Well, the time has come to look to the wisdom of the stromtroopers. Long story shorter, over the past 10 years i've had many makes of bikes, many sizes of bike. Went deep down the Euro bike rabbit, BMW, MV, now currently riding a Multistrada Pikes Peak. Love the bike, its been super reliable. But lifes priorities are shifting a bit, and i simply can't justify the insane cost of ownership of my italian stallion. I still ride a fair bit of miles a year, in some pretty shit weather for half of the year. Still do at least 1 big trip a year, and half a dozen 4 or 5 day trips, so comfort and amenities are important. But an engine with some serious poke is a definite want. Anyway, The 14+ Strom 1000 is really starting to appeal to me, on a lot of fronts. In my part of the world the 18's are currently offered with a 5 year warranty and a 500$ gas card. I could very nearly straight trade my multi in and start fresh with a dl1000. I still need to find a demo obviously, but i just am not finding many downsides to this bike, or many reasons why i wouldn't be happy coming from a multistrada.