Been interested in a T7 for awhile but all the hype time has me reconsidering what I really need a bike like that to do... I've owned a couple of V-Stroms and while yes it is a budget bike it actually does what I need it to do quite well. Spent a week last fall in CO with a couple of 790's and a 650 GS. The GS broke down twice.. never really recovered from the second breakdown. Swapped out and rode the 790s a couple of times and was a bit disappointed. Good motor.. could use a bit more bottom end. Fun bike in the dirt, probably the funnest big dirt bike I have ridden. But it felt ponderous on the twisties and just not as nimble as my lowly WeeStrom on pavement. Left them behind on a couple of twisty roads near Dinosaur National Monument in our Utah section. But I suspect in that case both riders only had a few weeks on their new 790's whereas I had about 10 years and close to 100,000 miles on my Stroms. I am not meaning to bash the 790s or the T7, they are nice machines, but the whole thing made me wonder what do I want a bike like that to do. In my case the Strom covers a lot of long distance riding along with being my commuter. I've had it out on some rides with the big boys one their Tigers, AT's, 1090's, and 790's. I was able to go everywhere they went but at a slower pace - in part due to the limited suspension but also now in my 60's I just don't care to blast down a dirt road since I know if something bad happens that it is a lot more likely to leave a mark as oppose to when I was 30 or 40. The reality is while those rides were fun the Strom was really the wrong bike for that ride - I should have ridden my WR250R and I would have had a lot more fun. So looking back on the CO trip, my past rides on my Strom, and the time from the delay in the T7 launch I was afforded the time to honestly evaluate what I would want a 400+ lb ADV bike do for me and I pretty much came back to the Strom. 5.3 gallon tank, 60 mpg when I am not pushing it at Interstate speeds, rudimentary but comfortable suspension, good luggage carrying capacity, never have to worry about some one stealing it, very reliable bike - push the button and it starts, ability to surprise new riders on Sport bikes, and it is paid for... lol. I am still interested in the T7 and maybe will look at it again in the future assuming I like how they ride - my only comparison for the T7 is a used FZ07 (MT07) I rode a year or so ago. I was not impressed with the motor - a lot of vibration coming through the bars even with rubber mounts. After talking to some other FZ07 owners I am pretty convinced that there must have been some thing wrong with that bike based on how smooth they say their bikes run. Like you said, to each their own. But if you really want to find the right bike for you then be honest about how you are going to use it.