We have a thread about bikes you didn't like as much as you thought you would. How about the opposite? Bikes you liked much more than you thought you would. For me it was the VStrom DL1000. I always thought they were ugly and never had a desire to own one. Then I started looking for a bike that was fun to ride, had a relaxed, upright riding position and could be used for 2-up touring. The DL1000 meets all my requirements and looks better in person. Anybody else?