Took the leap yesterday. As Dr D said when the opportunity presents itself be ready to jump.....so I did. A LBS was closing doors (a real loss to a small community) was the last day and and the owner wanted everything gone by the next day. Didn't want to deal with straggling sales and clean up.....just wanted to walk away and start an exciting new job the following week.
He had a new Stratus LE that his wife was going to ride but with some medical situations that she was going to deal with, she didn't want to even think of riding for a bit. So for 850 walked away with a relatively new bike. No bike shop to support the sale but knowing this guy if anything happens I'm sure he'll do his best to help out.
Had to convince my wife......although I did notice a big smile on her face as she rode it around. Hopefully, we'll be looking for another before the summer is over.
Just wanted to thank everyone here for the helpful information that armed me with the information necessary when the time was right......thanks all.