At this time in 2011 we were on the road with Triumph. Although on this trip we loved these bikes we are owners of 2013 BMW F800GS bikes now for many reason. In the end our opinion stays the same about the T8XC and thought reblogging this would maybe help those who were thinking about buying this bike.

Advgrrl Motorcycle Adventures & More

August 14th 2011

By Cheryl & Leslie

After riding the Tigers that were loaned to us by Triumph Canada for 13673 KM or 8496 Miles we both feel confident that we have an informed opinion. We spent 44 days on the some of the harshest roads we have ever ridden on in BC, the Yukon and Alaska.

This bike was truly put through an average ADV rider’s trip. No magazines, no professional photographers, no back up team, we are not professional riders or reviewers. We are normal hard working grrls who commute to work every day and try to get in one decent trip per year. We ride on the street a lot but also head into the back woods on forestry roads and some that would be considered ATV like.

Like we said in our first review we do not beat on our bikes. They are an investment…

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Author: advgrrl

Avid ADV rider! This Blog is all about the adventure in adventure riding. Researching new bikes, routes, accessories, learning about other riders and hopefully a great place for others to comment and explore with me. PLUS, up and down's, wildlife, my dogs, my life!


  1. I’m test-riding the Triumph 800 (not XC) tomorrow hopefully. So this piece has been really useful 🙂

    1. Are you going to try the XC? Not sure how tall you are but trying both bikes with a low seat on low might help with the height..let us know what you think

  2. Thanks for the tip about the XC. I kinda assumed that the XC would be too tall? But maybe I’m wrong! I’m 5’8″ but my previous bike was a Ducati Monster so I like my feet on the floor as much as possible! I’ve only spoken to the dealer about the non XC Tiger and was impressed at the versatility of the seat height. Apparently seat height starts at 830mm/810mm/790mm but it can be reduced right down to 770mm at its lowest (with a different saddle) which is brilliant. I think 790mm or 810mm would be perfect for me. Test rode a Hyperstrada a couple of weeks ago but really struggled with the 830mm seat height and I am dubious about ordering a lowered version without a test ride. Will let you know how I get on 🙂

  3. Hi, I’ve been riding the Tiger roadie for 18 months but last month it was written off in an accident (I’m walking wounded but ok!) . Intend to replace it with a Tiger, but am wondering about the XC …. How tall are you? How did you find the height? I don’t do much gravel roads etc, but hope to do some long trips in Europe next year. Do you reckon I’d be better sticking with the roadie ? I’d be really grateful for your thoughts.

    1. I am only 5’5″ with an inseam of 30.5 inches. If you are a confident rider and don’t need your feet completely flat than get the XC..use the Triumph low gel seat on low setting…you will be fine. We own BMW F800’s now and I am not flat footed at all and I am so used to it by now. I have stock suspension, not the low but use the BMW low seat. It’s great! Sorry to hear about your crash but glad to hear you are getting back on a bike.

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