What kind of terrain do you plan on riding? Off road means different things to different people. More importantly, what kind of terrain do your buddies plan on riding? I bought the AT to do 2-up off road, because my new GF is way too short to ride her own bike. If I wasn't going to do any 2-up riding I would have bought a 690/701 or even just converted one of my 525s into an ADV bike. The AT is morbidly oh-beast off road, but I kind of like the challenge. Makes easy rides a lot more interesting.