With all the features of the 950 S, the bike isn’t really on the usual line from small and simple to large and complex that we are used to. That makes it hard to choose a direct competitor. It isn’t like the BMW F850GS or KTM 1090 Adventure, neither of which has the same features nor the same focus. It is more like the Triumph 800 XR, which shares wheel size but lacks the IMU and has a very different character. In the end, I came away comparing it mostly with class-leading bikes—the Multistrada 1260 and KTM 1290 Adventure S in particular—and in some ways preferring it to either of those options. For one thing, I like to ride a slower bike faster, instead of the reverse. Making a few more shifts and leaving the throttle open longer is good fun in my view. Second, the combination of features is ideal—all the electronics with a 19-inch front wheel, without the bulk of the 1260 Enduro model. Finally, there is price: The 950 S in red rings in at $16,995, $4,000 cheaper than the base 1260. Gray is $200 more, but in either case, that’s a lot of bike for the price.