I don't care what anybody says, it WON"T be as reliable as a honda. If all you want in a bike is reliable transport, buy a honda. If you want a beautiful bike with some character and is crazy fun to ride, look SERIOUSLY at the S3. I personally don't like hondas, simply because they are almost bland in character. Efficient, reliable, cheap yes, but cool, no. I used to like hondas for the same reasons you like them, but I started to look in to the character of a bike, and the S3 won, hands down. Plus, when a girl asks what kind of bike I ride I don't have to say "Honda....", I can say "a Triumph, its a british streetfighter".