if I could get a ticket cheap enough, I'd join you guys for the nut kicking field trip. But to be fair, its actually called a game of Roshambo. It goes like this: First contestant gets to kick the 2nd contestant in the nuts! If the 2nd contestant is standing, he gets to kick the 1st as hard as he can. Key to successful Roshambo is to go 1st! That said, install a decent guard on the wheel, and the shit will never find its way on the sprocket. Also you can cut the sprocket cover on the line, and if shit gets in there, clean it. Forks..ya. whatever. They suck. I'm living with it and loving the bike. Recently rode a 2017 VSTROM 650 XT...Feels dinky and cheap compared to the AT..Prob because it is. Owned an ST for 90k km. Don't miss it. In fact prefer the AT to the type of riding I do. Tenere has some retarded designs as well. Yes the valves are every 40k km, but are a total bitch to work on. Final drive seal shit the bed due to a rubber grommet that fell out of the swing arm. If they glued it in place it wouldn't of happened. Every single one was like that, when checked at a dealer, or asked a forum inmate. Might make a side trip to visit the Yamaha factory for Roshambo session. All bikes have their issues. As an example, I bought myself a project. Great motor, very good to work on, stock suspension is shockingly bad. But for less than $1000 CDN it will handle like a dream!