I just purchased a Black 650 V-strom. So far I love the bike, very agile handling, super smooth power delivery, good ground clearance, great passenger comfort. 2-up riding (other than over 75mph on interstate) doesn't seem to be any strain on the bike. And I have no need to go past 75 with or without passenger on Interstates. The fun factor is Very high. Although I'm wondering about quality control on the new 650. As the first one I looked at had a front brake problem, and the one I purchased seems to have a oil leak somewhere.. although it could easily be the oil filter too loose or oil drain plug.. it's warrantied so I'm not too worried. Bike also has plenty of room for storage and would make a great affordable touring bike. Although I don't think I'll travel further than 3-4 hours away from home on it.