Just proof again that XR6's and 650's (^) need to play on separate forums. The question is: What do you want to do? People buy Hondas for reliability and quality. The pay off comes later (like for me, new in '98, same motor, same CLUTCH) The bike has a design that didn't need to be touched, and they were cheap as hell at the end of production). The water-cooled bikes represented the next generation, but took a huge weight penalty, and even though it now has all the bells and whistles-I think most fans would of preferred a (KTM 525) version-with lights. No need to go any further with this debate until we're talking about a V-Twin 600 (a V-Twin 350 would probably do the trick).