Look, I'm an average, "normal" guy with a family, career, community obligations, hobbies and friends. How do I rate a long-term testbike? It's all about who you know, and I ride with Aaron Frank. I progressed from extreme squidliness to amateur racer and, for the past four years, test pilot/photo model for the magazine. I kept asking for a long-termer, and they finally said yes! Although I have owned 1000cc sportbikes from all four Japanese manufacturers, I've never wanted a BMW before. I rode an R1100S once and got off swearing I would never do that again!