I have an 1190 R - have been riding it for almost 9 months now and my opinion after living with it is that is one hell of a bike. Easy comfortable commuter, exciting - if you want to do crazy speeds it can. Handling surprisingly good on road) and very capable offroad - it handles single track, dirt roads etc very well. (I upgraded the suspension with progressive springs to be better in the rough stuff and went 3 teeth larger on the rear sprocket to be more suitable for tech). Yes it is heavy and not as good offroad as a 950SE/990R but I think the R is better than the standard 990/GS (any other new big duel sport bike for that matter - if the 1190R can not take you were you want to go you probably need a 690 in any event). The limitation on this bike is the rider. it is extremely easy to ride and the offroad electronics (ABS and Traction control works really well - you can still drift the bike and slide the rear with a safety net - yes if you are a Dakar god you'll switch it off, but for the most it works really well... Some negative off course - fuel filter - front rim to soft etc. Probably the best all-round bike that I have ever ridden.