Maintenance hasn't been an issue on mine, but you do have to think a little bit before picking up a wrench than you might have with the DL 650. It's no big deal, but you do occasionaly find yourself scratching your head and chuckling, "Wow, that's sooo Italian!" As for those forks. Yes. I budgeted the money for full Ohlins before I even bought the bike. This was overkill, but I was curious, you have to try sonmthing like that at least once in you life, and this counts as gift to my wife, who has dibs on the bike. There are chepaer alternatives just as good -- cheaper than the aftermaket exhausts no one seems to bat an eye at. And who knows, you might turn out to be one of those lucky people who's happy justgoing to different fork oil or springs. That's a nice looking bike, and he really nailed that rear rack installation!