As of this weekend I am now the new owner of a bright red 03 VFR (vtec, abs). I had my friend bring the bike back to his house which is half an hour from mine. I got my sea legs back over the past few days putting their 250 ninja through it's paces. Sunday I get on the bike, wow grabby clutch . . . this thing wants to go. I even attempted flooring it in 2nd gear and quickly backed off for lack of courage. After the trips up and down the road I made it back home with only one stall and no other drama. Anyway, is this a good 'learner' bike? NO! I am going to be grannying this bike around for AWHILE. I was looking at SV's and Triumphs but for the distance/sport category I felt like I didn't have any other choice. All is safe, I'm geared up to a T and very respectful of the gobs of power this bike delivers. How quickly can I get into an MSF course is the next question... Love the forum, let me know if you're near the Central Ohio area!