I've been living in outback Australia for a while now so havent had much of a chance to test ride a great many bikes and the majority of ones I have had been either cruiser or trail/standard style seating. I've been planning to get small light weight bike for city commuting (planning to move to sydney). Now I originally just planned for a small sports bike (500-1000cc) and on the weekend I managed to get a test ride of an ER-5, 2003 model. Now the bike itself was gutless and for a cruiser rider thats saying something BUT the main thing that I couldnt get past was the seating position! Is this standard for a sport model? No offense but it was so utterly uncomfortable it was nearly painful. I understood that it was a different riding style but this was like trying to ride a camel bareback. Am I going to be unfortunately disappointed with all sport bike seating positions or is the ER-5 an exception to the rule? Even now im worried about my future children that definitely got crushed while i was testing out the breaks on the ER-5. Which was surprising because I didnt sit "in" the bike at all. I was very much "on" it sadly.. If that makes sense. My wrists were also sore after a thirty minute burl. So tell me, am I to expect more of the same with other sport bikes? Is it just the ER-5? On another note, I am so glad I DID test ride it, being where I am I was going to purchase without seeing/riding. I dodged a very large bullet there!