Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Sydney AUSTRALIA
Ride both and see what you like is my first piece of advice .
This is what I found.
I got to ride a Tiger 1050 about 9mnths ago ,I wanted to like the bike but for me it was not right I was glade to get back aboard my wee .
Vibration was bad, funny my mates 1050 sprint dose not have the bad vibs
Suspension is set up for TRACK or smooth road forget Australian sealed roads I got bounced of the seat ( I am 115kg so it takes some to move me ).
Gearbox is great ( should be new bike on factory test fleet )
Realy more road than dirt I would say 20% dirt, Vstrom 35% dirt ,
Ride it and see what the aerodynamics are like I found anything over 50mph and the wind was trying to remove my helmet, realy, realy bad.
I would also look at the wee if acceration and top speed are not that important.
Look second hand you may get a bike with lots of farkles for a cheaper price , remember it's second had once ride it out of the shop .