*** EDIT: Please give me your opinions on the Yamaha FZ6 and see post 15 - http://forums.offtopic.com/showpost.php?p=99156983&postcount=15 *** I used to ride off road a while ago. It was fun while it lasted and while I was young. Now, for the last 2 years or so I've been wanting to get a bike so friggin' bad - the urge now is almost over whelming. I'm looking at a great deal on a 2005 SV 650. Great condition, one owner, very low miles for around 5000. Comes with all riding gear and rain gear, but all of which are a bit small for me so I would probably sell them after wards. Don't know if I'm going to be able to pick this one up before it sell's, though. Now, this will be my first road bike. I'm going with the SV 650 primarily due to the extensive amount of research ad reading I have been doing (thanks to you guys). I also really like the look of it. I'm also not even looking for the power output of a super sport bike. I'm good enough on this type. A questions about the SV... How does it ride long distances? Does any one have experience riding on this bike for a longer period of time? I've tried on a few sportier bikes and I can say that there would be no way possible for me to go on a long trip on one of those. Granted, the SV doesn't offer too much more comfort. I'm also not talking about a inter-state trip. Just something I can ride all day long without wanting to hop off and stretch all of the time. I used to be a motorcycle and powersports insurance agent with GEICO (please, no death threats. I was in sales, not claims). In doing so, I was put through extensive bike training and research (they make all of the agents in that dept. do so. So, if you're with GEICO, we actually know what a motorcycle is there) A co-worker of mine there is also a MSF instructor. I will be partaking in one of his classes here real soon - Before I purchase my bike. Honestly, I needed to make this topic because I want to join *bike crew* so bad. A few of my friends have bikes and just seeing them go out for a ride together on nhice days is killing me. I shall update as my time draws near. So, here's to keeping the rubber side down. Cheers.