Dan - my bias against Suzuki has nothing to do with the product itself, I'm sure the DRZ is a very competent bike, in fact I own a Suzuki outboard and have nothing but good things to say about it. The reason I am reluctant to own a Suzuki motorcycle is the local dealer (or lack there of). Actually there is a Suzuki bike dealer 45 minutes distant, but as a dealer they leave a lot to be desired. In addition to that I work at a Polaris / Yamaha / Kawasaki dealer and have an excellent working relationship with the local Honda Dealer who is just down the road. It always makes the ownership experience better when you have a solid dealer that you can count on for parts, service or advice.