With adventure touring being one of the few market segments that has shown growth in these lean times, bike manufacturers have responded in kind. The BMW GS owns the lion's share of this segment, but newcomers like Ducati's Multistrada and Yamaha's Super Tenere are turning up the heat, and now it's Triumph's turn: the lads from Hinckley are dropping their own adventure machine.
More details are forthcoming, but there will be two mid-sized 2011 Triumph Adventure models, both bearing the Tiger moniker: one kitted out for the road, with a 19-inch front wheel and firmer suspension (the Tiger 800), and one more dirt-biased, with a 21-incher up front and beefier, longer-travel suspenders (the TigerXC). According to officially-leaked info, both bikes will share a steel trellis frame, ABS as an option, and a 799cc in-line triple as the powerplant. We've been told it's a stroked Daytona 675 mill; presumably the larger capacity and longer stroke will fatten torque at low revs.
Triumph officially just unveiled the two models last week at the EICMA show in Milan, but you can go to the official website for more information now: triumphadventure.com