well, all i can say is that if you are thinkin a 636 DO IT!! i got an 03 and i love it more than anything. realisticly looking back, financially i shouldnt have done it......now, financially, i shouldnt keep it........ but if anyone wants that bike to go anywhere without me on it, its gonna be on my cold dead body!!! as for the jackasses that cause all this, like others have said i think its a small majority of peep but theyre out there. just like kids in school that pick on others for their clothes or whatever. i know you said you didnt enjoy your 175+ mi. ride as much as you used to, but if you got that "not happy with it" attitude youre not gonna! Try not to let others and their immaturity/assholeish-ness or what ever the case may be ruin something that you enjoy. if you like riding what youre riding, RIDE IT. who cares what it looks like, what year, brand, or size. if youre on two wheels with an engine that runs theres always peep to go ridin with, and forget the rest!