Hi all, have been having a great time reading through the forums over the last few days as I get closer to re-joining the two wheeled fraternity. I've read many great reviews and input from everyone which has been invaluable in adding to my knowledge base so I am now looking for some final input before I decide to lay down my hard earned for a bike. So bottom line is that I'm looking for a bike to enjoy on weekends for generally short to medium distances. That is, maybe a few times a year I might go as far as 500k in a day but my days of 1000k+ are well behind me now. I haven't ridden for a few years now but I've never lost the love of it and I still have my license too I'm not restricted to bike size. I've comfortably owned and ridden a CBR1000FN back in the day despite not being the biggest bloke in the world. I'm about 5'9' and 75kg at my heaviest but the whole idea of this exercise it to relax and enjoy the ride, not continually fight with an oversized bike that has more power than I'm ever going to need or want. So I've narrowed my choices down to three bikes that I feel will suit my needs and would like some further input about what is likely to be the best purchase. XVS 650 - So far this is the only bike I've managed to have a test ride on and it was a second hand one with very low km's. Still taking a bit of getting use to where the foot levers are (I was consistently trying to change up a gear using the side stand) but am becoming more consistent in putting my foot in the right place. Overall felt very comfortable to ride, no problems in corner clearance and was quite responsive enough for my needs. VT 750 - Having had a great experience with Honda previously this one is defintely a consideration. Would liked to have gone for a test ride but PS city store flatly refused to let me test ride anything. Gave me some guff about they don't have test models on the floor due to the economic crisis. They even asked me if it was that important to test ride something. Are you kidding me? I wouldn't buy a car without driving it, I wouldn't buy a house without looking over it with a fine tooth comb and getting a good feel for it, and I certainly don't intend to buy any bike without a ride to see if it suits me. I know that bike shops especially have to deal with a lot of tire-kicking time wasters but is it really asking too much to test ride a bike? m50 - My only experience with Suzuki before was a few quick rides on my Sisters' Across which basically left me rather underwhelmed but no more so than any other 250 roadbike. I'm not sure exactly why but I've always held a perception that Suzuki were like the country cousin of the big 4. Everyone has heard of them but nobody really spends time with them. I think this probably stems from long distant memories of the Vitara 4wd and that hybrid 'What the?' that was the Mighty Boy. The near reverence that people have been using when talking about the C50 and M50 range has caused me to completely re-think my stance on Suzuki though and has brought this bike into my contenders list. So, in everyone's humble (or not so) opinion, which of these three is probably the best placed to suit my needs and offers the best value for money? Should I be concerned with ongoing support with Suzuki as a brand here in Australia, is one brand likely to cost more in servicing or replacement parts? Each of these models seems to offer a Classic and a Custom version. Is there a great deal of difference (handling that is) between a thinner front tyre and a fatter one that you usually see on the classic style? Does ride comfort vary greatly between the three models and between Classic and Custom? I'm not so concerned with re-sale value. I'm likley to own the bike for some time to come and the way I look at it, any value lost is simply money invested in my enjoyment which is money well spent! The bike is not meant for commuting at all, just for fun around Melbourne, out of town occasionally and maybe even for a bit of a cruise along the Great Ocean Road. Last time I did that was on the CBR and while it was amazing fun, it was also a lot of hard work fanging around the corners and tap dancing up and down gears. I think a leisurely cruise is much more my style these days and likely to be far more enjoyable. Will any of these bikes struggle with such a ride or will one perform better? Will the drum brake of the M50 handle a lot of use comfortably or will a rear disk really make a big difference? OK, I think that's enough waffle from me so over to the brains trust of the forums for your input!