After 20+ years riding a CB250RS and convincing myself I didn't need anything bigger, realising I'm getting older and after five and half years off two wheel or anything much with a chronic illness I decided that maybe something bigger would be nice, I decided I needed something that would cost me no more on the insurance, be cheap to run but give me adequate power and after reading about it had to be a CB500, a Bandit or one of these. In the end this one came up a the right price so had to be it, 30,000 on the clock, new tyres, chain and sprocks and a nice new MOT it couldn't be bettered although my boss was a little taken aback that I'd got a Yamaha instead of Honda. Great bike though, pulls like a train, more than enough power for the riding I do where I consider 80mph to be plenty fast enough, I love riding it, mind of the boss man offered to swop me a new CBF500 for it I'd be tempted. Strengths: Adequate power, good fuel consumption (60mpg plus) comfortable for me (6'4") and carries me and my nine year old with ease, easy servicing, just a good solid workhorse with the oomph to get me past the Sunday drivers. Weaknesses: Isn't a Honda and getting spares takes too long ( 2 weeks for a genuine speedo cable, got pattern in the end). Choke seems to do nothing but starts okay anyway and annoying vibration at 50mph but the at least the encourages me to crack on just a little faster.