What is also important is the price point. As such the new RE's are overpriced. After all it is a 500 cc engine with limited performance abilities. The quality of construction is also always a question. CMW and this forum has done an outstanding job, but the fact is, if you are stranded in a town, not every mechanic is going to be willing or able to put their hands on an RE.
I personally don't think that "cheap bike" is a good reputation for a company to have.The sooner they can dump the "cheap bike" designation, the better.