Overall: looks like angry wasp with bloated thorax. Looks better with top case at rear -this balances out the bloated thorax. Top case doesn't seem to affect handling. Mine's a matt black post-nuclear holocaust Mad Max future bike, although I've drawn the line at a rabbit-skin saddle and shotgun holster so it's not the Full Monty. Great riding position. Seat not comfortable, I may fit a gel pad. Fuel economy/tank range A1. Engine: gutsy with pleasing V-twin burble at low revs, very eager at high revs. Ride: pretty good, but you can feel the bumps at times. Handling: great, encourages enthusiastic cornering (bike's capabilities way beyond my own). Equipment: I bought an 06 Touring model with heated grips, centre stand and top case -all very handy. Bad buffeting with standard screen for those over 6' -Cee Baileys screen fixes this. ABS now available on new bikes. Quality: overall, not bad. Way below, eg BMWs, for durability ...wash, oil and spray all over with WD40 regularly to reduce tendency to corrode. Reliability: seems fine, vg good starter, whatever the weather. Value: compared with other bikes, seems OK. Buying a year or two old =bargain, but occasional good deals on new bikes -try to get a top case and centre stand (can be a devil to fit -leave it to dealer) and maybe heated grips.