When I first got my GearUp, I thought that it'd be used just for the occaisional well tended dirt road. It's Russian. It's heavy. It's underpowered. It's unreliable. I just finished a 600 mile ride in four days, from Seattle to the BlackDog Rally in Hood River. Two hundred and fifty of it was on Mr.Cob certified evilness, another two hundred and fifty were on superslab doing precisely 60mph, the rest on smaller highways. Drove. Not trailered. Drove. I went through hurricane force winds, sleet, dumping rain, blizzards, snowbanks, boulder strewn slopes, dusty dirt roads, deep(!) mud, gravel, logs, and at least five miles of solidly iced mountain pass road (Cayuse). At one point it was all I could do to maintain 45mph going downhill in the Ural, but considering that it was straight into a 55-60mph sleet driven headwind, I'll take the third wheel stability over the extra speed. Out of the four hacks that we left with (a GS1150, an F650, a WeeStrom, and my GearUp) only the GearUp suffered no mechanical failures, I had just one crushed wire from an impalement on a 10 foot spar which shorted my brake light to "on". It's underpowered? I do wish for a little more horse power, but that's a simple enough matter to attend to with the strategic application of cash. It's Russian? It likes nasty roads. With the two-wheel drive, it popped out of the worst mud hole I've ever encountered like a champagne cork. It's heavy? It doesn't go skittering across the highway into a semi in horrid winds. It's unreliable? It out lasted two BMWs and a Suzuki. ... So what if it's a little slow?