tl;dr version: which bike for commuting and getting a feel for the different types of riding - CB500F or 2010 SFV650 LAMS? brain dump version: g'day netriders, I was wondering if I could get some advice, cause I'm stuck. I'm down to a choice between two first bikes. Initially, I'll probably be just commuting and riding around the city, but once I'm a bit more settled into riding I'd like to go on longer social rides, or touring. I'm still figuring out what I want to do. My initial criteria was a naked bike with ABS, and intending to buy new. I was going to have a look at the ER-6nl as well, but the dealers I spoke with really didn't make much of an effort to sell me one. Option 1 is a Honda CB500F. Option 2 is a 2010 Suzuki SFV650U (alright, Gladius), 1500km, 3 months left on the warranty. Both are within my budget and are pretty much the same price. I've test ridden both. I was comfortable on the CB500F, could be smoother at low speeds, but handled the freeway and traffic just fine. So, given a week or so to get used to the bike, I would be quite happy on it. Definitely a bike I could see myself owning. Felt at home right away on the SFV650, and really enjoyed riding it. But, no ABS. And it's (barely) second hand. It's got the service history, warranties can be extended, so that's not a huge issue, and it's done so few km that it's basically just been run in. Servicing and insurance will be a bit more expensive than the Honda. The SFV650 was not originally on my radar, so after doing some research, well, the reviews I've found are pretty polarised. The comfort of the seat and the suspension/handling in corners are criticised pretty regularly, so a few reviews have questioned it's suitability for touring or the twisties. Others some say it's fine for what the bike is and have it on a par with the ER6-nl. A couple hate it so much they want to kill it with fire. The reviews of the CB500 on the other hand seem to have consistently labelled it a good bike that will be ok doing most things. So, how do I make sense of all of this? Anyone done longer rides or touring on an SFV650? Do the criticisms of the handling have a huge impact on the sort of riding I want to have a go at? How do I stop worrying and learn to love the bomb?