I've had all previous oil head/cams.GS 1100,1150,05-1200.Plus F650.All had rear drive troubles,(except 650) 350,000 miles on 4 GSs.Bought waterhead two months ago,currently have almost 10,000 miles on GSW. It's the best of the bunch.Yes,the tranny crunches.Stock seat in typically uncomfortable.I'm running a one man campaign against seeing GSs decked out in Touratech just to run to Starbucks,so I bought Varios.Mistake.GlobeScout/Jesses(4 previous sets) in my near future. Love the cruise control.Other than that,the tech controls a bunch of problems I don't have.I don't need to change my "mode" when riding in rain or off road.I don't ride two up,so I don't need to change my suspension electronically. Boy,is it quick.And smooth.My biggest problem is dealing with the risk I take.Do I have the squirt to make that pass of three cars going up hill?.....Yes,I do/did.Can I do four next time? Never seen/felt anything like it. Cost? Typically I can be concerned with cost pre purchase.Afterwards,never.Particularly if it's something that turns out to be what I'd hoped it would be.The GSW is that and more. I wouldn't worry about the "new" model criticism.As someone recently posted,that's most likely coming from a guy who can't afford a new bike right now.. The problems I have had with my previous GSs where when they had a bunch of miles on them. Buy the new bike,if you can afford it.The $3 or $4,000 you might save won't make difference a month from now.Enjoy!