Seems to me the v/wee storm owners feel the need to justify their choice of bike. Pretty sad. Ride what you like, I ride a tiger 1050 for now. Put 50k on it not needed to do anything but minimal maintenance. Oil, tires, brakes,chains... as far as going anywhere.... I took a scooter on a 8k trip of roads highways and yes dirt lol... fire roads and camped off it for a week and s half. 11days. Get what suits you, learn the bike and enjoy it.