I've just rode around the UK coastline for charity, 3820 miles roughly in two weeks. There were three of us; the others had a Suzuki Bandit and a new 2013 Triumph Sprint GT both with panniers. Whilst they have a quick pick up on the open roads the KLE smashed them on all other roads from twistys to narrow B-roads, it loved Applecross pass in the highlands, I had to keep slowing down for the others to catch up lol. I didn’t have panniers, just a bag strapped to the back which helped me whip through tight spaces, i.e. hedges and cars around corners!. We were also accompanied by other riders along the way, one had a new Triumph Tiger, I kept up with him without any effort. When I bought it 3 months ago the first thing I did with it was to get an OS map and find some green lanes to see what it was capable off, an hour later I was climbing a muddy hill the local farmer said 'you'll never get up there with that thing snigger' ha! Proved him wrong didn’t I. First time off-road too. It’s simple, no gimmicks like abs blah blah blah, you can make this bike what you want. I'm thinking about Africa at the moment and would be very comfortable taking around the world. I do totally recommend upgrading the lights and reupholstering the seat for long days in the saddle. The trip I've just done, I did drop it a lot due to being knackered but it’s tough as old boots and nothing’s scratched or broke, fitted crash bars but that’s it, awesome bike. See Zen Overland for your Ali panniers, getting my own design made for £250 a pair, yes please.