HI I would like to talk about a noobs perspective on a big bike and the real world downside to getting something that is very powerful. First off I would like to say that I LOVE my 05 blue Blackbird. My wife and I have done some really enjoyable two up riding. I also commute daily on this awesome bike. :grin: I know when I started March last year I couldn't have imagined riding a 1100cc bike. After riding a GPX 250 for 4 months I upgraded to a new 05 Blackbird. It has been an incident free 6 months and I really have had a great time.....really it has been a hoot. But there is a down side......... I don't feel like I am growing with the bike as fast as I should. I did in the first few months, but honestly I am at a point where I am having trouble taking futher steps outside of my comfort zone simply because small steps on this bike = big steps ( for my skill set). I do wonder if I had a bike that was only 70hp I wouldn't have this problem :roll: . Now I am not going to say for a minute that I don't enjoy this bike or hate riding it. I just am saying that a bike with this much power is harder to improve on than something smaller so I am making very slow (albeit safe) progress. (You're all going to say duh aren't ya? ) .