I love my "9" the torque is absolutely intoxicating, and with the freedom pipes and power commander, its even better. If you decide to get one eventually, be sure to test ride it, the older ones were known for eating 2nd gear & shift forks. ALL of them eat front engine mounts, but theyre easy to replace. I just upgraded mine (10,000km) to harder ones. They are significantly larger than a VROD, which surprised me. When I first sat on mine at the dealership I was a little intimidated by its size. I walked away for 1/2 hr to think about it and decided "F*%k it....Just do it". Im glad I did. M109R's are also known as the Suzuki "Haya-Cruiser". If you dont like attention, these are not the bike for you. My M109R will rattle windows, make dogs hide and babies cry, she is that loud. I could do with it a bit quieter to be honest. BTW Matt, that VROD is the cat's ass. (or the dog's bollocks for our UK friends). That VROD, in that Colour is THE VROD to own. Your Dad has good taste !!