Hey Blader, Good questions that I think about a lot. 1. 2nd bike - Yes, I DO dream of that. My idea with the 990 was to make it the One-Bike-Only platform, which has been largely successful with the two wheelsets, but when it breaks down I have nothing to ride... On one hand the big KTM is a very expensive motorcycle, I could own two (or three) bikes for what I have sunk into this beast, but on the other hand I've loosely calculated insurance and maintenance costs and it probably works out about even... If you ask me right now what a 2nd bike would be I would answer a street legal dirt bike with some additional super-moto wheels, like a KTM 525 or even a DR 400 or something. Of course I've always wanted a fast Ducati... 2. Conductors - As much as we instrumentalists don't like to admit it, the conductor IS a very important figure for orchestral performances. Yes, the players are all great musicians in a professional symphony, but there needs to be a director to meld the direction into a uniform interperetation. It may seem like some dude (or dudette!) up there just waving their arms around, but believe me, there is MUCH more too it than that. A good conductor can use even the subtlest of gesture to convey an appropriate idea that skilled players can pick up on. Sometimes less is more, sometimes MORE is more, it all depends and they are all different. I have a little bit of conducting experience (more student and amateur groups), and I find that most of where a conductor makes a difference is in the rehearsal process, which makes sense.