Welcome! Test ride both, buy the one you like. I have the Tiger Explorer (the Tiger 1200 you mention) and love it to bits, but it does everything that *I* want it to do. You can have it as road biased or off road biased as you want (I have mine set up for predominant road, partial off road). If you want to do more off road stuff though, I'd be telling you the same thing as most other reviews and people, and that's to look at the Tiger 800 (or equivalents).