So this past Saturday I did a late afternoon run at Tail of the Dragon. The 2014 650 v was perfect. 3rd gear most of the run up and down. Mine is still pretty stock and it cornered really well. Brake earlier and accelerate through the corners. Not to crowded due to late day wh9ch was a bonus. Also did 500 miles mostly slab on Friday alone at decent speeds and it also did this really well. I'm so pleased I can do 80 mph on slab and my biggest complaint is my helment buzzy. Givi windsheild was a real bonus plus adjustable quickly. No side bags just a drybag bag and top case. Plenty of power if driven hard which I think it likes. Runs really good at 6600 rpms. I belive every bike is alittle different and crossing 11.5 K in just under a year I think I got a pretty good one. Happy rides......