dang cmd!! that is a lot of power for a first bike. i know ur a big guy and i am too, for my age that is. im 16 and 6 feet tall!!! i dont weight much but still thats hecca leg room that i need. but ya, i dont think i will ever think about a large displacement bike until im like 25 or older. im still considering a 600 if it is old, like 95 or older so i dont really care about the fairings because i know i will dump it. thanks for the advice wally, i am in high school (sophmore!!) and i am responsibe but probably not responsibe enough. i know that for sure. but i know that my parents are and belive me, if i get a bike, i wont be able to even jump on it unless i have my moms permission. that means, asking her every time i want to ride which= no night time riding, no riding in the rain, and no riding for long periods of time. so i think that is enough responsibility for me. and i know how u feel lol!! ive wanted a bike ever since i rode a pocket bike when i was 13 y/o. after that i subscribed to sport rider magazine (which is the best mag ever) and learned as much about bikes as i could. and at one time i though that if i started early enough i would become a professional racer...lol!! but now im just gonna try to stay alive and have fun w/ my friends. thanks for the advice!