I know this reply is bit late for you Laurence, but I thought it might help anyone else going this route.
My wife and I have a Versys each and we love them. Had mine almost eighteen months and ride every day.
I bought a 2008 Tiger 1050 a couple of weeks ago, and bought used so I could afford to keep the Versys.
The seating position is similar but there is more leg room on the Tiger, but to me at 6' the bars are less comfortable on the Tiger, as I have to lean a fraction further forward.
I think the Versys seat is more comfortable, not what most people say, but my opinion.
The biggest negative of the Tiger after the Versys is that I have got used to the Versys fuel consumption and range and the Tiger is not quite so good, expect about 15% less than on the Versys.
The rest is mostly very good for the Tiger.
My wife says the pillion on the Tiger is better.
The engine and power of the Tiger are awesome.
Snatchiness is absent on mine, smooth as butter and as powerful as but much smoother than a KTM 990.
Springing is a little soft on the Tiger, but only a problem two up and loaded. I am 230lb and it feels planted on all but the bumpiest of high speed sweepers. Yes it can be improved if you want to do track days, but can't they all.
Tiger gear change is really smooth with or without clutch, and the inital standing engagement clunk much less than the V, but it is harder to find neutral as there is no Kawasaki limiter on going from 1 to2 when standing still.
Standard luggage is not big enough on the Tiger.
The longer wheelbase of the Tiger makes turn in a little slower but the bike feels steadier through high speed bends and I take them quicker than on the Versys.
The Versys seems to carry it's weight lower and feels more agile on smaller twisty bumpy roads, but the Tiger is no slouch.
Brakes on the Triumph are greatly superior to the V, but if you do not want to do stoppies, then I find the Versys more than adequate and the extra bite of the Triumph a little redundant.
The Tiger does have a feeling of quality that reflects the higher price tag.
Overall I would say that if you commute as well as ride for pleasure, the Versys is hard to beat as an all-rounder.
For getting your pulse racing on sweeping "a" road bends and high speed cruisng the Tiger is probably superior. On smaller roads with some grass or gravel, I would prefer to be on the Versys. There is an area in the middle, scratching on twist "b" roads, where they are different but its hard to say which is best.
I have been on the Tiger forum quite a bit these last few weeks. I would say there seem to be few issues with relaibilityand dealer support seems to be better than many brands.
I did not think I needed the extra power of the Tiger, but it is funny how quickly you get addicted to 114bhp ...