Well, I almost didn't make it. I've been a big Ninja 250 fan for many years and so I've been researching the new Ninja 300. I went to the dealership last weekend to drool over a Ninja 300 SE. But right next to it I saw a red CBR500R. I took a look and saw that it was only $5,999US. The Ninja was $4,999 with low financing rate of 3.99 and a Costco discount that would give me free freight and prep. Honda has no deals because, well, it's a Honda and they sell themselves. So I sat on both bikes. The Ninja has a slightly angled seat that pushes you forward a little and the CBR500 has a nice comfortable seat that sits you upright and is a little more forgiving. The Ninja is really beautifully designed but it's still smaller than it's big brothers the 650 and 1000. The build quality of the Honda was absolutely top notch for a bike in it's class... it kind of made the Ninja feel cheap in comparison- sort of like the difference between a department store tennis shoe and a Nike. So I've spent the last week researching the two bikes and comparing the two and decided today to go put a deposit on a red CBR500R. The CB500F looks pretty cool in pictures but I can't find one in real life. So I'm going with the 500R. I have a 1983 Magna V65 in my garage and for the last couple years I've been commuting on a two-stroke Genuine Stella. The CBR will replace the Stella- I wish her a long life and I hope the new owner digs her as much as I did. But right now, I'm REALLY looking forward to taking delivery of my new CBR500R this weekend.