Everyone seems to know someone who had a friend whos BMW broke down. I've been around a lot of BMW owners and not one ever had a problem. My buddy Joe bought a new CBR1000RR and it was a complete pile of garbage. Every bike has the potential for issues, but it seems people who spend lots of money on a bike expect it to not have problems and are more likely to complain. European bikes tend to be more complex and higher strung so there is a tendency for more minor issues then the more generic Japanese bikes. Hang around the KLR boards and you'll hear constant bitching but in general KLR owners loyally defend their bikes. And no bike is less high strung then a KLR. Suzuki GSX-R1000's had catastrophic frame failures that actually killed people and all Suzuki did was weld on a metal plate at the frame joint. This is still the era of the most reliable motorcycles in history. So while Shepski and I did sidebar in this thread about our personal experiences, we at least have been sharing pics. You came into a thread of lovely ladies to post some nonsensical diatribe. If you like your VStrom, good for you. Just know, and accept, the F800GS will run circles around it. If you don't want a BMW, then don't buy one. It's your choice. So in closing post some pics or just admire the lovely ladies.