Currently own both a Vstrom 1000 and an Africa Twin. Was planning on selling the Vstrom after I bought the AT, but the Vstrom is so much better on road that I kept it. For what you are describing the Vstrom would be a much better choice... EXCEPT The cockpit of the vstrom is a bit small. If you are 280# you might feel cramped on that bike. I also looked at getting a R1200GS, but when they break they break in a very expen$ive way. I test rode 8 (yes eight) 2007-2012 R1200GSs and finally gave up on finding one that didn't have clutch judder or weeping between the engine and trans. No experience with the Tenere.