I've only had my GS500F for a little over a month, but for a first bike it is great. It's not really that much smaller than a gixxer, just skinnier. seat height feels about the same. It does feel heavier than a gixxer, I think mine is 380 dry, and around 420 wet (hope thats right). From what I have read it corners good if you know what your doing. My mind keeps telling my body it doesn't like left's. Went out for a group ride with a friend this weekend, and he was supprissed I kept up fairly well with his gixxer 750. I bought mine over the Kawi 500 because I liked the looks better, and I liked the more upright seating position while I learn.