The Triumph Tiger is offered in many makes, which includes the 800, 800 XC, 1050, and 1050 XE. The 800 XC and 1050 XE are built for use on or off the road, while the standard models are intended more for usage on the asphalt. The six-speed, manual transmissions shift with ease and high engine rpm doesn't pose any problems. There are weight concerns for both models, as the Tiger can easily be weighed down with additional storage compartments. The Tiger also comes with anti-lock brakes installed in certain models, which makes for an excellent bike. The anti-lock brakes compensate for overuse of the brake, and makes staying on the bike in a high-risk situation a lot easier. Additionally, the seat heat is adjustable on the Tiger to make it more comfortable for the rider. The seat is positioned upright for optimum view and control. The narrow handlebars may pose a problem for larger riders, especially since the mirrors are a bit too close together. Overall, the Tiger 800 and 1050 models provide excellent service for road and trail with a high level of quality craftsmanship. Styling between models varies slightly.
The main differences between the 800 and 800 XC and 1050 and 1050 EX are found in the suspension systems and the wheels. The 800 models offer 799cc, and the 800 models specifically produce 81 horsepower and 50 lb-ft of torque. The delivery from these engines is smooth, and they allow for excellent control during corners and curves, making the 800 model ideal for winding roads. The 800 model features a slightly smaller fork for suspension than the 800 XC, and comparing the two, the 800 has 7.1 inches of travel while the 800 XC has 8.7 inches of travel on the suspension. This leads to the 800 XC having slightly more dive on the front end, but the suspension does a great job on the road. On the shocks, the 800 gets 6.7 inches of travel and the 800 XC gets 8.5 inches of travel. On the wheels, the 800 features a 19-inch front wheel while the XC features a 21-inch front wheel. The 800 XC's larger wheel does better on rougher terrain, but the difference is practically unnoticeable on smoother roads.
The 2011 Triumph 1050 and 1050 SE are equally impressive with more power in the engine. It doesn't have a huge list of bells and whistles as standard fare, and the design may seem a bit dated. The dated design is attractive, though, and while the motor and setup is rather simple, the technology itself is fairly contemporary. The 1050 models come with 17-inch alloy wheels. The overall design is very basic. The gas mileage is estimated at 42 miles per gallon, which is fairly impressive for this size engine. It produces 107 horsepower. However, when pitted against the competition, the Tiger 1050 models are slower to accelerate and driving on gravel is complicated work. For some, the optional anti-lock brakes may seem a bit too touchy. Overall, the design of all Tiger models is basic and not ideal for touring. Instead, short stints on curvy roads will give the best performance and entertainment.