Well, I am back in the fold with an adventure(ish) bike. I went from a 1200GS (which I rode all over the country) to a Speed Triple, which was hard core, fun as hell, but not meant for longer rides. I missed going out and just riding to enjoy the scenery and see where the road would take me. On the Speed Triple I was too interested in pulling the front wheel off the ground or accelerating like a bat out of hell from every stop sign. Basically, I was going to get into a lot of trouble on it, and I didn't enjoy exploring the rough backroads. So, I swapped it even on a 2007 Tiger. I LOVE the 1050 engine and didn't want to give it up, but I wanted more comfort and tourability. Here are my thoughts, because I read threads like this all the time when I am contemplating my next bike. I weigh around 165, so I am lucky when it comes to stock suspensions and what the manufacturers consider a "target" rider. I realize in the US the average weight is more, but for some reason most manufacturers use my weight as their target. I read a lot of threads about the crappy Tiger suspension, so I was prepared for the worst. In my opinion, the suspension is GREAT for what I like to do, which is explore backroads in comfort. It soaks up the bumps very well and provides a smooth ride. Right now I would actually say it is more supple than my GS was, but I will need to ride more before I can make a final determination. It tips in easily, corners well, provides confidence, and soaks up all of the irregularities without beating the hell out of me. Dirt and gravel roads? No problem as long as you take it easy and realize you don't have a lot of traction. The bike has Pilot Roads and so I just go pretty slow and try not to make any sudden inputs. The soft suspension and long(ish) travel does a great job of soaking up all of the ruts and larger chunks of gravel, and I feel just fine on the dirt or gravel (and I don't have a dirt background at all). If it was really muddy then I might be in trouble. Basically, I rode my GS on these roads, and the Tiger will be fine as well. I might have to slow down a little more, but I can still go see where the road leads without worrying about beating the crap out of my bike. Considering I ride probably 90% pavement, this Tiger is very well-suited for my riding style. Honestly, I think there are a lot of other ADVriders that are like me in that they want to buy a bike that can go take on the Sahara during a round-the-world trip, but in reality they go off on a camping excursion and the worst their bike sees is a forest service road. With that in mind, the 1050 Tiger is just fine unless the road is really gnarly. A lot of people just relegate it as a sport-touring bike and say not to consider it at all for dirt, but the long suspension travel makes it perfectly fine for these dirt roads. Sure the front tire is a little wide, but just take it easy and enjoy the scenery. Plus there are some dual-sport options as far as tire choices, which should improve the traction and make the bike even better in the slicker stuff. Headlights? Suck, just like I read. An HID kit is on its way ($35 from DDM) and if that doesn't do the job then I will get an LED kit and I should be all set. Very minor issue IMO, but still something you should plan on addressing. Comfort? Very very good, at least for me (6'0 with a 33" inseam). Some buffeting with the stock screen but no worse than the various screens I ran on my 12GS. I found if I scoot back on the generous stock seat, the buffeting decreases. BTW, the stock seat is the best I have found on any bike. It is huge and supportive and makes me feel like I can just ride and ride. Long days will be no issue on this machine whatsoever. Performance? Haven't had the bike in the mountains yet so I can't comment on how well it does in the twisties, but the engine is perfect, IMO. Smooth, powerful, and WANTS to rev. I always felt like I was thrashing the boxer engine when I took it to redline, maybe because it is so mechanical sounding and you really start to hear the pistons/cam chain/engine noise when you are revving it up. The 1050 engine just WANTS you to rev it, and it pulls very strongly from idle all the way to redline. I am sure the new Multi has an intoxicating (and more powerful) engine as well, but I cannot imagine why you would actually need more power than this on the street. Passing other cars or accelerating away from a stop is effortless, and you can expect 40-50 mpg while you are doing it. Build quality? Good, but not as good as the 12GS. I hope, and expect, the Tiger to be very reliable but I guess time will tell. This one has 14,000 miles on it so it is just broken in and ready to go. I am going to add some hard luggage so I can commute and tour on it with ease. Looking forward to doing some camping as well. In summary, this is a great bike, and IMO it is underappreciated by the ADV community. Bikes like the VStrom get lots of recommendations (and I have ridden one so I can comment on this) but I feel the Tiger is just as capable on most of the roads that you will see day in and day out. Plus, it has a ton of power for whenever you need it. If you like to go down a goat path whenever you find one then yeah, the 1050 is not going to be the bike for you, but for dirt/gravel it is plenty capable. Hope this helps future buyers who are deciding what to get next. For $5000-$6000 used, I think it is a tough package to beat.