If you read the interview
with Triumph, they started working on this bike before the F800GS was launched, so I'm not sure that the suggestion that they copied it is valid. As others have said, most bike types follow certain design cues, such as sports bikes, trail bikes, cruisers. It's what sets them apart from the other types. At least Triumph don't have wonky headlights, although it could be said that that's what sets the BMW apart from the others.
As for criticising MCN for it's "Best Adventure Bike" headline, well I sem to remember that a similar headline was made throughout the biking journalist world about the BMW S1000RR, long before any comparison tests were made.
I have had to pick my (laden) R1200GS Adventure up twice, and managed both times on my own. As someone else said, it's technique more than brute strength, so I don't think that the diddy wee Tiger will present too much of a problem.
What defines an Adventure Bike anyway? Simply riding any bike from London to Cornwall might be considered an Adventure to some. For me it's the ability to run on both tarmac and offroad. I went to Gibralter from Edinburgh in 1992 on a ZX10, and noticed then that the majority of tourist bikers were running XT500's or Africa Twins or the like. While my bike had no problems at all with the roads, it was obvious to me that I was missing out on some spectacular scenery by being unable to go offroad. So when I came home, I bough an Africa Twin, and took it, with my wife, up to Aviemore and then offroad over the Grampians. Now that was an adventure!
My only problem with the Africa twin was that, after the power of the ZX10, it was a bit gutless. Thank you, Triumph then for producing the first Tiger, which had much better performance, but in the end was not nearly as able offroad.
What defines offroad? Personally, in this genre, it's the ability to use well beaten tracks, cross a river, and perhaps some loose surfaces. Purpose built offroaders can do the rest, because we're not looking for a mountain goat here.
I agree with others, in that I don't want a bike that excels offroad, but is uncomfortable and lacks the power for road use. Equally, I don't want a fine handling speed machine that can't cut it offroad. That leaves me with needing a compomise bike, and that, it would seem, is the new Tiger XC. So I've put my deposit down, and wait until next year before I get one (ABS Model).
I'm keeping the BMW though.