I'm still looking at what to buy, the gs500 would be practical and a good learner bike but the xvs650 is more in line with what I want long term. I had heard that the majority of people who attempt MOST on the xvs650 fail due to the longer wheel base/whatever other reason. Any comments on this ? Would it be too difficult to learn the skills on an xvs650 and hire a training bike (i.e. cb250) for the training/test ? Agro.