I guess this would be the best place to ask these questions, I am not a "newbie" yet, but am seriously considering it. I am active duty Navy (17.5 years), and I am being transferred to Pensacola, FL. The thing is that my family will be located in Orlando, FL (about 440 miles), and I guess my main question is would a Burgman 650 be the right bike for me to make a weekend commute back and forth? It would mean almost 900 miles EVERY weekend. But I am seriously considering it, mainly because of gas prices, I own a large SUV, and paying roughly 450 a month just for gas to see my kids seems extreme. It would only cost about 160 if the gas mileage that I see here is accurate. I used to have a bad back, would the Burgman be comfortable enough on a 6-7 hour trip? How is the handling in the rain? Are passing and being passed by Tractor Trailers a problem? Am I going to be pushing it trying to keep up with traffic on I-75? It seems if you aren't going 80-85 on that hwy you could get run over. Thanks for the help, and please respond via e-mail, I don't know when I will get back on the sight, but I have learned alot and I will come back as soon as I can.