Motorcycle USA runs a head-to-head adventurer tourer test between the BMX R1200GS, the new Ducati Multistrada 1200S, and the Triumph Tiger 1050, a bike that looks to be making an exit from the Triumph line-up this next year, with the advent of two brand new Triumph adventure bikes. Read the full review for the details, but the Triumph, as always, gives you full value for the money you spend on it. Does it beat the Panzerkampfwagen that is the GS or the hyperdrive-powered MTS? Tough question. It beats the GS on the street, and the Multistrada off-road, so it’s probably a better all-rounder.
But, though I’ve never ridden the Tiger 1050, I’d throw my personal lot with the MTS1200. It’s an unbeatable streetbike in this category. Occasional forays on well-maintained dirt or gravel roads won’t rouble it, but I’m not really likely to do much of that.
I’d pick the MTS, for the lighter weight and amazing quickness and maneuverability on the street.
But, I have to say, for the price, Triumph is about the hardest brand of bike to beat. They really do make value-priced bikes that do what they’re advertised to do. And, with the money you save, you can always farkle them up.