Good writeup. It is so true that specs don't always tell the whole story. It sounds like you have found the bike for you. In my case the room , comfort and especially the handling far outweigh any possible power increase. I also have a 2002 V-strom 1000 that I have had since new, so I have got all the ' I must have a faster bike ' demons out of my system. I have traded a bike I really liked for the faster model and found I was not happy with the result. For me the Citycom is a joy to ride and the more I ride it the more impressed I have become. It is highly unlikely that I would be as happy on a shorter wheelbase machine.