Compared to "normal bikes", this bike is HUGE! After deliberating, went for white with on board computer, alarm, ABS, pannier frames, driving lights, heated grips and knobblies. Depending on the type of riding you do, I would recommend to go for the road tyres as the knobblies do upset the handling and ultimate grip - but they do look so good, in keeping with what the bike is all about. A very competent bike that feels very well built but maybe not as solid as 1150 adv.. Hopefully will have very good resale value and not be outdated within a year as most Jap' sportsbikes seem to be. The riding position is good and it gives an amazing view, even allowing to see over 4x4's. Brakes very strong with minimum lever pressure and maximum stopping power. Engine alot smoother than 1150, with more power right through the rev range. MAKES A GREAT ALTERNATIVE TO THE RUN OF THE MILL BIKE. Strengths: Build quality, being able to spec bike with various options, brakes, resale value looks (debatable I know). Weaknesses: None so far.