The Tiger 800 XCx was the least enjoyable playing on the edge of traction, both on the gas and on the brakes. On the lowest traction-control setting, the Tiger’s electronic power modulation was choppy as we tried to groove on these slippery, dry mountain roads, making the bike difficult to slide smoothly. With the TC disabled in Off-Road Pro mode, rider control ruled, and in second and third gear, all was OK if the throttle was used with precision. In the occasional first-gear corner, the rear snapped out too quickly in (its now lower-ratio) first gear. Braking hard on soft, loose dirt invokes ABS sooner than on the other two bikes. Back it down a notch or two, and the Triumph is a competent accomplice.