It's definately all about what you're used to/tolerant of in terms of the 950 being a hassle to maintain. My previous bike was Yamaha GTS1000 (yes, the one with the front swingarm) and man did that thing suck to work on. What I hated most about it was how NEEDLESSLY complex the GTS's maintinence access was. That bike was a hideous mess of parts, plugs, wires and bodywork, I even had to pull my entire GIVI rack just to bleed the rear brakes! Sure, there's lots to remove to work on the KTM's engine, but careful Austrian engineering is evident at every turn, and I think the design is very smart. I'm willing to work a little harder to maintain my KTM if there's a good reason that it's so complex, and there is: the 950 is light and amazingly compact! My 950 has been totally reliable and the most entertaining motorcycle I've ever owned. Besides, nothing worth doing it ever easy.