In the process of purchasing another Sport Touring bike I notice different things that riders add to their bikes to tailor them to their personal liking. I feel like my personal preferences in some cases are very different. What I like about a sport touring bike.... 1. More upright riding position (not having the bars below the triple clamp) but still more aggressive than a "standard" type of bike. 2. Full fairings. I've gotten used to not having the full body wind blast. 3. Powerful motor. Once you feel the excitement and pull of a big horsepower motor, it's hard to go back. 4. The weight. Heavier than a true sport bike which means a more planted stable ride. 5. Insurance cost. Usually much cheaper insurance cost than a sport bike with similar CCs. I know I don't ride as aggressively as some so generally the stock suspension and brakes are adequate enough for me. I see many riders need to upgrade suspension and brakes. Usually the power of a stock engine is plenty for me. I don't feel the need to find my ability limits. I always want to enjoy the ride and arrive back home with my body and my bike in the same condition that I left with. My "chicken strips" usually are about a half inch. I see guys that have shreaded to the edges. As I said, I'm not that aggressive but still enjoy squirting the motor up and feeling the rush! I usually don't get an opportunity to do much traveling so a tailbag and a tank bag will usually be enough. When I do get out I usually try to get a 200 mile day in. By then I'm glad to be off the bike. I've had enough till the next adventure.