Best Adventure Bike was once the exclusive domain of BMW’s big-bore GS. Now that Triumph’s excellent Tiger 800 XC has snared this crown for the second year in a row, however, it’s fair to say the British bike-builder has ended that German juggernaut. While Triumph’s all-new Tiger Explorer is the intended competition for the R1200GS, for true adventuring we still prefer the mid-sized Tiger. Less is more, especially when you’re heading beyond the paved horizon. With less bulk, less weight and less cost up front, the $11,999 Tiger 800 XC beats those big bikes—and BMW’s similar F800GS anywhere on or off the map. It carries enough fuel to cover 200 miles between fll-ups and offers a comfortable seat from which to enjoy the ride. The true measure of the Tiger’s greatness, however, is its 79-horsepower, 799cc inlinetriple. With almost all its torque arriving as low as 3500 rpm and a broad top-end fnish, this soulful screamer makes an adventure out of any ride, no matter what the surface.