Has anyone had any bad experiences with these bikes? Are they a viable/ cheaper alternative to the GS, KTM, and Yamaha's? The reviews all seem pretty good on them. The local Triumph dealer has quoted me a pretty good price on a 2013.
Triumph has a reputation for reliable and durable bikes that work well. The tiger has received good reviews and appears to be a good alternative to an F800 GS. If it appeals to you, go for it. I doubt you will have much to regret.
I really enjoyed the 800XC. Super fun bike with a WONDERFUL motor and great fuel mileage. Just needs a few farkles for more serious exploration.
Here is a little comparo I did with some test bikes.