For the first time in my whole life I'm unable to decide which bike. My 990 is presently getting the last mods done to it, Aqualine fuel tanks, suspension updates and she'll be done (TEHEHE....yeah right) Now that she's outfitted for the long haul it really pains me to take her out for just an hour or two and rack up all those useless miles close to home when she's really a marathon runner not a sprinter. I was sold on the 690 due to all the aftermarket products available and the fact that sometimes my 2 hour ride ends up taking me 100's of miles from home necessitating a high speed highway run home as the sun sets in the west. The flip side to this is that I live in the country so I have lots of acreage close to home to play in and the 500 with it's 50LBS of saved weight has it's appeal for that but for some reason I really like to ride in rocks and those are 50 miles from home and why I stray so far at times and I'm just not sure the 500 would be up to that type of use (100 mile highway stints)? Hmmmm, even after reading this back I'm still not sure what bike would fill the hole..................I guess I could always just buy another 990 and see how much weight I could drop off of her but I really hate the thought of owning 2 of the same models even if I use them differently? Anyway, anyone have any thoughts or experience they would be so kind to part with?