So after finally saving up a few penny's to get myself a new bike, doing all the research on what is good or not I took a unrestricted 2011 Ninja 650r for a ride today. Not to bad, but I didn't get off it thinking oh wow I need to buy this bike now. I'm sure it would be more than capable of doing the job I want a bike for but I dunno. It certainly doesn't help the fact that going for a lap around the block on a unfamiliar bike is the only test you get. I'm currently riding an SV650 so I probably tried to ride it the same way, that is short shifting using all the v-twin torque to get around instead of letting the parallel twin rev a little bit more. The gearbox was definitely a lot more chunky feeling then the SV's. The fairing seemed to do a good job, again only briefly got up to 80kph but felt a lot nicer to ride at speed then the SV. Felt heavier but still ok. Definitely looks good though I reckon, except for the handlebars it certainly looks the part and is what I'm after. The sound wasn't as bad I thought either. No V-twin or I4 though that's for sure. A bit annoyed, I was certain this was the bike for me but now I'm not sure. Maybe my expectations are too high and I need to remember what I need/want the bike for and how much I am willing to spend. It doesn't have to be my dream bike, that can come later. But I still want to feel like I'm getting a better bike for my money.