2018 Triumph Tiger 1200 XCa Review

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By John Burns

2018 Triumph Tiger 1200 XCa

Editor Score: 89.0%

Engine 17.5/20
Suspension/Handling 13.5/15
Transmission/Clutch 9.25/10
Brakes 9.0/10
Instruments/Controls 4.75/5
Ergonomics/Comfort 9.25/10
Appearance/Quality 9.0/10
Desirability 8.75/10
Value 8.0/10
Overall Score 89/100

Speaking of adventuring, on my way home from flogging this new Tiger all over the mountainside, I was inspired enough to explore a new route: Instead of taking the 210 to the 57 like I usually do, I hopped on 5 South, to the 10 West, to the 710 South! (I had to go to Long Beach to do a bike swap with Ryan.) Was it scary? A little. There are some parts of LA where you really don’t want to have to stop, but the Triumph Tiger 1200 XCa had me feeling all omnipotent. Bring it on!

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Some of that pavement is not the best, but the bike’s WP semi-active suspenders barely noticed, and 1215cc of torquelicious Triple is just the thing for hacking one’s way through the urban jungle, both when the traffic is dense and when it opens up. The big Tiger was a very solid beast before, now it’s a highly refined, more civilized solid beast.

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Matter of fact, Triumph says all the new Tigers are better for their chosen missions, the XCs are all better off-road, and the XRs are better for all roads – lighter, with improved ergonomics, higher technology and better power if not more of it… There are six distinct Tiger 1200s: four XR models with 17-inch street rubber at both ends, and two XC models with 19-inch front and 17-in rear tires on (tubeless) wire-spoke wheels for better performance on non-paved surfaces. Our test unit, fittingly, is the …read more

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