Just picked up the new 650 on April 29/04. It would have been nice if my salesman had a clue but never the less I'm thrilled. The bike is actually for my wife. We sold her mint 90 Honda Pacifis Coast and so far it looks like this may be a better bike all around. I myself have been riding for about 35 years and am currently on a 03, dual plug, BMW 1150GS. With the Burgman in the garage I may not be putting so many miles on the BMW.