Have posted under another topic, but thought I should also share as a new topic. Ended up deciding on a M50 guys - 9900 ride away inc rego and taxes. many thanks to all posters and the access to the wealth of information and wisdom on Netrider. So here we are, the turmoil and pain in the arse questions have endedâ€¦I thinkâ€¦well for now anyway. As mentioned previously, even though I had some reservations over the HP issue (and prolly will still have), I realised that I was never going to find a bike that met, what was probably from the get go, unrealistically high expectations on my part, particularly given the dollars I was prepared to spend (However some points are probably still arguable I guess). So with this dissonance moment over, I took the plunge and invested in a new M50â€¦yippee . Got the little beast Friday, and was pleasantly surprised with how it performed in the 40 kms home, particularly given the concerning results from previous test rides Iâ€™d undertaken â€“ as a result, maybe my expectations were lower. This is where the problems lie at times, the stealers let you take em for a bog lap round the block and thatâ€™s it! Itâ€™s not really a test ride in the true sense of the word IMHO. Not sure if this only applied to me, but if its typical, then I think we have to redefine the term â€œTestâ€ in Test Ride. I guess they are designed to be short to simply seduce, like a beautiful woman in a long black dress with a classic little slit down the side, not much to see, bur enough to get the primal desire juices flowing to want more...sorry to digress here. First Impressions So far I really like this bike, Iâ€™m glad I bought it, although itâ€™s early days yet, and such words prolly donâ€™t mean that much, given the fact that I am now biased by 10k. Hence one must be careful taking any notice of these words, Iâ€™m naturally more likely to praise its strengths and minimise its weaknesses to shell my ego, protect my self-esteem and reinforce my purchase choice. As objective as I can be though, Iâ€™ve got a really good vibe (no pun intended) about this bike. What I like: Yeah she (the bike, not the wife, gf, mistress or next doors ferret called Susan) was terrific on the way home, ride position was good, I felt they needed to come back about 25mm for me, the ride was smoother than expected, reasonably crisp throttle response, low vibration (but at highway speed, the bloody rh mirror was a blur, lh was perfect), low end torque pretty strong for its capacity, power was adequate without being exhilarating It handled really well, given the fact that itâ€™s a cruiser (only pegged out twice in the bends, I am still getting used to this different ride posi and relearning cruiser limits). Fun factor really high, itâ€™s such a nice bike to ride isnâ€™t it? What I donâ€™t like. Brakes are probably its biggest single weakness, an already well known facet of the bike. Oh why not twin discs up front at least? Geez how many more dollars would it hav cost at the factory? I reckon about 50 bucks, buyin at those volumes. And with the nearest proper competitor at 2k more, one has to wonder why such improvements would not be consideredâ€¦Iâ€™m guessing the factory answer would be, â€œwe are sellin heaps so why change anythingâ€. The seat could be better IMHO, another well known detriment to the bike. Starting the bike was also a bit of a mystery for me first time. You cannot start it in neutral without the clutch in, bizarre! Found this kinda odd as did the sales guy, but there you are, no warm up required. No doubt this will be the first mod.