Reading through all this only confirms for me that i bought the wrong bike too. I purchased my 650L about a month ago, it was brand new and had sat in the dealership waiting for me since it was built in 2003. Now i know why. Honda should be [@#$%&*!]-slapped for producing such a gutless piece of crap. Looks like you can throw as much money as you like at it and you'll be lucky to gain 3kw. Have a listen and laugh at the tune it plays in top gear at 70kmh (45mph). Sounds just like my ride on mower.