I think you raise some really good points here, but ultimately I think this is a prefect time for the launch of the bike. Clearly they have already spent the money to develop it so that's a sunk cost. Launching it on the heels of the very successful launch of the 800 seems like a good idea. Sure there were a few small issues with the 800, but the bikes owners are ecstatic, so time to capitalize on the noise. You say they are need more work, and they are far from perfect. Well if they were perfect then there would be no need for the 1200 . But the market is buying them like hotcakes so apparently there are a few people that feel they are perfect enough. Sure the 1200 will not sell as well as the 800, but its a more expensive product so sales will naturally be lower. On top of that I think Triumph really does read this and other forums (if you need a good IT guy that loves bikes give me a call) and they know that BMW has really stumbled with addressing the quality issues on the R1200GS. I know many a former R1200 owner that says never again. So there is space in the market. On top of that they will be late to the 1200 ADV party if they don't launch soon. Honda will launch this year, the BMW water buffalo will launch next year (+- 6 months), so better to be early than late. As someone that has vowed to never again have his primary bike be a chain driven bike, I am very happy to see this as an option. And for me this bike looks as close to perfect (as long as fuel tank is 6+, or better yet 9+) as is currently available. I am really happy to see that Cruise Control is going to be on this bike. Lets face it I ride a ton of super slab to get anywhere, making that easier is fantastic.