I've had my SM for a couple of years now and have used it on all sorts of roads, from smooth blacktop to gravelly forest trails. I don't bother washing it anymore because it gets covered in dirt and grit pretty much every run it's on. When the HM came out I was initially enticed by it's svelte good looks and wondered for a while if I'd made the right decision with the SM. Then I looked closely at the HM and realised (for me at least) that it's too 'pretty' a bike and I wouldn't feel comfortable subjecting it to the kind of riding and road conditions that I regularly use the SM on. The SM still looks and feels right when it's covered in bug splat, road dirt, chain grease and dust. Function is more important than form; it's definitely the right bike for me.