Good morning, I did use this forum (and other forum) to collect as many informations as possible to help me choosing my new bike. Then in return, here is what kind of Thinking bring me to the S10. This is my personal opinions and I certainly do not want to start a war on which bike or dealer is better. This reflect only my opinion. Im ridding motorcycles since 30 years; do not mean that Im an experienced motorcyclist, just a lucky one. My last motorcycle was a Kawasaki ZX14R that I bought new in 2006, when it was released in the USA. This bike is amazing, great sport touring bike, ton of power, great handling, confortable (for that kind of motorcycle) and true ticket magnet. With her, I went to Canada, and almost all states east of Mississippi. My problem with that bike was that I could not ride at speed limit, totally impossible. Then, I choose not to subscribe to a new life insurance but to replace her by a motorcycle that will not be constantly like Usian Bolt. I certainly did not want a bagger or a cruiser either. The natural choice was to go to an adventure bike but I dont like that cliché. It took me months before deciding which motorcycles I wanted. The choices were between the traditional contenders: BMW GS, KTM Adventure, Triumph 800Xc and Yamaha Super Tenere. Instead to tell you why I did choose the S10, I will tell what in my personal opinion is a short fall from other contenders. BMW 1200 GS: 1. Price tag. I can put lot of miles for $8,000 difference with the Yamaha S10. 2. Dealer way to snobby. I show up many time in a old Nissan Frontier from 19996, and they do not said even hello when you pass the door. 3. Dealer does not negotiate the MSRP price. My ego love when I can say: Yes, I did negotiate well and had a great (or not so great) deal. 4. All Torx hardware, if you buy a bike labeled Adventure, it should be fixable in the middle of nowhere. Try to find Torx tools even in middle of Arkansas . 5. Quality issues, especially with rear shock having the seal blowing up. Check GS forum and you will realize that as soon as the guy takes his GS on rough road, issues arise. 6. And at least, I never like following the crow and do same as most people do. KTM Adventure: 1. This is a beautiful bike and it was a close call. 2. Fuel consumption. This bike has the best engine, but because it has the best engine, it has the poorest MPG. 3. Services interval and cost related. 4. No drive shaft. 5. Not a defect for me, but oriented too much to off road. 6. The dealer was great and very knowledgeable. Triumph 800Xc. 1. Unfortunately, it was the same dealer that for the BMW GS and as soon as I move my interest from the GS1200 to the XC, the sales guy walk away and did not even answers my questions. I assume he was selling BMW only and the guy for Triumph was having breakfast somewhere. 2. Fuel range too small. 3. Fuel consumption 4. Need new seat immediately. 5. No drive shaft. 6. MSRP close to the Yamaha S10 for a smaller bike. 7. Beside that, it is a great bike Why I did choose the Yamaha Super Tenere? 1. The dealer went straight to the invoice price. 2. Trade in my bike 1K higher that Blue book. 3. Very confortable and no need to replace seat or windshield or what so ever . 4. 40 Mpg, this is always my mark. 5. ABS working extremely well, I did test it yesterday going down hill on gravel road and grab hard the brake and stopped very well. 6. Traction control. Works very well too. 7. Drive shaft. 8. 26,000 miles main service interval, and easy enough for me to do it. 9. The Yamaha super Tenere is there since 30 years now. Not in USA but in Europe. 10. Lot of accessories available from Europe at reasonable price. (Ps: I have way to bring parts from Europe with no additional shipping costs) 11. And it is a choice by heart because my first bike was a Yamaha XV750 and I went all over Europe with never any issues. The engine is a little lazy, but it is ok with me, remember, my previous bike had double the cylinder and almost double the HP . then it is hard to be honest on this aspect. The S10 handle great and I surprise myself ridding my favorites twisty roads at same speed as with my ZX14R. I just discovered yesterday that the ground clearance on the S10 is not as huge as we can think when looking at the bike, and I scrapped the tip of my boots in tight turns the difference off course is on the interstate.