Being a KTM and BMW mechanic i'll give you my 2 cents: I love your review, is dead on. The BMW is a bike made for everyone to drive. You don't have to worry if the front end has the weigh on the tire, or if the rear and has the weight, she is made so that the front is quite loaded (this is why she is planted). She is also the same bike when she came out many years ago, but every new year was revised and fixed, so that made it a great bike. Altough sometimes it pisses me off the "problems" bmw has had with it, for instance, i can't believe they still have problems with stuff like the fuel pump relay or the ring antena. So are you paying more for what? is not because of quality. The BMW is the best passenger hauler between the KTM and her, no questions about that. The KTM, it's amazing the things this "Big dirt bike" can do, and in the first generation. One thing i do love about the "problems" with the KTM is that you see them one or two years then they are gone, and that says something about quality. The other thing is that, how can a F%&*ing dirt bike with dirt tires can go that fast around a bend? and the BMW can't leave it behind? come on! To me is priceless. The thing, apart from the fun factor, that makes me own a KTM over a BMW is the very thing all the BMW owners love about their bikes..... The final drive, well, the system i mean, because my problem is with the drive shaft. My type of driving doesn't let me have a BMW because i would be changing driveshaft at least three times a year, and at 900 bucks a piece it makes me realized that my 300$ chain kit that last at least 20.000 Miles full of wheelies and agresive riding is well worth it. BTW: had a lot of fun reading your review. Great writing.