I've been testing checking several bikes recently. Size is not an issue for me since I'm vertically challenged. I'm looking for a more powerfull and roomy bike for two up long range touring. This is what I found so far:
Ninja 1000. The riding ergos are a lot like the V except for a more aggresive forward lean stance. Fun factor is though the roof. However, it does not fit what I'm looking for. There's not enough room in the back for my pillion for long distance tours. I really like this bike.
Concourse 14. Super roomy, ridiculous amount of power. Problem would be keeping my license. You can get one heavily discounted therefore for the type of bike it is it is a bargain. However, I do not want the road surface to be a limitation in where I go so sport tourers are out.
Suzuki GSX1250FA: I got my leg over one. Although I did not hava a chance to ride one it felt very, very comfortable. Under $12k it is a very tempting option. However, sport tourers are out.
Yamaha Super Tenere: Two weeks ago I test rode one . That is a wonderful adv tourer. Very similar to a BMW R1200GS (I rode that one last Sat too). Extremely comfortable. Good power and handling for a machine that size. Under $15K it is the value leader in the adventure touring segment (In the US at least) It is a very big bike though and it is missing some of the fun factor the Versys have. However, it does everything I want and based on the test I did it can do it extremely well. Right now it is in my short list.
BMW R1200GS. It is the most comfortable bike I have ever riden. However, the rest of the experience was a disappointment. The engine design is 30 years old and it shows. I do not see how anyone would pay the money for it. The gizmos are great but it boils down to the ride and the GS although and outstanding ride does not do well enough against the Yamaha to justify the premium price.
Triumph Explorer: I rode on last last back to back against the GS. This bike was a revelation to me. It is the best bike I have ever riden. It is comfortable, powerful, comfortable. handling is superb for a bike on this size and class. I am totally sold on this bike. Two things keept me from signing in the bottom line and ride one out of the dealer. Price, we are talking $17K to $18K out of the door vs. $15K for the Yamaha and dealer network. The price issue is about convincing my wife that it is worth the extra money. The dealer network is a different thing. I do not want to be stuck with a broken something and have to wait days for a part or have to tow the them thing hundreds of miles to get to a certified shop. I like to tour off the beaten path and the idea of been stuck in the boonies with no service available really scares me.
I checked the ergos on a Tiger 1050. That is a very tempting option if the big adv tourer does not work out. It is a good upgrade performance wise. However, I do not see it as much of an upgrade in the comfort area. You might want to look into it too. The Tiger 800 XC is out. Not what I'm looking for. Too dirt oriented. Maybe the standard Tiger 800. However, I do not see much of a difference in the ergos from the V to consider it.
Hope this helps