Agree with that it probably feels better to take the cheaper bike in my case a AUD$6K bike in rough terrain instead of a AUD$20K bike. I make my comparison with the older DL vs ST and so far it is a 50-50 chance that I`m swapping.
Do not favor: more than double insurance premium, higher fuel cost, many thousands more in purchase cost plus the ST is really beautiful at least compared to the DL so take it on bad tracks with the potential to scratch the bike or even worse but it is mainly in the beginning you are really careful.
The plus sides would be: shaft drive, comfier, better for the rough stuff and the looks....
Will test ride with ms (she said ok to purchase but she is not the one that has to pay for it all) tomorrow.
Do not understand why the bikes are still quite expensive when our AUD$ is very strong?
Why do we still have to pay rego for every single bike since I can only ride one at a time, same goes for part of the insurance.
Anyway motorbikes is a big part of life and is almost priceless.