Well, if I were Suzuki, I wouldn't look for this V-Strom to set any sales records. But, for a guy like me, this might be an option. Because I'm not looking to scrape my way around every curve, or run 175 down the highway. However, I do like a burst of power fairly often. I do like an upright seating position. I also like some wind protection, and a large tank so I can travel. This bike looks to weigh 80-100lbs. less than a bandit 1200, but with similar power, and a 6-speed tranny, as well as liquid cooling. Won't win any beauty contests though!