I'm looking at the same two bikes, along with the Tiger 800 XCx. I owned two V-Strom 650s for a total of seven years, and have been on a Tiger 1050 for the last year. I love the triple, and the suspension and brakes are a huge upgrade from the Wee, but the 1050 is a little heavy, gets terrible mileage (compared to the Wee obviously), and is 100% road. Also I'd like to have traction control at the very least, and rider modes and electronic cruise control would be nice extras.
I don't go off pavement much, but would like to be able to do a little more — and I'm not one of those highly skilled dirt riders who can take almost any bike offroad. So I'm looking within the 'mild adventure' class with at least a 19" front wheel, which is great for less-than-perfect roads as well. After living with 4-piston radial calipers and good adjustable suspension for the last year, I am loathe to give them up. Also with a more frequent passenger now, I want at least 85+hp.
From my reading so far, here's what I see as the pros and cons of each:
fully adjustable suspension
a bit more power
heavier (but not bad)
no cruise control or rider modes
a bit boring
Tiger 800 XRx
rider modes + cruise
no suspension adjustment
brakes just ok
Tiger 800 XCx
rider modes + cruise
handling not as good on-road? (this could be a big one)
more dirt-oriented than I really need?
My next step is to go ride them all back-to-back, but I'm waiting until it cools down a bit here in TX so I can focus more on the bikes than on how freaking hot it is.
2010 Triumph Tiger 1050se
2009 DL650A - sold
2005 DL650 - dearly departed
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Last edited by The Golden Monkey; 08-01-2016 at 07:35 PM.