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Old 22 Jun 2013
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Tiger 800 versus 800 XC


used to overlanding in landrover but finally got into bikes. Been riding round on a Honda 125 trail bike for last six months but now past tests so looking for first big bike. Took Tiger 800 out on test ride and really liked it, unfortunately they had just sold XC so don't have one to go on at the moment. Thinking 95%+ likely to be on road but at 6ft 5, wondering whether I'd find XC better or should just go for 800.

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Hi Toby2

Ive got a Tiger 800XC and find it better both on the road and in the rough than the 800.This is only my oppinion though as they say (horses for courses)
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I've thinking about the 800XC as well, it looks like a solid bike - still a bit pricey for me though.

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I started out on a DR650 but was a bit hard going for the highway miles. Have an 800XC and love it! It is great for having to take the highway to get to the dirt. I have ridden it loaded with gear, and it rode well in all conditions. I am a novice so most of my issues are skill related not the bike. I guess it just depends what you plan to ride, but if you are planning on riding the dirt the XC is probably a better choice.
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Thanks for all the advice. Have bought 80O XC, picking up on Saturday.

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Congrats on your new ride. You are going to love it.
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Hi Toby,

How are you getting on with the Tiger 800?

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got the xc since 2 years now…went to alaska this years me my wife on the bike and no problem at all …great bike, durable…did 8000km i promiss you...you will enjoy for long time….congret for your choice.
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If you are going to be off road a lot, many bumps and non surfaced roads get the XC, otherwise, if mainly surfaced roads, the 800 is fine...
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XC is great, thanks for all the advice. Really like it. Tempted to trade up to the 1200 in spring but will see. Don't really have much to compare the XC with as first big bike that I've owned but really like it. At moment sorting out KTM 250 EXCf to get more into offroad.
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i have my XC now for 2 1/2 years and 68.000 km and i am still very happy with the bike, onroad as well as offroad. On 50.000 i made a short video:

• 2013/05 Tiger 800 XC - Wolfs private Website über Motorräder und Reisen

So long,

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There isn't a vast difference between these two models of triumph, but the obvious, significant one lies in the difference between the sizes of the front wheels.
Does anyone have experience of riding both versions of the Tri 800 and how do they really stack up against each other?
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I rode both, back to back along with the F800GS back in December 2010 when the Tigers first came out. The XC feels a lot more substantial as it is taller with larger diameter and longer travel forks. The seat is also higher and the bars are slightly wider.

I bought the XC because it felt more "complete" than the other two. I'm 5'9" with a 31" inside leg and I like the seat in the higher position. At standstill, I am on my toes but, with 30 years of riding experience, this doesn't bother me.
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