My first new bike! I cant rave about this thing highly enough. I have 9 more months on my P's and wanted to experience something other than cruisers which is all I'd tried so decided to sell my much loved 2009 XVS650 custom and see what else was out there. I did the research and liked the sound of the GS 500 and was also interested in the 650 Ninja as it can be unrestricted really easily. Well I tried both of them plus Hyosung's EFI offer and just didn't warm to any of them. The dealer got me to try out the Gladius and I was hooked. This thing handles like its on rails, i cant describe the difference from my cruiser. I dont know how I ever got around a corner past walking speed on it now. Its like changing from a shopping trolley full of rocks to roller blades. The power band and the gear changes are just incredibly smooth and my ability to enter and leave corners faster is very cool. It's only 15kg lighter than the cruiser yet seems so manageable in traffic or just moving around in the garage. Its so maneuverable and fun to ride. Can see I wont be in a huge rush to upgrade once Im on my full license. I got it brand spanker for $9500 from Sydney City in Kogarah. No real plans to upgrade anything but the mirrors. They give an excellent view of my large masculine shoulders but I'd like to see whats behind me occassionally. Some blokes go the aftermarket can but I dont mind the quiet of the exhaust. Bloody nice to be able to go for an early ride without waking neighbours three streets away. It's nimble, light, has all the features I want. Couldn't be happier.