I am located in Columbia, Maryland and started riding in 2003. As soon as I saw the Burgman's, I couldn't take my mind off of them. Besides, the Honda dealership didn't want to talk to a woman. I bought my 400 in June 2003 and liked it so much that I just moved up to the 650 about a month ago. I wanted more power for longer rides. I love both of them. I am keeping the 400 for my two daughters to learn on. They call them my weiny mobiles, but they are willing to learn on them. When I got the 400 my husband said I would be "scoffed" at. Well, I showed him, I not only don't get "scoffed" at, but I am the one that gets all of the looks and questions. Every time we go down to Annapolis, all of the Harley guys come over and start asking questions. I even got 3 WOW's a few days ago from 3 Harley riders over my 650. So, I am very happy with my bikes.