The 2015 Triumph Tiger 800 XRx and XCx made their debut at the India Bike Week last month and are targeted at wanderers and tourers looking for extreme machines. The company has also announced two new dealerships.
Triumph has managed to carve a niche for itself in the performance motorcycling space within a short span of time which speaks volumes about the demand for performance bikes in India. Bringing its latest products to the country, the legendary British manufacturer has officially launched the 2015 Tiger 800 adventure motorcycles with prices starting at Rs. 10.5 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). The new generation motorcycles are being sold in the range-topping ‘XCx and XRx’ variants with all the tech wizardry on offer.
The design language on the Triumph Tiger XRx and XCx is the same with dual headlamps, tall visor and a two-tone paint job; but look closely and you see a host of changes that differentiate the model and their capabilities. Starting with the Tiger XRx, this motorcycle is designed for touring and comes with Showa Upside Down (USD) front forks with 180 mm travel and a monoshock rear suspension set-up with 170 mm travel. The XRx also gets lightweight cast aluminium 19-inch wheels at the front and 17-inch wheels at the rear.
The Tiger XCx is more off-roading inclined with a taller seating height than the XRx and gets WP suspension with 220 mm travel at the front for the USD forks and 215 mm travel at the rear monoshock. The bike rides on spoked 21-inch front wheel and a 17-inch rear wheel while also being 5 kgs heavier than the XRx. In addition, both the models get front and rear disc brakes with switchable ABS, cruise control, three riding modes, traction control modes and four different throttle maps including rain, road, sport and off-road.
The Tiger range is based on a tubular steel trellis frame with an aluminium swingarm and is equipped with an aluminium sump guard, additional engine protection bars and hand guards. Completing the package are auto cancelling turn indicators and a 12V power socket on offer (XRx gets two).
Powering both the XCx and XRx is an 800cc in-line three-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine tuned to produce 95 PS of power at 9250 RPM and 79 Nm of torque at 7850 RPM (UK spec version), paired to a 6-speed transmission. The engine has used parts from the Daytona 675 which has made it lighter while offering more precise gear changes and better throttle response. Triumph also states that the new Tigers are 17 percent more fuel efficient which has helped in an extended travel range courtesy of the 19-litre fuel tank.
With performance touring and off-roading catching up across the country, the Triumph XCx and XRx certainly have been launched at an extremely lucrative period. Nevertheless, the competition is also getting equally intense and the Tigers will be rivalling the similarly capable BMW F800 GS that could soon be locally assembled in the country.
2015 Triumph Tiger Range Prices (ex-showroom, Delhi)
* Tiger 800 XCx – Rs. 10.5 lakhs
* Tiger 800 XRx – Rs. 12.7 lakhs