I like the look of spokes. I think they look good on the XT model. The only issue for me with spokes is whether or not the wheel can take a tubeless tire. If it can, like the Super Tenere, then they're great. If not (which I think includes the Africa Twin), then I'd probably pass. I don't know which category the XT falls into.
My opinion on beaks has changed over the years. Used to hate them, then got used to them, and now think that on some bikes they look good, and on others look awful. I think the XT looks good with one. I think Suzuki has done a great job with the redesign of the 650, and I like the new ones even more than I did my 2012. Wish I could add one to the garage,
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