All the Duels – Duel BMW F 800 GS Vs Triumph Tiger 800 XC: the English against its full sister – Two trails suitable for everyday life

Duel BMW F 800 GS Vs Triumph Tiger 800 XC: the English against its full sister

All the Duels - Duel BMW F 800 GS Vs Triumph Tiger 800 XC: the English against its full sister - Two trails suitable for everyday life

In 2011, the new Triumph Tiger 800 XC comes to spice up the trail segment to try to overshadow the BMW F 800 GS, until now alone in its niche. And the Englishwoman has a weighty argument: its 3-cylinder. Duel between roads and paths !

Two trails suitable for everyday use

No need to lie: if the image of escape that these trails exude can trigger their acquisition, very few of us will venture off the beaten track, even in some cases the cobbled streets of a big city. !

But let’s not sulk our pleasure, because they will do a great job of everyday life thanks to their extreme ease, which allows relaxed driving and even encourages play..

In town, overlooking the lines of cars and swarms of scooters, you experience a real feeling of control and safety on the handlebars. This is particularly true aboard the F 800 GS which shows disconcerting efficiency, limit push-to-crime !

We take great pleasure in getting cold (almost) everything that rolls thanks to the liveliness of the cycle part and the punch of the 800 cc twin! Despite a consequent width of 945 mm, the handlebars of the BMW do not prevent slipping because it passes over the majority of the mirrors.

Hardly less playful, the Tiger also shows ease in urban areas: the flexibility of its three-cylinder and the pleasant smoothness of its gearbox are undeniable assets..

Two bowls or three legs ?

The approval of the 799 cc in-line three-cylinder is of the highest caliber: it combines the advantages of a twin (character and torque at low revs) with those of a four-cylinder (flexibility and extension in the towers), all of this. punctuated by a particularly charming hoarse sound !

But the twin of the GS does better than resistance, despite its 10 hp less than the Triumph (85 hp against 95). It is as flexible and available at low revs as it is nasty and efficient in towers. In addition, the original Rotax twin cylinder can rely on its higher torque and available earlier than on the Tiger: 83 Nm at 5,750 rpm against 79 Nm at 7,850 rpm. Not to mention that the German is slightly lighter, which favors its raises.

The Behème unit also offers a nice sound, especially in high revs, but its transmission is drier. In the game of times, in sixth at 120 km / h on the motorway, the two competitors remain perfectly glued to each other up to more than 180 km / h, speed at which the Triumph stands out with its greatest extension..

Deutsche Qualitat !

The Behème is back on the braking side: despite its front brake calipers with two pistons against four for the English, the GS offers more power and bite as well as a much better feeling. In addition, as it is remarkably suspended, the ABS (disconnectable!) Is perfectly forgotten by not triggering very rarely.

The Tiger is also able to brake hard, but the feeling when taking the lever is less clear. This "spongy" side is reinforced by the fact that the 45 mm fork plunges much faster than that of its competitor. Finally, note that ABS (also disconnectable) is available on the Triumph for an additional € 600 (€ 715 on the BMW).

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