I've never heard much bad about Aerostich and most guys love them. They brought a setup to Austin a few years ago and I rode in to see the gear and try some on. It was early summer in Texas and when I saw the build and design, I thought "You boys ain't from around here are ya?" It looked bulletproof and heavy duty but I'd have died of a heat stroke walking out to the bike in it. If I lived further north it would be a consideration, but I'd be dead and buried if I'd worn it in central America. I start to sweat just looking at wearing fishnet in the heat. (OOPS I said too much) Yes to a certain degree on the BMW purchase. My common sense side said Japanese, but my visual and emotional side loves the BMW. I'm an artist at heart and I need to love what I ride... but I'm smart enough to know I'd never take a GS to Mongolia. South American BMW dealerships made the decision more palatable for the trip, but I debated a very long time and researched a lot of bikes and talked to a lot of people who'd traveled to South America before picking the Beemer. Again, the choices for rides when you're 6'4 and 260 are limited. As much as I'd like, even an F800 is way too cramped for me. A DR 650 even more so. Average size guys have a lot of choices but there aren't many XXL bikes out there.