I have a FEW comments on "fly sigs" post:
"The OEM tires are pretty bad on dirt. Be sure to reduce tire pressure to 28/28 or even 24/24 if you're going on dirt, but even then they're not very good off pavement."
Suggest you DON'T do that, as THAT leads to bent or broken rims. Check the build-threads by jdrocks - he runs 36F and 42R pressures in 'mag' wheels, and so far (over MANY gnarly miles) has yet to bend/ break one.
"Tires. I put on Pirelli Scorpion Trail 2, which cost me about $300 to buy. I also bought tools to install them myself, so there's another $100+. I figured I could pay someone else that money to install them or I could buy the tools and have them forever.
Wheels. The V650 wheels are ok but not ideal for off road. Fine for dirt roads and reasonable trails. The problem is the aluminum rims can get dented easily in rocky rough conditions. And the front wheel would be better if it were a larger diameter. This limits the bike in rough conditions and in soft sand or mud. The T comes with spoked wheels. They have steel rims which are more durable in rough conditions, but the downside is truing the wheels every year. Not a big deal but it comes down to your bias of street vs off road. 90/10 the V wheels win. Rough off road conditions, the T wheels win."
See above comments, but an addition - the Triumph has tubes as opposed to tubeless in the Versys, and I have run knobbies on my '08 V (at 36F, 42R), and got great off-road traction AND wear (seems to me I got 10K miles or more...).
"Riding position. The V650 is definitely street biased. The handlebars are in a great position for commuting and touring. They are a bit low for standing on the pegs riding off pavement. If I did much standing I would get a higher riser to get the bars another 2 inches higher. You can see the difference in seated arm position with riders on the T or the BMW bikes compared to the V650. For 90/10 street vs dirt the V is great. If you're going to be 60/40 or 50/50 I would raise the bars."
I suggest the ROX Risers, 2", over the risers from 'Motowerks', as you can raise the ROX STRAIGHT up, while the Motowerkes risers move TOWARDS you, making standing more difficult.
"Luggage. The factory V luggage is ok. It is super easy and convenient to mount on the bike. But the shape is crummy. That notch out of the rear of the luggage is stupid. It makes it difficult to get rectangular objects in the luggage. Like a brief case or laptop bag. Even groceries can be annoying to fit in there. You can buy aftermarket luggage for about the same cost as the factory luggage, so that is what I would recommend. So here the V and the T are equal, just get aftermarket luggage for whichever bike you choose.
Price. The T can get up to twice the price of the V pretty quickly. No doubt the V is a killer bike for the price."
On this I TOTALLY agree. I have TUSK aluminum panniers on my '08 which are WAY more useful than the OEM ones on my '15.
HOWEVER, the OEM ones are more easily removed for things like lubing the chain....