There is an entire thread for this question, although not very active.... http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=388847 You have already come up with 3 cons for the RR. Most folks consider the RR prettier and has more of a stock look, while the Safari is more utilitarian. To my mind, I would be less upset dropping the Safari equipped bike on to a pile of rocks, than dropping the RR equipped bike on to a pile of rocks. It used to be that the Safari protected the radiator more, but RR recently had a product improvement that addressed that issue. I read the account of one 690 owner that had used both systems. He did rally racing and found for that purpose it was easier to remove 1/2 or all of the RR setup to facilitate nightly maintenance on the bike. If I remember correctly, I believe the consensus is the RR feels slightly slimmer between your legs when riding standing, but that it wasn't a huge difference. I hope that helps you some.