Been riding 2 years and after some happy times with a 2002 CBR600F and a trip to Portugal I decided that a change was needed. CBR a great bike, especially as a novice but was two painful after 60 miles or so on the old wrists and shoulders. Didn't want to compromise performance for a more comfortable bike and at the ripe age of 25 didn't want a Pan or FJR. The fazer seemed to have the perfect balance of comfort, performance and all round useability. The bike looks great and the handling and engine are fantastic. Rode a blackbird as first choice but fazer blew it away. It's really light and so comfortable. If I was handed a blank cheque for any bike, I would buy exactly the same bike again. Its great fun, happy to tour in comfort, will commute and can easily accomadate two up riding comfortably (as commented by numerous passengers). Must mention how genuine the official Yamaha dealers were (K2, Stoke on Trent). Overall verdict: a cracking bike. Strengths: Looks, handling, colour (larva red), useability, engine is really responsive and grunty, brakes are fantastic, comfort, clocks, stock exhaust note, dealer service (K2, Stoke). Weaknesses: Fueling is jerky but not as bad as the press make it out to be. Going from a sportsbike and mates riding the fazer who ride sportsbikes they think there isn't a fueling glitch but it is noticable. Still, would go out and buy the same bike again tomorrow so obviously isn't that serious. There is an annoying buzz from the air defuser between the clocks and the screen around 5k (sorted with an ear plug - clean obviously!)but other than that its great.