Another guy with a dirt background here. I prefer having the leverage of wide handlebars. I'm sure I could make better time in the twisties on my Aprilia Dorsoduro than on the Ninja 636 I used to own. A pro rider would probably disagree.
"Don't go gettin' all snotty on me just because I like to drink beer and piss off the porch once in a while." - Boondoggle