I've got to say, I think the comment about a Bobber being the "spork" of bikes is spot on. Although perhaps the most beautiful and coolest sport you've ever seen..:grin2:My previous bike was an Yamaha MT-09 Tracer. It was a great bike. Great around town in mode B, pukka out on the open road in standard mode and could raise **** in mode A. It loved long straights as well as the tight twisty country roads, and could do it fully loaded with panniers and a top box, even popping the odd unwanted wheelie. I never wanted a bobber, I never set out to get one. I had only popped out to have a look at a new lid, but with some time to kill, I was persuaded to take out a bobber Black for a test ride. As Mike put it, for smile per miles, the bobber hooked me. I think if you’re planning a road trip on B roads and European country lanes through little picturesque village, the bobber could manage it well, especially with the few pannier and rack options you do have. IMHO I think the biggest draw backs of the bobber are, 1, Motorway wind, it is so tedious. 2, Where to mount the Tom Tom for a European trip just so you know where the fuel stations are because the 120 mile fuel range needs to be kept in check and 3, the rear mono shock should be replaced if you’re a lover of food and or beer. I’ve added the Dart Piranha screen to see if it’ll help on motorways. I’ve decided that when I venture to Cornwall from Deal in Kent this summer, I’ll be taking a couple of camping stove fuel bottles with me for a couple of extra litres of go go juice to negate the need for a Tom Tom and I’ve already replaced my rear shock already (what a difference it made). All in all, the bobber was never going to be the Swiss Army knife of bikes, it’s more of a spork. My advise would be, test ride a few bike, decide what you want one for and then go with your gut. We have bobbers, but we all love bikes in general.