Never took it as any type of argument. The OP made it clear that testing each suggested
bike would be hard for him. He has been very interested in owners likes and dislikes of
models they own. When the standard "Go ride it" just isn't going to work you get as good
a feel as you can from owners. Try to see through the pride of ownership hype and make
as good of a judgment call as you can.
If someone feels they flat cannot buy a bike, car, boat, bicycle or internet wife without
trying it first so be it.
If the option to try it out isn't there then the next best thing is listening to others
experience. A fifteen minute ride isn't going to let you know what your butt will feel
like 500 miles later anyway.