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2011 Triumph Tiger 800 XC Review: The Tiger Changes its Stripes

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Introduction
2011 Triumph Tiger 800 XC
Photo © Jason Fogelson
I first fell in love with a Tiger in 1994. I took a test spin on a 1994 Triumph Tiger 900, and I thought it was the coolest bike on the planet. It was black with orange tiger stripes, and it was tall and gawky-looking. I didn't buy one back then, but the Tiger has always tugged at my heart. So when I got a chance to spend some time aboard the new for 2011 Triumph Tiger 800 XC, my heart skipped a beat. The 2011 Triumph Tiger 800 XC arrives with a base price of $10,999 ($11,799 with ABS) and a 2-year/unlimited mileage warranty. Triumph doesn't report fuel economy, but I expect the Tiger 800 to achieve 40+ mpg, depending on your riding style.

The Tiger 800 is available in a more purely street-oriented version, the Tiger 800, which shaves a grand off of the sticker price ($9,999/$10,799 with ABS) by losing some of the beefier components on the XC, and lowering the seat height. Both bikes share the same powertrain. Triumph still makes the Tiger 1050, which has a bigger engine and completely different geometry and dimensions -- in essence, the Tiger 800 and 1050 share a name and similar general appearance, but they are completely different bikes.

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