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The performance is remarkable for the money. The motorcycle seems to be very well balanced and peppy; perhaps a tad rough at the low end. Extremely fun to ride for short periods of time, such as less than an hour. It's nimble, it's quick, it's very easy to handle, it's light weight, it makes you want to go fast. I've installed a Scorpion Exhaust that has proved to be very worthwhile. It's a set of strait pipes with baffles at both ends. It really does add good character to the bike itself, a power bump, yet not too loud or quiet with both baffles in; people will definitely hear you without being an annoying jerk that people would just as soon run off the road. Considering the neutered condition of the bike having stock exhaust, it makes the bike in to a motorcycle with a purpose. Side note on Scorpion: Their quality control is terrible. The pipes didn't fit together well at all. They were so tight it made the installation anybody's worst nightmare. I had to freeze the inner pipe while heating the outer pipe with a blow dryer, then hammer the two together. Getting the tension out was no easy task. It doesn't require repacking; a nice little perk if you don't like to repack exhausts, and I don't. After 6,000 miles, they are a very nice stainless steel golden color, and functioning perfectly. If you can keep yourself out of the throttle, you'll get 65mpg at 65mph. It's very consistent. The worst part: The seat. Yamaha Windshield is fine if you like getting hit in the chest with a lot of air. The motorcycle is designed to have you lean in to the wind which is supposed to help hold you up and take some pressure off your arms. If you don't like that, then you won't like their windshield option. I've put on SW Motech 1 1/2" handlebar risers. Motech makes great stuff. They work fantastically, as do their hard removable saddle bags.