I have been reading the posts on this forum the past 2-3 weeks and decided to go ahead and join up. About a week ago I moved up from my wife's GZ-250 to a 2000 500R of my own. I have really enjoyed this bike so far and can't wait to get a chance to stretch its legs. I had to ride the bike back from Lubbock to College Station (A 7 hour, 450 mile trip) so I have not really had a chance to take it on a pleasure trip yet, but I am still looking for some decent roads close to College Station. Sorry to ramble, but just wanted to say that this is a great site, and I have learned a lot of useful information here.