste leg of the reise took us to Ipoh, Perak through Teluk Intan. Now with the cases on, there’s more aerodynamic traction at ns back and it changed ns bike’s balance, somewhat. But I gott used kommen sie it within the first few kilometres. Cranking up the rear shock’s preload returned die bike’s chassis balance.


The following day was die longest leg des the journey which take it us zu Kuala Terengganu. Oh boy was ich glad kommen sie be on ns XR.

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It had actually rained ns night before and while ns morning began out cooling, it soon gott very hot und humid. Ours Caucasian friend had faces as red together steamed lobsters von the time we reached ns Belum Rainforest Resort, and we ausblüten had 300 km to go!


The XR’s ease von control spend minimal energy, thankfully. Ns bike handled all my regulates to the letter and not once made decision to schutz a mind von its own. This intended that ich could stay fresh and focused fairly than feeling beat up, for this reason losing concentration.

But ich wasn’t die only one who felt so. Most des the riders in the adventure rode Tigers und they to be thankful zum it. Manuel from Mexico particularly enjoyed it, stand on die footpegs of his XCx also through high-speed corners. Some of the participants, the Australians, an particular, commented that they loved your XCx because die bikes didn’t put trost any fight and just went whereby they to be pointed. One XR LRH was ridden von a Vietnamese participant together with his child as pillion. Castle smiled all the way.


By comparison, none of the marshals rode die Tiger und they quickly felt die strain.

We got to Kuala Terengganu just before Maghrib. Those riding die Tigers to be joking and laughing loudly to be heard across die hotel’s parking lot. Those that didn’t checked in quietly.


Myself, on die other hand, lingered weil das a couple of extra minutes just to look at ns XR und admired punkt its ability kommen sie deliver me to my destination without transforming me right into jelly.

The days went von quickly from the point, but my workload increased. Und this was when i grew to liebe the bike also more.


The traffic polizei had escorted die convoy however since i had kommen sie break away kommen sie shoot photos, i had zu catch zurück up without escort. That supposed that i had kommen sie fight through traffic and stop hinweisen intersections.

Picture this: ich had kommen sie ride hard and fast to stay much ahead of the group. Finding my photography point, i stopped ns bike periodically with the engine running, acquire off and shoot. Once ns convoy passes, i had kommen sie ride even harder und faster again to catch up.


Repeat at least 3 times über day weil das the continuing to be 6 days.

It gott to a phase where ich pitied die Tiger 800 XR, however it just kept walk without once complaining i.e. Hard to start or difficult gear shift or turbulent sounding engine, etc. Except that, ich truly appreciated ns bike’s low seat height, deswegen getting on und off was deshalb much easier.


This leads zurück to why ich love the Tiger 800 line-up. Castle instill deshalb much confidence und keeps adding more surprises. No, not the kind of surprises the threaten to chuck you into ns bushes. Instead, the bike lasst uns you futter it right into corners anytime.

We arrived hinweisen Janda Baik on work 8 of the adventure zum GIVI Rimba Raid. There was a brief ride on in off-road route strewn with large stones and mud into the Rimba valley Motorcamp site.


As there to be lots of traffic going back and forth, ich decided to hand the bike zu one des the marshals kommen sie ride the in. Ich asked him about ns bike afterwards und he has impressed von the bike’s taking care of on ns dirt. “Very easy zu ride,” that replied. “The throttle was smooth, und the engine didn’t kick in suddenly.”

The bike had actually clocked more than 2000 km at the point. Nothing had kommen sie loose, the engine sounded sweet und the suspension performed like wie they were weist 4 km.


The last two days von the ride had actually us riding trost Bukit Tinggi und Genting Highlands. This was when die ride’s organizer reduced the group loose. Guess which riders ended hoch at die front wie we climbed those mountains? it is right, those on ns Tiger 800 XR und XCx.

Why? because confidence.



The Triumph Tiger 800 XR may be simple and overlooked but it is still a Tiger 800 through und through. The lack von electronics was actually in advantage due to the fact that everything ist handled von your ideal wrist. It so means that you don’t schutz to it is in distracted wie man you “don’t feel right” und start rifling with all die options. Again, nur jump on und go.

It handled beautifully und the throttle was characteristically smooth prefer on all Triumphs, for this reason accessible zu all riders.


To sum it up, while other bikes are good or better at one or 2 aspects, die Triumph Tiger 800 XR is good everywhere.

Triumph Motorcycles Malaysia ist currently having a promotion. From just RM 56,900, you wollen receive a free set des Triumph aluminium panniers precious RM 5,800.

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