.......I still own all three of the bikes I have purchased in my life. Having said that, I have dumped a TON of money into all three to modify all of them to fit MY BODY type. I firmly believe that ANY bike that ANYONE buys will have to be custom fitted to its owner. As far as the V-Stroms being boring. Absolutely Boring. Yes they are. Which is why they are AWESOME!!!!! What's the old curse? "May you live in interesting times"? I put a Scorpion exhaust can on the V-Strom and completely replaced the suspension. She's a lot more fun, and just as reliable. Costs coin, however, to reach that point. I have the Monster and the RC51 for "non-boring" rides. My thoughts are that since every bike needs money spent on it to make it comfy for your body, you should just buy the machine that appeals to you and understand that you WILL add a new seat, windscreen, shock, fork internals, pegs, rearsets, etc., to make it comfy for YOU. Cheers.