Interesting. This is the only site where the Suzi gets more votes than the Honda. I did a lot of research and rode a bunch of bikes before I bought an XR a few months back, after a long hiatus without a bike period. If I could have found a DR deal like I did on the XR I probably would have gotten one of those. I was actually looking for a 400 - didn't think i needed a 650 - since riding a friend's Suzi, but stumbled across a deal on Big Red. To me they are both good bikes and they both have pluses and minuses. The biggest difference to me - totally subjective - is that a Suzi feels more like I am riding in it than on it as opposed to the Honda. I felt the same way 35 years ago. Not a big negative, just different. it doesn't get much hotter anywhere than it does here on the bayou, but my Honda doesn't have a problem since I rejetted and removed the smog stuff, UNI filter, desnorkelled the airbox, etc.. Oil gets up around 250 max, but with full synthetic I'm not worried. The Honda was taller but after you sit on it, riding doesn't actually feel too much different height wise, to me. I commute daily and often buzz the interstate at 80 to the next town about 20 miles. I'm real happy with my bike so far.