Triumph leads the way when it comes to the overall design. The 2019 Triumph Tiger 1200 Xcx has a bird beak fairing and a front fender that also serves as a cover to protect the swept area of the front forks. The new LED DRLs join the dual headlight to split the night from the day with a set of standoff turn signals, rounding up the front lighting. The weatherproof handguards are a part of the standard set of equipment, and they come with hand warmers for the ultimate cold-weather comfort.
There is an electrically adjustable windscreen present, while behind the glass, a new five-inch color TFT screen displays all of the instrumentation and menus.
The camel-like hump of the 5.2-gallon fuel tank is typical of the current standards. The top is high and has a wide flange. This is followed by a bevel that meets the frame and the seat at a very narrow joint, making it easier to reach the ground from the perch. The seat is movable through an adjuster in two ways, at 32.87-inches off the ground, or 33.66-inches, so you can have a little flexibility.
A small taillight and a pair of standoff winkers make the rear lights, while a tag holder acts as a rear-mudguard extender keeping the rear wheel sling in control. An upswept exhaust follows the angle of the sub frame leaving the right side of the rear wheel visible. Thanks to this, a single-side swing arm could clearly be seen.
Tubular-steel members are what make the Trellis frame which defines the Tiger. The engine keeps the weight and bulk down, setting the steering head at short numbers. The forks ride are at a 23.2-degree angle with 3.93 inches of trail, offering great handling characteristics with short off-road turning radius.
The all-black wire wheels sport a 120/70-19 and a 170/60-17 hoop, a street friendly profile good on soft surfaces, and not as good at rugged terrain.
The suspension has WP components both front and back. A set of 48 mm beefy and inverted forks carries the front and a coil-over mono shock takes care of the rear. The real magic are the electronic adjustment features, which tweaks the damping of the forks, the shock, and there is also a variable-preload feature in the back.
Things get better with the brakes. A pair of 305 mm discs in the front, while 282 mm discs are in charge of the back. A four-piston, Brembo calipers pair does the work in the front, and a twin-pot Nissin anchor to grabs the rear. There is also a switchable cornering-ABS feature present, available in the stock package.
A brand new keyless ignition system activates the bike from the proximity, and an immobilizer guards it instead of you. The Riding Mode feature has the usual four different preset profiles which deliver power and a new “Off-Road Pro” curve for five in total. It has a top-shelf traction control system, which is lean-sensitive and calculates the available traction, while also taking into account the attitude and the g-forces. Superb stuff if you ask us.
The bike’s engine is an inline triple with an 85 mm bore and a 71.4 mm stroke, giving it a total capacity of 1,215 cc. Liquid cooling improves the temperature stability and reduces the heat, and the water jacket reduces the mechanical noise for a rather quiet ride.
All of the power flows through a torque-assist clutch. A six-speed transmission and a shaft-type final drive carry the power to the back wheel through a double duty single sided swing arm. All of this gives you a max torque of 7,600 rpm and 90 pound-feet, and if you give it 9,350 rpm, you get 141 horsepower.
2019 Triumph Tiger 1200 Xcx Price
The Jet Black model is the bottom tier and costs $19,550 for the 2019. The Crystal White and the Matt Khaki Green will cost you just a little more at $19,800. Triumph also offers a wide range of accessories to help you spend more dollars on the custom bits to make you bike stand out from the rest.
The new Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro would be the right choice as competition.
From the design standpoint, the Italian has its own class with beautiful curves. It has a similar beak front with a standard fly line, a tall fuel hump and an upswept sub frame. All of these features surely make the Multistrada the “hotter sister” here.
The chassis is also similar with a semi-active electronic suspension, as well as the cornering ABS on switch. Ducati added a Vehicle Hold feature to the brakes, making it easier to handle steep inclines, a feature absent from the XCx.
The Enduro has a Testastretta L-Twin engine with a Desmodromic Variable Timing feature that broadens the power band. Ducati does not mess around with the engine control electronics, as the cornering traction control, riding and power modes are joined by a wheelie control, providing additional safety.
The power is pretty similar, but Ducati takes the cake with 158 horsepower and 94 pound-feet of torque against a 141/90 combo the Triumph brings. The Ducati is also more expensive, more than two grand actually at $21,995.