I think it's tough gig for a manufacturer to cover every base. Look at BMW with their HP2. I've never seen one loaded up and heading down a road. So if you go too far one way or the other you can lose sales. Manufacturers have to play it safe or appeal to a small market. I was not looking for a 1200 cc dirt bike. I wanted a replacement for my Strom that had a shaft drive. After having it off road, then more agressive off road, then stupid off road I couldn't help but be impressed with a side of the bike I didn't expect to have. Yes it's heavy. Yes the KTM and HP2 are better off road. Yes the Yamaha is more versatile than one would think by stats and visual appearance. I've had wheel bending issues and one fork seal leak. I've literally tried to get the bike to break. Other than the wheels the S10 just asks "Is that all you've got?" Sorry, not trying to make this a praise thread. My weakness spots have been wheels, seals and the factory tank bag slides all over in the rough stuff. I did replace the OEM aftermarket plate too with an Altrider just to be a cautious with the sump area.