I was lately looking at these 2 bikes, the BMW F800GS, an icon in the off-r0ad /enduro market, and the Triumph Tiger XC, a complete new enduro bike for the 800 category. Surely, the F800GS is a well know bike and have heard a lot about it but the Tiger is still in it’s early stage. However, the first things that have been heard is that the Tiger surely copied a lot from the GS, however, it looks like Triumph have done a good job! They wanted to make sure they get into this market with a good start from the beginning.
I haven’t tried any of these bikes personally so can’t talk about my personal experience, therefore I have decided to group a couple of points I gathered from the numerous articles I read / videos I watched. The BMW F800GS surely doesn’t need much of any introduction! It forms part of the BMW GS family, an enduro style of bike but it’s more based on off-road use rather than on-road. One didn’t point out much negatives points about it, apart from the fact that it feels bit light on the front, with its 21″ wheel, when used on paved roads, especially when with a pillion and luggage. Other than that, the only other point to mention is its height. To be well appreciated, one must be of a certain height, it’s not a bike for everyone!
Going for the Triumph Tiger 800XC, as mentioned earlier, it’s still fairly new on the market, thus we still have to wait and hear about how reliable this bike is when ridden for a number of miles / kilometers. Having said that, from the test drives and initial response from present owners, it already benefits from some good overall opinions. Many say that this is surely a good alternative for the GS, when the main interest is in both on and off-road use. However, contrary to the GS, a bike that feels surely at home when driven on gravel / off-road, the Tiger 800XC feels more at home when driven on road / gravel. Even though it’s great on off-road too, it’s still not as capable as much as the GS is! Another plus point for the XC is its engine, a 3 cylinder one compared to the twin on the GS. Punch might not be as much as that on the GS but definitely gives a smoother touring feeling and high end power.
Am sure that both bikes are worth every penny spent on them but the choice should then me on what you really want to do most when driving. You’re more into off-road use? Then surely the GS is a winner! If you’re more into touring and don’t mind having any other bike other than a BMW, than the Tiger 800XC looks like it’s a good alternative.
As I mentioned above, I never rode any of these bikes so would appreciate having some opinions from those who own any one of these bikes! Will be looking forward to hear from you!