I have only test ridden one XC for a short distance. I knew it would be my next bike but not immediately. I can't fit another bike in the garage so it didn't make sense. Also, I'm pretty cheap and I figured I'd wait it out and pick up a used fully farkled machine at a discount in a year or two. One of those Starbucks on Sunday low mileage poser toys that someone tired of. Then a chronically unemployed friend of mine rationalized the immediacy of my desires. He said you only have a limited number of riding days left. That thought really never crossed my mind because I recently retired a couple of years early and I'm still in fairly good health. I put on about 12K miles per year and do about a dozen or so road trips per year. He said if you can do it, why would you wait? I had to think and I didn't have an answer. I had to agree with that sentiment. There really was no reason to postpone this decision. I bought my bike at a dealer out of state. I fly out, pick it up to coincide with another thing on my bucket list: the Oshkosh Experimental Airshow. I expect to put around 2500 miles bringing it home from the dealer. Now I'm just waiting until July. I don't think I would ever have done a round-trip bike trip to Oshkosh because its just too far for me. Anyway I'll be in the fold soon.