Well I went up to Okeechobee (ARS Motorsports) )today to pick the 1250 FA up, been negotiating for last week , they offered me a killer deal. When I get there the bike is waiting for me, I jump on it take a test ride, man the power was unbelievable. Hit 100 in 3rd gear on a dead end road, a nice one just north of ARS in Okee, I could not believe the speed and ride. Jap bikes have come a long way since my 78 Yammy 650 special. Well as I was ripping it I was thinking no way son is getting this for first bike, head back to the store and tell the guy that I want the V Strom 650 with ABS. The deal was not as good as the 1250 FA but man I just would not be able to sleep with him learning to ride on that monster. Rode it home through 3 downpours 130 miles, 650 is plenty for son and the bike rides dam nice, love the ABS too.