some of you guys are so kawicentric, it's funny. it's okay to give props, your bike won't be offended.
On the same page as the Triumph photos is a link to the Honda NT700. Suzuki has the Strom. The holdout is Yamaha. Anyhow, it's an interesting new trend that the Versys initiated and defined IMO.
are you kidding? as i read your post, it sounds like you include the NTV in the same class as the Versys. do you know that bike has been around for like a decade? ever heard of the Multistrada, with 17s on both ends? it's a new version, not a new model. that bike was an originator, it was ugly and weird before Kawi could misspell versus. nevermind the hordes of trailies with 19" fronts like the TDM, AT, Wee.... learn your history, son!
Why not just get the 1050? It wouldn't make sense (to me anyway) to spend money just to go to an 800.
well, the Tiger 1050 is like a Speed Triple, the 800 is a stroked, leggy Street Triple. there are fifty pounds between those two bug-eyed bikes. that's a significant difference, i'd say.
if you actually plan to go a-travelin offroad, the wheelset also makes a difference. bonus -- the power distribution will be softer than a 1050, which also facilitates life on the unpavement. yet, it has much more horsepower than a Versys, which might matter of you ride loaded and/or 2up often (Street Triple => ~100hp). obviously, an 800 should cost less to buy and insure than the same model in 1050. so, there are reasons....
Looks like a more costly less reliable, more expensive to maintain, fewer dealer V to me....but you could get a cool triumph jacket to go with it...
that's HD, KTM, BMW and the Italians. Triumphs are not difficult or expensive to maintain, reliability is up there with the Japanese bikes.
me, i like 'em. i have no use for either of them, as i'm reduced to a lowly commuter these days. but i like 'em.