Thanks for the awesome report.
I read your original comparison of the BMW to the Triumph Tiger and ended up buying a Tiger of my own which I thoroughly enjoyed. Your details and information are spot on and I thank you. It seems I may now have to check out the new Tiger 800 myself since I too find the 955 and 1050 to be a bit top heavy and hard to maneuver by hand, backing it is a bitch.
Enjoy the Spring riding.