What would make the Triumph Tiger 1050 a better dual sport bike for more off road capability? Perhaps a better question is what makes a bike more capable than another in the dirt, sand and mud, over hilly and uneven terrain. I think there's the cockpit/riding position, such as the foot peg position and handlebar position. You have to be able to give the motorcycle good input. Then there's the geometry, suspension, wheels and tires. Let's leave the engine, transmission and electrical system out of the discussion. The tires could be changed out to something that works better off road. That would be the easiest single change. The front wheel could be changed out to a 21". Changing the wheel size would create a slacker, slower responding head angle (or rake/trail angle). I get the impression forks could be slid up higher in the triple clamp to lessen the change from a larger wheel. The suspension seems pretty easy to bottom out, so I think there would need to be some adjustments. Without my riding gear on I weigh 165 lbs. Does the suspension need to be better in all aspects, or can it be tuned to be better off road? Is it a matter of adjusting preload, sag, and compression? The bike itself is pretty light. I think it's even lighter than a V-Strom. Off road capability of motorcycles has come a long way. Adventurous riders were riding some pretty basic machines off road back in the day. Maybe it's all about tires and a positive attitude . The Tiger 1050 seems to have a foundation that could make for an okay "dual sport" rather than "sport touring" as it seems to be now. You may be prompted to tell me to sell the bike and get a "real" off road machine. What I'm interested in knowing is WHAT differences are making dual sport bikes more capable off road. Thanks in advance for your input, and enjoy the ride.