On November 7th, 2017, Triumph Motorcycles showed updated Tiger 800 on/off road adventure motorcycles at Milan’s EICMA show, with a huge list of changes for each. Both the XC and XR models get engine changes, new electronics, new bodywork and other luxury and performance feature upgrades. It’s one of the most comprehensive updates to the 800, now in its ninth model year.

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Triumph claims over 200 updates to engine and chassis, including a more responsive engine, a shorter first-gear ratio, new exhaust, new electronic rider aids, new instrumentation and switchgear, and new styling.

The engine is said to be more responsive. Triumph says “optimized,” but I think that means a shorter first gear and lighter exhaust system with a growlier (is that a word?) sound. Also, there’s a new riding mode for the off-road-oriented XR models – Off-Road Pro – for expert riders to have more control over rear-wheel traction in the dirt.

2018 Triumph Tiger 800 XR

Higher-spec 800 XRx has a 19-inch, pavement-oriented front hoop.

Chassis upgrades include new Brembo front brakes (the bottom-spec XR keeps the Nissins from last year) and upgraded suspension: Showa for the XR models, long-travel WP for the XC’s. WP – KTM’s suspension supplier – should lend the 800 some serious off-road cred.

There are also comfort, convenience and styling upgrades. There’s redesigned bodywork, a new five-poisiiton windscreen with adjustable “aero diffusers,” LED lighting, and new seat foam. You also get your full-color TFT display, up to six engine-mapping modes (depending on model) and backlit handlebar switches and even little joystick-like switch cubes to toggle through the various displays and menus.

We’ve always enjoyed riding the Tiger 800 – it really provides great bang for the buck and is fun to ride – so we’re eager to get our gloved mitts on the six different models (XR, XRx, XRx low, XRT, XCx and XCA) to see how they stack up against the competition. We don’t yet have information on availability and pricing.

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2018 Triumph Tiger 800

New bodywork keeps the 800 looking fresh.

2018 Triumph Tiger 800

Five-inch full-color TFT display keeps the new Tiger owner informed.

2018 Triumph Tiger 800 XC

Off-road-leaning Tiger 800 XCA.

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  • Rocky Stonepebble

    It’s a great time to be alive. ADV bikes were never my thing, but these Tigers, and the AT from Honda, and many of the other new versions shown are really starting to catch my eye.

    • Gabriel Owens

      But these ones have cruise

      • 12er

        I surprisingly don’t miss cruise. Not many places to use it in CA traffic, I avoid the slab at all costs so that doesn’t leave too many long straight sections to drone.

        • Rocky Stonepebble

          Thirty-four years of riding, and I honestly could not fathom cruise control on a motor-bike. Now, twin fifty calibre cannon, front and rear …

        • HughKayers

          In the Midwest cruise is GREAT for long rides getting TO the good rides. Highly desirable feature any fly-by-wire bike over $10 grand has no excuse for being without these days IMO.

      • Clutchman11

        In 30+ years of riding, both on and off road, in urban areas to 16000+ km (10000+ miles, for those of you who don’t use normal units. 😛 ) road trips through Europe and Africa, I yet have to encounter the moment I “needed” cruise.
        In my day job I have access to multiple bikes (ranging from H-D’s to supersports), many with cruise control. Every time I ride one of those and actually use cruise, I find it takes away a bit of my concentration. YMMV, but I encounter enough people on and off bikes who aren’t paying attention to join their ranks.

        • Gabriel Owens

          9 seasons of Texas prep school football and several broken bones later, cruise is absolutely necessary for me on any bike I plan on doing more than 400 miles a day on. Currently work in oil and gas industry and have been doing so for quite a long time. I think im quite a bit stronger than the average man my age. 6’1″ and 240 pounds of pissed off American asshole and have NO qualms about the necessity of C.C. on my touring bikes.

  • Huff955

    Why dont they add an XR7, just so they can have 7.. you know.. because 7 different versions of the same bike make 1 more than 6..

  • Rob Mitchell

    Growlier exhaust? If it describes a triumph it’s a word.

  • Andrew Capone

    I’ve owned a Tiger 800 for six years now, and it is a superb all- rounder. Really a sweet spot for this kind of machine.