That looks like a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing.
I did a short demo ride this weekend on a Tiger 800 at Socal Triumph in Brea, CA. That 3-cylinder is so buttery smooth, you can barely feel it running. And it's power curve is just about perfect, I think. Puts down about 10 more hp than the Versys, up to about 7500rpm where the 650cc twin starts to top out. The 800 triple keeps building power linearly up to 9000rpm. But that linear powerband never surprises you, never feels out of control. The transmission is also super smooth and quiet.
The clutch take-up is also very smooth and predictable. It's as though it has a super-heavy flywheel. Even a hamfisted rider like me turned into a parking lot champ.
The suspension did not impress me as much, but that's not to say it was sub-par. The forks felt harsher than I'd prefer, but those kind of things can be fixed more easily.
The seat is nicely shaped, and the reach to the bars and footpegs is comfortably relaxed, a good compromise between street and dirt. I set the seat to its lowest position and at 5' 8" felt comfortable at stops. (But even better pulling away from those stops WFO.) The windshield is pretty tiny.. would need a bigger one for freeway duty.
The 800cc triple certainly feels wider between the legs, but not excessively so, as I felt on the Tiger 1050. That was the bike I was most looking forward to riding, but it's size and heft put me off. It was fun to ride, and would make the better highway cruiser with it's extra displacement, bigger fairing, 17" wheels, etc. But it handled rather sluggishly around town. And it didn't help that I could only touch toes to the ground.
Guess I better start saving my nickels and dimes. These Brit bikes ain't cheap.