that first service (at least in my experience) is a joke.I'm at 660 miles and already time for a 309 dollar valve check just by itself. I might have to wait till next riding season for that.
This bike is slower than the Ninja 650 and FZ6R I will admit, its a sports touring bike to me. In no way can it hustle a corner like its CBR250 little brother. The suspension is soft, torque is very good and is a very quiet in the exhaust. That's makes it a great bike for riding a long distance without wearing you out.
Come to think of it I seem to be the 1st 500r rider here. I don't miss the 06 GSXR600 much, had it only 8 days. That bike was either enjoyable as a missile or not much at all. Just too hardcore of a bike for me.
For $5,999 its a pretty good value, heard the markup from invoice to msrp is like 250 bucks so didn't hammer the dealer much, paid 6350 plus tax and license minus my 1 grand positive equity from the GSXR trade.