I really appreciate all the feedback from everyone. It has helped me sort through the differences of the two models. Turbo's post here, as well as some of the others, and the conversations I've had with my other riding buddies, has confirmed what I suspected, that the road performance of the XC will be sufficient while provide a cushier ride, and something more adventure oriented for my solo trips. Plus, coming from a dirtbike background, it just makes sense for me to have a bike that can manage more aggressive terrain. We tend to seek this stuff out. And I know it sounds confusing, or that I have an odd priority of how or what I am trying to make the choice on. The reason I keep asking about two up is because the wife has started coming along on some road trips on the Versys and it's pretty cramped, plus no extra room for some gear for some light touring and overnighting. So that was part of the reason to look for a bigger bike. But she doesn't go that often so when she doesn't I wanted a bike that would be a better adventure bike than the Versys, and something for over-the-road in a way that my Husky TE630 is not. Hence my initial strong interest in the T800 roadie. And hence why I had already ruled out the sport tourers and road bikes, attractive as some of them are. I also wanted something fun for around town, afternoon recreation riding, and something with a little more pizzaz. The tigers have that, and they're light and easy to ride. I was also very interested in the new Super Tenere, as well as R1200GS, Ducati Multistrada, Triumph Tiger, and KTM 990. The 'strada got scratched pretty quick, it's too much $$ and too finicky, and it's really for all road going. The Tiger 1050 is also all-road, although they are a relative bargain these days. The KTM is the other way, fantastic offroad, but said to be not so hot for 2-up or long road trips. Plus it has its own issues with finicky and difficult maintenance, fueling, and it's heavy. The weight thing is what swayed me away from the Tenere and the GS. I REALLY liked the Tenere, but geez, it's a big bike. The GS is not so bad, and I would probably be happy with one, they are great 2-up trip bikes, but they don't give me much excitement. They are just too, well, bland. So that brought me back to the Triumph. Lightweight (relatively), smaller adventure bike that would take two riders and some gear, fun to ride etc...well I don't have to explain it to you guys. Then I test rode it and whoa, it went from 'interesting' to 'gotta have'. I was blown away. So much so I don't even want to ride my Versys any more. It's that much better. Of course it's twice the money too. A lot of the ADV'rs I ride with do a lot of dirt roads, and they tend to get into some more difficult sections and I just know the XC is the better tool for that. But the primary use for me will be as a streetbike, occasionally 2-up. So I wanted to make sure the softer suspension and 21" front wheel wasn't going to detract from my primary usage. And of course we slow down a lot with a passenger, that's just a given. I just didn't want a lethargic, wallowing marshmello when touring with the wife. Obviously the XC is going to do great for what we want. I think I would have been happy with a roadie, but the XC is going to check ALL the boxes. So I'm picking up a new white one tomorrow. Thanks again, it's a great community of riders.