I never rode a bike and buddy of mine is getting Gladius and I'm thinking about getting one too... what do you guys think about it? It is little hideous but it looks sexy at the same time. We would plan on taking it on longer distances so we need bikes that you can sit up right on but yet we don't want a cruiser... I was thinking of 09 SV650, it's a great beginner's bike from what I hear but you still need to lean forward on it :\ Any other bikes in the same price range that you guys could recommend? This one is $7,500 and I could get a brand new SV650 for $6,500.