So, I've been riding my one lunger a lot. 12000 miles this year, which, considering I'm away at work on an oilfield for a month at a time, 5 times a year... Anyhow, my DR 650 is set up like a dirtbike, and I ride it like one. Upside down showas, 35+ lbs lighter than stock. And I live in a river canyon and have really progressed as a rider to where the DR just isn't enough bike for me when it gets to slab time. Recently, I made a run from my town (El Portal, in the canyon just down the river from Yosemite Valley) to Casper Wy to see an old buddy of mine. The route I took was 1100 miles there and 1700 miles back, which I accomplished in 4.5 days of riding(combined). Which was mostly lying on the tank, left hand on my fork tube, elbows in, chin on tank bag, 80-85 mph as much as I could. The whole time I was thinking about an xb12x or wee strom. Anything. Well, on a regional forum I'm on, there's a beautiful Super Chicken and a hot-ass Bandit. Both are very good deals and are a hell of a lot of moto for the money we're talking about. The concept of a v-twin appeals to me for the flat torque curve throughout it's range. However, the few times I've ridden my buddies' inline fours (raven edition R1, Honda Fireblade), I sure have liked the quick revving and suck-your-eyeballs-back acceleration. The Bandit is a lot more visually pleasing to me, being kind of a classicly styled, retro sport-standard. But the engine looks so wide. Which may just be a visual effect of it being a naked. And I'd probably put a mini headlight cowl ala Buell on it. I've never had a faired bike, and being in the wind isn't a deal killer at all to me. The VTR's engine is a thing of beauty to me, but half fairings are the ugliest thing in the world to me. I know I'd appreciate it in the wind, but I'd also like to be aesthetically drawn to the bike I choose, though that's not a big enough deal to me to be a deal-breaker. These are both rider's bikes and that's what I'll be doing. At this moment, I'm leaning towards the Bandit, just because all I've ever owned are 'zooks and I think their motors are superb. But that may be reason enough to try a Honda. I know people love them. And I know they can be super-reliable, which is high on my list of criteria. What can those of you who've ridden these or similar bikes, tell me that I may be overlooking, as far as criterion to help me compare the two? Both are horrible on fuel (32ish mpg) and have relatively small tanks for that fuel economy. Luggage options for both? I'll be using the bike for longer multi-day trips, and canyon blasting. My girlfriend lives in Sonora, two hours away on one of the best motorcycle roads in the world, Hwy 49 between Mariposa and Sonora which I access by riding the awesome Merced River canyon! And she works as an ICU RN, so she is sometimes working for 3-4 days in a row, so I'd be blasting up the 1 and 101, hwy 36, etc to see family in Or and Wa, then zooming back. Bottom line is either of these bikes would be worlds better than my poor flogged DR! Thanks in advance, guys. Feel free to JM it up, but I really am looking forward to hearing some stuff I never would have thought of from the most diverse in knowledge, experience, and personalities...group that I've ever experienced. Thanks. The VTR with dual Jardine cans. The Bandit.