It's been a long 18 months., but I think it was worth the wait in the end. I think I got one of the best deals in the country for a 2014 base model at $5000... yes you read it right $5000. It almost made the 2600 mile round trip to Missouri bearable (with the missus and new baby in tow). Toss in a 4 year warranty (For peace of mind. No telling what may have happened to a bike sitting for almost 5 years even though these bikes have been said to be pretty reliable), cost of shipping and all those damn dealer fees (wonder why they never tag it on the cost in the first place since one always pays them) though and the cost gets closer to $7000 but still a good deal overall. I do need advice on the MSF class though. I've previously owned (and ridden hard) a 2003 Suzuki SV650s and a 1992 CBR 600. I learnt how to ride from youtube videos (sometimes it works since I didn't kill myself in the process) and riding with guys who had tonnes of experience which trickled down. With this background does it make sense to take the beginner course, or skip that to Experienced rider course (cheaper). Thanks. Now to wait for the damned winter to be over. P.S Did I mention the exhaust looks ugly? That's the first thing I'll be getting rid of.