Well, there's no accounting for taste. I went in with my eyes wide open. I read/researched about them for many months - mostly regarding mechanical issues (not by reading mods and accessory threads). I fully expected my Ural to be less reliable and require more dirty hands and owner involvement than a conventional, modern bike and that was a large part of why I wanted one. I have been surprised, actually, that my '05 has required less wrenching than I had anticipated - and I don't particularly baby it. It sounds like the OP was expecting a Honda-like experience. If that is the case, no wonder he was disappointed.