Hello from the Midwest! The weather has been beautiful out and I have been riding my 05 650 at any chance I have been given. My ex wife knew I bought a "bike" but had never seen it before until last night when I ran into her in a parking lot after I had just parked and was walking away. She said, "OMG, that is your "BIKE"?" as she held up her fingers to do the quotations. She started laughing and told me it was "gay" and a "girlie bike". I asked her where her bike was. She told me she would rather walk then buy a one like mine as she walked off. Whatever....her opinion is irrelevant anyway. But it got me thinking....At work, I get a lot of static from other guys about it too. There is a guy with a huge Hog that parks next to me. Last summer we were at our bikes at the same time and he told me it's an embarrassment to have my "moped" parked next to his. This spring he told me I parked to close to him and I better go move it because when he stands is up he might accidentally "bump" mine and we know it would go falling over as he laughed. Sigh....then just recently at the College World Series here in Omaha I took a ride down and found that there was bike parking. I backed in with the rest of the guys. Mainly big Harleys as well as a few other cruising models and a couple crotch rockets. I had just taken my gloves off when a stranger walking by points and nudges his girl as he tells her "look at that ***** machine". Bottom line, I have had NO ONE come up to me and give me praise. Saddens me that everyone thinks the Burg is such an embarrassment. I LOVE my ride! I honestly don't care what overs think as it makes me very happy and that is all that matters. But it bugs me that my dad is riding to Sturgis this year and I thought it would be cool to tag along. He all but said not to come but beat around the bush about how it wouldn't fit in and he feared I would get messed with or the bike might get vandalized while I was away from it. SERIOUSLY?! What happened to the days that anything on two wheels was cool? Just wondering if anyone else has experienced this negative feedback from people on your Burg.