My first bike was a GZ250. It took me a month to grow out of that. I drove the 250 over a 100 miles one day to a dealer that had a Honda VLX 600 that I liked for sale. When I test drove the Honda, I had a problem shifting it. The dealer noticed this and suggested I try the Suzuki out. He mention that it was a 800cc and it had a better shifting position than the Honda. He was right. It was like day and night. Plus it was shaft driven which I prefer over chain. I was even more satisfied on the 100 mile trip home with it's torque and speed. And the bike just looks great. Well worth the trip.