When I got mine, the "retro" trend hadn't happened yet. But I got it for the same reasons. I wanted a sporty bike with adequate performance, light and nimble, with a 2-cyl engine because I like the sound and feel of twins better, and with no fairing because a motor
cycle should have a visible motor
. It's not a fairingcycle. Basically what I wanted was a Norton Commando with modern reliability and service requirements.
At the time (1993), no such thing existed. The only sporty 2-cyl bikes at all were Ducati and Buell, and the Buells then were not yet up to standard.
Then Ducati debuted the Monster, and that was exactly what I was looking for. So that's what I still am riding.