A diehard Triumph buddy of mine just traded in his Sprint on a used 2011 Tiger this past weekend. He had the bike at work today and allowed me to go for a ride with it. It is a nice bike, and like every bike, it has its plusses and minuses. That said, I will be staying with my Wee.
What I liked:
Smooth, great sounding engine with LOTS of low-end torque and plenty of power for passing or getting up to speed.
Very well balanced--easy to maneuver and keep my feet on the pegs at very slow speeds without much effort.
Refined ride and fitment of parts.
It **feels** like it would be easy to have a lot of fun with off-road, although I did not take it off road.
What I did not like:
The heat being thrown off the engine, especially on the right side. It was only in the low 80s here today too--not even really that hot.
The seat does not do it for me. I will admit though that I may be getting spoiled by my recently acquired Russell Day Long.
The apparent range given the size of the gas tank, which looks like it will be a bit less than what one would get on the Wee.
Jury is out on:
The speedometer menu seems unnecessarily complex. I asked my buddy how many miles were on it. He could not remember and so tried to get it to display on the speedo, but finally gave up stating he hadn't figured that one out yet.
Anyway, that's it in a nutshell. I got my 09 Wee new for 7k OTD and I have no desire to spend 11k on a new Tiger 800. IMHO, the Wee is honestly more bang for the buck. Of course, YMMV.