Alot of stromers don't go off road. They buy the strom because its got a great engine, great price,good aftermarket products and ugly(like a wife you get use to...and looks pretty after a while). 2 1/2-3 inches lower(tripling the number of riders but would NEED a HB riser back and up). Lower front forks(no front brace needed and front tires will last 3 thousand miles longer). Lower center of gravity(not so top heavy and easier to get back up after tipping over). 6 speeds are good (but a gear inicator and touring gearing are better). The lighter weight will get better MPG, more smooth ride and more tire life. There is no 650 touring bike out there anymore(this would fill a need and a large pricepoint and market needed)(direct fuel injection would give the bike more power and better MPG...a bike like this could get 80+MPG). And, with this lower bike, you don't have to grab your ankle and do the chicken hop to get your leg on the other side.