A much under-rated bike this one. I agree to some extent with MCNs verdict but only if you're rating it against other supermotos and use their price of £4699 as up-to-date. However I got my FMX brand new from a franchised dealer for £3500 and I believe the RRP is now £4000 otr. I recently moved to the sticks and found that my ZR-7 was totally unsuitable to the road conditions I now faced - bumpy country B-roads virtually all the way to work and not a decently surfaced road within miles. So I fixed up a few testrides - the FMX, DRZ400SM and XT660X. All great bikes in their own way, the XT having the beafiest engine, the DRZ being the lightest and the FMX being the easiest to ride slowly. I'd be happy to own any of them, but the price, dealer and handling of the FMX suited me the best. The FMX is certainly not the fastest of the bunch, so if you're interested in going over 70, then this isn't the bike for you. But low speed handling couldn't be better - I've owned bigger and faster bikes (VFR800, Bandit, Transalp, Hornet 600) but none come close to this bike on b-roads. Very forgiving suspension and powerful brakes make country roads fun again! Overall the FMX is nicely put together, although the controls and clocks look basic. This bike makes mincemeat of traffic jams, but it might not be a great winter commuter - it's engine is very exposed to grime and if it's wet, dirt gets sprayed all over the engine and exhaust which runs under the rear mudguard. The exhaust note is fairly tame and I'm sure there's more power to be had from this engine, which is a low state of tune. The exhaust looks good though, being stainless and alloy, so it would be a shame to junk it. Another nice touch is the front suspension, USD forks. The engine starts first time, should prove reliable due to it's low state of tune and it's been around for eons. Being a dry sump engine, you have to check the oil level AFTER you've run the engine, which if odd (check it straight away after killing the engine or the oil will disappear back into the frame/engine). The wide Renthal bars make handling very easy compared to more traditional road bike - in fact the bike reminds me of a MTX200R trailbike I used to own (and the FMX isn't much faster). Plastics are fairly soft too, as with all dirt bikes and isn't painted, it marks quite easily compared to the painted bodywork found on most bikes. However being solid plastic there's no undercoat to expose. The tank is matt black paint but this protected by plastic side panels and seat - no chance of the rider scratching it. I personally think the bike look great, better than either the DRZ and XTX. The gearbox is very positive, neutral being very easy to find. The engines got loads of low down pull but run out of puff fairly quickly, gear selection is important, as with all singles. It'll zip up to 60 very quickly, if a doddle to ride slowly and would make an ideal bike for someone whos just passed their test (as long as they didn't ride with friends on faster bikes who would leave the FMX for dead). Provided you understand this bikes limitations, you can't fail to like this bike. It's the best bike I've owned in a long time and for once I'm not now thinking "what's my next bike going to be?". The last bike that was this much fun was a Hornet, which was great little bike, but would suit the local roads near me. And what price £3500, what can you get for that these days?? Overall very happy with it!