Unfortunately, not everyone lives as close to the "good stuff" as you may, or has multiple bikes shod with different tires for different purposes. Tire wear is a legitimate concern for many. *I* have to drive to get to anything remotely interesting...*I* own exactly one motorcycle. I'm fine paying a premium for a good tire that lasts but changing tires isn't that hard and I see no point in paying 1.5-2x as much for the same life as many other tires. Much like bike/gear choices, everyone has their opinions/reasons for choosing what they do, sorry for expressing mine. Guess we'll see if they make the 823 in my size but it seems they're concentrating on the "big bikes" with that tire. I burned through a 723R rear in ~2000 miles which happened in the space of a couple weeks on 2 trips, then put on a 723 and I don't see any reduction in grip, both on and off the street but I'm seeing a HUGE improvement in wear with the 723, so yeah, I'm bummed the 723R may (will?) be the only choice in my size.