Well I've joined the stromtrooper force! I've had some sort of motorcycle my whole life and generally liked sport bikes for a long time. I got a cruiser because my wife said she wanted to ride with me. I was hesitant but got one and in 2 years of having it she rode it maybe 3 times. I never felt comfortable on it and just was not pleased with it. I finally got a good deal on it and got a v-strom 650 and LOVE it already. I'm patiently following the break-in and can't wait to enjoy this bike. Ride on!