BBob, I sold my 2008 BMW R1200RT this June. In July I bought a 2011 Cross Country. This is my 12th bike in my lifetime. It is the best Motorcycle I have ever rode by far. I equate it to putting a saddle on a whale. It is actually more than you have heard about, and read about. Describing it is like trying to describe Marine Corps Boot-Camp, Can't do it, for you must go experience it yourself in full color. BBob, I recommend to take the plunge and enjoy the purchase, and especially the ownership of this ship. It is easy to own and maintain, this bike was made for its owners! I posted pictures of mine under the Cross Roads Show Your Bike Section.