I don't think you're being unfair. Ya know the old saying, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" That's a good way to look at Kawi. You already know they make good products. Why chance it on a brand that's new to YOU? I get it. I can only speak for my area, but KTM is not an "off brand". At least, not anymore. I don't know for sure, but it wouldn't surprise me that there are more KTM dealers in my state (Colorado) then Kawi dealers, but that to me is worthless because dealers never have what I need in stock anyway, and it's more expensive then online shops and usually take longer to get! I've had bikes from all four Japanese brands, and 4 KTM's now. Maybe I've been lucky, but so far they've given me fewer problems then the Japanese bikes I've owned! Every brand has better and worse models, every brand can sell lemons, and no brand is exempt from issues. I hear you on being uncomfortable with smaller brands, I really wanted a gas gas pampera for a while, but was scared about parts availability. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying the Japanese brands are bad quality (they are certainly NOT), and i'm also not saying KTM makes more reliable bikes then the Japanese brands. One thing I do know for sure, is that KTM seems to care about their customers a lot more then other brands in terms of product development. They seem to actually listen to what people want, and give their models constant updates instead of selling say a KLR650, DRZ400, WR250R, XR650L for DECADES without change. The Japanese seem to make what THEY think we should want. Sometimes they're right, Many times they are not. I really do appreciate KTM for this. Personal experience is the ONLY way to REALLY learn how good a bike is. My personal experience tells me that Japanese bikes reliability is over-rated. I would not classify myself as a KTM fan-boy. I really do like Jap bikes, they make excellent machines! In any case, the Versys 400 would be a sweet bike!