A friend and I were going to travel to Virginia to do "The Back of the Dragon." From NW Indiana, the halfway point was very near Xenia, OH where an old college buddy of mine lives. I asked him to put us up for the night and to join us on his GL1100 Goldwing for the rest of the trip. When I arrived, he made a passing comment about my "girly-bike" ('03 650) I asked him to take it for a ride before making any more comments about it. Gave him some quick instructions about how it is different from his "Oldwing" and off he went. He was gone about 10 minutes and came back with the Burgman Grin on his face. He stepped off the bike and said, "There's definitely NOTHING girly about THAT bike!" In the twisties of the Back of the Dragon, there was no way that my friends on their Goldwings could keep up with me. On the highway, I had no trouble keeping up with them, and got WAY better gas mileage than they did. Proud of my Scoot!