I rode with my fiends form Bukhara to Osh. Tomorrow we will part ways. they are heading to Singapur and I'm going to Mongolia. I rode a little bit the R model, suspension feels way better but is too high for me. I would've drop that bike a many times instead of almost zero times. I wish I can have a better suspension on the S without the high of the R. The S model was up to the task on every situation and we rode at the same pace over very rough roads. I'm going to write tonight or tomorrow a full review fo my luggage and a comparison with the hard ones but I'm telling you in advance that he width difference is less than 4cm.