BMW F800GS vs. Triumph Tiger 800 XC | MC Comparo

Out of Bounds

By Tim Carrithers, Photography by Kevin “blackwater” Wing

2011 BMW F800GS | Price: $13,075
Dyno
BMW’s twin-cylinder pump puts out a bit more torque from the bottom up. Effective? Absolutely. Exciting? Not so much. The GS is actually stronger through the midrange, but those revs build gradually and power production tapers off beyond 8200 rpm.
Tech Spec
Engine type:  l-c parallel-twin
Valve train:  DOHC, 8v
Displacement:  798cc
Bore x stroke:  82.0 x 75.6mm
Compression:  12.0:1
Fuel system:  EFI
Clutch:  Wet, multi-plate
Transmission:  6-speed
Frame:  Tubular-steel trellis with aluminum swingarm
Front suspension:  Marzocchi 45mm inverted fork
Rear suspension:  Sachs shock with remote adjustable spring preload and rebound damping
Front brake:  Dual Brembo two-piston calipers, 300mm discs with ABS
Rear brake:  Brembo single-piston caliper, 265mm disc with ABS
Front tire:  90/90R-21 Pirelli Scorpion Trail
Rear tire:  150/70R-17 Pirelli Scorpion Trail
Rake/trail:  23.1°/3.6 in.
Seat height:  34.6 in.
Wheelbase:  62.1 in.
Fuel capacity:  4.2 gal.
Weight (tank full/empty):  487/462 lbs.
Measured horsepower:   74.5 bhp @ 8200 rpm
Measured torque:   50.9 lb.-ft. @ 5500 rpm
Corrected ¼-mile:   12.36 sec @ 107.20 mph
Top-gear roll-on, 60-80 mph:  3.3 sec.
Fuel mileage (high/low/avg.):   54/36/44 mpg
Colors:  Orange, white
Available:  Now
Warranty:  2 yrs., unlimited mi.
Contact:  BMW of North America
P.O. Box 1227
Woodcliff Lake, NJ 07677
800.831.1117
www.bmwmotorcycles.com

Ergos
The BMW’s sculpted seat carries you farther from the ground, describing a more compact triangle between hands, feet and butt than the Triumph’s. Compact riders wish the earth was closer, while tall ones wish the seat and bar were farther apart.


2011 Triumph Tiger 800 XC | Price: $10,999
Dyno
Don’t let the 10,000-rpm redline fool you. This new triple makes nearly as much torque as its twin-cylinder opponent for the first 5000 rpm. More horsepower and a more eager persona take it from there, laying down a decisive advantage above 8100 rpm.
Tech Spec
Engine type:  l-c inline-triple
Valve train:  DOHC, 12v
Displacement:  799cc
Bore x stroke:  74.0 x 61.9mm
Compression:  12.0:1
Fuel system:  EFI
Clutch:  Wet, multi-plate
Transmission:  6-speed
Frame:  Tubular-steel trellis with aluminum swingarm
Front suspension:  Showa 45mm inverted fork
Rear suspension:  Showa shock with adjustable spring preload and rebound damping
Front brake:  Dual Nissin two-piston calipers, 308mm discs
Rear brake:  Nissin single-piston caliper, 255mm disc
Front tire:  90/90R-21 Bridgestone Battle Wing
Rear tire:  150/70R-17 Bridgestone Battle Wing
Rake/trail:  23.1°/3.6 in.
Seat height:  33.3 in.
Wheelbase:  61.7 in.
Fuel capacity:  5.0 gal.
Weight (tank full/empty):  494/464 lbs.
Measured horsepower:   79.2 bhp @ 9300 rpm
Measured torque:   48.6 lb.-ft. @ 7700 rpm
Corrected ¼-mile:   12.07 sec. @ 111.13 mph
Top-gear roll-on, 60-80 mph:  3.1 sec.
Fuel mileage (high/low/avg.):   48/38/41 mpg
Colors:  Black, orange, white
Available:  Now
Warranty:  2 yrs., unlimited mi.
Contact:  Triumph Motorcycles America
385 Walt Sanders Memorial Dr. #100
Newnan, GA 30265
678.854.2010
www.triumphmotorcycles.com

Ergos
Triumph’s lower seat and pegs come at the expense of ground clearance, which only matters in the dirt. The net result is an instinctive riding posture with more room where it matters, plus easy adjustments for seat height and handlebar position.

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