EICMA 2010: Triumph unveils Tiger 800 and 800XC adventure bikes

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Triumph yesterday held the global unveiling of its Tiger 800 (white) and Tiger 800XC (orange) adventure touring models at EICMA in Milan, Italy.

“Entering the adventure-touring segment is big news for everyone at Triumph, and we know from customer comments that they’re just as excited,” Satu Mehta, VP of sales for Triumph North America, says in a press release. “Triumph’s new adventure motorcycles give us a strong offering in every motorcycle category and a great platform to build on in the coming years.”

The Tiger 800s represent Triumph’s first entry into the mid-capacity adventure-touring sector. Powered by a 94 hp long-stroke 799cc three-cylinder engine, the models share the same steel frame.

Designed for the city and open road, the Tiger 800 has cast alloy wheels and, thanks to the adjustable seat that’s on both models, a seat height as low as 31.9 inches. The taller Tiger 800XC, meanwhile, delivers true off-road capability thanks to its longer-travel suspension and 21-inch spoke front wheel.

Both models come with a wide range of official accessories, including soft and hard luggage options as well as optional gel seats with varying heights. There’s also a range of off-road protection parts. The class-leading 645-watt alternator ensures that the Tiger 800s will have no problem running the auxiliary lights and heated handlebar grips that are available as official accessories.

The Tiger unveilings follow the global introductions of Triumph’s new Thunderbird Storm, America and Speedmaster at last month’s Intermot show in Cologne, Germany. Triumph’s 2011 model range represents the largest new product offering in the company’s 109-year history.

Posted by Arlo Redwine