How's it going. I've been poking around for a while and finally got around to registering. Just got back into riding this year after about a 7 year absence. I've been bugging the wife for a bike since I got rid of my ole' cb650. It was a good bike to learn on. Finally got her to give in and let me get one. I bought an 09' GS500F in March and rode that till the end of August when the dealership I would visit quite often finally talked me into sitting down and talking about what getting a new one. They kept telling me they'd give me what I paid for it so I called there bluff not believing them and really no intentions of buying a new bike. But they did what they said I gave them a payment I would not go over and if they meet those I'd consider buying a Phantom. Well everything worked in my favor and I bought one. So much happier with this bike. I mean heck the front tire on the Phantom is wider than the rear one was on the GS. This bike will handle better than the GS also if your willing to muscle it around. I love dragging pegs on this bike too. I remember the first time I drug my heal. Scared the crap out of me. But after that I slowly became comfrotable doing it now if I'm not dragging I'm not riding hard enough. Just saw the east rally in Sept. next summer which is only about 8hrs from my place so I'm hoping to drag a couple of my friends who ride shadows over that way for the weekend. Sounds fun.