Some interesting opinion-based info... Some of my riding buddies just did the TAT from Oklahoma to New York. Two of them on T7's, one on a big GS, one on a 790R, and one 690R. I saw pics & vids. Experienced riders. They rode these bikes. I spoke a bit with the 690R guy. They all swapped bikes around a few times during the trip. Nobody liked the GS because huge. He didn't care for the 790R, much to his surprise. (Some descriptive words: Wide, big, bulky, soft suspension, but fast.) He came away loving the T7. "Smooth, nice amount of power, comfortable, works well, good price, felt like my old KLR but better in every way." Already sold his 690R, and has a T7 on order... He originally planned on keeping 690R until the 490 twin's advent. But said T7 was awesome enough to just go for it. ** Me, personally- I'm holding out for a Kawi... also seeing if Ducati surprises me with its Desert X specifications.