The introduction of the 2011 Tiger 800 and Tiger 800XC tripled (pun intended) Triumph's adventure-touring line-up. The three-cylinder Tiger 800s intensify the off-road prowess of the old Tiger's capabilities and deliver a warning shot across the bow of BMW's F800GS.
Whereas the Tiger 1050 is more of a sport-touring rig with long-travel suspension competing against the likes of Ducati's Multistrada 1200, the new Tiger 800s are constructed to attack and conquer unpaved elements. To illustrate the measure of the newest Tiger's off-road intentions Triumph invited a group of moto-journalists to a two-day ride that would challenge the Tigers on the street and in the dirt.
The morning of the event Triumph's media liaison, Reg Kittrelle, shocked the attending press by announcing at breakfast we'd be spending the following night beneath the stars in a (insert gasp here) tent. "It's all a part of the adventure-touring experience," he said, attempting to assuage our discomfort at the idea roughing it for a night in the wilds of San Diego County.
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