Well i have owned roughly 30 bikes,and just purchased my 4th KTM a 2010 990R and i love it, I had a 2004 950S and sold it last year and missed it a lot. I tried to replace it with various Japanese bikes but when it comes down to it i really missed my Adventurer. Yes, they are bikes you have to keep on top of, but man do they reward you if you do. I also think they are slowly getting the past problems worked out. I just sold a 07 Superduke 990 that had 19k on it and no issues at all with it. I know that is not a lot of k's but it was not pampered by any means. So if you want to have fun give the big LC8 a chance,you might never go back to anything else.