ifty miles south of the broad boulevards and shimmering palms of Marrakesh, Morocco, there’s snow covering the rugged peaks of the Atlas Mountains. The pavement, such as it is, is broken and strewn with gravel and smeared with red, wet clay and patches of snow. Puddles the color of gas station cappuccinos and of unknown depth appear around blind apexes. Here, it’s easy to get caught out by passing trucks, the stereotypically overzealous taxi driver, or the occasional herd of goats. What it calls for is an adventurous machine, ready for whatever the road throws its way. In this case it was the 2018 Triumph Tiger 800, a motorcycle designed for imperfect roads and the unpredictability of every journey. A couple of months ago, I rode the 2018 Triumph Tiger 1200 in Almeria, Spain, and was duly impressed with its cadre of electronic rider aids, its predictable road behavior, and its surprisingly competent off-road ability. When I was asked to leave behind a cold New York winter to test the 2018 Tiger 800 in Morocco, I was expecting a warm desert sun and a less impressive motorcycle—after all, the top-spec Tiger 800 XCA is nearly $6,000 less expensive than the 1200 XCA. Instead, the weather was cold and snowy, and the motorcycle was just as capable and refined as its big sibling.