by Preetam Bora Photography: Anand Mohan Posted on 02 Jun 2015
Triumph Tiger 800 XCx Vs Suzuki V-Strom 1000: Comparison Review
The new Tiger 800 XCx is an entertaining ride – and we’ve not had enough of it yet. The refined in-line triple, advanced electronics and superlative handling make the Tiger a very capable all-round bike. But is it as good an adventure bike? We get a Japanese V-Twin character to check if this Brit triple has what it takes to really go the distance – on tarmac and off it ?
The new Tiger’s been an impressive bike since we first rode it, and for me, it ticks all the right boxes of a great all-round bike; the adventure credentials just come in as an add-on premium, even though that’s what it’s been marketed as. The 2015 Tiger 800 XCx is the top-of-the-line off-road focused range, with standard ABS, traction control as well as cruise control and the addition of Riding Modes to tackle any terrain.
Suzuki’s V-Strom has been around since 2002 when Suzuki first set foot into adventure-bike territory with the original V-Strom 1000. The latest 2014 V-Strom 1000 ABS is almost entirely new, with a bored out 996cc engine of its predecessor, new aluminium frame, new suspension, new design, refined ABS and three-position traction control system.
We top up the tanks and take these two bikes to the closest foothills of the Himalayas for a dose of adventure. Let the games begin…
But the more you ride the Suzuki, the more you begin to appreciate its qualities. If you want to spend 2-3 hours at a stretch on the saddle, the V-Strom proves to be more comfortable. In the end, opinion is divided. At the end of a 250km ride through 43-degree Heat and traffic, my fellow rider Abhijeet was convinced the V-Strom wins as the real deal.
And I had to agree, the V-Strom does prove to be a more comfortable tourer.