Ooo, Taz, the down under of the down under! Never been, but from my google earth musings I see what you mean. I saw you also started the downsizing thread. All I can say about that is plenty of us long term riders have downsized to the 500 for various reasons. Through out my 60+ years of riding 500cc has always hit the sweet spot. I also live in a place where the majority of the riding is on small, technical, twisty back roads & the 500 is perfect for that terrain. I rarely need to exceed 70mph for long periods on highways, so the 500 even with stock gearing is fine. I understand the people who mostly ride on multi-lane motorways at speeds of 80mph+ mixing it up with all the frantic commuters would want something with more HP. However for the real world of everything else the Honda is a great bike.