I don't mean to offend anyone by saying this or want to get flamed... I'm just noticing that there are a heck of a lot of 500 and 250 sport bikes here. In the town I live in just about everyone who rides a sport bike has a liter bike (600cc+). Are there a lot of smaller sport bikes in bigger cities? I think I might see one 500 or lower bike in every 30 or 40 bikes I see here. Now I'm not saying there is anything wrong with them. Some people just don't need or want a bigger bike. I think they could use a make over though. Thats the biggest reason I don't like them is the looks. Not because the engine is smaller, I just like the looks of the body of the 600cc+ bikes. I also would never refuse to ride with someone just because they are riding one either. IMHO its not the kind of bike, its the kind of rider.