I do not care what they cost, I just hope they make some smaller nimble fun bikes. I would just get a low mile used one for half price. I have both a blast and a TU, the blast was left at my house to be fixed and never picked up. Totally different bikes. The blast is fun sort of, but not something I would want to spend much time on, and not a good bike for new riders. On the bike I have, the clutch is like an on off switch, the motor vibrates like a paint shaker, the transmission is VERY clunky, but its got some torque, and big singles are always fun. The entire bike seems to jump with each power pulse. An interesting city bike. It puts a smile on your face every time you ride it, and that would go away if you spent much time on it. The TU is EASY and smooth, everything is easy and smooth, it just needs a bit more power, and maybe be a little bigger to be a fantastic all around bike. I think a TU 350 would be great, or a 500 single or twin. A bike needs to be bigger then 250cc's to do everything in the US if you want a good power band. The ninja 250 does ok, but has a real peaky power band to be able to do it. The TU is the reverse, it makes almost the same power from 4500 rpm to 9000 with a very slight bump around 7500. A 500 with the same curve would be fantastic. I bet I would love a Honda cb400ss, but they never sold it here. It looks like a bigger TU. I often think it would be nice if gas went up to $6.00 a gallon or more, maybe then they would bring in smaller bikes instead of ones that get 40 mpg or less and weigh 600+ pounds.